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June 29, 2021
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Superintendent shares info about state guidance, homebound services

Dear Glenbard families,

As we prepare for the 2021-22 school year, we are excited about returning to a full, 8-period day with in-person instruction each day. We will offer full academic and extracurricular programming. We anticipate some of our students will need academic and social-emotional support, and we have a wide variety of support available to our students. Our faculty and staff are committed to a smooth transition to in-person learning and ensuring that each student feels safe, supported and ready to learn.

Engaging lessons, active learning
While livestreaming from the classroom was necessary for many months, it inhibited activity in the classroom. There will be no livestreaming in the new school year. It’s important to have full interaction among students and teachers in the classroom and interactive hands-on learning. We’re looking forward to students collaborating, participating in labs and creating things in the classroom. Our teachers do a great job of fostering a sense of community in our classrooms, and we’re excited about returning to engaging lessons and active learning. 

State guidance
The safety of students and staff will remain our highest priority, and we will continue to follow state officials’ guidance. Current guidance says masks will be required in schools in the fall, as well as social distancing where possible. I am in weekly conversations with county and state officials and am advocating for state officials to provide detailed plans for the new school year. See a letter to state officials at this link. We need details in order to address the state’s mitigations, which affect our operations and staffing levels. We will send information to families and staff when we receive more details from the state.

Guidance regarding masks
According to the Illinois State Board of Education, per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guidance for Operating Youth Camp, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors at camp. For now, masks are still required in schools for all staff and students. Masks can be removed for outdoor activities and classes.

Therefore, for the time being, all indoor activities that take place in a school building must require masks for all participants, staff and visitors, except when contraindicated by IHSA guidelines for competition. 

If the activities take place outdoors, mask-wearing guidelines will adhere to Illinois Department of Public Health and CDC guidelines.  Masks are not required for any individuals during competition.

Requesting homebound services for 2021-22 school year
A family who is interested in requesting homebound services for the 2021-22 school year should follow the process described by the Illinois State Board of Education in this link. A physician licensed to practice medicine would need to sign, indicating that the student has a medical need (that keeps them from coming to school) and is eligible for homebound services.

  • What form should be completed?
  • When should I submit this request?
    • We request this information be submitted by July 16, 2021, to be sure the schools have adequate time to plan for each student’s needs.

Quarantine and vaccinations:

  • What should I do if my student develops symptoms (feels sick)?
    • If a student is symptomatic (feeling ill), they should stay home.  It is necessary for all families in Glenbard to do this so we can maintain a healthy environment.  Depending upon the updated guidance from health officials, a student may need to wait until they are symptom-free for 24 hours and provide some other type of evidence to return to school.
  • If someone is vaccinated, will they be quarantined?
    • If a person is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19 but is not symptomatic (feeling sick), NO. DuPage Health Department updated recommendations.
    • A parent would need to choose to share proof of their student’s vaccination status for this to occur.
    • If public health officials update or change this, we will inform families.
  • If someone is NOT vaccinated, will they be quarantined?
    • If a person is a close contact with a person who has COVID-19, YES.
    • If public health officials update or change this, we will inform families.
  • How long does quarantine last?
    • According to the Illinois Department of Public Health and DuPage County Health Department, quarantine is 14 days (could be longer depending on symptoms).
    • If public health officials update or change this, we will inform families.

We are looking forward to the new school year and excited about our students, faculty and staff reconnecting. For now, though, I trust you are enjoying summer with family and friends.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent