Wear Pink on 10/30
An international Say No to Bullying Day began when two high school students in Nova Scotia, Canada witnessed a new classmate being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. The two students bought all the pink shirts they could find and distributed them for others to wear and show that bullying wasn’t okay. Throughout the world, school communities carry on this tradition by celebrating Pink Day. Our school community will be a sea of pink on October 30th. We encourage students, staff members, and community members to wear pink and Say No to Bullying.
While we celebrate and wear pink on Friday, we remind our staff and students that kindness can make a difference every single day. Choosing kindness is free and can make a positive impact in our school and community.
Exclusion Guidance from IDPH
On October 26, 2020, we were notified that the school guidance for responding to COVID-19 cases or symptoms was updated by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Our schools work with the Cook County Department of Public Health to respond using the following criteria:
If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms during a school day the IDPH guidelines also require that all siblings must also be sent home and quarantine until an alternative diagnosis is made or a negative COVID test result is received. A negative rapid COVID test is now allowed to clear a child to return to school after exhibiting symptoms. If an individual is a close contact to a confirmed case, the school is experiencing an outbreak, or the health department is requiring validation due to community transmission levels, documentation of a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test result is needed. Our school nurse will provide all information when a child is sent home. Our nurse will also remain in contact with the family to ensure appropriate next steps are followed to return to school.
Safe Routes to Schools
We are pleased to see so many students biking or walking to school. Please view the Safe Routes to Schools information here to be aware of crossing guard locations, stop signs, and recommended routes for our students. Please also be mindful of the helmet law in Glencoe - all children under the age of 16 must wear a helmet while on a bicycle, scooter, or skateboard. Thank you for your support of this critical safety measure.
We are so proud of our staff and students for the successful opening week of our school year. We reimagined, planned thoughtfully, and you have supported us to make the return to learning happen for our students. You have also been diligent in helping with our daily symptom checks and sending your child in face coverings. To ensure the health and safety of all, please note the updated reminders below for masks.
Bandana masks do not provide a snug fit around the face. Recent research on gaiters has shown that some are worse than no mask (the CDC has also said the effectiveness of gaiters is unknown at this time). Within District 35 we have also seen that gaiters more easily slip down and therefore we have observed more touching of the gaiter to keep it over the mouth/nose. If your child needs additional cloth masks, we have plenty to share as your child arrives at school.
Frequently Asked Questions
We appreciate the many questions which have been shared regarding our plans for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year. In order to more thoroughly address these, we have prepared a Frequently Asked Questions document. This reflects the latest information from CDC and the Illinois State Board of Education as of July 26, 2020. We will continue to update this as additional information is shared to guide our planning.
GJHP Virtual Fun Run
Please join Glencoe Junior High Project (GJHP) for a Thanksgiving Virtual Fun Run to support the New Trier Food Pantry. Participants will receive a t-shirt and list of virtual routes to run or walk Thanksgiving weekend. For more information visit the GJHP website or register here!
Upcoming Important Dates
Please mark your calendars with the following upcoming important dates:
November 2nd: Remote Learning Day in all District 35 schools
November 3rd: All Illinois schools Closed for Election Day
November 4th - 7th: Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Up (directions to be shared on Friday 10/30)
November 12th and 13th: Parent-Teacher Conferences (No Student Attendance)
More than ever, we seek your assistance to maintain safe practices throughout our community to support our in-person learning experiences.
As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately.
Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation as we navigate these challenging times together.
Tech Help While at Home
Please SUBMIT any tech support needs to eHelp. Please share as much detail as possible to allow our team to support your needs.
Technology in our Schools
This year all our Kindergarten through 8th-grade students have been issued District 35 iPads and our teachers will be using several tools to streamline information and resources for students and families. Watch this short video for an overview of Clever and Schoology information on parent access to Schoology. Additional information on Schoology can be found in A Parent’s Guide to Schoology.
If you need assistance accessing your parent Schoology account, please email email@example.com.
The Board of Education has approved the 2020-2021 school year calendar. Winter break and spring break are common across New Trier Township. Click here to view a one page listing of major events for the upcoming school year. Please note, this calendar reflects the November 3, 2020 federal holiday for election day.
Playground Reminders for Phase 4
Based on our shift to Phase 4, the State of Illinois has allowed the Park District to open playgrounds. You will notice the new signage at each of our playgrounds. Please take care to use the spaces responsibly and ensure you are mindful of the safety procedures.
We appreciate your support so we may all do our part to continue with safe options for outdoor play. Thank you!
Family Service of Glencoe Support
If you are homebound and need help, Family Service of Glencoe is here for you!
Please let Family Service of Glencoe know if you are unable to go out and need help of any kind such as food, medicine or other supplies while staying home. If you are feeling isolated, do not hesitate to call. You may reach out to Bill Hansen at Family Service of Glencoe at 847-835-5111 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is staffed Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The school district may release directory information which includes:
Birth date and place
Parent(s)/guardian(s) name and address
Period of attendance in school
Additionally, student pictures without identifying information may be posted on the district web page with informational pieces. Any parent(s)/guardian(s) may prohibit the release of any or all of the above by delivering a written objection to the Building Principal.