Beginning in January 2022, we will update our COVID-19 case information on Sunday evenings on the COVID-19 Dashboard. While this represents a snapshot in time of the data, we continue to reflect upon the trends and are monitoring all factors as we make informed decisions about the mitigation and health protocols in our schools.
Health Guidelines During the Pandemic
Effective Monday, February 28, 2022: District 35 schools will be a mask optional environment for all, aligned with the CDC guidance. District 35 buses and school transportation will now also be a mask optional environment.
We thank our parents and staff for the care, patience, and partnership you have shown throughout all phases of this pandemic. We ask for your ongoing partnership to ensure that our schools remain welcoming and safe environments for all students to learn and thrive regardless of personal masking decisions. As we navigate this next phase, District 35 will lead with respect and empathy.
Parent Communication on Health Protocols:
- February 27th update to staff and families
- February 22nd update to staff and families
It is our shared responsibility to ensure we practice good hygiene and maintain a healthy environment for our students and staff. The steps to mitigate risks and care for our students and staff may be found here. In addition, the detailed FAQ from IDPH contains the latest information on health requirements in the schools.
• IDPH Health FAQs (updated 2.5.22)
• CDC COVID-19 Community Levels (updated 2.25.22)
- Criteria to return to school for non-COVID related illnesses
District 35 continues to rely on quality layers of mitigation to support in-person learning in our schools. As with each stage of the pandemic, we will be mindful of future needs and are prepared to make adjustments to our plan as needed. Our Mitigation Working Group will assess current mitigation layers and share updates as the spring progresses.
District 35 ESSER III Funds
The District 35 community was provided the opportunity to provide input and public comment at the May 2021 Board of Education meeting as the Board had a focused discussion on the use of ESSER III funds for the 2021-2022 year.
The District 35 ESSER III Plan and recommended details may be found here.
- The final expenditures presented to the Board may be found here.
Learning Plan for 2021-2022
We are pleased to share our plans to offer a full-day in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see below to learn more details of the plans as presented on August 5, 2021 at our Board of Education meeting.
• Learning Plan Presentation Video with Dr. Catherine Wang - August 12, 2021
• SOUTH Updates - shared by Dr. Zonghetti
• WEST Updates - shared by Mrs. Zuhr
• CENTRAL Updates - shared by Dr. Mollet and Mr. Kim
We look forward to welcoming our students and staff to the new year. Please join us and share in our theme of belonging - belonging to community; finding our place, path and people; and acknowledging how the safety of feeling like we belong helps us grow and learn.
Parent Guide to Schoology
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.