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Elementary Family Drum Night

Nov 29

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Early Dismissal

Dec 14

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Board of Education Meeting

Dec 19

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Winter Recess - No School

Dec 23

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Winter Recess - No School

Dec 26-30

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Winter Recess - No School

Jan 2-6

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Teacher Institute - No School

Jan 13

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End of Nine Weeks

Jan 13

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Martin Luther King's Birthday - No School

Jan 16

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Board of Education Meeting

Jan 17

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Report Card Day

Jan 23

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Early Dismissal

Jan 25

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Health and Safety Guidance

Our students’ and staff’s health and safety are our number one priority at D45. Please refer to the guidance below for information regarding the health and safety of our students and staff at all District 45 buildings. If you have a question, please contact the district office.

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Health and Safety Guidance Frequently Asked Questions

Symptoms Screening

  • Parents, caregivers, or guardians (“caregivers”) should be strongly encouraged to monitor their children for symptoms of infectious illness every day through home-based symptom screening.

  • Students who are sick should not attend school in-person.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/symptom-screening.html

Contact Tracing

  • The District will contact trace in order to communicate to parents if their child has been identified as a close contact.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available to and used by staff, as needed, based on exposure risk.

The District will offer the following:

  • Sneeze guards for front office staff and small group tables

  • Face shields for staff as needed based on the job description

  • Gloves for staff as needed based on the job description

  • Gowns for staff as needed based on the job description

Face Coverings

  • Face coverings are optional but not required.
  • Families are responsible for providing the children’s face coverings/masks.

  • The District will maintain a limited supply of disposable face coverings in the event that a staff member, student, or visitor does not have one for use.

  • Language or pictures/depictions on face coverings may not interfere with the educational environment and, therefore, should not be offensive, provocative, or disruptive to instruction.

School-wide Cleaning and Disinfection

  • Restrooms will be cleaned regularly and as needed.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting should not take place near children or individuals with asthma.

HVAC and Ventilation

  • HVAC systems run 24 hours a day to maintain building temperatures.
  • Ionization systems have been installed on all HVAC equipment in the District.
  • Building ventilation always brings in 20% (on average) outside air to ensure proper air circulation.
  • Filters are monitored and changed on a regular basis.
  • As much as possible, windows will be open based on weather conditions.

Hand Hygiene

  • The District will encourage frequent and proper hand-washing. The District has ensured the availability of supplies, such as soap and paper towels, hand sanitizer, etc., in all classrooms and in common areas of the building.

  • Hand-washing with soap and water is always recommended, but where this is not feasible or readily accessible, the use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used. Hands should be washed often with soap and water for 20 seconds.

  • The District will adhere to recommendations for safe hand sanitizer use, including:

      • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers will be used under adult supervision with proper child safety precautions and stored out of reach of young children to reduce unintended, adverse consequences. It will be necessary to ensure that students do not ingest hand sanitizer or use it to injure another person.

      • Hand sanitizers are not effective when hands are visibly dirty.

      • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers do not remove allergenic proteins from the hands.

      • Staff preparing food in the cafeteria/kitchen should ALWAYS wash their hands with soap and water.

  • District staff will help educate students on healthy hygiene and hand-washing to prevent the spread of infection.

  • Hand-washing posters have been posted in bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and other areas, as appropriate.

Visitor Health Screening

  • Yes, visitors are allowed in school buildings. All school visitors should self-screen for the following symptoms prior to each visit: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a loss of taste or smell,  and sore throat. If visitors exhibit symptoms or test positive for Covid within 48 hours of their visit to the school, the visitor should notify the school nurse about their symptoms/test results.