Metrics Update 12/28/2020

Update from the Metrics Reopening Advisory Team
Posted on 12/28/2020

As the year of 2020 comes to a close, District 39 wishes its students, families, staff and entire community a safe and happy new year ahead. We thank you for your ongoing support of our District 39 schools, and wish you abundant joy in 2021!

Below are a few reminders for the new year...

COVID-19 SafeGuard Screening Registration
We strongly encourage all in-person students to register to participate in D39’s SafeGuard Screening program beginning in January. Please take a moment to register your child to participate via this  COVID-19 Screening Registration Form. For more information, please visit the  District 39 COVID-19 testing webpage.

Ambry PCR Testing
District 39 will host a PCR testing event through Ambry on January 6. This diagnostic test is available to a students or staff member who is symptomatic or has a concern about exposure to COVID-19, including those who have traveled over break. To register your child to participate in Ambry PCR testing on January 6th, please complete the  Ambry bulk testing registration form. For more information, please visit the District 39 COVID-19 testing webpage.

Travel Quarantine Updates
Please review the CCDPH travel guidance as you plan for return from any essential travel over break. CCDPH continues to recommend avoiding all non-essential travel. If you must travel, the CCDPH recommends quarantine upon return to Cook County. The CCDPH allows the option of a shortened 10-day quarantine length in accord with the recommendations of the CDC for those returning to school in District 39. In order to return to school in-person on January 11, students must have returned home from travel no later than December 31 with quarantine initiated on January 1. The updated  D39 health self-certification ticket will need to be completed to return to in-person schooling.

School Calendar Reminders
Please mark your calendar for the following important dates.

  • Week of January 4th: Remote learning for all students. District 39 is implementing an adaptive pause with fully remote instruction for all students during the week of January 4th. This week of fully remote instruction will provide for a smooth, safe transition back to in-person instruction following winter break and support the District’s implementation of COVID-19 testing program in the first week of January.
  • Tuesday, January 5th: COVID-19 test supply pick-up at all schools.
  • Wednesday, January 6th, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm: Ambry PCR testing drop-off for all registered participants in drive-through drop-off at WJHS.
  • Thursday, January 7th, 8:00 am – 9:00 am: SafeGuard Screening drop-off for elementary students in drive-through drop-off at elementary schools.
  • Monday, January 11, 8:00 am – 9:00 am: SafeGuard Screening drop-off for 5th-8th grade students in drive-through drop-off at HMS and WJHS.
  • Week of January 11: Resume in-person instruction
  • Monday, January 25th: First day of second semester

Metrics Dashboard The COVID-19 Metrics Charts posted to the D39 Metrics Dashboard continue to be updated. To review important school-related metrics throughout winter break, please visit the D39 Metrics Dashboard and the direct links provided therein.

We wish you and your family a continued healthy and joyful winter break, and a wonderful new year ahead!

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