District 80 Covid Information Center

Dear Norridge Parents and Families,

The Norridge District 80 Board of Education approved a Return to Learn Plan at their August 17, 2021, Regular Meeting.  Please also know that this plan will most likely be updated in the future as our guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH, Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) changes often.

I want to draw your attention to a few key points in our plan:

  • Masks will be required to be worn by all students, teachers, staff and visitors beginning immediately while in any of the D80 buildings. There are some approved exceptions for not wearing a mask in the plan. Please review these if you feel your student might qualify for one of the exceptions. Also, the required form to be filled out by your medical provider is now on our website. Please contact us with any questions you may have. 
  • ‚ÄčAs per the ISBE guidance we have received, we will not be providing a remote learning option this year. Students are expected to be in school every day, all day.
  • We will follow the required guidance on physical distancing. We will require a minimum of three feet social distance at all times. 
  • We will follow the required guidance on contract tracing if there are instances of “close contact”.
  • We are in the process of finalizing our guidance on quarantining our students and staff as a result of a close contact. If everyone is wearing a mask as required, it is our hope that the number of students or staff that must be quarantined will be reduced this year. We will provide our guidance to you on quarantine on Friday of this week. 

Students who are suspected to have COVID symptoms, who are demonstrating COVID symptoms or who have had a “close contact’ with someone who has the COVID virus will follow the required testing protocol. In the event that happens, you will receive notification from us with the required steps to be followed. 

We will be working to stay in compliance with all of the guidelines and requirements from the various oversight agencies as we go forward. We believe that when our students and staff wear masks as prescribed, we will be able to offer more of a “normal” learning environment than if masks were not required or optional. You will see this by the types of activities teachers can now engage the students in; by the way many of the rooms will be set up; and by the movement about the building that will take place this year. 

Finally, I want to say thank you to all of you for the trust you have put in us to take care of your children each day. We value that trust and will do absolutely everything we can do to make sure that each one of our students, faculty and staff members return home to their families and loved ones each day safe and healthy.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or your concerns. My email address is rgrimm@norridge80.net

Respectfully,

 

Ralph Grimm