District Announcements

John Jobe
Dear D80 Family:
 
District 80 Board of Education, administration, and members of the executive board of the teachers' association met to discuss their commitment to and partnership in providing the safest and highest quality educational experience for our students.  After reviewing the current data and how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted D80 schools, the board has decided to remain in Remote eLearning until January 19, 2021.  
 
The Board of Education also agreed to use the metric of 8% Positivity as an indicator metric for returning to the Hybrid Model or pivoting to Remote eLearning.  Please use this Northwestern.edu COVID Dashboard to monitor the positivity rate for our zip code 60706:  http://covid-dashboard.fsm.northwestern.edu/
 
How will using the 8% Positivity Metric Work?
 
If we are operating under the Hybrid Model in-person and the 7 Day rolling positivity metric rises to above 8%,  we will plan to shift to Remote eLearning.  Administration will determine the timing of the start of the shift, but the Remote eLearning will last for at least two weeks.  If we are operating in Remote eLearning and the new cases are dropping, the daily positivity is dropping, and then the 7 Day rolling positivity goes down to below 8% and looks to continue going down, we will plan to return to the Hybrid Model in-person.  Again, administration will determine the best day for the start of the return.  
 
The D80 Board of Education Members, together with the administration and the teachers, made this decision with the sincere commitment to the safety of all in the school community while striving to return to in-person learning as soon as possible.
 
For the weeks of November 30 through December 17, all students will learn remotely.  December 18 is a Remote Learning Planning Day for teachers, so students do not attend that day.  Remote classes will resume after Winter Break on January 4.  
 
We hope that you and your family had a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving.  
Please look for more information from your child's principal in regard to their learning needs.  
 
Sincerely,
Stephanie Palmer
Superintendent/Principal
Norridge School District 80
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