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August 31, 2020
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Superintendent announces delayed start of in-person learning

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your support as we launched the fully remote school day. Our students are working hard, and our talented instructors have been nimble and resourceful in facilitating relevant and challenging learning experiences via livestream through our digital platforms and tools. The changes made to remote learning over the summer have resulted in a more engaging school experience for students. While we opened in remote, we also have worked diligently to develop processes and identify the staff needed to make our hybrid model successful.

While we take great pride in our carefully designed hybrid model, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the start of in-person learning (our hybrid model) due to the rising number of cases of COVID-19. We will continuously monitor COVID-19 rates and metrics provided by the state and county to evaluate when the Hybrid Schedule can start and will assess the metrics and re-evaluate every six weeks, the next will be on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. We will notify you regularly of any changes.  Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Department of Health indicate high COVID-19 rates.  This data includes the DuPage County Health Department’s Return to School Framework, rates in Glenbard communities that are continuing to climb, as well as the increasing numbers of new cases in the county.

Community Transmission of COVID-19
We monitor the COVID-19 situation both locally and nationally. DuPage County continues to have a growing number of cases of COVID-19 as seen in this DuPage Health Department summary. We are aware of individuals being infected at social gatherings in the community and then transmitting COVID-19 to others. Communities and schools that experienced increased COVID-19 cases have had to revert to increased restrictions and close schools after trying to open safely.  We can learn from these cases that our diligence and dedication to following all precautions in the community and in our day-to-day lives can have a direct impact on each other’s well-being and our collective desire to return to some level of in-person learning.

The trend of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within our communities. See below for an example of the increase in cases in our four largest communities in a five-week window.

Total Number of Confirmed Cases of COVID-19
Source: DuPage County Health Department 

Date Glen Ellyn Glendale Heights Carol Stream Lombard
July 19, 2020 195 764 557 452
Aug. 26, 2020 428 865 758 684

If someone in your household is sick or awaiting COVID-19 test results, do not attend our athletic events or other school-related events and activities. We strongly urge families to not have social gatherings at their home or elsewhere in the community. We implore Glenbard families to strictly adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a mask in public, wash their hands and stay home if they are sick to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and get us closer to offering in-person learning.

Feedback Form
As we continue to move forward with remote learning, we want to gather feedback regarding your experience, student experiences and staff experiences with our fully remote learning. We made substantial changes to our schedule, instruction and grading since our remote learning experience last spring and recognize that input from all stakeholders is needed in order to continue to improve remote learning.  Please take the time to share your feedback in this survey.

When it comes time to launch the hybrid schedule, we will continue to work hard to keep students and staff safe and engaged. Be assured that we are committed to safely providing the best possible learning experience for each student. Many thanks for your continued patience and support.

Sincerely,
David F. Larson, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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