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October 5, 2020
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Update re: transition to hybrid instruction on Oct. 19

Dear Glenbard families,

Thank you for your patience, understanding, flexibility and support in the past several weeks. I know this has been a challenging time for many.

After carefully assessing our four criteria for shifting to our hybrid model, we believe it is safe to transition to our hybrid in-person learning model on Oct. 19. The four criteria include health data, staffing, safety protocols and equipment and quarantine restrictions. Unless we confront an unforeseen situation or circumstance, we plan to be in our hybrid in-person learning model on Oct. 19. We are eager to welcome back to the classroom students who have chosen our hybrid model. For calendar information, see the link below.

Freshman/New Student Orientation Activities
Leading up to the Oct. 19 in-person learning start, each building will host orientation activities for freshmen and new students. Look for correspondence from your principal regarding specific details.

Orientation for Students with Highest Needs
Orientation for our students in Life Skills and Transitions programs will be offered prior to Oct. 19. Our supervisors will communicate details to families in these programs.

Families Still have the Option for Fully Remote
Our hybrid model combines in-person and remote learning. Taking this approach allows us to maximize social distancing and health and safety in our buildings, and allows families the option of fully remote learning. If a family previously chose our hybrid model and now wants to go with our fully remote model, they should make that request to their student’s school counselor.

In preparation for the return to in-person learning, we will have a planning day for teachers on Wednesday, Oct. 14. Note: there will be no school on Oct. 14.

The schedule on Oct. 15 will be livestream periods 1-4, and the schedule for Oct. 16 will be livestream periods 5-8.

Any district-wide students who are scheduled to take the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) on Oct. 14 at Glenbard East should still plan to be at East on Oct. 14 to take the exam.

Important dates:

  • Holiday, no school, Oct. 12
  • Institute Day, no school, Oct. 13
  • Teacher planning day, no school, Oct. 14
  • National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) at Glenbard East, Oct. 14
  • On-campus PSAT/NMSQT for juniors Oct. 17
  • On-campus SAT makeup test for seniors Oct. 27
  • Parent-teacher conferences via Zoom Oct. 28-29
  • Election Day, no school, Nov. 3
  • Athletic on-campus contact days, ongoing
  • Driver education behind-the-wheel started on Sept. 21.
  • Technology Center of DuPage (TCD) in-person hybrid started on Sept. 28.
  • Non-attendance day no school, Oct. 30

Please review our first semester calendar here.

Safety Protocols
Safety is our top priority; safety underpins everything. As we return to in-person learning, we will implement the following protocols to protect the health and safety of our students, staff and families:

  • All students and staff will electronically certify that they have a temperature less than 100.4 F and are free of COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering the building. For those students who ride a bus, this certification will have to be shown to the driver prior to boarding.
  • All persons entering the building will go through the thermal temperature screening stations and must have a temperature of less than 100.4 F.
  • Face masks are required on the bus and in the buildings for the entire day.
  • Social distancing must be observed to the greatest extent possible while entering the building. Signage is located in hallways to encourage students to maintain social distancing during passing periods. Teachers will issue passes to students for restroom use during the class period, to promote social distancing in our restrooms.
  • Students and staff will be frequently reminded about the importance of proper handwashing.
  • We placed hand sanitizer throughout our buildings.
  • We have reconfigured each classroom with desks facing forward with 6’ separation and have placed excess furniture in storage.
  • We’ve installed plexiglas barriers in high traffic offices and other areas.
  • Water fountains and vending service are shut down to minimize potential spread of the virus. Lockers will not be in use.
  • Each night and throughout the day, we have thorough cleaning of each facility. High touch areas will be disinfected during the day.

Review our FAQ for more information about the hybrid in-person learning model.

The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with health officials’ guidance. It’s important that we observe key health protocols: wear a mask, maintain social distancing, wash your hands frequently and stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms or suspect COVID-19 (ex: awaiting testing results).

I look forward to seeing our students in our buildings again soon.

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