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Important updates from District 88 regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)

At District 88, the safety and well-being of students and staff is our No. 1 priority. We continue to carefully monitor developments regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are working with the DuPage Regional Office of Education, the DuPage County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and local officials and school district leaders to ensure the safest environment at our buildings.

Please keep in mind the situation is rapidly evolving, and recommendations and amendments could be made at any time. As information becomes available, we will share updates on this web page. This will be the official site for communication from District 88.


IMPORTANT UPDATES – 04/03/20

While I know Spring Break this past week wasn’t what any of us hoped for or envisioned, I hope you were able to relax, adjust to our “new normal” and visit – at least virtually – with family and friends.

The 2019-20 school year has been an unprecedented experience for all of us, as the impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continue to bring about challenges none of us thought we would face. The commitment of our stakeholders to connect with and care for our students shines through, and we continue to work together to overcome the adversity presented by this arduous period in our history. I would like to thank our staff members, students, parents/guardians and community members for their cooperation, understanding, adaptability and support. We are committed to keeping you up to date with the latest COVID-19 information, and below are recent updates. We will continue to post current content on this web page.

Executive Order
As we shared earlier this week, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker updated his “stay at home” Executive Order on March 31, which extends the closure of schools in Illinois from April 7 (as previously mandated) to April 30. District 88 will receive full funding from the state for those days, and they don’t need to be made up at the end of the school year. CLICK HERE to see the full order.

Remote Learning
As we’ve previously communicated, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has shifted to Remote Learning Days to ensure continuity of education. At District 88, we are meeting these standards through our E-learning Plan. I highly recommend all students stay connected and take advantage of every learning opportunity our teachers provide, and I ask that students check in and engage with their teachers.

We have officially transitioned from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days, and we will implement our Remote Learning Plan on Monday, April 6. The District 88 Remote Learning Plan is aligned to recommendations from the ISBE, as well as the district’s mission and vision. The ISBE provided overarching best practices and standards for instruction, grading, communication, social-emotional needs, content selection and delivery, family engagement and other important concerns, as well as specific guidance for different grade bands, English Learners and students with disabilities. See important details of the District 88 Remote Learning Plan below.

Schedule

Grading
To provide consistency and continuation of learning, and to prioritize the connectedness and care for students, student learning will be assessed and graded using the District 88 grading scale.

Internet connection

Remote Learning surveys
While it’s difficult to replace face-to-face learning and the traditional classroom/school setting, I can assure you our teachers and staff members are dedicated to providing our students with online learning opportunities to help make sure they remain college and career ready. We want to make sure we’re meeting our students’ needs and connecting with them in the best way possible. We ask that students and parents/guardians complete the surveys below to provide feedback and assist us in continuing to improve our Remote Learning Plan.

Advanced Placement (AP)/college-level exams

Upcoming District 88 events
Along with altering the academic setting, COVID-19 also has affected our ability to host events. We certainly understand the frustration and devastation of our families and students – especially our seniors – as events and activities have been impacted. We will evaluate all events scheduled to take place in April and determine the best possible outcome. Those decisions will be made with the safety and well-being of our students in mind. Below are the steps we will take.

  1. Postpone and reschedule April events if possible

  2. Develop and implement virtual events in place of in-person events where applicable

  3. Cancel events if unavoidable

Food service
We will maintain our partnership with Addison School District 4, School District 45, Salt Creek School District 48, Arbor Management, Chartwells and Cottage Hill Operating Company to provide free meals to residents who are 18 years old and younger. We have delivered more than 48,000 meals so far, and we will continue to distribute food from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, starting April 7.

CLICK HERE to see details about our food-service program, including how adults can sign up and volunteer to help.


Our mission is to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and we will remain focused on accomplishing that goal – even in a virtual environment. It’s because of our partnerships we’re able to accomplish our mission, and it’s those partnerships that will guide us through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your continued support of District 88.


Respectfully,
Scott J. Helton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, DuPage High School District 88


IMPORTANT UPDATES – 03/31/20

Dear District 88 families and friends,

I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and well. The 2019-20 school year has been an unprecedented experience for all of us, as the impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continue to bring about challenges none of us thought we would face. The commitment of our stakeholders to connect with and care for our students shines through, and we continue to work together to overcome the adversity presented by this arduous period in our history. I would like to thank our staff members, students, parents/guardians and community members for their cooperation, understanding, adaptability and support.

Today, March 31, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker updated his “stay at home” Executive Order, which extends the closure of schools in Illinois from April 7 (as previously mandated) to April 30. District 88 will receive full funding from the state for those days, and they don’t need to be made up at the end of the school year.

While we know it’s difficult to replace face-to-face learning and the traditional classroom/school setting, I can assure you our teachers and staff members are dedicated to providing our students with online learning opportunities to help make sure they remain college and career ready. As we recently shared, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has implemented remote learning days to ensure continuity of education. District 88 is meeting those recommendations through our E-learning plan, and we are evaluating those strategies to ensure they meet the ISBE’s standards. We will communicate the finalized plan and specifics about instructional expectations later this week. Along with academics, we also are here to provide social-emotional assistance. If your student is in need of support, please contact us.

We also will maintain our partnership with Addison School District 4, School District 45, Salt Creek School District 48, Arbor Management, Chartwells and Cottage Hill Operating Company to provide free meals to residents who are 18 years old and younger. As we’ve previously communicated, we have delivered about 46,000 meals so far, and we will continue to distribute food from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays, starting April 7. CLICK HERE to see details about our food-service program, including how adults can sign up and volunteer to help.

Our mission is to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and we will remain focused on accomplishing that goal – even in a virtual environment. It’s because of our partnerships we’re able to accomplish our mission, and it’s those partnerships that will guide us through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your continued support of District 88.


Respectfully,
Scott J. Helton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, DuPage High School District 88


IMPORTANT UPDATES – 03/27/20

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Pictured is District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton.

As we head into Spring Break, it’s difficult not to reflect on how our lives have changed in a matter of days.

Spring Break is typically a time when families enjoy vacations, when upperclassmen visit college campuses and when students can be seen playing outside with their friends. But this year we’re dealing with unprecedented impacts from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. There’s no doubt this is a challenging period in our history, but I know with our involved parents/guardians, engaged students and community members, knowledgeable Board of Education members and dedicated and passionate staff, we will come together and support each other through connecting and caring during this time.

We are committed to keeping you up to date with the latest COVID-19 information, and below are recent updates. We will continue to post current content on this web page.

Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) (https://www.isbe.net/Pages/covid19.aspx)

Waiver: The ISBE recently submitted a request to waive assessments, summative designations and reporting on accountability metrics for the 2019-20 school year. The U.S. Department of Education has informed the ISBE its request appears to meet all statutory requirements and has directed Illinois to implement the waivers while formal approval is processed.

SAT: We know the free SAT provided by the state is the only opportunity many students have to take a college entrance exam. The ISBE is working with The College Board to develop options to allow current eleventh-grade students to take the SAT in the fall. Details are being finalized, and we’ll share updates as soon as they’re available.

Remote learning: As we’ve previously shared, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker issued a “stay at home” Executive Order on March 20. That order extended the closure of schools in Illinois from March 30 (as previously mandated) to April 7, with an anticipated return to school on April 8. These days were declared as Act of God Days. However, the ISBE is looking to shift those days to remote learning after March 30 to ensure continuity of education. An advisory group is developing recommendations to implement that change.

E-learning opportunities

At District 88, we will continue to provide extended learning opportunities through our E-learning plan to help make sure students remain college and career ready. I enthusiastically recommend all students stay connected and take advantage of every learning opportunity our teachers provide, and I ask that students check in and engage with their teachers. Below are links with more details.

I would like to thank our staff, students and parents/guardians for their flexibility and partnership as we transitioned from a traditional school setting to providing online E-learning opportunities. We’ve had an average attendance rate of 93 percent (which is comparable to our attendance rate when school is in session), and that speaks volumes to the dedication and commitment of our teachers and pupils.

We continue to hear amazing stories of how teachers and staff are staying connected with and caring for students. Examples include:

Advanced Placement (AP)/college-level exams (https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update)

Food service

As a reminder, District 88 is partnering with Addison School District 4, School District 45 and Salt Creek School District 48 to provide free meals to students (pictured above).

From March 17 to 20, the four school districts distributed 10,377 meals. From March 23 to 27 (today), we delivered 16,049 meals, along with 19,290 meals to cover Spring Break (the total number of meals delivered this week was 35,339). The grand total for meals distributed in three weeks is 45,716 and counting. District 45 will deliver Spring Break meals on Monday, March 30.

See details below.

We are fortunate to have community members who want to help. We truly appreciate your willingness to assist in these efforts. If you’re interested in volunteering with our food-service program, please CLICK HERE to complete the form, or contact District 88 Director of Community Relations Dani Brink at dbrink@dupage88.net or 630-530-3989. Please note volunteers must be 18 years old or older.

I also would like to thank Arbor Management, Chartwells and Cottage Hill Operating Company for their incredible partnership in this program. This is a tremendous collaboration and an excellent example of how we will continue to connect with and care for students.

District 88 leadership

To ensure the district continues to operate as normal as possible, we are hosting Board of Education meetings and district and building leadership meetings using alternative methods such as online video calls and phone conferences.

Addison Community Television (ACTV) segment

On March 25, Addison School District 4 Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Information Dr. Kim Lohse and I joined Village of Addison Mayor Richard Veenstra during an Addison Community Television (ACTV) segment (pictured above). During the filming, we discussed COVID-19 updates, including details about our E-learning plan and our food-service distribution. You can watch the segment at https://youtu.be/jZsSejMF-yY.

I wish our staff, students, parents/guardians and community members a safe and happy Spring Break. It’s because of your partnership we’re able to accomplish our mission of working for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and it’s that partnership that will help us all make it through this unprecedented situation. Thank you for your continued support of District 88, and be sure to check this web page for updated information.


Respectfully,
Scott J. Helton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, DuPage High School District 88


IMPORTANT UPDATES – 03/20/20

Pictured is District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton.

As we complete the first week of this unprecedented journey in education dealing with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), I would like to thank our staff members, students, parents/guardians and community members for their continued cooperation, understanding and support of District 88. The commitment of our stakeholders to connect with and care for our students never ceases to amaze me, and they’ve risen to the occasion yet again in the face of adversity during this difficult time.

“Stay at home” Executive Order
Today, March 20, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker issued a “stay at home” Executive Order for Illinois starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow, March 21, through April 7. See details of the order HERE, and see frequently asked questions HERE. At District 88, we have been prepared for an extended school closure, and we will maintain our E-learning plan to provide students with a continuity of education. Read more about our plan below. Updates will be posted on this web page.

Food service
As a reminder, District 88 is partnering with Addison School District 4, School District 45, Salt Creek School District 48 and places throughout the District 88 community to provide free meals to students. See details below.

This week, we had about 140 volunteers (which included staff members, administrators and community members from districts 4, 45, 48 and 88) step up and prepare/distribute more than 10,000 meals to students (as shown in the above photos). We also donated 377 meals to Addison Township Food Pantry. I also would like to thank Arbor Management, Chartwells and Cottage Hill Operating Company for their incredible partnership in this program. This is a tremendous collaboration and an excellent example of how we will continue to connect with and care for students.

E-learning
I would like to thank our staff members for their flexibility, as well as their passion and dedication to ensuring we remain committed to the academic success and overall well-being of our pupils. Within a 48-hour timespan, we transitioned from a traditional school setting to providing online E-learning opportunities for more than 4,000 students – and that was possible because of our incredible staff.

I would like to thank our students for adapting to this new learning environment. Throughout this first week, students have shared amazing stories of how their teachers continue to connect and provide instruction.

I would like to thank our parents/guardians for their partnership. I know it’s a challenging situation, and we will continue to be here to support you though this process.

As mentioned above, Gov. Pritzker’s new Executive Order extends the closure of schools in Illinois from March 30 (as previously mandated) to April 7, with an anticipated return to school on April 8. District 88 will receive full funding from the state for those days, and they don’t need to be made up at the end of the school year.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) strongly encourages school districts to provide learning opportunities for all students during this time, through whatever means possible. We are meeting this requirement by providing extended learning opportunities through our E-learning plan to help ensure students remain college and career ready. I enthusiastically recommend all students stay connected and take advantage of every learning opportunity our teachers provide. I ask that students check in and engage with their teachers during this break, and we will continue to communicate details.

In making that statement, the ISBE wants to ensure students throughout Illinois continue to participate in learning during this separation from our traditional education format and don’t regress and lose skills/abilities they’ve developed. The ISBE’s guidance aligns with our mission to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and we will remain focused on accomplishing that mission – even in a virtual environment.

Board meeting
Our next District 88 Board of Education meeting is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m. on March 23 at the District 88 Office, 2 Friendship Plaza in Addison.

In compliance with Gov. Pritzker's Executive Order, we will have limited attendance at this meeting.

We continue to carefully monitor developments regarding COVID-19 and are working with the DuPage Regional Office of Education, the DuPage County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and local officials and school district leaders to ensure the safest environment at our buildings. As information becomes available, we will share updates on this web page.

I know with our involved parents/guardians, engaged students and community members, knowledgeable Board of Education members and dedicated and passionate staff, we will come together and support each other through this unprecedented time.

Respectfully,
Scott J. Helton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, DuPage High School District 88


IMPORTANT UPDATES – 03/16/20

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Food service from March 17 to 27
At District 88, the well-being of students is our No. 1 priority. We are committed to making sure students continue to receive food service while they’re not in the buildings.

District 88 is partnering with Addison School District 4, School District 45, Salt Creek School District 48 and places throughout the District 88 community to provide meals. Click the link below to see all the details.

We are fortunate to have community members who want to help. We truly appreciate your willingness to assist in these efforts. If you’re interested in volunteering with our food-service program, please complete the form at the link below, or contact District 88 Director of Community Relations Dani Brink at dbrink@dupage88.net or 630-530-3989.

CLICK HERE FOR FOOD SERVICE DETAILS

Important update regarding E-learning
Thank you for your continued cooperation, understanding and support of District 88 as we work together through this unprecedented time. Please keep in mind the situation is rapidly evolving, and recommendations and amendments could be made at any time. We would like to share with you the most up-to-date information.

In compliance with Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker’s Executive Order to close schools from March 17 to 30, along with recent guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), these days of school closure have been declared as Act of God Days, which means they don’t need to be made up at the end of the school year.

We recognize our objectives for creating a plan with E-learning days was to continue providing curriculum and instruction for students throughout the year and to not have to make up those days at the end of the year. The ISBE strongly encourages school districts “to provide instruction to students during these Act of God Days through whatever means possible.” Our goal at District 88 is to stay connected to provide continuity of education that meets the needs of all of our students and families. Our mission is to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement, and we will move forward with our E-learning plan to help ensure we accomplish that mission.

We will still transition to an online E-learning environment to promote social distancing starting on March 17 and will continue through March 27. Spring Break is scheduled to take place from March 28 to April 5, with an anticipated return to school on Monday, April 6.

Students are encouraged to participate in E-learning on the following dates:

Below are links with more details:

Our focus during this challenging time will remain centered on making sure we CONNECT with and CARE for our students and one another. Please feel free to contact me at shelton@dupage88.net or 630-530-3990 with any questions or concerns, and thank you again for your support of District 88.


Respectfully,
Scott J. Helton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, DuPage High School District 88


IMPORTANT UPDATES – 03/13/20

Pictured is District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton.

At District 88, the safety and well-being of students and staff is our No. 1 priority. We continue to carefully monitor developments regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and are working with the DuPage Regional Office of Education, the DuPage County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and local officials and school district leaders to ensure the safest environment at our buildings. Please keep in mind the situation is rapidly evolving, and recommendations and amendments could be made at any time. As information becomes available, we will share updates on this web page. This will be the official site for communication from District 88.

Important information about transitioning to an online E-learning environment
Based on the mandate given by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, along with our communications and coordination with the agencies mentioned above, District 88 will transition to an online E-learning environment to promote social distancing. March 16 will be an Institute Day for staff to prepare and will be a student non-attendance day. E-learning will begin on March 17 and will continue through March 27. Spring Break is still scheduled to take place from March 28 to April 5, with an anticipated return to school on Monday, April 6. As a result, the following measures will be implemented until further notice.

We will work to reschedule these events as best as possible.

Staff members will use March 16 as an Institute Day to prepare for E-learning, and E-learning is scheduled to take place from March 17 to 27. This will allow us to provide continuation of learning during this time that meets the needs of all of our students and families. We will continue to focus on providing a high-quality learning environment that meets our mission of working for the continuous improvement of student achievement. For families who don’t have Internet access at home, please contact your student’s counselor, an administrator or a librarian, and we will help make arrangements. See details about E-learning below.

SAVE THE DATE: Please note we are switching our Institute Day from May 18 to March 16, which means May 18 will now be an attendance day for students. Please plan accordingly.

Important information about how District 88 is being proactive to clean its buildings/facilities
A top priority at District 88 is the sanitization and cleanliness of the facilities. As part of our standard practice, our Buildings and Grounds staff members are completing the following tasks on a daily basis:

Should DuPage County Health Department officials implement changes or other guidelines, we will immediately adapt.

Important reminders about COVID-19
General information about COVID-19:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 90 locations internationally, including in the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2,” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”).

For answers to frequently asked questions, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.

How COVID-19 spreads:
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. It might be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads. The virus that causes COVID-19 seems to be spreading easily and sustainably in the community (“community spread”) in some affected geographic areas. Community spread means people have been infected with the virus in an area, including some who are not sure how or where they became infected.

Symptoms:
The following symptoms might appear two to 14 days after exposure to COVID-19.

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your health care provider immediately. See more details and advice at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html.

How to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Travel guidelines:
As we head into Spring Break and potential vacation plans, we want to share with you that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established geographic risk-stratification criteria for the purpose of issuing travel health notices for countries with COVID-19 transmission and guiding public health management decisions for people with potential travel-related exposures to COVID-19. A number of factors inform the geographic risk stratification, including size, geographic distribution and epidemiology of the outbreak. Go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html to get country-specific travel health information about COVID-19.

For questions or more information:
For questions or more information about COVID-19, contact the hotline and e-mail address below. They’re available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

COVID-19 resources:

These are unprecedented times. Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support of District 88 as we work through this situation together. Please feel free to contact me at shelton@dupage88.net or 630-530-3990 with any questions or concerns.


Respectfully,
Scott J. Helton, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools, DuPage High School District 88

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