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Mission Statement: District 88 mission: To work for the continuous improvement of student achievement. Through that mission, District 88 schools have been named as Top Schools in America by Newsweek and the Washington Post.

 

Important updates from District 88

Pictured is District 88 Superintendent Dr. Scott Helton.

As we continue to face the challenges of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, I would like to thank our stakeholders for your adaptability and support as we work together to overcome the adversity of this unprecedented situation.

We are committed to providing the most up-to-date information to keep everyone informed, and I would like to share the important updates below.

COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan-DuPage High School District 88 Return to School Plan

As we shared last week, the District 88 Board of Education recently approved the administration's recommendation to align the COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan-DuPage High School District 88 Return to School Plan with the DuPage County return to school framework and the DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics Guidance (http://www.dupagehealth.org/ReturnToSchool). The Board also approved the administration's recommendation to transition from Stage 1 (Remote Learning) to Stage 2 (Remote Plus Learning) of the plan starting on Oct. 19, provided conditions remain in the Moderate Community Transmission category.

Today (Oct. 16), we were informed by the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) that DuPage County will move from the Moderate Community Transmission level to the Substantial Community Transmission level on Oct. 19. The DCHD reported the number of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people moved to 115 per 100,000 (the threshold for Substantial Community Transmission is 100 cases per 100,000).

In the DCHD model, there are three levels of transmission we are monitoring weekly: Minimal, Moderate and Substantial Community Transmission. Each of these levels is determined by a variety of factors, including:

DuPage County’s level of COVID-19 community transmission is determined by the highest category in which a single metric is met or exceeded. When considering a shift to more in-person learning, all metrics should be under the identified thresholds for a given level for at least two consecutive weeks.

During the Oct. 19 Board meeting, the District 88 administration will recommend the Board approves extending Stage 1 (Remote Learning) of our plan until the DCHD metrics indicate Moderate Community Transmission (this will take at least two weeks). Contact Days for athletics and activities also will be canceled until that time. Based on guidance and data provided by Centers for Disease Control, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, the Illinois and DuPage County health departments, the Illinois State Board of Education and the DuPage Regional Office of Education, we believe this is the best decision at this time to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our students, staff, families and community members.

For more information about our Return to School Plan, and to watch a video explaining the plan and next steps, go to www.dupage88.net/ReturnToSchoolPlan.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

GUIDANCE FROM STATE AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS

PARENT AND STUDENT MEETINGS

DISTRICT 88 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
The next District 88 Board of Education meeting is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19. See details below.

DISTRICT 88 TO HOST PROSPECTIVE BOARD CANDIDATE WORKSHOP
Those who are interested in running for the District 88 Board of Education during the Consolidated General Election on April 6, 2021, are invited to attend a virtual Prospective Board Candidate Workshop. That event will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 21 and will take place online. To register, please contact me at shelton@dupage88.net or 630-530-3980.

Three full (four-year) terms will be open on the District 88 Board during the April 6, 2021, election.

Through the workshop, you’ll learn:

  1. Time requirements of being a Board member

  2. Expectations of being a Board member

  3. How to complete the filing/petition process

  4. You also will have an opportunity to ask questions about being a Board member

OTHER AREAS OF FOCUS

Thank you for your support of District 88 and our mission to work for the continuous improvement of student achievement.

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

DuPage High School District 88
2 Friendship Plaza Addison, IL 60101
Phone: 630-530-3981 Fax: 630-832-0198
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