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Important updates from District 88

Pictured is District 88 Interim Superintendent Dr. Jean Barbanente.

Despite dealing with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, we are excited to provide opportunities for students to come on campus in a controlled environment that follows the policies, procedures and guidance in place regarding social distancing, health and cleaning protocols.

This week, it was wonderful to have music fill the halls as Jazz Band and CenterStage (show choir) students rehearsed. The auditoriums also were buzzing with energy as our thespians returned to the stage, and we welcomed members of National Honor Society, Orchesis, SkillsUSA, International Dance Show, Scholastic Bowl and Key Club. Our winter sports season is going strong as well, with student-athletes practicing and competing in the gym and on the court. We anticipate hosting more extracurricular activities in the buildings in the coming weeks.

The Board of Education recently approved transitioning to Stage 2 of our Return to School Plan (Remote Plus), which will begin on Feb. 22. During this stage, staff will begin to bring more students in for in-person learning. We will prioritize students who are struggling in remote learning, as well as curricular areas that require hands-on experiences (i.e. Career and Technical Education, Fine Arts, etc.). All self-contained programming will return to campus on March 2. Driver Education also will begin, and details will be sent to eligible students.

It’s wonderful to see our students back in the schools, and we look forward to providing more in-person options as the county’s COVID-19 numbers improve. In late February and early March, we will host events for seniors and freshmen, with opportunities for sophomores and juniors as well. We will recommend moving to Stage 3 of our plan (Blended Remote/Hybrid) later in the spring, if this positive trend toward lower case counts continues toward minimal community transmission.

Our No. 1 priority remains the health, safety and well-being of our students, staff and community members, and we maintain our practice of following data and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker, the Illinois and DuPage County health departments, the Illinois State Board of Education and the DuPage Regional Office of Education.

As part of that focus, we aligned our Return to School Plan with the DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics Guidance. That guidance is comprised of six metrics that feed into three Community Transmission Levels (Minimal, Moderate or Substantial). Our Return to School Plan consists of three stages – Remote, Remote Plus and Blended Remote/Hybrid – and those stages are tied to the metrics. We are transitioning through the stages of our plan based on the movement of the county metrics, and we are prepared to move to a hybrid environment as soon as the data supports that decision. For details and the most up-to-date information about our Return to School Plan, go to www.dupage88.net/ReturntoSchoolPlan.

Parent and student meetings:
We understand this is a challenging and unprecedented time for everyone, and we will continue to meet with parents/guardians and students. We have hosted meetings with parents since June 30 and with students since Aug. 19 to speak with them directly, share updated information and respond to their questions and concerns.

COVID-19 resources:

District 88 is partnering with organizations throughout DuPage County to compile a list of COVID-19 resources to assist residents in the following areas:

View the list at https://tinyurl.com/DuPageResources. The information will be updated frequently, so be sure to check the list often.

If you have a resource to add, complete the form at http://www.dupage88.net/DuPageCountyResources, or e-mail dbrink@dupage88.net.

District 88 also is committed to making sure students continue to receive food service, and we are partnering with Chartwells and Cottage Hill Operating Company to host a community food-service program. See the food distribution details below.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE FOOD SERVICE?

WHAT IS THE COST OF THE MEALS?

WHEN WILL FOOD BE DISTRIBUTED?

WHERE WILL FOOD BE DISTRIBUTED?

*PLEASE NOTE: On Feb. 17, food will be distributed at door 2.

WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

COVID-19 vaccines:

Thank you for your continued support of 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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