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Principal's News Week of December 6, 2021

Reported by on 12/6/21

Student Vaccination Status

It was brought to my attention that a concern has arisen among some students with regard to the vaccination status of other students. I have no idea how prevalent this is, but I thought that it might be worthwhile to address it now. Apparently, there has been some conversation between students about whether or not a student is vaccinated and, subsequently, that a student cannot play with another student at recess unless the other student is vaccinated. Though we have been asked to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated, I realize that this decision is placed squarely on the parents of the child and I am not making any judgements. I ask that all of our parents and students do the same. My understanding is that the spread of the virus is highly unlikely while we are outside. That being said, I do not want vaccination status to become a polarizing factor at our school. If you or your child are uncomfortable with your child playing with non-vaccinated students, you can either ask your child to wear a mask during recess or remove your child during recess time. Please counsel your child to not address it with other children. In the hopefully unlikely event that your child is asked about his or her vaccination status, I recommend that students use the following verbiage, "vaccination is personal and I do not want to talk about it". Let's make sure that the virus does not turn our kids against one another. It is neither fair nor healthy.

May Watts Spirit Wear Sale

Show your May Watts Pride by purchasing the newest spirit wear available. We have multiple options in various logo designs. New this year are a drawstring bag perfect for carrying your snow gear to school this winter, flannel pants that will keep you warm and cozy both at home and at school especially on pajama day. Other new items include, shorts (basketball and running) and stretch headbands. Don’t delay, the due date for orders has been extended to DECEMBER 10th! See the attached flyer for more information and the ordering form.

Emergency Closing Information

In light of emergency situations that have caused several local school districts to close for a day, we wanted to communicate with our families the procedures we will use if we were to close for a day due to unforeseen circumstances. Some of the reasons for the closures that have occurred in neighboring districts so far have been related to unsafe water, bus driver shortages, and credible threats. Some situations qualify as an e-learning day. When this is the case, the last day of school remains the same. If we are not able to designate it as an e-learning day, one of our emergency days at the end of the year would be added which would make the last day of school later.

If a situation occurs that requires Indian Prairie School District 204 to cancel in-person learning for a day, we will enact our e-Learning procedures. These procedures were put in place prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when we were trying to prepare for e-learning on severe weather days. Since these procedures were created in 2019, there have been many changes in our ability to provide learning opportunities remotely. The main changes have been the consistent use of Google classroom and technology availability for our youngest learners.

Whenever possible, notification regarding e-Learning Days will occur in the evening prior to the emergency day. Here is an FAQ regarding this type of day. Teachers will have the assigned work posted by the start of the school day for their given levels. For students who do not take their Chromebooks home each night (typically early childhood, kindergarten and first grade) teachers will have sent home a paper copy of a work packet for the students to complete. Teachers will be available to answer questions by email. If the emergency day is expected to be for one day only, the expectation will be for students to complete the work assigned independently. If, for some reason, the emergency situation is expected to be continued for an extended length of time, we will communicate additional plans to provide live instruction opportunities.

Boundary Change Information

District 204 held three Boundary Community Forums. During the evening events, over 1,100 people attended to learn more about the concepts and hear public comments from more than 120 speakers.

For those unable to attend, information is available online including a video of the presentation, slide deck, and concept maps. Community members can also see how the concepts impact their household by using the boundary concept address locator tool. District 204 encourages the community to provide their feedback by emailing the board directly.

District administrators will present their recommendation for boundary adjustments to the Board of Education at a workshop on Monday, December 20 at 5 pm. The meeting will be held at the Crouse Education Center, 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora. Meeting agendas and documents will be available online prior to the meeting. Video of the meeting can be streamed live or viewed the following day at the District’s YouTube channel.

For more information, visit 2021-22 Boundary Process.

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