Parent Update August 13th


August 13, 2021

Dear CUSD 201 Families,

I hope that you had an enjoyable summer. A year ago, we were starting the school year remotely. We need to celebrate that this year we are starting with full-day in-person learning. Wednesday, August 18, 2021, is the first day of student attendance for K-12 students. Pre-K families will follow the schedule provided by the South School teachers.

The Governor’s Executive Order 2021-18, requires masks to be worn in all Illinois public and private preK-12 schools. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is also requiring masks to be worn in schools (ISBE Universal Masking Enforcement). All students and staff are required to wear masks in district buildings. Masks do not need to be worn outdoors.

Currently, DuPage County is at a high level of transmission (DCHD COVID-19 Dashboard). The county is experiencing over 100 new cases a day and a positivity rate of 5.19%.

Parents should keep children with COVID-19 symptoms at home. The students will need a negative COVID test or a note from a doctor to return to school. Students who report COVID-like symptoms while in school will be sent home as will any siblings living in the same home.

The District will be following the CDC Guidance for Schools. Social distancing will be 3 feet. Close contact with a person who is positive for COVID-19 is defined by being less than 3 feet apart for more than 15 minutes. If a student is fully vaccinated and comes in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19, the student does not need to quarantine. An unvaccinated student who comes in contact with someone who is positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine for 14 days.

Unvaccinated siblings of close contacts will also need to quarantine.

Please remember that this is a very fluid situation. The CDC may update its guidelines throughout the year. As the CDC changes its guidance, the District will adapt ours.

National School Lunch Program
The National School Lunch Program is still operating under an emergency order. All students are eligible for a free breakfast and lunch regardless of income level.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we start a new school year.

Take care,

Kevin Carey
CUSD 201