Parent Update October 29th


October 29, 2021

Dear CUSD 201 Families,

The number of new cases was lower this week, which is a positive sign. The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) notified the school district on Thursday, October 28, that the number of cases tied to the football program meets the outbreak criteria. The school district needs to continue to follow the CDC mitigation and exclude positive cases and close contacts.

This weekend is Halloween. Please practice the IDPH recommended mitigation measures. If someone is experiencing COVID-like symptoms, it is best not to be in social settings. We want to avoid any spikes in positive cases in the weeks following Halloween.

DuPage County continues to be at a high level of transmission (DCHD COVID-19 Dashboard).  As of October 29, the seven-day positivity rate for Westmont is 3.29%, Hinsdale is 2.06%, Downers Grove is 2.51%, and Clarendon Hills is 3.06%. The average positivity rate for our community is 2.867%.  The county is still exceeding 100 new cases per 100,000.

Please read the entire communication for additional information.

CUSD 201 Wants to Hear From You
CUSD 201 has been involved in planning for the future of our two elementary schools.  The District has hosted several meetings, both virtual and in-person. We are currently gathering stakeholder feedback through a survey. Please take a moment and complete the survey (Elementary Future Planning Survey). The survey will close on November 5.

Quarantine and Exclusion:
Parents should keep children with COVID-19 symptoms at home.  Parents should keep unvaccinated siblings of symptomatic students home as well.  Students who report COVID-like symptoms while in school will be sent home.  If the ill student is not cleared to return to school, their unvaccinated siblings will need to stay home the following day.

Symptomatic students are to be COVID tested within 48 hours of symptom onset.
To return to school, symptomatic students must show proof of a negative COVID PCR Test.
If a COVID Test is not desired, the symptomatic student and their unvaccinated siblings may be excluded for ten days.

Contact your school’s nurse with any questions and for return to school clearance.

The District follows the IDPH Exclusion Guidance for Schools Decision Tree (IDPH School Decision Tree).  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.

If you are not vaccinated already, please consider receiving the vaccine. You can find information regarding the Covid-19 Vaccine on the DCHD website. 

Thank you for your continued support of our school district.

Take care,

Kevin Carey
CUSD 201