Parent Update February 25th


February 25, 2022

Dear CUSD 201 Families,

Congratulations to Westmont High School principal Jack Baldermann. Jack has been selected as a Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Leadership finalist. Mr. Baldermann is one of six finalists out of over 100 school leaders nominated in Illinois.

At the February 22 Special Board Meeting. The CUSD 201 Board approved an updated mitigation plan. Beginning the week of February 28, CUSD 201 will transition to masks “strongly recommended” in our schools. Masks will still be required on school buses.

In addition, the District will recommend that unvaccinated close contacts not attend school for five days, but students will not be required. Positive cases will still be excluded from school for five days.

The following mitigations CUSD 201 will still have in place:

  • Minimum 3 feet social distancing in the classroom when possible
  • 3 to 6 feet social distancing in the cafeteria
  • Frequent hand washing encouraged
  • Hand sanitizers available in all schools
  • Optional weekly testing
  • Desktops and classrooms sanitized daily
  • Cafeteria tables sanitized after every lunch
  • Encouraging students to get vaccinated

Our teachers and administrators have been working with our students to have a smooth transition on Monday.

Westmont Pharmacy is hosting a free vaccination clinic on Saturday, February 26 at the pharmacy from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Here is the link to schedule an appointment (Westmont Pharmacy Vaccination Clinic).

Information about our students’ vaccination status is valuable as we decide COVID-19 mitigations. If your child is fully vaccinated, please upload an image of the vaccination card in Skyward. Once you log into Skyward, there is a link you will use to upload the card. The information will be kept confidential. 

CUSD 201 is asking parents to complete the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. The survey results provide valuable information to our school and are included in the school report card. We also use the data to guide some of our decision-making. The survey closes on March 11, 2022. Illinois 5Essentials Survey

The positivity rate in DuPage County continues to decrease. As of February 28, the seven-day positivity rate for Westmont is 1.60%, Hinsdale is 2.99%, Downers Grove is 3.41%, and Clarendon Hills is 3.27%.  The average positivity rate for our community is 3.15%.  The county is still exceeding 117 new cases per 100,000 and has a positivity rate of  3.15%.

Please read the entire communication for additional information.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing: 
CUSD 201 is offering optional weekly COVID-19 testing through Northshore Labs. There is no cost for the test. If you want your child to participate, use this link CUSD 201 COVID Testing. Testing takes place every Monday.

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