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July 14, 2021

Return to School Plan Update - 07/14/2021

Dear St. George School District No. 258 Families,

You may be aware that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidance for K-12 schools related to COVID-19 prevention on Friday, July 9, 2021. Later that afternoon, the Illinois Department of Public Health announced they would be following that guidance. Then the Illinois State the Illinois State Board of Education released a statement indicating adoption of the CDC guidance.

While the St. George CCSD No. 258 Board of Education and Administration are grateful to finally have some guidance, be it only 6 weeks before the start of the new school year, St. George CCSD No. 258 is not prepared at this time to present an updated Return to School Plan because it is important that the District seek out interpretation of the guidance from the school district’s legal counsel, the district’s insurance carrier, and the local health department to ensure that the plan protects the health and safety of all St. George School students and staff. We also will be seeking opinions and collecting concerns from families and staff through a survey. Finally, it has been our experience that ISBE issues changes and/or clarification multiple times after they release their initial guidance.

Once we have reviewed information received from all stakeholders, the Return to School Plan will be updated and posted to our district’s website. Opportunities for families to provide feedback will most certainly be provided and taken into consideration by the district.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we prepare for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Sincerely,

Helen Boehrnsen

May 13, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 5/14/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff.  We have become aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID-19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was May 10, 2021. For COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  The parents/guardians of students who were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure. Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhea.  Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen

Superintendent

May 3, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 5/3/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff.  We have become aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID-19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was April 30, 2021. For COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  The parents/guardians of students who were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure. Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhea.  Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen

Superintendent

April 29, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 4/29/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff.  We have become aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID-19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was April 27, 2021. For COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  The parents/guardians of students who were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure. Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhea.  Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen

Superintendent

April 23, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 4/23/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff.  We have become aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID-19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was April 22, 2021. For COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  The parents/guardians of students who were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure. Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhea.  Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen
Superintendent

March 26, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 3/26/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff.  We have become aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID-19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was March 26, 2021. For COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.”  The parents/guardians of students who were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure. Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhea.  Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston.  Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen
Superintendent

March 15, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 3/15/21

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff. We have become aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID-19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was March 11, 2021. For COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” The parents/guardians of students who were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure. Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19.

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH.

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html.

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions, please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and families safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Helen Boehrnsen
Superintendent

March 9, 2021

Letter to Parents - Full Day April 6th.

Dear St. George School Families, 

I hope you and your family continue to remain safe and healthy. As we begin the final quarter of  the school year next week, we are excited to announce that full days of school instruction will  resume on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The return to full-day school instruction will provide our  students seven (7) weeks of full instruction before the summer break. Please note that Spring  Break dates are March 29 - April 2 for students. To provide for additional teacher planning for the  return to full-day instruction, Monday, April 5, 2021, will be a School Improvement Day. No  students will be in attendance and no remote learning will occur on April 5, 2021. 

The daily schedule beginning April 6, 2021, is: 

  • ∙ Grades K-4: 7:50 a.m. until 2:35 p.m. (in-person or remotely) 
  • ∙ Grades 5-8: 8:20 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. (in-person or remotely) 
  • ∙ Pre-K: No changes to the current schedule 

If the lengthening of the school day changes your family’s transportation plans and your child now  needs to ride the bus, please call the school office at 815-933-1503 no later than Friday, March  26, 2021, so that arrangements can be made for a bus assignment. If you need additional  information regarding your child’s home arrival time, please contact our Transportation Director,  Mr. Clifton, at [email protected]

Additionally, we are pleased to announce that the concert band students will begin attending class  in-person on Monday, March 15, 2021. Ms. Stedman Conrad will provide additional details to  band students and parents. 

We look forward to providing full-day instruction for our students for the first time in more than a  year. We appreciate your cooperation, patience, and understanding as we transition into full  school day instruction. 

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen

March 1, 2021

Notification of a COVID-19 Positive Case at St. George School - 3/1/21

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff. We have become  aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID 19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was February 26, 2021. For  COVID-19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person  for at least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior  to positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” The parents/guardians of students who  were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification  instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure.  Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially  impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes  difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore  throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and  diarrhea. Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected  persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions,  please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation  with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and  families safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen 

Superintendent

February 21, 2021

Remote Day 02-25-2021

Dear St. George CCSD No. 258 Families, 

Please note a calendar change occurring this week. Thursday, February 25, 2021, will be a  Remote Instruction Day for all St. George School students. Students should plan to log-in  according to the schedule below. 

Instruction for all K-8 students today will take place synchronously (live and at the same time)  according to the following schedule: 

Grades K-4 - Students should sign into Google Classroom by 7:50 a.m. The live classroom  portion of the day will conclude at 12:00 p.m. Students will have an additional 50 minutes of  classwork to complete to meet the required five (5) hours of State mandated instruction minutes. 

Grades 5-8 - Students should sign into Google Classroom by 8:20 a.m. The live classroom portion  will conclude at 12:40 p.m. Students will have an additional 50 minutes of classwork to complete  to meet the required five (5) hours of State mandated instruction minutes. 

Prekindergarten - Students will receive an email from their preschool teacher for the day’s  assignments. 

6-8 Grade Band - Students should sign into Google Classroom by 7:45 a.m. 

On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, approximately 50% of the St. George School staff will be  receiving the second dose of the Moderna vaccine. Given the high frequency of mild to moderate  reactions to the second dose, concern exists that we may be unable to provide staffing for on-site  classes, busing service, and/or food service. This decision is being communicated to parents now  so that arrangements for child care can be made. Students who want lunch service will receive a  take-home sack lunch on Wednesday for Thursday. On-site instruction will resume on Friday,  February 26, 2021. 

Thank you for your cooperation and patience. 

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen 

February 10, 2021

Notice to All Parents of COVID-19 Positive Case. 02-10-2021

Dear Parent/Guardian, 

The District has been closely monitoring the health and safety of our students and staff. We have become  aware that an individual at St. George School has been diagnosed with COVID-19. The last time the COVID 19 positive individual was in the school setting while they were contagious was February 4, 2021. For COVID 19, the CDC defines a “close contact” as “any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at  least 15 minutes starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to  positive specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.” The parents/guardians of students who  were in “close contact” with the person diagnosed with COVID-19 will receive a separate notification  instructing them to have their student quarantined and not return to school for 14 days after the last exposure.  Please understand that we cannot disclose the name of the person diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Considering the positive diagnosis of COVID-19, all areas of the building and/or classroom potentially  impacted are being cleaned and disinfected in accordance with recommendations from the CDC and IDPH. 

Please be aware that the most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a fever, uncontrolled cough that causes  difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle aches, new onset of a severe headache, sore  throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea and/or vomiting and  diarrhea. Symptoms usually develop between 2 to 14 days after the last exposure. However, some infected  persons never develop symptoms. For additional information please see: Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

As a reminder, always keep your student at home if they are ill for any reason. If you have any questions,  please contact the Principal, Christine Johnston. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation  with our COVID-19 prevention policies and procedures as we work together to keep our students, staff and  families safe and healthy. 

Sincerely, 

Helen Boehrnsen 
Superintendent

January 28, 2021

Extension of Hours

Dear St. George School Families,

As a reminder, St. George School will begin an extended day schedule on Monday, February, 1.

Students in grades K-4 will attend in person or virtually from 7:50 a.m. until 1:40 p.m., Students in grades 5-8 will attend in person or virtually from 8:20 a.m. until 2:20 p.m. The pre-kindergarten program will continue with its current schedule.

Students may either receive a free school hot lunch or bring a sack lunch from home. School hot lunches are currently free under the USDA guidelines until the end of the school year.

Sack lunches from home should have items that are easy to open for students. If the package is difficult for your child to open, please repackage the item. We have found that is particularly difficult for younger students to open Gogurts, fruits snacks, etc. Students who bring their own lunches may still purchase milk at $.35. Extra milk is not available for purchase at this time.

Bus home arrival times should be approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes (1:40) later than the current drop off time. If you need a more exact time for your student, please email Mr. Clifton at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Christine Johnston

Christine Johnston

Principal

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