District Update – Dec. 15
Posted on 12/15/2023
Health and Safety Reminders
As we move into winter and toward the holiday season, we often see an uptick in cases of colds, influenza, other viruses, and strep. Should your child(ren) experience any symptoms of illness, we ask that you please keep them home from school.  The school nurse will assist with guidance regarding return-to-school protocol; however, students may generally return to school in accordance with the following:

  • If a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea is present, the student must remain home until those symptoms have been resolved for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication. If a student has tested positive for COVID, the student may return to school after a five-day isolation period. When COVID-like symptoms are present, getting tested for COVID is strongly encouraged.
  • If the student has been diagnosed with any communicable disease (strep, conjunctivitis, pertussis, etc.), please contact your school nurse to discuss isolation length and clearance to return to school.
  • If symptoms are attributed to another diagnosis, the student may return to school when the symptoms have improved and he/she is feeling well enough to participate in all aspects of the school day.
The health and safety of our learning community are extremely important to us and monitoring health symptoms and staying home when ill helps to protect all of its members. Please contact your school nurse with any health-related questions. Thank you for working with us to ensure the collective health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff.

District 39 Angel Fund
As we approach the holiday season, I want to remind you all about the wonderful benefits provided by our District 39 Angel Fund. The Angel Fund provides scholarship funds to assist families in need with the costs for school-related needs. Contributions of any size are appreciated and can be made online. Thank you for considering a donation to support local students in need.

Parent Education Events
Thank you to everyone who joined us Wednesday for our Parent Education event, “Skills and Tools to Thrive in a Digital World.” In this session, Julie Smith, author and university professor who teaches media literacy and media related classes, reviews digital skills and tools your child should have in order to thrive in their digital world. This fast and engaging presentation is a source of great questions for you to use when having discussions with your child. If you missed the live presentation, the presentation recording is available. Below are some additional resources highlighted during the presentation. Our next parent education event is Wednesday, January 17 at 11 am. It is titled “Strengthening Executive Functioning Skills.” Please register online. Our Parent Education webpage has registration links for this school year and recording links from this school year and previous school years. 

Board of Education Meeting
The Board of Education will gather on Monday, Dec. 18 at 7 pm at the Mikaelian Education Center. During this meeting, the Board will approve the fee for the optional D39 Kindergarten Enrichment and Enhancement Program (KEEP39) for the 2024-25 academic year, be presented with our five-year financial projection, receive an update on 2024 summer construction project bids, and consider a first draft of the 2024-25 school year calendar. Agendas and materials for all Board of Education meetings will be posted online the Friday prior to the meeting.