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January 14, 2021
Dear Einstein community,

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We look forward to welcoming a number of our students back to school on January 19th on their assigned cohort days.  We know that we will also have the wonderful opportunity to continue to learn with our students who have chosen to continue to attend school remotely.  If your child has opted for the in-person hybrid model, please plan to come to school with your district issued device, charger and headsets.  This equipment will still be essential to learning and staying connected as a classroom community. 

Helping Hands Drive-thru
Einstein families are invited to our Helping Hands Drive-thru on Wednesday, January 27th from 3:00-4:00 pm.  Each student will receive a new book and a cup with hot chocolate mix! In the spirit of giving back we are asking for families to donate new hats or gloves to our Einstein clothing closet.  We are very fortunate to have this closet filled with coats, hats, gloves, and shoes for our Einstein community.  If you are able to donate we are greatly appreciative.  

We look forward to seeing all of our families on the 27th! Please be mindful and wear a mask when picking up materials.  Also, we are asking for each family to make a sign with their child/children’s names and grade to hold in the window of their car.  Thank you! 

Art Sketch Books for 3rd-6th Grade Students
We have received additional sketch paper for our 3rd-6th grade students to use in Art! We would like to provide families the opportunity to pick them up during our Helping Hands Drive-thru. These materials are not required for art class and pick up is optional. 

Kindergarten Registration
District 54 will hold kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year by appointment only starting Wednesday, February 3, 2021.

Families must begin the process by completing an online registration (starting January 25th) prior to securing an appointment.

If you have a student currently enrolled in District 54, you can register your incoming kindergartener through your Parent Portal account.  Families new to District 54 can register through the link on our website (http://sd54.org/registration). 

Once your online registration is complete, you will be contacted to schedule your in person appointment to complete your student’s registration.

If you have any questions, please contact our office.

District 54 Open Enrollment Fair – January 27
District 54 offers the opportunity for students to be a part of an additional curricular program to give them a unique learning experience outside of general education. Join District 54 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, for a virtual informational fair to learn more about the registration, application and acceptance process and timeline, transportation and the assignment of schools. Representatives from each school will also briefly introduce their programs. Open Enrollment Fair Zoom Link 

Students must be registered at their District 54 neighborhood school before they can be accepted into an open enrollment program. Registration opens on February 3, 2021. Open Enrollment applications are available at sd54.org/openenrollment and are due by March 5, 2021.

Student Attendance
Your child’s daily attendance in virtual learning is key to their continued success at Einstein.  Students who are absent miss a great deal of classroom instruction. However, if your child is not able to participate in school (Hybrid In Person or Virtual), please continue to call 630.736.2500 by 9:00AM each day your child will be absent.  Please remember that there is always access to the tasks/assignments posted by your child’s teacher in Seesaw or Google Classroom each day. 

As we restart our Hybrid model it is important that we reestablish our routines and procedures that were in place during our last hybrid period of time.

Hybrid Daily Covid Screener
If your child is attending Einstein for on-campus hybrid learning, please complete the self-screener by 8:00 a.m. on attendance days. 

Please notify our front office if your child is experiencing any symptoms on the day they become symptomatic. Please do not wait until the day you receive the screener. 

What if my child wakes up with one or more of the symptoms on the symptom checker?

Children who have any one of the symptoms will need to quarantine from school. Your child should not come to school until you have spoken to the Nurse about the symptoms. At that time we will inform you of the potential return to in-person school date. During this stay at home quarantine time your child will need to log into virtual school via Google Classroom or Seesaw and continue to learn remotely until the established return to school date.

What if someone else, who lives in the same house, wakes up with one of the symptoms on the list?

If someone else in the house has Covid symptoms your child will also need to not come to school in person and instead complete the quarantine period of time. Please complete the Symptom Checker and indicate that there has been close contact with someone who has symptoms. Your child will stay home and instead log into virtual school. During the morning someone from the office will call the parent to discuss the symptoms and a return to school date.

What if my child or someone else, who lives in the same house, is being tested for Covid or has tested positive for Covid?

If someone else in the house is being tested for Covid, or has been diagnosed with Covid, your child will also need to not come to school in person. Please call the school for more information about quarantine dates under this scenario.

Please see the District 54 Exclusion Chart on our website Staff and Student Exclusion Chart for more details on when to keep your child home. 

Cook County Travel Quarantine List
There are a number of states on the Cook County travel quarantine list that have been identified as “hotspot states”. Any students entering Cook County after visiting one of these high-incidence states must quarantine for 14 days after returning home.  For students enrolled in hybrid instruction, this would mean they must attend school remotely during the quarantine period.  Your child’s attendance would be considered “present” when learning remotely during a travel quarantine.  Please consult the Suburban Cook County Travel Quarantine List, and let your child’s teacher know if you plan to travel to any of the states listed.  

Masks
Face masks must completely cover the mouth and nose while fitting snugly against the side of the face.  Bandanas, neck gaiters and face masks with exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable alternatives to face masks.

Lunch
We ask that all children come with their lunches. Please do not drop off lunches. We limit our visitors in order to provide the safest environment for our students. 

Hybrid Walker and Parent Drop-off
We are utilizing several doors to enter and exit the building. This is critical in order to avoid crowding in any one area. We will also be taking temperatures at these entrances. All students who will be dropped off or walking, will enter in the back of the building through the gym doors. Kindergarten students will continue to enter through Door 5 as they did in the fall.  Please feel free to drop off your children in the cul-de-sac, as this will serve as our Drop and Go Lane. There is no stopping or standing in the cul-de-sac during drop-off. Only bussers will be entering and exiting from the front of the building. Please do not arrive prior to 8:30. Our doors will open promptly at 8:30 to allow students directly into the building until 8:40.

Please also remember that only bus riders, and students who are tardy to school after 8:40, enter the building through the front door. All walkers and students being dropped off by parents need to enter the building through the playground entrances.

Hybrid Dismissal
Dismissal will be similar to our arrival in that students will be dismissed in rotations. 

When the students come out of the building they will need to connect with their parents. Please do not leave your cars unattended in the cul-de-sac. We will have adult supervision during arrival and dismissal.  

Thank you for your patience and cooperation to ensure successful in-person learning. 

Sincerely, 

Julie Tarasiuk and Melinda Perez