August 29, 2022
Summit Hill School District 161 Families,
Congratulations on a very successful first full week and a half of school. It is hard to believe that the end of this week will mark the turn into September already! As such, and with all staff and students back in schools, we wanted to take the opportunity to offer our families a few COVID updates:
- With students changing classes in grades 5-8 so frequently, we will no longer be sending home a verification each time someone tests positive for COVID. The school nurse/school principal will use their best judgement in the event they feel a family should be contacted. In grades preK-4, we will continue to notify the class at this time.
- When calling a student in sick for school, please report any illness symptoms to the nurse or when leaving a message. School nurses will be following up with families regarding specific COVID symptoms and to review current guidelines. COVID symptoms include fever (100.4 or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of sense of taste or smell. If a student has these symptoms, please keep them at home and contact the school nurse for additional information.
- Volunteers in our schools will not be required to be vaccinated; however, if a volunteer has any of the above symptoms, please refrain from coming to school. Please contact your school office/nurse for additional information.
- When students are absent due to illness, teachers will not be live teaching; rather, they will be placing assignments in Schoology/electronic formats and then keeping in touch with the student as a resource, for questions, to offer comments, and to assess work. We will approach COVID absences similarly to any other absence for illness. The goal is to provide 5 hours of schoolwork per day.
Have another great week and thank you for letting us educate your children!
Dr. Paul McDermott