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Return to Hybrid Learning Delayed to January 19

January 6, 2021

Dear Woodridge 68 families:

Happy New Year! I am happy to welcome 2021 and say goodbye to 2020. I hope you were all able to enjoy some version of holiday celebrations and found time to relax. As of today, while we had hoped this would not have occurred, COVID-19 infection rates began to climb over the holidays and remain high.

Due to rising health metrics, the district will delay the return to the hybrid learning model with remote option until Tuesday, January 19. For students receiving special education services, Woodridge 68 will continue to follow the multi-stage approach to in-person instruction. As presented to the Board of Education in December, the hybrid learning model will be implemented under the following conditions:

  • Positivity rate at or below 9% in the Woodridge (60517) community and/or <125/100,000 new cases based on rolling average of past 14 days, as recorded each Friday 
  • DuPage County weekly health metrics
  • Region 8 (DuPage & Kane counties) not in Tier 3 mitigations
  • Implementation of all 5 CDC key mitigation strategies
  • No ongoing outbreaks at schools
  • Effective contact tracing and ability to and follow all exclusionary protocols
  • Adequate staff and students available
 

Woodridge School Community 

14-day rolling average

as of 01/05/21

DuPage County

Week of 12/20/20- 12/26/20

 (latest data available)

Positivity Rate

10.45%

7.8%

Weekly New Cases per 100,000

627

247

Woodridge 68 has implemented all five key mitigation strategies, which include the consistent and correct use of masks, social distancing to the extent possible, hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette, cleaning and disinfection, and contact tracing in collaboration with the local health department. We have also adopted all of the additional mitigation measures outlined by the CDC.

Although we would typically wait until Friday to make a determination, with our 14-day rolling average in the Woodridge school community at 10.45% as of today, the data we have indicates that the local positivity rates and other data will not turn favorable by Friday. As a result, we would like to give our families the greatest opportunity to plan for the next week staying remote. DuPage County data is more favorable; however, that data is approximately 10 days old, and does not account for the rise over the last ten days. Please note that if the County data is favorable for an additional week, that will bode well for returning to school. Also, if local data drops below 9% over the next week, that is a positive indicator for returning to school. We will continue to analyze these metrics on a daily basis, looking for downward trends as well as stabilization of community spread both locally and countywide. Our desire is to stay in school after we start, and our hope is that as of January 19th, the data is sufficient to return our students to school.

I understand that the unknown is challenging for everyone, but we want to make sure that when we do return to some form of in-person learning we do not go back. We know that with the vaccine rollout underway, new treatments, and our continuing vigilance, brighter days are ahead.

We are looking forward to seeing students’ faces in-person again. Please be assured we will make this happen in a safe and healthy manner.

 

Dr. Patrick J. Broncato

Superintendent of Schools