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Return to Hybrid January 19

January 14, 2021

Dear Woodridge 68 families:

Woodridge 68 will return to the hybrid learning model with remote option starting Tuesday, January 19. As presented to the Board of Education earlier this week, the District has been looking at all data available as a whole to determine if indicators are favorable for a return to school, as opposed to using specific data points as distinct thresholds. After a brief spike in the numbers last week, health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction. 

The positivity rate for the Woodridge community has fallen from 13.71% to 10.63% over the last week, and continues on a downward trend. On a regional basis, Region 8 (DuPage and Kane counties) is “green” for all metrics with 11 consecutive days under the 12% positivity rate threshold, hospital beds (ICU and medical/surgical) availability over 20%, and 9 days of decreases in the number of patients hospitalized for COVID. In addition, DuPage County as a whole is showing a downward trend in positivity rates and stands at 9.4%, only slightly above the 9.0% threshold.

Woodridge 68 has implemented all five key mitigation strategies as recommended by the CDC, 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.

Families must also do their part to ensure a safe, healthy learning environment for students. Every day parents are to conduct the daily health certification and send your student to school with the district-issued lanyard and Healthy & Ready to Learn badge. Do not send your child to school if they are sick, displaying symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19. Also be sure to send your student to school with an appropriate mask. Individual school protocols will be shared by your building principal and posted on the district’s hybrid-remote website. This is important because after our return to school in-person, our ability to remain in school will be more focused on in-person metrics such as our effectiveness in maintaining mitigation strategies, as well as outbreaks and staff and student absence. 

The district’s hybrid/remote learning website continues to be a go-to resource of information. How to find the hybrid/remote website? Use the direct link woodridge68.org/hybrid-remote or go to woodridge68.org and click on the ‘Select a School’ dropdown menu in the upper right of the screen.

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 on January 19th. We are looking forward to seeing students in-person again. Please be assured we will make this happen in a safe and healthy manner.

 

Dr. Patrick J. Broncato

Superintendent of Schools