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Glen Crest will be fully remote starting Thursday; elementary will continue in-person
All Glen Crest Middle School students will be learning remotely starting Thursday, November 12. The last day of in-person learning before the school’s adaptive pause will be Tuesday, November 10.
Starting November 12, all Glen Crest students will resume remote learning on the same class schedule they are currently using. (There is no remote or in-person learning for elementary or middle-school students on Wednesday, November 11.)
All middle school students, including students receiving special-education services, will be learning remotely starting November 12. Glen Crest’s adaptive pause will keep students learning remotely through at least Thanksgiving break. The adaptive pause could last longer. The district will notify families of the return date.
Glen Crest is moving to remote learning due to the significant number of staff members who: are excluded from school due to COVID-19 symptoms, are quarantining due to being a close contact, or have tested positive for COVID-19. These staff members are required to be out of the classroom to keep students and staff safe.
On Monday, 22.7 percent of Glen Crest’s classroom teachers were out of the school building because they were excluded, were quarantining, or had a positive test. Additional staff members (such as classroom aides) are also in quarantine or excluded. During an adaptive pause, staff members who are not in the building can teach their class remotely if they are healthy enough to do so.
In addition to the significant countywide spread, the district has seen an increase in the number of Glen Crest students who are positive, in quarantine, or excluded due to symptoms.
While Glen Crest is in full remote learning, the district needs families and staff to continue to report positive tests and quarantining due to close contact to the school's nurse. The number of students in quarantine and the number of positive cases will be an important data point in determining when schools could bring students back for in-person learning.
The district will continue to update the COVID-19 historical data during remote learning. While there are no students in the building, Glen Crest will not be sending home notifications of new cases. When students return to in-person learning, the notices could restart.
Free lunches and breakfasts will continue to be available at Glen Crest. Meals are available from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays, or 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. During the week of Thanksgiving, meals will only be available on Monday, November 23. More info: https://bit.ly/30JeH0s
At this time, elementary schools will remain open for in-person learning. Absence rates are not at the same level in elementary buildings, and students are in smaller static groups. The district continues to monitor health data, including: student/staff absences, indications of spread within a school, metrics in Glen Ellyn/Lombard/Wheaton, and countywide health information.
The district will move to all-remote learning if it becomes necessary. Local conditions could cause the district to institute an "adaptive pause" - closing elementary schools for a brief time in the hopes of reducing or preventing transmission.
The district will continue to update families on any changes as soon as possible.
Posted: November 9, 2020