Dear Elim Community:
We want to inform you that in an abundance of caution and after careful and considerable conversation and consultation we have made the decision to take an adaptive pause of our Blended Learning approach. Beginning Monday November 30, 2020 all instruction and therapies will be provided remotely.
We are sure you are all aware of positivity rates for COVID-19 continuing to rise in our state, Cook County, surrounding suburbs and in our school. The current positivity rate for Cook County is 15.2% as of November 7th. (https://ccdphcd.shinyapps.io/covid19/) (https://www.dph.illinois.gov/countyschool?county=Cook)
Elim specific data is indicating that the 35% of our staff who are impacted by a positive test or quarantine due to close contact with an infected person was a result of community transmission and not transmission at work/school. However, that being said, our staffing is already compromised and may be further exasperated by the upcoming holiday season.
Please understand that this decision was very difficult to make. The health and safety of our students, staff and family members remains at the forefront of our decision making. Although in-person learning will be paused, Elim’s staff remain committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote instruction.
Below is a timeline for remote learning:
· Blended learning will continue for November 19, 20, 23, 34.
· Thanksgiving Break from November 25 – November 29
· Remote instruction for all students November 30 – December 18th
· Christmas break December 21 – January 3, 2021.
· January 4 – January 15, Remote Instruction
· January 18, Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday
· January 19, Blended Learning plan re-implemented
Please know this decision did not come easy for anyone involved. We truly understand how difficult this will be for students, parents and families. Our staff is committed to provide the most appropriate and beneficial instruction whether we are in person or remote and they continue to exceed expectation in every aspect.
If your child has any form of medication (e.g. diastat, epi pens, oral medications etc.) held in Elim’s nursing office, that you will may require during this time period, please contact the nursing department directly. They can be reached at 708-389-0555 ext. 305 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and will assist you in making arrangements to get medications sent home.
If you have time this week, please consider thanking your child’s, teacher, therapist and Paraprofessionals for the incredible job they are doing. As always, we thank you for your constant support and patience as we continue to move forward. In closing we want to encourage all of you to join me in praying for the safety of all students, family, and staff, and for an end to this horrible virus.
Director of Children’s Services