Message from Superintendent Tingley October 27, 2020Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Hello Lincoln-Way Families-
Please note the following changes and reminders to the calendar:
• Monday, November 2 will be a Teacher Planning Day/No Student Attendance.
• Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day: No School.
• Wednesday, November 4 remains an “A” day.
On Monday, November 2, students should use this day to:
• Check progress in classes via Skyward.
• Contact teachers with any questions regarding missing assignments or assessments.
• Complete any make-up work and/or missing assignments.
• Continue and complete asynchronous work as assigned.
In order to address questions regarding the rising cases in our area, quite a bit has been learned over the last three months. In August, IDPH provided community health metrics for county health departments to utilize in communicating with local school districts to provide guidance. Over the past six weeks, the Will County Health Department has improved their communication with school districts.
Superintendents from across the county now meet weekly with the Will County Health Department Director and the county’s infectious disease expert.
While the area metrics are rising, at our weekly meeting this past Friday, the Will County Health Department indicated there is currently low transmission in schools. Every positive case at Lincoln-Way has been contact traced by the health department and the administration. Nearly all cases were traced to outside social gatherings, a student’s place of employment, or family members. Each building communicates with county tracers daily to monitor any potential spread in the buildings. To date, there is no concern shared from the Will County Health Department in terms of spread at school.
The majority of the Lincoln-Way sports teams have just completed, or are nearing completion of, their 20 contact days. There was no confirmed spread among any of our athletes from practices and workouts. Our coaches and trainers took great care to symptom-check and monitor all requirements during this time.
In addition to meeting with the Will County Health Officials every Friday and daily communication with their tracers, I have also been in regular communication with area superintendents that are currently in session, as well as those that are planning to go in session in the very near future. I have also had the opportunity to speak with superintendents in states that have all students in-person and playing all fall sports. Their experience is similar to ours in terms of lack of transmission in the school setting.
Please remember: wear a mask, keep your distance, and wash your hands.
Thank you for your continued support during this time.
R. Scott Tingley
Lincoln-Way District 210