Weekly Messenger: January 10, 2022

Important Dates

Monday, January 3

  • First Day of Preschool in 2022

Saturday, January 15

  • Little Spartan Tuition is due

Monday, January 18

  • No School

A Message from Ms. Welp

Hello Little Spartan Families!

Please look at the below information regarding our Early Childhood Covid Protocol. We are also working on putting together a remote option that would run everyday with our four special education teachers each taking a turn. If your student is out for Covid or covid exposure that will be shared with you.

Please reach out if you have any questions!

Stay warm,

Niamh Welp
Early Childhood Coordinator

Early Childhood COVID-19 Procedures

Thank you for your continued cooperation with our COVID protocols. I did want to update you on some specific updates for Early Childhood as we have reviewed the most recent guidance changes. In preschool we do our best with masks, but some of our students are unable to wear masks or struggle to make sure it is properly worn at all times.  Because of this and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we will need to follow these timelines for students who test positive or are close contacts.

If an Early Childhood Student tests positive for Covid, they will need to be out for a 10 day isolation.

If an Early Childhood Student has a positive household contact, they will also need to be home for a full 10 days.  Classroom close contacts will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine exposure risk and families will be notified of the appropriate timeline.

We are doing this to try to keep preschool going as smoothly as possible.

New Community Resources for Preschool Families

Check out this new early learning resource to support families: a series of short videos aligned with the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) measures, featuring real families sharing ways to support their 3-5 year olds as they develop social-emotional, math and literacy skills. These videos also align to Basics DeKalb County, our local birth-age 3 initiative.

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Help Us Spread the Word — Community Screenings DATE CHANGE

Children ages 3-5 that are suspected of having any delays in developmental milestones are encouraged to attend. The milestones that will be checked include speech, hearing, vision, and motor skills.

These are not kindergarten screenings. You must live within district boundaries to schedule an appointment.


  • Friday, January 14, 2022 (changed from January 7)
  • Friday, February 11, 2022
  • Friday, April 1, 2022

Schedule An Appointment

To schedule a 30-minute appointment slot for screenings or questions, please contact Niamh Welp, Early Childhood Coordinator, at (815) 899-8129 or nwelp@syc427.org.

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Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

If you need need to fill our pick up or add anyone, you can do it with our Pickup Form. 

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Tuition Information

The tuition for the Little Spartans program is $185.00 monthly, and will be billed the months of September through April. Statements are sent out the first of each month, and payment is due on the 15th each month. Payment can be made in-person at the District Administration Center, over the phone by calling (815) 899-8100, or online via the WebStore. Payments must be made for your student to continue attending the program. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Lacey Lantz in the District’s Business Office at llantz@syc427.org or (815) 899-8105.

Daily Self-Certification

Please call the school office if your student is feeling ill, and be prepared to answer a few questions that will help us quickly and efficiently evaluate your child so that we can provide you information based on the latest recommended guidelines. It is imperative that if your student is experiencing ANY of the following symptoms, your student should stay home from school and any extracurricular activities outside the home.

  • Temperature of 100.4 (or greater) degrees fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius;
  • Cough;
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing;
  • Chills;
  • Fatigue;
  • Muscle and body aches;
  • Moderate to severe headache;
  • Sore throat;
  • New loss of taste or smell;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea; or
  • Any other COVID-19 symptoms identified by the CDC or IDPH.

We know that things may look a little different this year and we are committed to keeping you informed on the changes that are taking place. Here is an overview of what your student can expect if they come to the Health Office with any of the symptoms listed above:

  • The student will be brought to the health office where the nurse or their designee will quickly evaluate the student’s condition. 
  • If it is determined that they are experiencing any COVID like symptoms the student will be escorted to a designated and supervised isolation area. 
  • The school Nurse will notify the parent/guardian and walk them through the process of what is required for the student to return to school. 
  • Sick students should be safely transported home by parent or guardian as soon as possible.
  • Siblings/household members of the symptomatic student may also be sent home.
  • Students will be expected to remain home from school and any extracurricular activities until cleared to return by the school nurse.

District Travel Guidelines

At this time, students will not need to be excluded after traveling (domestic or international). Individuals who have traveled should closely monitor symptoms for 14 days after arriving home. If symptoms develop, that individual should stay home and notify their school. It is recommended that those who travel internationally should test 3-5 days after returning.  

Employment Opportunities

We continue to try and fill our full-time position and we are currently looking for classroom assistants and other positions across the district. Please take a look if you are interested in working in Sycamore Schools!

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