Weekly Messenger: January 3, 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!

Welcome back to school! We are excited to get 2022 started. I have a few notes in this newsletter, please see some communications from the District regarding testing and updates on COVID-19. 

I have had a few of you reach out about registering for next year for Little Spartans and that is coming up in February. We will be sending more information on that later in the month.

Warm wishes and stay warm,

Niamh Welp
Early Childhood Coordinator

District Return to School COVID-19 Update

Dear Sycamore Community School District 427 families,

We hope you have all enjoyed the holidays and the respite that winter break provides. As the end of our break nears, we want to share some reminders and changes to our protocols which will be in place when school resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022. We recognize that this is a lengthy message, but we urge you to read it carefully because of its importance.

Current State

The Omicron variant has created a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases across the globe. In our community, the number of positive cases since Thanksgiving is higher than at any time during the pandemic; twice what it was this time last year. Test positivity is up and the availability of ICU beds is critically low.

We strongly urge you to continue to protect yourself and others by following COVID-19 mitigation measures to the best of your ability. Health officials recommend vaccination (both initial vaccination and boosters for anyone who is six months past their initial vaccination), regular and proper wearing of face masks, maintaining social distance as much as possible, and regular handwashing. In addition, please remain home when you are ill, report symptoms, report test results and close contact exposures in and out of the school setting.

School Protocols

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) released updated guidance regarding isolation and quarantine timelines on Monday, December 27, 2021. On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) adopted the new CDC guidance for the general public, but has directed schools to continue following existing protocols. Therefore, at this time we will continue to follow the IDPH COVID19 School Guidance. If the guidance changes we will review it, and communicate it to you as soon as possible. 

COVID-19 Testing

On Monday, December 13, 2021, the DeKalb County Health Department issued the following revised guidance regarding COVID-19 testing for schools due to the high level of COVID-19 transmission in our county. We will implement the following protocols regarding COVID-19 beginning Monday, January 3, 2022.

Individuals who present any COVID-19 symptoms will be required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test.

Individuals who have been in close contact with an individual who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to complete a COVID-19 PCR test prior to return if eligible for a 7 day exclusion timeline..

We have provided rapid antigen testing for nearly 12 months. The rapid testing we have provided is NOT a COVID-19 PCR test. However, we are continuing to work towards the implementation of the University of Illinois SHIELD test program. Participation in SHIELD testing is optional, but we are pleased to share that the SHIELD saliva-based test is a COVID-19 PCR test.

Changes to Contact Tracing Support

Beginning Monday, January 13, 2022, IDPH will assume support for contact tracing of the general public. County health departments will focus on supporting contact tracing for congregate living settings and outbreaks in any setting. Schools have been primarily responsible for contact tracing since early in the pandemic; this change will place responsibility for contact tracing entirely on school personnel. We ask for your understanding, patience, and cooperation regarding this change as our health staff have already taken on a significant workload in addition to supporting our students and staff daily with other health needs.

Thank you for your continued cooperation in working with us to provide a safe environment for our students and staff. 

-Sycamore Community School District 427 

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

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.

Dates

  • Friday, January 7, 2022
  • 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!

Non-Certified Positions