Elm News Articles

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As proud family members looked on, the latest group of Elm inductees entered the ranks of the prestigious National Junior Honor Society in a ceremony held May 25.

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District 401 families: You can sign up your students 12 years and older to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine at Elm Middle School next week and in early June.

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For students 16 and older, the Pfizer COVID vaccine is now available at West Leyden High School from April 30 to June 30. Check inside for details on signing up.

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District 401 is planning for 2021-22 with a focus on what can be done to ensure a safe in-person return for all students. Help includes one-time federal grant money.

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Changes released in joint guidance from ISBE and the Illinois Department of Public Health will allow us to start the transition toward a pre-pandemic environment.

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The next phase of the Hybrid Learning Plan will take effect April 6. Please submit your learning preference survey by Feb. 26 to choose the plan you want for your student(s).

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At the Feb. 17 Board of Education meeting, the District will present a plan to offer more in-person instructional time for students. A town hall will follow on Feb. 18.

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In Dr. Gauthier's latest update: Safety measures are in place for Step 4 hybrid learning, an early release day is coming up soon, and don't plan on snow days this year.

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If your student has opted for hybrid learning Step 3 or Step 4, please be aware that all hybrid students must certify their health status by using the CrisisGo screener.

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Elm students who have opted into hybrid learning and qualify for busing will have the opportunity to ride on District-provided transportation.

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District 401 faculty will have a remote planning day to prepare for hybrid learning, which means no school for students Jan. 15 (grades PK-8) and Jan. 19 (grades 9-12).

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If your Elm student has opted for hybrid learning, please familiarize yourself with the new schedule and other changes that go into effect as of Jan. 19.

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As District 401 launches its hybrid learning plan, all Elm Middle School students and staff will have a new bell schedule beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

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Our Step 3 hybrid learning option will begin on Jan. 19, followed by our Step 4 hybrid option on Jan. 25. Additional details are on the way from our building principals.

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Not sure what to do if your child shows symptoms of COVID? The CDC has released a guide for parents and guardians on how to handle such a situation.

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The latest COVID-19 trends for Cook County have resulted in District 401 pushing back the start Step 3 hybrid learning to Jan. 19 and Step 4 hybrid learning to Jan. 25.

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The Illinois Department of Public Health has issued new recommendations concerning COVID-19. Dr. Gauthier discusses what this means for District stakeholders.

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District 401 parents/guardians have until Friday, Nov. 6, to decide whether they want their students to remain in Remote Learning 2.0 or enroll in Hybrid Learning.

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The Board of Education has approved the District's hybrid learning plan. Hybrid learning will partially begin when COVID metrics allow for a safe return of students.

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To minimize community transmission and stay focused on the health and safety of students and staff, District 401 has outlined its Steps to Return based on COVID metrics.

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Erin's Law requires prevention education for PK-12 about child sexual abuse. Watch our presentation on Oct. 14 to learn about the content of these lessons.

Traci Krueger teaches remotely at John Mills Elementary School

District 401 educator and Elm Middle School graduate Traci Krueger has been selected as one of the state's top teachers by the Illinois State Board of Education.

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In her new letter to the community, Dr. Gauthier discusses free meal pick-ups and three remote learning planning days that have been scheduled for this fall.

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Our first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 31, as District 401 opens the new school year with Remote Learning 2.0. Read Dr. Gauthier's community letter for details.

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Dr. Gauthier announces the District will commit to Remote Learning 2.0 through winter break while developing plans for a return to onsite learning.