Letter from Dr. Gauthier: Updates on Safety, Early Release and Snow Days

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NOTE: Superintendent of Schools Dr. Leah Gauthier sent the following letter to the District 401 community on Jan. 22, 2021. To translate the letter into a language of your choice, go to the top right corner of this page where the Google Translate button ("Select Language") is located, and choose from the menu of available languages. Links to all of District 401's hybrid and remote learning communications can be found at our Learning Update Center page.

To: Elmwood Park CUSD 401 Stakeholders
Re: Stakeholders Update

We've had an exciting week in District 401. We were able to welcome back some of our hybrid learners to our four buildings.

This was possible due to the hard work and collaboration of all of our stakeholders. We are looking forward to welcoming more students back starting on Monday, Jan. 25.

Safety Measures

We are focused on following the safety measures to keep our students and staff safe when they are in our buildings.

Every morning staff and students who are scheduled to be in the building that day receive an email to certify their health prior to entering the building. If someone is unable to certify their health they will be unable to enter the building.

This is one of our safety protocols. More information about our safety screener and protocols can be found here:

Family Safety Flyer

Early Release Day

On Friday, Jan. 29, there is a scheduled early release day. The school day for students will end at 1 p.m. so teachers can be a part of professional development.

Detailed information will be provided by each building principal about what the day's shortened schedule will look like for your child. Middle school and high school students will remain fully remote on that day.

No Snow Days

As we plan for inclement weather this winter season I wanted to share that we will not have snow days this school year.

Being 1-to-1 with technology and all students taking their materials home nightly, we are set up for remote learning if there is a need to call a snow day.

Instead of calling a snow day I would communicate out to staff that they would work remotely and to families that their child would be a part of Remote Learning 2.0 for that day. In the past we were not 1-to-1, nor did we have a schedule to be able to do this.

Thank you to all of our stakeholders for your continued support and collaboration as we transition to our new learning environment. We will continue to share information and have everything posted on our Learning Update Center page on our website.


Dr. Leah Gauthier
Superintendent of Schools

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