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Hickory Point Happenings September 17, 2021

PTA family night

We look forward to seeing our families this evening, September 17, between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM for the PTA Family Night outside on the blacktop by the playground. The weather is anticipated to be very nice for the event. The PTA strongly recommends and encourages all attendees to wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. Further details can be found in the PTA section of this newsletter. 

Student support(final posting)

Dear Parents,

We would like to inform you of an academic initiative. Hickory Point has scheduled a supplemental, thirty-minute academic student support period built into the school day. This time allows teachers to offer additional instruction to students based on their reading, math, or social skill levels. Entry into the groups is based on Curriculum-Based Measurements (CBM)  and teacher input. During this support time, a Hickory Point staff member will instruct your child. As with all flexible instruction groups, students may move from one group to another depending upon periodic, teacher-administered assessments of their academic skills. Typically, student progress is assessed weekly and reviewed every six weeks. 

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher or us.

Sincerely,

Maureen Deely     Meggan Buchanan 

Principal               Assistant Principal

Required safety drills

We are required by the state of Illinois to conduct a variety of safety drills. Students will practice at least one of each of the following drills every school year: Bus Evacuation, Shelter in Place (ex. Tornado), Evacuation (ex. Fire), and Active Intruder (Lockdown). The staff prepares children for these drills to familiarize them with our practices. Children participated in the bus evacuation this week, and we will conduct a lockdown and evacuation drill soon. 

State vaccine mandate for school volunteers 

On August 26, 2021, Governor Pritzker announced a COVID vaccine mandate for all staff in pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts. The mandate includes any regular school visitors (volunteers) that have direct contact with students. Under this mandate, volunteers reporting to our school will need to show proof of vaccination beginning Wednesday, September 19. Volunteers who do not display proof of vaccination will need to submit negative COVID test results weekly when reporting to our school. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our school safe!

Travel Guidance 

The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) recently changed its travel guidelines and is following CDC recommendations for unvaccinated individuals. We continue to follow these guidelines to keep our schools safe. Below are the most recent guidelines for domestic and international travel.

DOMESTIC: Vaccinated individuals do not require quarantine or testing. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled domestically to a CDC state of high transmission should get a rapid or PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled and are not tested should stay home and self-quarantine for ten days. Test results should be submitted to the school nurse prior to returning to school. The CCDPH has advised us that this guidance now includes day trips or 24 hours or less.

INTERNATIONAL: All international travelers are required to be tested prior to returning to the U.S., regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated travelers should get a rapid or PCR test 3-5 days after travel AND stay home and self-quarantine for a full seven days after travel. Unvaccinated individuals who have traveled and are not tested should stay home and self-quarantine for ten days. Test results should be submitted to the school nurse prior to returning to school. 

School nurse contact information is as follows:

  • HICKORY POINT: hpcovidresults@nb27.org

Notification of lockdown drill (final posting)

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

On Wednesday, September 22, Hickory Point will be conducting a lockdown drill with both students and staff in attendance.  The lockdown drill we will be running on this date is no different than the lockdown drills Hickory Point has run in the past.  

  •  Northbrook School District 27 will never conduct an unannounced lockdown drill at any school.   

A police officer(s) from the Northbrook Police Department has always been and will continue to be on-site to observe and assist in evaluating the effectiveness of this drill.

  • Students are always briefed in an age-appropriate manner prior to any lockdown drill as to what to do in the event of a lockdown situation being called.

  • All building occupants participate in the lockdown drills, students, and staff, including any visitors who may be in the building at that time.

  • School administrators and school personnel may, at their discretion, exempt a student(s) from participating in a lockdown drill.

  • In the past fifteen years, no simulations have ever been used to simulate gunfire during a student lockdown drill.  This will, of course, continue to be our practice in the future.

  • Northbrook School District 27 has always had and continues to maintain a very strong working partnership with both the Northbrook Fire Department and the Northbrook Police Department.

  • Our number one priority is always the safety of the students and staff, followed by accurate communication to families.

This past summer, several items were amended to the Illinois School Safety Drill Act, Public Act 102-0395, which includes:

  • A parent or guardian may exempt their child for any reason from participating in a lockdown drill.  Please provide written notification of this choice to the school office at least 24 hours prior to the drill.

  • Schools must provide important safety education and instruction related to a lockdown event to students who do not participate in the lockdown drill, employing a less sensorial training approach.

  • Students are allowed to ask questions during the drill.

Should you have any questions regarding the District 27 lockdown drills, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal or me.

Sincerely,

Douglas Heurich, CFM

Important Dates:

  • Sept. 17- 5:30 pm- HP Family Night

  • Sept. 24 - Color Wars (Kindergarten-red, 1st- green, 2nd-yellow)

  • Sept. 29-Picture Day