In preparation for the 2021-2022 school year, Cicero District 99 is looking for parent feedback on in-person learning and remote learning.
The District recognizes that in-person learning, including a full school day, is optimal for student academic progress and social emotional needs.
Pending guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), District 99 is moving forward with the options of Full In-Person Learning (Monday-Friday) or Full Remote Learning (Monday-Friday) for the 2021-2022 school year.
District 99 is launching a survey to provide YOU the opportunity for your voice to be heard!
Help District 99 improve the educational setting for you and your children.
Just because there are limits on in-person meetings does not mean that showcasing talent has to come to a halt!
Join District 99 for a live release of the District's virtual Fine Arts Festival — an evening of song, dance, art and theatrics from students and staff throughout the District. The hour-long show will feature familiar staff faces from the hallways and display a variety of talents from your children's peers. You won't be disappointed!
Despite distance learning and the limitations on gathering sizes and peer-to-peer interactions this academic year, several students and staff from across Cicero District 99 have partnered to produce the District's first virtual musical production, "High School Musical Jr.", set to debut at the end of May.
"High School Musical Jr.", an upbeat throwback to the ins and outs of high school drama, is a nostalgic romp for young and old alike. After the audition notice is posted for East High School's spring musical, superstar athlete Troy and science whiz Gabriella secretly want to try out. Will their dreams be thwarted as they navigate the cliques of high school?
Adapted for young performers, this musical includes favorite songs including, "Get'cha Head in the Game," "Stick to the Status Quo" and "We're All in This Together." With its inspiring message of friendship, self-discovery, and teamwork, audiences will be left singing and cheering on from home!
District 99's production of "High School Musical Jr." will be performed two days only
Friday, May 28
Saturday, May 29
*Due to copyright restrictions, the musical will only be available for viewing during the scheduled times on Friday and Saturday and a rebroadcast will not be made available for public viewing.
After meeting with the Cicero Council in the afternoon on Thursday, May 6, the District has collectively determined that we DO NOT meet the criteria to pivot into an adaptive pause.
Cicero community — join District 99 in welcoming Aldo Calderin as the District’s interim superintendent!
As interim superintendent, Aldo Calderin's goal is to serve the community and ensure that District 99 continues to provide its students with opportunities to grow and learn.
Calderin has worked in the education field since 2004, where he began his teaching career here in District 99 as a bilingual math and science teacher. Most recently, he has spent the past three years as principal of Unity Junior High School.
CICERO DISTRICT 99 BOARD OF EDUCATION AND CICERO COUNCIL REACH AGREEMENT FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING TO RESUME
Newly approved optional hybrid learning model will ensure students, faculty and staff return safely to the classroom under new county-wide COVID-19 health protocols
The Board of Education of Cicero District 99 (Board) and The Cicero Council, West Suburban Teachers Union, Local 571, IFT-AFT (Union) announced it has agreed on an optional hybrid learning model for the remainder of the 2020-21 academic school year. Parents will have the option to enroll their child/ren in the hybrid learning model or continue with virtual learning.
The optional hybrid learning model and the District’s implementation of COVID-19 safety protocols have been met with excitement from Cicero parents across the county.
For parents who choose to enroll their child/ren in the optional hybrid learning model, the new school week schedule will be as followed:
Mondays: All students will participate in virtual learning.
Tuesdays: Students assigned to Group A will attend in-person learning. Students assigned to Group B will participate in virtual learning.
Wednesdays: Students assigned to Group A will attend in-person learning. Students assigned to Group B will participate in virtual learning.
Thursdays: Students assigned to Group B will attend in-person learning. Students assigned to Group A will participate in virtual learning.
Friday: Students assigned to Group B will attend in-person learning. Students assigned to Group A will participate in virtual learning.
Additionally, the optional hybrid learning model will begin on the following dates:
Parents that do not choose to enroll their child/ren in the optional hybrid learning model will continue virtual learning via the District’s e-learning platforms.
The Board’s top priority is ensuring a safe and smooth transition back into the classroom and therefore, have established new health measures that meet the most recent school health standards set by: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). New safety practices to be rolled out across all Cicero schools and buildings includes:
Class Size: To adhere to social distancing, the District will not assign more than 15 people in total per classroom at any one time.
Rapid COVID-19 Testing: The District will provide rapid COVID-19 testing through the BinaxNOW testing pilot as authorized by ISBE. Testing accessibility for teachers, staff and students is contingent upon testing and staffing availability.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Providing adequate personal protective equipment (PPE) onsite, which includes masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant solution. The BOE will also be prepared to provide additional PPE such as face shields, gowns, protective barriers, and cleaning supplies if needed and in accordance with current CDC, CCDPH, IDPH and ISBE guidelines.
HVAC and Ventilation: Increase outside fresh air to 35%, to open outdoor air dampers to reduce or eliminate recirculation, to increase fresh air changes to approximately three and a half (3.5) to four (4) times per hour depending on the building and outside air changes, and to disable demand-controlled ventilation. HVAC system filters will have the highest MERV rating appropriate per manufacturer’s recommendations. Systems will run approximately three (3) hours before and three (3) hours after the majority of staff leaves and portable HEPA filters will be used in all higher risk COVID-19 Assessment Response and Evaluation (CARE”) rooms.
Positivity Rate: The District will adhere to IDPH and CCDPH guidelines and consult with the CCDPH for approval prior to returning staff and students to onsite learning. Furthermore, the District will follow all Governor Executive Orders and ISBE requirements regarding onsite learning.
COVID-19 Vaccinations: The Board and Union will put forth the maximum effort to enable all staff members are vaccinated against COVID-19 once vaccines are readily available.
UPDATE ON MEAL SERVICE
Next meal service:
Wednesday, May 12
Pickup times for meals are from
7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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