Parent Letter For State Assessments- Spring 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

The U.S. Department of Education still expects every public school system in the country to administer federally mandated standardized tests to their students. A federal waiver to cancel testing for this year has not been made available to any state. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Education is strongly encouraging states to use the assessment data for guidance and planning instead of accountability purposes this year. These tests can only be administered in person. We strongly encourage all parents to consider sending their children to school to take these tests. Assessments will help shine a light on how this pandemic has impacted our students and what we will need to do to help them recover.

While we have been making all necessary preparations to welcome everyone back into the buildings for in-person learning, we have also been working closely to follow the US Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education's guidelines regarding this year's state assessments. Please read below to better understand how we will be administering these tests.

For Students in REMOTE LearningFor Students in IN-PERSON Learning
Students will be contacted to come into the school to participate in the assigned standardized assessments by appointment only or during specific scheduled times for their classStudents will participate in the assigned standardized assessments during their class time.

From March 16th-May 7th, the following assessments will be conducted for assigned students:


D99 Students by Grade Level Participating in Standardized Assessments in Spring 2021

Just as we have prepared for the return to in-person learning, following CDC and IL health agency guidelines, we will adhere to all recommendations for social distancing, contact tracing, and sanitization of areas used for testing.

For students participating in remote instruction, transportation will not be provided by the school district for testing purposes. Parents/guardians will need to drop-off and pick-up students at their scheduled times. Our buildings are cleaned throughout the day and disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are in all classrooms.

All students entering Cicero D99 buildings must adhere to the following:

  • Wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth
  • Allow the staff at the entry door to take their temperature
  • Respond to COVID-19 symptoms survey (students will not be allowed in if they answer yes to any of the questions)
  • Bring their own Chromebook and headphones to school every day during testing

Students and parents should note that while the information contained in this letter is accurate as of today, our school district is subject to additional guidance from the state and these details can change at any moment.

We appreciate your assistance, understanding and cooperation. Please contact your school's building administrator if you have further questions.

Sincerely,

Rodolfo Hernandez

Superintendent

Cicero District 99