Message to Families October 16, 2020

Huntley 158 families,

This is an exciting time for us during this continually challenging year.

On Monday, we will be welcoming back students to our PreK-5 schools under our elementary hybrid model. We also were pleased to share with our middle and high school families a short time ago our plans for a secondary (6-12) hybrid learning option to begin November 2. 

While these plans are far from the full return that so many of our families and staff members would prefer, they are steps toward that ultimate goal, ones that we hope all members of our community will see as positive developments at a time when there are no easy or great solutions.

Details of the secondary (6-12) plan can be found at www.district158.org/secondary-hybrid.

IMPORTANT: PreK-5 Please Re-Check Bus Route Information in Powerschool

For families of PreK-5 hybrid students attending school starting next week, please re-check Powerschool before Monday for any changes that may have occurred since the initial release. Please note that no route changes can be made until after October 26.

Monthly Certification of Daily Symptom-Free Self-Check

This is a reminder to ALL families to please complete the monthly certification that is required for any form of in-person attendance. Those attending under a hybrid option MUST complete the form to be allowed to participate. Completion of the form certifies that families will conduct a symptom self-check of their student on a daily basis prior to attending in-person. Regardless of your plans to attend hybrid or remote, we encourage all families to complete this form monthly.

October Student COVID Symptom-Free Self-Certification (required for PreK-5 hybrid students)

November Student COVID Symptom-Free Self-Certification (required for PreK-12 hybrid students)

Parent University: Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

As we continue through these challenging and unprecedented times, the mental health and wellbeing of our young people continues to be a top priority. Student mental wellness has been a consistent focus for our schools. In an effort to continue to collaborate and partner with families to support our students’ needs, we would like to extend a FREE training opportunity to parents/guardians of our middle and high school age students.  

Youth Mental Health First Aid training provides adults, including parents/guardians, school staff, caregivers, and community members who work with young people ages 12-18, with the knowledge base and skills to recognize, understand, and respond to signs of anxiety, depression, ADHD, eating disorders, and substance use disorders in youth.   

District 158 will be offering Youth Mental Health First Aid training as part of our Parent University. This training is offered in a virtual format that includes two hours of independent, self-paced learning activities and five hours of a live, instructor-led video conference via Zoom.  District 158’s Behavior Specialists, Tracy Walsh and Allison Anderson, will serve as the instructors.

For more information on Youth Mental Health First Aid Training, please see the following resources: YMHFA One Pager and YMHFA Parent Training Information Video.  Training dates and times are listed below. If you are interested in registering, please complete this form.  Due to the personal nature of the content being covered, each training is limited to 12 participants.  Registration will close Friday, October 30.  

Dates 

Saturday, November 14, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
*Includes two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch break.*

Saturday, December 12, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
*Includes two 15-minute breaks and a 30-minute lunch break.*

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We hope to see you soon! Thank you, and stay well!

Sincerely,

Scott Rowe, Ed.D.
Superintendent

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