- Jane Addams
District Weekly News September 10
This Week in Valley View
News and Notes from Around the District
September 10, 2020
September 10 Message to VVSD Families from Superintendent Rachel Kinder
While we are working very hard to improve remote learning for our children and navigate the daily challenges that come along with remote teaching and learning, our sights also remain set on implementing a safe phased approach to on-site learning. Our schools are one important part of the overall function of our community and the return to in-person learning is dependent on the entire Valley View Community.
As of today, County level COVID-19 risk metrics for Will County remain at warning level for test positivity (9%) and new cases per 100,000 according to the most recently published data from the Illinois Department of Public Health. However, within the last week, we have gained access to the ability to drill down into this data by ZIP Code and we are starting to see some encouraging signs for our main ZIP Codes (60440, 60446, 60490) that cover the villages of Bolingbrook and Romeoville. The data shows decreasing positivity rates for our immediate community over the last several days and rates below 6% over the last week.
Continuing this trend as a community is an essential component of implementing transitions to on-site learning and keeping our schools open. We all play an important role in controlling community transmission and individual actions by families make a big difference. Wearing facial coverings, practicing proper social distancing, staying away from large gatherings, and practicing proper hygiene all play a role in facilitating the return of our students to on-site learning, and in the bigger picture, the overall health of our community.
Within VVSD, we will continue to prepare to bring our learners back for on-site learning. As we’ve stated previously, we will begin the process with certain special programs. We will first survey the parents of students in these programs to help inform the planning effort. Within the next week, we will be surveying all parents regarding a return to student on-site learning. We will then develop and share a road map with the projected timeline that we will be working towards, provided that the public health metrics demonstrate that it is safe to do so.
Our goal remains to safely bring our learners back together with our caring staff. Thank you for your partnership as a community to accomplish this for our children.
Rachel Kinder, Ed.S.
Superintendent of Schools
VVSD Announces Adjustments to Remote Meals for Students Program
Valley View School District 365U Nutrition Services is continuing the Remote Meals for Students program during remote learning for VVSD students but making a significant change due to a revision in policy by the United States Department of Agriculture.
On August 31, the USDA reversed an earlier decision and is now allowing schools to continue serving free meals to all kids through December 31, 2020 so long “as funding allows.” VVSD may offer free meals to ANY child in the community as it meets USDA “area eligibility” criteria whereas greater than 50% of students qualify for free or reduced price meals. In VVSD, that change means those picking up meal kits at the five middle school curbside pick-up sites (Addams, Brooks, Humphrey, Lukancic, and Martinez) will no longer be required to display a VVSD student ID or ID number.
Those receiving meals via delivery will be asked to provide at VVSD student ID or ID number. Those without a VVSD ID will need to provide the name(s) of any child under 18 for whom they are accepting meal delivery. Curbside pick-up meal kits include breakfast and lunch for multiple days and are offered each Tuesday and Thursday from 9am-noon for any child living in the household 18 and under. Children do not need to be present as the adult household member may pick-up the meals on their child’s behalf. A pre-order is no longer needed for curbside pick-up meal kits. Meal kits will be distributed until noon on designated pickup days, or as supplies last.
Delivery for Remote Meals for VVSD actively enrolled students is also still available. Meals kits for delivery must be pre-ordered by Monday at Noon for delivery the following week. For more information, visit www.vvsd.org/food.
There will be no accommodations made for special diets or allergies and the meals may contain peanuts.
Bolingbrook HS Teacher Develops “3-Monitor” Remote Classroom Setup
Remote learning is leading VVSD teachers to create innovative ways to best serve their students. This fall, we’ll be taking you on visits to a variety of classrooms throughout the District to show you how teachers are adapting their methods of instruction to meet the needs of their students who are learning from home.
Watch the Video! to visit the Advanced Placement Economics class of Bolingbrook HS Social Studies Teacher Mr. Michael Rende. Proving he’s a lifelong learner, Mr. Rende has developed a classroom setup with three monitor screens. The largest contains the Zoom window of his students, a second screen is where he manages the curriculum materials, and the third is where he can see the chat window so that he can always see current questions and feedback from students.
Teachers throughout VVSD are learning, evaluating, adapting, and yes, sometimes even rejecting, systems and methods as they refine remote learning to best meet the needs of students.
Some Fun Stuff from A. Vito Martinez Middle School
In addition to their roles as building leaders at A.Vito Martinez Middle School, Principal Mrs. Sarah DeDonato and Asst. Principal Mr. Bill Normand are also a parody songwriting team. Think of them as VVSD’s version of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Lennon & McCartney, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, take your pick.
Their latest creation “We Are the Vikings” is an ode staff and student flexibility, innovation, and perseverance during remote learning.
Watch the Video!
A Reminder from VVSD Health Services about Student Immunizations
In this time of great concern about the COVID-19 virus, be certain your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. This helps protect your child against disease and illness.
In addition, state law requires parents and guardians to provide up-to-date immunization records to the school in which their child is enrolled. State law also allows the exclusion of students without current immunization records beginning on October 15.
VVSD certainly does not want to exclude any student, so if you have not provided your child’s current immunization record, call your doctor to arrange an appointment. If you need help, contact your school’s nurse and they will be happy to assist you.
Final Push to Complete the 2020 United States Census
The census will conclude on September 30. That’s just three weeks away! (Romeoville’s current response rate is 79.5%). As a community, we need as many people to complete the census. Federal dollars and resources for our state and local area are at stake, including state representation, and demographics data that companies use to decide if they want to build/open a business in our community.
If you haven’t done so already, you can fill out the census online (https://my2020census.gov/), by phone (844-330-2020 for English or 844-468-2020 for Spanish) from 6 a.m. – 1 a.m. 7 days a week, or by mail.
Student Meals for Remote Learning Next Pickup/Delivery Date is Tue. September 15
VVSD Nutrition Services will provide breakfast and lunch to students under 18 years old every Tuesday & Thursday via Curbside pick-up locations or delivery. Delivered meals must be pre-ordered through the VVSD Nutrition page: www.vvsd.org/food. The adult or student picking up the meals at the delivery site must present their VVSD students IDs.
VVSD’s five middle schools are the curbside pickup locations. Meal pickup is from 9 am to Noon (or until supplies last) each Tuesday and Thursday.
Election Judges Needed, New Law Makes Those as Young as 16 Years Old Eligible
Anticipating a shortage of election judges, Public Act 101-0642 (which was signed into Illinois law last June) enacts several changes to state law aimed at encouraging students to serve in the role of election judge. In addition to specifically mandating that Election Day will be a school holiday, the law provides that election judges may be as young as 16 years old if they are otherwise qualified.
For additional information on how to serve as an Election Judge in Will County, visit the following link: https://www.thewillcountyclerk.com/elections/elections/elections-services/election-judges/
Seen Around Valley View This Week
Left- Village of Romeoville Mayor John Noak (center in photo) stopped by Superintendent Rachel Kinder’s office to deliver a total of 3000 facial masks courtesy of the US Conference of Mayors. The masks are made by Bella+Canvas and were procured from the Conference by Mayor Noak. VVSD Board of Education Vice-President Mr. Victor Zack (right in photo) also was there to accept the Mayor’s generous donation.
Center- Mitchem Early Childhood student Karyn Childs and her grandmother Karen Childs teamed up on young Karyn’s assignment to explore the origin of their name. We also see where Karyn’s beautiful smile comes from!
Right- Many of our teachers are working from their classrooms during remote learning and our building support staff members are also reporting to work. Our custodial and building maintenance staff are doing their part to keep our buildings clean, focusing on high touch areas.
Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, September 14, at John J. Lukancic Middle School, 725 W. Normantown Rd, Romeoville IL. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30 pm, at which time the Board will vote to move to Closed Session. The Public Session of the meeting will begin no earlier than 7 pm. In accordance with the Open Meetings Act, the Agenda for the meeting will be posted no later than 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting. Click here to view the Agenda The Meeting is available via live stream on the VVSD YouTube Channel, VVSD365U
Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates
Mon. Oct. 12 Schools Closed, No Classes
Fri. Oct. 23 First Grading Period Ends
Tue. Nov. 3 Election Day- Schools Closed
Events for the Coming Week
Tue. Sep. 15 Skoff Elementary Virtual Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
Wed. Sep. 16 Hermansen Elementary Virtual Curriculum Night 5:30-7:30 pm
Hill Elementary Zoom Curriculum Night Grades K-2 6-7:30 pm
Thu. Sep. 17 STEP Zoom Open House 6 pm
Hill Elementary Zoom Curriculum Night Grades 3-5 6-7:30 pm
Salk Elementary Virtual Curriculum Night 6-7 pm
News from Our Community Partners
Bolingbrook Park District
Bolingbrook Park District residents and Valley View School District students are now able to register for the REACH All-Day Care program. All of the information and how to register is located at the following: http://www.bolingbrookparks.org/en/programs/reach-extended-school-care/
Fountaindale Public Library
Fountaindale Public Library is open to the public for regular business hours. Please visit fountaindale.org/welcomeback to read about our new requirements for entering and using their building. The library has also pulled together a variety of resources for Valley View students, parents and teachers to use. Visit fountaindale.org/backtoschool for details.
The Fountaindale Public Library Bookmobile will be visiting VVSD middle schools located in Bolingbrook during Student Remote Meals Pickup Days. Locations and times are Jane Addams Middle School Sept.10 9:30-10:30 am. Brooks Middle School Sept. 15 & 17 9:30- 10:30 am. Humphrey Middle School Sep. 22 & 24 9:30-10:30 am.
Romeoville Community Pantry
The Romeoville Community Pantry has updated their procedures and days of operation due to social distancing regulations. Instead of being a “choice pantry,” food is being handed out in boxes in a drive-thru style. Clients remain in their cars and check in through the window glass as workers place food into their trunks. The pantry WILL be open the first four Saturdays of the month 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Please check the Romeoville Community Facebook page for any further updates http://www.facebook.co/romeovilleconnunitypantry/
Northern Illinois Food Bank
The Northern Illinois Food Bank is conducting mobile food banks and micro pantries in the vicinity in the near future. Please bring bags or boxes. Micro Pantries are designed to allow anonymous food pick-up for those in need and a drop-off point for those who wish to help. Micro pantries are accessible 24 hours a day. To find a Micro Pantry near you visit: http://arcg.is/04LijC
New Hope Baptist Church Mobile Pantry
New Hope Baptist Church has resumed their Mobile Pantry conducted in association with West Suburban Community Pantry and the Northern IL Food Bank. Due to the coronavirus and the need for safety, the new mobile pantry will be conducted in a drive-thru format to allow for minimum contact between volunteers and families.
In order to receive food, individuals/families will need to order their food selections online by visiting the West Suburban Community Pantry Store (https://www.wscpstore.org) 24 hours before coming to New Hope for pickup. Shoppers will have the opportunity to select from four food categories: breads/bakery, meats, miscellaneous dry foods, and perishables. The food will be boxed and labeled with the recipient’s name and placed in the trunks of the cars of the recipients.
Will County MAPP Food Micro Pantries
Will County Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships conducts micro and mobile food pantries throughout Will County. Click here for more details and a map of locations.
(That’s All for This Week)