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District Weekly News January 13

This Week in Valley View

News and Notes from Around the District 


Supt. Kinder’s Every Learner Update at the January 10 Board of Education Meeting

January 10 Superintendent Update

VVSD Superintendent of Schools Rachel Kinder provided an update to the Board of Education on the return to school after Holiday Break, and changes in health and safety guidance from IDPH and ISBE at the Regular Meeting of the Board on Monday, January 10.

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Updated IDPH & ISBE COVID Isolation and Quarantine Timelines

Update on ISBE and IDPH Safety Guidance

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) have provided an update indicating that they plan to revise their guidance to align with the updated CDC isolation and quarantine timelines for schools. The Will County Health Department has advised that school districts can implement these changes immediately. 

Isolation (COVID-19 Confirmed Positive Test)

  • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, should isolate for five days after onset of symptoms, or five days from specimen collection date if no symptoms are present during the five day time period.  If the individual continues to have a fever or other symptoms that have not improved after five days of isolation, they should wait to end isolation until they are fever-free for 24 hours and their other symptoms have improved.  The individual should also be free from diarrhea and vomiting for 24 hours.
  • Individuals must wear a well-fitted mask around others (including at home) for five additional days after release from isolation. If unable to wear a mask when around others, the case should continue to isolate for a total of ten days.

Quarantine (Close Contact to a COVID-19 Positive Case)

  • According to the updated IDPH/CDC Guidelines, those ages 18 or older who have received all recommended vaccine doses, including boosters, are not required to quarantine if in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. 
  • Those ages 18 or older who have not received all recommended vaccine doses including boosters where eligible or are unvaccinated will be required to quarantine for five days from exposure.  If symptoms develop, isolation should immediately occur until a negative test is acquired.  If unable to wear a mask when around others, the case should continue to quarantine for a total of ten days.

Administrators and school nurses are working through the process of adjusting return dates for any staff and students who are currently in isolation or quarantine according to the new criteria. It is important to note that these updated exclusion rules are subject to change as school districts are still awaiting updated guidance from the IDPH. As soon as the updated exclusion guidance is published, the school district will share any further changes to the COVID exclusion and return to school guidelines.  

This announcement does not change the State of Illinois’ mask requirement for anyone inside school buildings or school buses. The indoor mask mandate for schools is still in effect until further notice and masks are required for all individuals indoors at VVSD facilities or buses. If you have questions regarding your child’s current COVID exclusion, please contact your child’s school for clarification. ​​​​​​​


VVSD Teacher Spotlight- Brandon Guernsey, 5th Grade Teacher, B.J. Ward Elementary

Brandon Guernsey

B.J. Ward Elementary School 5th Grade Teacher Brandon Guernsey is an example of someone raised in a community as a child who stayed in that community to serve future generations as an adult.  It just happens that in Brandon’s case, that community is our VVSD community.

Brandon attended Oak View Elementary and then Jane Addams Middle School before moving on to Bolingbrook HS where he graduated as a member of the BHS Class of ’97.  While he was a student at Bolingbrook HS, he was inspired by one of his teachers to pursue a career as a teacher. 

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A Special Command Performance by the AVM Drama Club

AVM Presents Not So Grimm Tales

Once upon a time…In the kingdom of A. Vito Martinez Middle School, a group of students set out to make an odd school year a little more normal. These students worked hard for weeks learning new technology, designing costumes, and memorizing lines in order to perform a play that puts a twist on classic tales. 

For one night only, Sat. Jan. 15, AVM’s Drama Club Presents “Not-So-Grimm Tales” by Kevin Bean. Performances are at 1:30 pm and 3 pm in the AVM Little Theater.  Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults.


Illinois 5Essentials Survey Now Open


The Illinois State Board of Education’s 5Essentials Survey for Parents and Guardians is now open through March 11.  Click Here to take the survey.

This survey generates valuable data that districts can use to guide their ongoing efforts to improve schools and to offer students an excellent education. The survey is another improvement tool that allows districts and the state to share data as a means to inform parents and community members about the school’s learning environment. The Illinois 5Essentials Survey is administered online by UChicago Impact at the University of Chicago on behalf of the Illinois State Board of Education.


WCIU Game of the Week Adjusts 2022 Schedule

WCIU Game of the Week

Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in Northern Illinois, WCIU-TV has revised their schedule of televised high school basketball games.  The game between the Bolingbrook HS Boys’ Basketball Team and New Trier HS on Mon. Jan. 17 at Fenwick HS will no longer be televised. The game will be played at Fenwick HS at 1 pm as part of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. City/Suburban Classic. 


VVEEF Presents WildFest Sun. Feb. 6 at Bolingbrook HS

Valley View Educaton Enrichment Foundation

The Valley View Educational Enrichment Foundation presents an amazing, fun, and educational opportunity for the whole family when WildFest visits Bolingbrook HS on Sun. Feb. 6 from 10 am- 4 pm..

Attending WildFest will give you the opportunity to experience a menagerie of exotic animals including wolf, alligator, python, bats, lynx, skunks, owls, falcons, and more.  Specific demonstrations include: Big Run Wolf Ranch, Incredible Bats, The Natural Naturalist, and CrossTown Exotics.  The Special guest is Scales and Tails featuring a sloth, anteater, and armadillo (Noon to 4pm only). . In addition to the demonstrations, there will be concessions, vendors, and opportunities to pet and take photos with the animals.

Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, free for kids up to 3 years old. Proceeds will benefit the grant programs in VVSD schools supported by the VVEEF and animal rescue programs.


Spring 2022 ESL and HSE/GED Classes  Enrolling Now
Clases de Primavera de ESL (Ingles como Segundo Idioma) & HSE/GED (equivalencia de escuela secundario) Inscríbase ahora

FREE Classes begin January 18 online and in-person to enroll online: Visit:

  • Watch an online orientation video.
    •  Complete your online enrollment form, including signing up for your ESL or HSE Placement test. 
    •  Complete placement testing.
    • Your Schedule will be emailed to you before classes start.
    • In-person classes are available morning and evening at JJC City Center and Romeoville Campuses
    • No technology? Call 815-280-1333 for more enrollment options. 

Las clases comienzan el 18 de enero en línea y en persona. Inscríbase en línea visite:


  • Vea un video de orientación en línea.
  • Complete su formulario de inscripción para su examen de colocación de ESL o HSE/GED.  
  • Complete la prueba de ubicación.
  • Su horario de clase le será enviado por correo electrónico antes de que comiencen las clases.
  • Las clases en persona están disponibles por la mañana y por la noche en los campus del Centro de Joliet y Romeoville.
  • ¿Sin tecnología? Llame al 815-280-1333 para obtener más opciones de inscripción.


Kudos for Noteworthy Achievements

Bolingbrook HS Principal Dr. Jason Pascavage is the recipient of the Illinois High School Theatre Association’s Principal of the Year Award.  Dr. Pascavage and the Bolingbrook HS staff stepped in and hosted the Illinois High School Theatre production of “Cabaret” when COVID restrictions created a need for a change in venue from the usual location at Illinois State University.


Seen Around Valley View This Week

Jane Addams National Junior Honor SocietyRomeoville HS Chromebook Care CenterIndoor Recess at Hermansen

Left- The Jane Addams Middle School National Junior Honor Society made and then delivered a supply of hand-tied flannel blankets to the Will County Children’s Advocacy Council.  The blankets will be given to children served by the CAC who have endured abuse.  

Center- Our Instructional Technology staff is always ready to assist our students, such as at the Chromebook Care Center at Romeoville HS.

Right- Cold outdoor temperatures meant students had indoor recess. At Hermansen Elementary School that meant some extra tech time to explore 3D drawing.


Quick Notes- The next regular meeting of the Valley View School District Board of Education is on Monday, January 24, 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

Erin’s Law Virtual Parent’s Night Provided by Guardian Angel Community Services
A virtual parent night will be provided by Guardian Angel Community Services on Tues. Jan. 25 from 6- 7 pm in English, and 7-8 pm in Spanish.  A Prevention Coordinator from Guardian Angel Community Services, will cover statistics, indicators of sexual abuse, how to help a child who has disclosed sexual abuse, resources for where and how to find help, and an opportunity to ask questions.

On Tue. Jan. 25 at 6 pm Click Here to Join the English Language Parent’s Night  

On Tue. Jan. 25 at 7 pm Click Here to Join the Spanish Language Parent’s Night

Bolingbrook HS Child Development Program “Little Raiders Pre-School Enrollment
If you are interested in enrolling a future VVSD student in the Little Raiders program, there are spaces available for the spring session which run February-May on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-1:05pm . To be eligible to enroll, a child must be a VVSD resident between the ages of 3 and 5 and must be potty trained. Tuition is $40 per child per month. For more information, contact Erin Clifford at


Upcoming Important School Calendar Dates


Mon. Jan. 17           Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday- No Classes

Wed. Jan. 26           Early Release (Elem 2:15, MS 1:20, HS 12:43)

Mon. Feb. 21           Presidents’ Day- No Classes


Events for the Coming Week

Sat. Jan. 15    Martinez Middle School Drama Club Presents “Not So Grimm Tales” 1:30 pm

                     Martinez Middle School Drama Club Presents “Not So Grimm Tales” 3 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:


Fountaindale Public Library

The library has compiled a variety of resources for VVSD students, parents and teachers to use this school year. Whether you're looking for homework help, a new book to read or exciting technology to learn, you can use your Student Success library card to access all that Fountaindale has to offer! Please visit for details.


West Suburban Community Pantry

West Suburban Community Pantry’s Virtual Food Pantry makes it easy for people facing tough times to order free groceries online so they can make ends meet. You can place your order anytime from a phone or computer with internet access. There are no crowds and no reason to feel rushed. Shop when you want by simply choosing your no-cost groceries and a convenient pickup time and place. Just be sure to place your order a couple of days before you need food. The Virtual Food Pantry is a quick and private way to get a little help with groceries so you can get back on your feet. Start shopping today at 


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 distributed 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  


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:  

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!