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501 South Arlington Heights Road
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089

Phone: 847-520-2755

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Community Consolidated School District 21 serves nearly 7,000 students in 13 schools across 6 communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Longfellow Elementary School serves students through 5th grade. School starts at 9:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM daily.

2021 Summer Mailing

Dear Families of Longfellow,

We cannot wait to see our students so soon! It will again take a community effort to keep our schools safe and we appreciate your dedication at home as you prepare your children for their return to school. I am looking forward to working with you on behalf of your children as we embark upon a  journey of fun, friendships, and learning!

We will be hosting a “Meet the Teacher” event on Monday, August 16 for students in grades 1-5, in-person, and outside (rain date Tuesday, August 17). To help us keep the event socially distanced, we request that all families adhere to the designated times below.

  • 1st and 2nd Grade: 2:00-2:30 PM (grassy areas 2-5)
  • 3rd Grade: 2:30-3:00 PM (playgrounds)
  • 4th and 5th Grade: 3:00-3:30 PM (blacktop 1&2, grass 1)

Upcoming Dates

  • Sunday, August 15: PTO Meet and Greet with New Families, 1:00 PM
  • Monday, August 16:
    • Staff Institute Day, 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (no student attendance)
    • Meet the Teacher, Grades 1-5, 2:00-3:30 PM
  • Tuesday, August 17:
    • Staff Institute Day, 8:00 AM to 1:30 PM (no student attendance)
    • Meet the Teacher Rain Date
  • Wednesday, August 18:
    • First Day of Classes, Grades 1-8
    • Preschool and Kindergarten Meet the Teacher
  • Thursday, August 19:
    • First Day of Classes, Preschool and Kindergarten
    • Board of Education Meeting at Gill Administration Building, 7:00 PM
  • Friday, August 20: School Pictures
  • Friday, August 27: PTO Back to School Bash, 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, September 2: Curriculum Night, 5:00-7:00 PM
  • Monday, September 6: NO SCHOOL, Labor Day
  • Tuesday, September 7: NO SCHOOL, Rosh Hashanah
  • Thursday, September 16: NO SCHOOL, Yom Kippur
  • Friday, October 8: School Improvement Planning (SIP) Day – K-5 students dismissed at 12:00, no preschool

Student Arrival
Student supervision starts at 8:45 AM. Students cannot arrive at school earlier than 8:45 AM and report directly to their homeroom.

Student arrival locations:

  • Front Door for walkers, students that take the bus
  • Door 3 (same door as pick up) for car drop off

During car drop off, please remember to pull all the way up to the front of the pick up line so we can allow for the most cars to drop off at the same time.  DO NOT get out of your car.  If your child needs assistance during drop off, please park your car, help your child, and walk them towards the front entrance.  We appreciate your help in decreasing congestion and maximizing student safety during arrival.

Prior to entering the school all students must put on a mask. If a child does not have a mask, they will be provided with a disposable single use mask for that day. As students enter the building at arrival, they will clean their hands at a hand sanitizer station, and proceed directly to their classroom.

From 8:45-9:00 AM, supervisors will be stationed in the hallways to welcome students and monitor classrooms. Students are allowed to carry backpacks and will place their coats either in their backpack or on their chair. Once in their classroom, students must remain in their seats and wear their masks at all times.

Student Dismissal
At dismissal (3:30 PM), students that are walking will go directly to the park as soon as they exit the building. Students taking a bus will go directly to their bus. Students waiting for car pick up will be socially distanced outside according to markings on the ground. Siblings will be grouped together.

As you head towards the back of the building, cars picking up children in grades K-2 will form the two lines of cars closest to the building and pick up their children along the building. Cars picking up children in grades 3-5 will form the two lines of cars closest to the grass and will pick their children along the grass.

Students in grades K-2 will continue to leave the building through door 3 and line up along the building to wait for their car (picture below).

Students in grades 3-5 will exit through doors 2 or 12 and use the crosswalk to line up along the grass at the park and wait for their car. We have painted more socially distanced dots along the grass to spread out the students as they wait in the car line.

Students with a younger sibling should meet their car on the side with the younger sibling. For example, in a family in which there is a child in grade 2 and grade 4, they would stand together against the building.

Students should only get in their car on the side where they are getting picked up. Students in grades K-2 will be against the building and will enter their car on the drivers side. Students in grades 3-5 will be against the grass at the park and will enter their car on the passenger side.

If there is any change in the way your child gets home, our front office (847-520-2755) and your child’s teacher needs to have that information before the school day begins. It is vitally important to keep all children safe and we need your help to maintain a regular pick-up schedule for your child unless there is an unforeseen circumstance that is causing a change.

Preschool Arrival and Dismissal
Arrival and dismissal of preschool students (and their siblings) will continue to be in the front median. This is to give families with our youngest learners more time to help their children buckle the car seats. Preschool staff members will only permit cars picking up preschool students to drive along the median.

Masks
On August 4, Governor Pritzker announced an Executive Order that supports safe in-person learning and requires that masks be worn indoors by all staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Following the guidance of local and state health organizations allowed us to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our schools this past year. Therefore, we will continue to follow such guidance for the 2021-22 school year.

Your child will continue to need to wear a clean mask each day. Please send extra masks in their backpack as a fresh mask may be welcomed after lunch/recess and/or PE. We will continue to have emergency disposable masks if one needs to be replaced during the school day.

Snacks
There is no snack time during the school day. Please make sure that your child eats a substantial breakfast before coming to school each day so they have strong energy for learning.

Water Bottles
It is recommended that students bring water bottles to school that have a straw. This allows children to more easily keep their mask on while drinking. Water fountains will be closed, but water bottle filling stations will remain available. Families may want to send their children to school with a full bottle of water.

Breakfast and Lunch
CCSD21 Breakfast and Lunch Menus
CCSD21 will return to hot meal service during the school year (rather than sack lunch). Due to the extension of federal funding, breakfast and lunch meals will be free throughout the 2021-2022 school year for ALL students.

Breakfast
If students want to eat breakfast at school, they can pick up food at door 3 or by the front door, before they go to their classroom. Students can eat in their classroom. Plexiglass shields will be available as needed, if students are eating in the classroom.

Lunch
All students will eat lunch in the cafeteria. Organic Life will provide a hot lunch for all students, at no charge. Students can choose to eat the school lunch or bring lunch from home. Each child will have an assigned seat with their homeroom cohort, while keeping socially distanced to the greatest extent possible, when masks are off. Plexiglass shields are available if a family would like to add the additional mitigation while their child(ren) are eating. If you would like your child(ren) to use a shield at lunch, please email me ([email protected]) at your earliest convenience.

Our lunch/recess schedule is as follows:

  • Kindergarten/Grade 3: Lunch @ 11:30; Recess @ 12:00
  • Grade 1/Grade 2: Lunch @ 12:00; Recess @ 12:30
  • Grade 4/Grade 5: Recess @ 12:00; Lunch @ 12:30

When students eat in the cafeteria and bring a lunchbox, they carry the lunchbox to recess and put it on their classroom line (each student has a dot on the blacktop), separated from other lunch containers. Communal lunch bins will not be used.

Lunch Sign Out
If you would prefer that your child eats their lunch at home, you may come into the vestibule and sign out your child each day, at the designated time above.

Recess

Zones will be marked outside for recess, to be shared by grade levels, and each grade level will rotate through the zones. As CDC/IDPH guidance has recently changed, it is optional for students to wear a mask outside during recess. Students will be permitted to use the playground structures. One cohort of students will use the structure at a time. Students will have access to sports equipment to play games during recess. They will sanitize their hands before lunch and after recess, before returning to their homeroom.

Students may bring small items such as cards or games (nothing electronic that connects to the Internet) that fit into a Ziplock baggie with their name. It is important that the child can self-manage these items. Cell phones and gaming systems are not allowed during the school day, consistent with past practices. Please keep these at home. Children should not share anything brought from home, and will be responsible for any recess items they bring to school.

Desk Cleaning
Student desks will be cleaned at the end of each day. High touch surfaces (door knobs, light switches, etc.) will be cleaned midday and after students leave. Custodial staff will continue to disinfect all classroom surfaces each day.

SHIELD Illinois
All in-person K-5 students will be required to participate in a weekly, non-invasive PCR saliva test. At their testing time, individuals will receive a vial and funnel and will be directed to place 2 mL of saliva into the vial. Results will be available to CCSD21 within 24 hours of testing. Families will only receive a result if their child(ren) has a positive COVID test. Teachers will be sharing this social story with their students and will be helpful to review the information with your child at home. Students cannot eat or drink anything one hour prior to the saliva test.

On Wednesday, August 4, ALL CCSD21 families received a message and consent form through ParentSquare. Please complete the consent form, one for each child, before the first day of school. The first day of SHIELD testing will be Tuesday, August 24.

Chromebooks
Chromebooks will need to be charged at home each night and brought to school each day with a full charge, ready for learning. Your collaboration with this is greatly appreciated.

Students new to CCSD21 and incoming kindergarten students will be issued a Chromebook by September 2. All students in grades K – 8 will take their Chromebook home each night and then back to school the following day fully charged.

Stay Home When Sick
CCSD21 is no longer conducting a daily health certification and morning temperature checks. Health officials with the IDPH and CCDPH have advised us that these morning checks are not the most effective prevention strategy, as many COVID-positive individuals do not show any signs of fever. The most effective prevention strategy, aside from masking and saliva testing, will be keeping your child home and seeking medical attention when they are showing any signs of illness.

Remote Learning Option Only for Quarantined Students
As a reminder, with the exception of students who are quarantined due to the diagnosis of COVID-19 or close contact, CCSD21 will not be conducting any remote learning this school year. ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) has ordered all schools to resume full, in-person instruction for all student attendance days. Therefore, no student will be a full-time remote learner. Students who are home due to extenuating circumstances (i.e. recovering from surgery) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

CCSD21 COVID-19 Health and Mitigation Information
More details regarding student cohorting, sports and extracurricular activities, food service, cleaning protocols, and more, are available within this document. CCSD21 strongly encourages all eligible individuals in our community to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Receiving a vaccine is safe, free, and protects against severe illness. Make your appointment today!

CCSD21 is continuing to follow the IDPH Decision Tree and will exclude students exhibiting symptoms of COVID including fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle or body aches from unknown cause. .

Students exhibiting symptoms may return to school provided they have:
1. no fever for 24 hours and/or alternative diagnosis (i.e. positive for strep or flu)
2. no exposure to a positive case
3. negative Covid test (may be rapid or PCR)

Updated Classroom Exposure (for unvaccinated people):
Students within 3 to 6 feet of an infected individual are not treated as close contacts as long as both students were engaged in consistent mask use. Less than 3 feet is considered close contact.

Outdoor Exposure
Outdoor activities (i.e outdoor sports, recess, etc.) with or without masks are not considered close contacts.

Michelle Friedman
Longfellow Principal
[email protected]
847-520-2755