Mr. McInnis presenting the STEP program at Dixon Rotary today. #GoPurple. #LCSEA/DPSProgram
5 days ago, Admin
Mr. McInnis Rotary Presentation
Please join me in congratulating Mr. James on being the Co-Support Staff Employee of the Year! #GoPurple #YouRAmazing
8 days ago, Admin
Mr. James EOTY
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Munson on being DPS#170’s Certified Employee of the Year! #GoPurple #YouRAmazing
8 days ago, Admin
Mrs. Munson EOTY
Please join me in congratulating Mrs. Wilson on being the Co-Support Staff Employee of the Year. #GoPurple #YouRAwesome
8 days ago, Admin
Mrs. Wilson EOTY
Congratulations, Dr. Grady on being Dixon’s Citizen of the Year! We are so proud of you and are lucky to have you lead DHS. #GoPurple #COTY
14 days ago, Admin
Dr. Grady Citizen of the Year
May 3, 2022 Dear Families and Staff: This letter is to inform you that 1 individual at Jefferson Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with the Lee County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of Jefferson Elementary School students and staff are our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health. To prevent further spread of the disease, Dixon Public Schools are taking the following steps: • Staff members or students who are close contacts to the positive case will be attending contacted by Lee County Health Department. If your child was exposed to COVID-19, you will be contacted and given instructions by Lee County Health Department. • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks. • Conducting a deep clean and disinfection of all areas daily and additional attention to the areas impacted by potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus. • Continuing our strict adherence to social distancing and hand washing practices during the school day. We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows: • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home. • Students have the option to wear face coverings at all times. • Staff have the option to wear face coverings at all times while in contact with children and other staff in the facility. • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc. • We are teaching students the importance of social distancing and proper handwashing: o Students are discouraged from sharing personal items, e.g., water bottles. o Students are learning new ways to greet each other without touching. o Students are reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes. o Students will be taught to wash their hands frequently and properly, following CDC guidelines on handwashing. • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines. As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms . Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Jefferson Elementary School, and your local health department. We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. For any questions or concerns, please contact Jefferson Elementary School at (815) 934-9661 or Sherry Hafer, District Nurse, at (815) 453-4966. Sincerely, Margo Empen Superintendent
18 days ago, Crystal Thorpe
Earlier this afternoon, an Illinois Central School Bus was involved in an accident on Route 2 between Oregon and Byron. We want to confirm that NO DPS #170 students were on the bus at the time of the accident. We are awaiting additional information from law enforcement. There are delays in bussing this afternoon due to the closure of Route 2.
26 days ago, Margo Empen
Congratulations to DHS’ Group Interpretation team on being awarded All Cast at sectionals! #GoPurple #AwesomeCast #SoProudofYou
2 months ago, Admin
Sectional All Cast
Congratulations to DHS’ Group Interpretation team at sectionals today. You were awesome and we are so proud of you! #GoPurple. #BreakALeg
2 months ago, Admin
DHS Group Interp with Coaches
DHS Group Interpretation
Isabella G. and Hayden S speaking at Dixon Rotary today. #GoPurple #SuperStudents
2 months ago, Admin
Dixon Rotary
Congratulations to our DHS Group Interpretation team on “Come From Away.” Their performance was riveting and showcased their incredible talent. Good luck at Sectionals in Sterling. #GoPurple #GITalent
2 months ago, Admin
Congratulations to our DHS Group Interpretation team on “Come From Away.” Their performance was riveting and showcased their incredible talent. Good luck at Sectionals in Sterling. #GoPurple #GITalent
2 months ago, Admin
The 5Essential Parent Survey is open until tomorrow, March 11, 2022. We are in the final days to complete the survey for Jefferson Elementary. We set a goal of 50% completion for our parent survey and we are at 46%. We are SO close to reaching our goal! Reminder, parents/guardians are asked to fill out a survey for each of their children. Once you have completed the survey, please inform your child's teacher and their name will be entered into Jefferson's drawing for a chance to win: 1) playground equipment, 2) a scholastic book of choice, 3) various gift cards, 4) a large candy bar. Let's reach our 50% goal! Jefferson Elementary parents and guardians can reach this goal 100%! http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
2 months ago, Crystal Thorpe
The 5Essentials Survey closes on Friday! Parents, it's not too late to take a survey for each building you have a child in. Our goal is 50% for each building and we are getting close. Here are the parent response rates for schools in Dixon USD 170: Dixon High School: 25% Jefferson School: 45% Madison School: 33% Reagan Middle School: 21% Washington School: 45% We use your responses in drafting our School & District Improvement Plans and setting goals for Administrators. #GoPurple #ThankYouParents
2 months ago, Margo Empen
The 5Essential Parent Survey is open until March 11, 2022. This is the final week to complete the survey for Jefferson Elementary. We set a goal of 50% completion for our parent survey and we are at 41%. We are SO close to reaching our goal! Reminder, parents are asked to fill out a survey for each of their children. Once you have completed the survey, please inform your child's teacher and their name will be entered into Jefferson's drawing for a chance to win: 1) playground equipment, 2) a scholastic book of choice, 3) various gift cards, 4) a large candy bar. Let's reach our 50% goal! http://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/
2 months ago, Crystal Thorpe
Please click on the link below for a news article from Supt. Empen regarding the postponement of the Gender/Sexual Orientation data collection. https://www.dps170.org/article/676636
3 months ago, Margo Empen
Click the links below for this week's COVID data. This is the last COVID report unless we see a significant resurgence in numbers. https://5il.co/16tod https://5il.co/16toe
3 months ago, Margo Empen
Parents & Guardians: March 11 is the final day for the 5Essentials Survey. Below are the percentages for each building. You can take a survey for EACH building you have a student in. For each survey you complete, you can turn in a slip for the $50 gift card. Our goal districtwide is 50% for EACH building. Go to www.dps170.org to find the survey and the participation slip to be entered for the gift card. Here are the parent response rates for schools in Dixon USD 170: Dixon High School: 21% Jefferson Elem School: 34% Madison Elem School: 28% Reagan Middle School: 20% Washington Elem School: 43%
3 months ago, Margo Empen
Effective immediately, drivers, monitors, and students will no longer be required to wear masks on buses in DPS #170. Areas in low or medium COVID ranges will no longer need to require masks on school buses. The District continues to encourage individuals to wear masks in areas in which they cannot properly socially distance and the buses will continue to maintain supplies of masks for students to use at their requests. Click on this link to review the guidance: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/face-masks-public-transportation.html Our goal is to transport the students safely to and from school.
3 months ago, Margo Empen
Maddie and Riley at Dixon Rotary Meeting today! #SuperStudents
3 months ago, Admin
Dixon Rotary Meeting with DHS students