Happy Teacher Appreciation Day to our wonderful teachers at DPS #170. I am grateful and blessed to work with such amazing individuals who continually inspire students to reach their full potential. Thank you for your commitment, creativity, and compassion for our students and each other. #GoPurple #DPSTeachersRock
4 days ago, Margo Empen
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Parents: Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This data reflects those currently out as Covid positive or under quarantine. Please continue to fill out the Daily Symptom Reporting Form for those students attending onsite. https://5il.co/s5z5 https://5il.co/s5z6
6 days ago, Margo Empen
Jefferson’s Book Fair has gone online! Discover new books sure to keep kids reading. Every purchase supports Jefferson School. Shop now! https://www.scholastic.com/bf/jeffersonelementaryschool149
12 days ago, Dixon Schools
Parents: Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This data reflects those currently out as Covid positive or under quarantine. Please fill out the Daily Symptom Reporting Form for those students attending onsite. https://5il.co/rwof https://5il.co/rwog
13 days ago, Margo Empen
Parents: The Board of Education and Community Engagement Committee recently discussed Remote Learning Days and Snow Days and how administration decides which one to be utilized. Please click on the link below to see the explanation of each and how they will be utilized districtwide. If you have any questions, please contact building or district administration. https://5il.co/rrun
18 days ago, Margo Empen
DENTAL EXAM REMINDER FOR KDG., 2ND, 6TH & 9TH GRADES https://www.dps170.org/article/443487
18 days ago, Dixon Schools
Parents: Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This data reflects those currently out as Covid positive or under quarantine. Please fill out the Daily Symptom Reporting form for students attending onsite. https://5il.co/rotr https://5il.co/rots
20 days ago, Margo Empen
Families and Staff: This letter is to inform you that 2 individuals at Jefferson Elementary School tested positive for COVID-19. 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. All those affected have been contacted. 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. 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
24 days ago, Crystal Thorpe
Parents: Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This data reflects those currently out as Covid positive or under quarantine. Please fill out the Daily Symptom Reporting Form for students attending onsite. https://5il.co/rf90 https://5il.co/rf91
27 days ago, Margo Empen
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I share news of the death of an 8th grade student at Reagan Middle School and a freshman student at Dixon High School as a result of a car accident on Saturday. We are deeply saddened by this loss and extend our heartfelt condolences to their families. We know that a student’s passing is a difficult experience for family, friends, staff, and community. The District will have counselors on hand this week at all buildings to support DPS #170 students and staff. Please feel free to contact our school counselors if you need help.
27 days ago, Margo Empen
We hope everyone has a restful spring break. We look forward to starting up again on Tuesday, April 6th. #gopurple
about 1 month ago, Dixon Schools
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Parents: Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This data reflects those currently out as Covid positive or under quarantine. Due to being off for spring break, there will be no report next Sunday. Happy Easter! https://5il.co/qzvh https://5il.co/qzvi
about 1 month ago, Margo Empen
Parents: Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This data reflects those currently out as Covid positive or under quarantine. Please fill out the Daily Symptom Reporting Form for students attending onsite. https://5il.co/qt52 https://5il.co/qt53
about 2 months ago, Margo Empen
We are hiring! #gopurple
about 2 months ago, Dixon Schools
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March 17, 2021 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 not be attending work or school until they are released to do so 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 are required to wear face coverings at all times, as previously directed and per school policy. • Staff are required 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 face coverings, social distancing, and proper handwashing: o Students are discouraged from sharing personal items, e.g., water bottles. Dixon Public Schools, in cooperation with the community, will provide students with a comprehensive educational program that produces well-educated, self-sufficient, and involved citizens. 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 symptoms1. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms2 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 ¹ 1 Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. ² 2 Severe symptoms of COVID-19 include: trouble breathing, e in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, bluish lips or face.
about 2 months ago, Crystal Thorpe
March 16, 2021 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. 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. 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. 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
about 2 months ago, Crystal Thorpe
Keep up the great work, parents! Below are the 5Essentials Survey parent participation rates. Each school needs a minimum of 20% in order for reports to be generated. I challenge DHS parents to complete the survey by Friday, April 2, 2021. Click this link to be taken to the parent survey. https://survey.5-essentials.org/Illinois/ Dixon High School: 15% Jefferson School: 24% Madison School: 53% Reagan Middle School: 22% Washington School: 28% We utilize this data for our school and district improvement plans, and principals set improvement goals for their yearly evaluation.
about 2 months ago, Margo Empen
March 15, 2021 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. 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. 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. 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
about 2 months ago, Crystal Thorpe
Parents: Mrs. Empen & Mrs. Hafer met with the Lee County Health Department to review our current practices since IDPH and ISBE updated their public health guidance for schools. Attached is the District's updated procedures. Please contact any building nurse or Mrs. Hafer (District Nurse) if you have any questions. This guidance is subject to change if numbers increase or decrease in Lee County. https://5il.co/qmsd
about 2 months ago, Margo Empen
Parents: Click on the links below for this week's COVID data. This data reflects those currently out as COVID positive or under quarantine. Please fill out the Daily Symptom Reporting Form for students attending onsite. https://5il.co/qlr4 https://5il.co/qlr5
about 2 months ago, Margo Empen