As you may know, Illinois Governor, J. B. Pritzker held a COVID-19 press conference today where he issued new rules regarding indoor masking, educational employee vaccination and testing requirements. The indoor masking order, statewide, begins Monday, August 30, and the requirement for educational employees to begin their COVID-19 vaccine regimen is September 5. All educational employees must get a COVID-19 vaccination or submit to testing weekly (or more frequently if ordered by the local health department). We will communicate internally with our staff on the specifics of how we will verify staff vaccination status, and coordinate weekly testing as appropriate. Our consistent and continuous aim is safety, learning, and communication. We’re proud to be open, full day and full time and fully in person. Thank you for your support and understanding, and thank you for allowing us to lead and serve the educational needs for each child, every day!
about 2 months ago, Margo Empen
Click on the links below for this week's COVID data. This data reflects those out due to being positive or quarantined. https://5il.co/xm46 https://5il.co/xm47
about 2 months ago, Margo Empen
Sharing information from our friends at The Dixon Historic Theatre
2 months ago, Dixon Schools
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We are so excited to see everyone for the first day of school tomorrow! Schools dismiss at 11 am tomorrow. Please allow enough time to get to school with all the road work. Click below for the Return Plan approved by the Board of Education. #GoPurple https://5il.co/x6n0
2 months ago, Margo Empen
Superintendent Updates for the start of the new school year have been posted: https://www.dps170.org/article/501071
3 months ago, Dixon Schools
Our DPS #170 mobile App has been updated. Check out this short video to see how to navigate through the App. #gopurple https://youtu.be/WD1waFFk0jo
3 months ago, Dixon Schools
We are hiring! Here are the classroom positions we currently need to fill. #gopurple
3 months ago, Dixon Schools
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We are hiring! Here are the support positions we currently need to fill. #gopurple
3 months ago, Dixon Schools
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Sharing information from our friends at the Dixon Theatre
4 months ago, Dixon Schools
Dixon Theatre camp flyer
May 24, 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. o Students are learning new ways to greet each other without touching. 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 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
5 months ago, Crystal Thorpe
Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. Our numbers continue to improve. This data reflects those out due to being positive or quarantined. Guidance as IL moves to phase 5. https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/bridge-phase https://5il.co/sqhc https://5il.co/sqhd
5 months ago, Margo Empen
Happy Mother's Day! Click on the links below for this week's Covid data. This week's data is our best yet. This data reflects those out due to being positive or quarantined. https://5il.co/sf1s https://5il.co/sf1t
5 months ago, Margo Empen
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
6 months ago, Margo Empen
Teacher Appreciation Day Logo
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 months 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
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago, Margo Empen
DENTAL EXAM REMINDER FOR KDG., 2ND, 6TH & 9TH GRADES https://www.dps170.org/article/443487
6 months 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
6 months 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
6 months ago, Crystal Thorpe