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Winter Weather, Upcoming Events, SHIELD Illinois Update, and Vaccination Cards

December 6, 2021

Dear Winkelman Parents,

Happy Monday!  We hope that you had a good weekend.  Please continue to send students to school with weather appropriate gear as we will continue to go outside during recess weather permitting.   This week, our fourth and fifth graders will participate in a virtual visit with Author Sharon Draper on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.    We look forward to a wonderful week with our students.

Have a great week!

Ms. Wolverton


IMPORTANT DATES
December 7      Author Sharon Draper Visits 10 a.m.      


SHIELD ILLINOIS UPDATE
Shield Illinois has changed the third party company that will be providing testing services for District 31.  Beginning this week, Passport Health will be supporting our testing process.  However, due to the change in companies, combined with a decreased number of students participating in testing (because they are nearing fully vaccinated status), the following changes will be made to the testing program.

  • Winkelman’s testing date will now be WEDNESDAY morning and be managed by Passport Health.

  • The Winkelman PM (afternoon) Little Wildcat students will be tested on Tuesday afternoon.  Samples will be collected by District 31 nurses and the samples will be stored until the Wednesday morning collection by Passport Health.  At that point they will be processed.

  • Field students will continue to be tested on Tuesday afternoon.  Samples will be collected by District 31 nurses and the samples will be stored until the Wednesday morning collection by Passport Health.  At that point they will be brought over to Winkelman and be processed.

 Whether a student is testing on Tuesday or Wednesday,  all District 31 tests will be processed together and brought to the lab on Wednesday.  We anticipate results on Thursday or Friday of every week.  

As a reminder, we are asking every family to be diligent and monitor students for Covid symptoms. While we recognize that there are lots of colds and viruses circulating, we want to take every precaution to ensure students are healthy when they are sent to school.  Please also notify school staff immediately if a student tests positive, even if it is in the evening or on the weekend. We also continue to encourage families to pursue vaccinations, and let the school nurses know when a student receives their second Covid vaccine shot so we can keep our records up to date.  


VACCINATION CARDS
Please remember to send a picture/ copy of your child’s vaccine card to the school nurse after they receive their second shot. Students are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second shot.