Some Outside School Activities Allowed for D219 Students

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September 18, 2020

Dear District 219 Families, 

After consulting with the Skokie Health Department regarding their recommendations for a safe resumption of limited outdoor use of our respective buildings by clubs, sports, and activities, we have decided to expand our activities (listed below) with appropriate limitations on participant size and scope of activity.  The overarching theme for each approved activity will be to ensure the safety and health of our participating students and staff. The activities below are purely optional for both students and staff. In addition, the administrative team reserves the right to cancel any activity based upon compromised health and safety protocols or the threat of adverse weather. 

Athletics 

“Contact Days” will be starting the week of September 28th and are limited to outdoor facilities only. These athletic activities will adhere to the 2020 summer camp protocols for health and safety, including all participants wearing masks. As a result of the outdoor requirement, there may be some sports that may not find the “contact day” option pertinent to their sport. Registration on 8 to18 for your specific sport will begin early next week and valid physicals must be on file in the athletic office in order to participate. Participation in contact days are voluntary for students and staff. All participants must adhere to social distancing and the 2020 summer camp protocols. 

Clubs and Activities

Sponsors may request access to our outdoor facilities and to conduct curbside fundraisers. There is limited space so daily use will be limited. These are purely optional for students and staff and all participants must adhere to social distancing and the donning of masks at each event. There will also be limits on the number of participants based on recommendations from the Skokie Health Department. 

Fine Arts

A limited number of performance-based fine arts classes may access our outdoor facilities. Because of the airborne nature of the use of instruments and voice, there will be strict limits on the number of participants and the type of formations permitted based on recommendations from the Skokie Health Department. To reiterate, these events are optional for students and staff, and all participants must adhere to social distancing and the donning of masks at each event.

Transportation

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from school. When the activity concludes, participants must leave school grounds. Congregating in the parking lots is not permitted for safety and health reasons. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. James Edwards
Niles North Principal

Dr. Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

Dr. Steven Isoye
Superintendent of Schools