D219 Superintendent Search – Community Input

D219 Superintendent Search — Community Focus Groups and Forums

Our expectation is to ensure that stakeholders throughout the District 219 communities have an opportunity to share their views with us. In addition to the online Community Survey, HYA will facilitate two community forums for members of the communities. 

D219 Parents/Guardians-at-large FORUM  

November 16, 2021 – 7:00PM
https://d219.zoom.us/j/84883632677

November 17, 2021 – 6:00 pm
https://d219.zoom.us/j/84928856135

Community w/out School-Age Children FORUM

November 16, 2021 – 8:00PM
https://d219.zoom.us/j/81785530245

HYA will also host focus group conversations with teachers, staff, students, administrators, parent leaders, as well as civic leaders and leaders from the District’s feeder schools. Those small groups will receive individual invitations.  Feedback from these forums and focus groups, in combination with the data from our online survey, will be used to create a customized Superintendent Leadership Profile representing the priorities of our communities and the next Superintendent.

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Cybersecurity First – 2021 Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Week 4

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Cybersecurity is the art of protecting networks, devices, and data from unlawful access or criminal use and the practice of guaranteeing confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information. Communication, transportation, shopping, and medicine are just some of the things that rely on computers systems and the Internet now. Much of your personal information is stored either on your computer, smartphone, tablet or possibly on someone else’s system. Knowing how to protect the information that you have stored is of high importance not just for an individual but for an organization and those in it.

 

Cybersecurity Starts With You Tip Sheet

Every time you use the Internet, you face choices related to your security. Friends can be selected, links clicked, websites accessed, and wireless networks can be joined. Your security and the security of the nation depends on making secure online decisions. Making the Internet more safe and secure requires all of us to take responsibility for our own cybersecurity posture.

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COVID-19 GUIDANCE

 

The Skokie Health Department has advised us that, for each school building:
  1. Two confirmed COVID-19 positive individuals in one classroom is considered an outbreak and the entire class will be quarantined for 14 days. Day 1 is the day after last exposure to the confirmed case.
  2. Two classrooms with positive cases would signal caution.
  3. If 3 classrooms have confirmed cases, the Skokie Health Department asks us to temporarily return school to remote learning for 14 days.
  4. Siblings of quarantined individuals and siblings of individuals that are quarantined due to an exposure are considered a "contact of a contact" and may continue to attend in-person learning.
Niles North High School Hate has no Home Here

Hate Has No Home at D219

June 22, 2021

Dear D219 Students and Families,

Several weeks ago, Niles Township High School District 219 put up large "Hate Has No Home Here" banners at both Niles North and Niles West. We did this to send the message to our school community that we want all of our students to feel emotionally safe and welcome in our schools, regardless of their race, ethnicity, religion, physical ability, sexual orientation/gender identity, or any other signifier that any individual student identifies with.

Because we have an incredibly diverse group of students, representing all parts of the world and every conceivable ideology and belief system, we want to provide an environment where ALL our students feel emotionally safe in our schools and therefore can concentrate on the teaching and learning that is our reason for being.

Over the past several weeks we have been receiving many comments of concern from both Jewish and Muslim families telling us they do not believe that their students are being emotionally supported or made to feel safe in our schools. With the recent flare-ups of violence related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we have had students and families ask our teachers and our schools to “address” the conflict. We have had other families and community members tell us that it is not our job as the local public high school to “address” problems in other parts of the world over which we have no control. Yet other family members and community members tell us that even bringing up the conflict is too divisive, and therefore, we should not talk about it at all, unless it can be done in a controlled, responsible and even-handed way.

  • We want all of our students to feel safe and welcome in our schools.

  • We know we cannot control what happens outside our community, much less in other parts of the world. However, we can control how we treat each other in Niles Township High School District 219.

  • We hear our Muslim and Jewish families, as we hear our Black families, Indigenous families, Latinx families, Asian families and all families who are concerned.

  • We categorically reject anti-Semitism, and any acts or hateful speech against Jewish people.

  • We categorically reject Islamophobia, and any acts or hateful speech against Muslim people.

  • Unfortunately, hate crimes against people based on their identity are increasing across the board.

  • We categorically reject anti-Blackness, anti-Asian hate, and any other kinds of hateful acts or rhetoric based on a person’s religion, personal beliefs, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation/gender identity, political affiliation, etc.

  • Hate has no home here at D219.

What does feeling safe in our schools mean? Different people have different ideas of what “feeling safe” means, and there is no simple answer.

Our families are asking us to do more to make their children feel emotionally safe and to publicly state our support. Let us reiterate: we support all our families and the diverse cultures they represent. In order to be responsive to the needs of our students and families, we plan to invite groups to talk with us about what specific actions we can take and programs we can develop to better meet their needs. We will share more details in the near future.

Thank you.

Sincerely,
Steven Isoye
Superintendent of Schools

Karen Ritter
Niles West Principal

James Edwards
Niles North Principal