October 16, 2020

Greetings Margaret Mead Community,

It was great to welcome our Group A Mustangs today—they showed absolute Mead Made strength by making their way through the day while still operating safely within our new health and safety requirements.   If you would like to get a review/preview of what they learned today or will be learning tomorrow, please take a moment to watch our video by clicking on this link: Mead Made in Hybrid In-Person.  Also, please review the important upcoming dates and reminders below.

Our PTA is hosting another Dine to Donate this coming Wednesday, October 21.  Please mention this FLYER when you order to benefit the Mead JHS PTA!

Thank you for your support in keeping our students and staff healthy.


This Week in Hybrid In-Person:

Tuesday, October 20:

Hybrid In-Person Learning (Group B):  When our Group B students arrive on campus, they will be directed by our staff to go to a location to meet their Advocacy teachers (bell schedule below).  On this day, our Group B Mustangs will only need to bring the following:

  • Mask
  • Lunch
  • One Kleenex box (to give to their Advocacy teacher)
  • Chromebook and charger
  • Earbud/headphones with microphone
  • Students in Band/Orchestra: Do NOT bring instruments on this day

Virtual Learning (Group A):  Group A students on this day engage with their learning “asynchronously” where their teachers will be posting assignments for Group A and enrichment activities for full remote learners for them to complete in their Google Classrooms.  Students are free to follow the schedule that works best for them on this day. 

Wednesday, October 22:  Virtual learning for BOTH Groups A and B

Thursday, October 22:  Please note that we will begin an updated bell schedule (below) on this day for ALL students.

  • Hybrid In-Person Learning for Group A
  • Virtual Learning for Group B

Friday, October 23:  Please note that we will continue the updated bell schedule (below) on this day for ALL students.

  • Hybrid In-Person Learning for Group B
  • Virtual Learning for Group A

For our families whose children are in our Instructional Classrooms, please reach out directly to Ms. Epperson or Mrs. Liang for information as it is different regarding attendance days!

Starting the week of 10/26 and every day after, the learning schedule for our Mustangs is listed below:

Hybrid In-Person Group A:

  • Mondays—In-person at Mead
  • Tuesdays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Wednesdays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Thursdays—In-person at Mead
  • Fridays—Virtual learning through Zoom

Hybrid In-Person Group B:

  • Mondays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Tuesdays—In-person at Mead
  • Wednesdays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Thursdays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Fridays—In-person at Mead

Full Remote Learning:

  • Mondays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Tuesdays— Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Wednesdays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Thursdays—Virtual learning through Zoom
  • Fridays— Virtual learning through Zoom

On Mornings of In-Person Attendance

When Someone is Sick

Any individual who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home. Anyone who begins to exhibit a fever or COVID-19 like symptoms while at school will be sent to the school nurse. Students will wait in quarantine rooms until they can be picked up from school. Students in quarantine at home who feel well may transition to remote learning.  Individuals may not return to school until they have met the criteria outlined in the District 54 Exclusion Chart.

Positive COVID-19 Cases

Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home. Please report possible cases of COVID-19 to your school so that we can initiate contact tracing and notify others who have had close contact.

Before returning to school the student must:

  • Complete the minimum quarantine time period of 14 days if they have symptoms or 10 days if they don’t have symptoms;
  • Be symptom free and fever free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication; and
  • Provide a Release from Isolation letter or other form of communication from the local health department releasing them from quarantine. 

Close Contacts

People who have had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home and monitor their symptoms for 14 days. Close contact is defined as “any individual who has been closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with or without a face covering.”  Individuals who are asymptomatic during the 14 days of quarantine do not need to produce a Release from Isolation letter from the local health department before returning to school. Individuals cannot return early, even if the individual has a negative COVID-19 test, due to the incubation and infectious period of COVID-19. For more details, please refer to the School District 54 Student Exclusion Chart.

Cook County Travel Quarantine List

The Cook County Department of Public Health has added a number of states to its travel quarantine list. Any person entering Cook County after visiting one of these high-incidence states for more than 24 hours must quarantine for 14 days after returning home.  Students in the in-person hybrid plan would need to attend school remotely during the quarantine period if they were to visit these states. Please consult the Suburban Cook County Travel Quarantine List (updated on Tuesdays) and let your child’s teacher know if your child needs to quarantine. 

Face Coverings

Face masks must completely cover the mouth and nose while fitting snugly against the side of the face.  Bandanas, neck gaiters and face masks with exhalation valves or vents are not acceptable alternatives to face masks

Zoom Reminder

While your child is on Zoom with their teacher(s), parents and students are not permitted to record or take pictures of lessons being presented online and that recording or taking pictures of online lessons is a violation of the privacy rights of other students.  Parents or students refusing to adhere to this guideline will be informed that a repeat occurrence will result in their child being placed in 100% asynchronous learning for a period of time.  

Chromebook Reminders

Please plan to come to school with your District 54 issued Chromebook, charger, and headsets.  This equipment will still be essential to learning and staying connected as a classroom community.  Students should come to school with their Chromebook power adapters for charging during the school day.  Charging stations will be set up for students to charge their devices throughout the day.  See locations below:

  • Café – 30 available power slots per location (no Chromebook chargers will be provided just power strips)
  • Gym – 50 available power slots per location (no Chromebook chargers will be provided just power strips)

School Supply List

For Hybrid In-Person Learning, we are asking that students come to school every day with the following items:

  • Backpack to store and carry all of their instructional materials.  Please note that students will NOT be issued lockers to use, so their backpack will be where they keep their items. 
  • Chromebook and charger
  • Headsets (Earbud with microphone, Headphones with microphone)
  • Mask(s)
  • Lunch (please note that we will not be selling vending, pizza, or hot lunch)
  • Recommended: Refillable water bottle
  • Recommended:  Hand sanitizer
  • Recommended: Highlighters and writing utensil (pen or pencil)
  • Recommended: Calculator (TI-30XIIS suggested)     

School Map

For your reference, we have included the building maps here:  First Floor and Second Floor Please note that the map indicates the one-way hallways and stairwells that we will be teaching the students about next week. 

School Hours

Mead school hours for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday are 7:40 am – 2:15 pm.  Please note that students who have mathematics first period will start their day at 7:30 am.  Reminder that Wednesdays are designated for staff development and the school day ends 30 minutes early (1:45 pm). 

Student Absences

We will continue tracking student attendance during hybrid in-person and virtual learning.  Please call our student absence line at 847-357-6002 by 7:00 am if your child will be absent from hybrid in-person and virtual learning for the day.  The student absence line is open 24 hours a day.