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COVID-19 Town Hall Addresses Local Surge | D204 Approves Boundary Adjustments

COVID-19 City Hall amid record numbers

Last night, the DuPage County Health Equity and Access Response Team (HEART) hosted “Testing Positive for COVID-19: What Now?” Jonathan Pinsky of Edward Hospital, Infectious Disease Specialist, in attendance. He talked about what the community can do to protect themselves, treatments recently made available, and how Edward-Elmhurst Health has had the highest number of patients, including hospitalizations, since the pandemic began. Edward Hospital is currently treating 122 inpatients with confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest since the pandemic began. 68 are not vaccinated, 35 are and two are partially vaccinated. No data are yet available for the rest of the patients. Naperville also had a record number of active cases on Jan. 10, at 4,810, according to the City of Naperville’s COVID-19 dashboard.

D204 Voting on border adjustments

The Board of Education of Indian Prairie School District 204 yesterday unanimously voted for a newly published, revised version of the boundary proposal. The proposal recommended by the administration was first presented on December 20th. The revision will reduce the number of students affected by the adjustment, decrease the number of feeders split and balance the remaining splits, include a more balanced enrollment and demographics, and work towards a capacity of 2,700 students at each high school. 22 Ashwood Park residents raised their concerns during a public comment. Speakers criticized the last minute changes and raised concerns about the traffic, commuting and student social emotional health resulting from the new changes. The border adjustments will be implemented in the school year 2022-2023.

D204 grandfathering option

The District 204 board of directors also voted to approve a grandfathering option for students affected by border adjustments. Ascending fifth graders, ascending seventh and eighth graders and ascending 10th, 11th and 12th grades have the option of either going to their newly assigned school or staying at their current school. Transportation for grandfather’s students is not guaranteed. However, the county council said it will try to provide as much as possible and inform families of the applicable transportation regulations by spring break. However, by February 11, parents have to decide whether to make their children grandfathers.

NCC revises participation guidelines for sporting events

North Central College announced temporary changes to its attendance policy for sporting events on campus in January. This is part of the college’s ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19. Only pre-approved home viewers for competitions at the Gregory Arena will be admitted. The host team’s trainers and student athletes, as well as the college’s pep band and spirit teams, can have up to four guests at each event. Participation is also permitted for student athletes from both the home and visiting teams who do not wear a uniform for their competition. Due to the competitive space for the track and field programs, the number of participants in the competition, and the need for teams to have camps and warm-up areas, the Cardinal Opener on January 15th and the Snow Day Invitational on January 21st are not allowed. . The directive and its guidelines will be re-evaluated in February.

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