No Harm Optional Final Exams
As you may have seen from district updates, as part of our ongoing efforts to remove stressors for our students, final exams will be “no harm” and optional this year. Final exams take place on January 12, 13 and 14. Teachers will communicate final grades in advance and students who decide to take the final will only be able to improve their grade. More details will be forthcoming, but we wanted to ensure this was on your radar now as you begin to think about your winter break plans.
On-site COVID-19 testing services being provided by Northshore Clinical Labs
This is a follow up message to the district’s email on 10/25/21 regarding on-site testing for students participating in athletics and activities at Hinsdale South.
As a reminder, unvaccinated students who are taking part in a school or district sponsored sport or activity, which includes serving on a student club or organization, are required to participate in the district’s weekly testing program. For athletics, this is limited to students who are currently in season. Test results will be a factor in determining eligibility.
Parents/guardians that would like their student to utilize the services being provided by Northshore and District 86 must provide consent PRIOR TO BEGIN TESTING. Below is the school-specific link that parents/guardians can use to authorize consent for their children.
Unvaccinated students may submit negative test results from an outside facility to fulfill the testing requirement. If students test at a facility outside of school, they should submit proof of the test to the contacts below:
Based on the student’s last name, listed in the below chart, students in any club, student organization, or participating in an in-season Hinsdale South athletic team must report to the on-site testing facility, room 126, across from the school nurse’s office, on the day listed in the below chart. The Northshore Clinic Lab center will be open from 8:00am - 3:00pm, Monday - Friday. Students can walk into the lab location at any time between these hours on the students designated test day.
Students and athletes will begin to receive emails from the athletics and activities directors when they should begin to report for weekly testing. This will be based on season start dates and current roster status.
Student Last Name
Day of Testing
Students who are absent or are assigned to test on weekdays when school is closed, or another reason that a day is missed, students should attend the next available testing day during the hours of 3:00pm-4:00pm.
Any student that does not test on their assigned day, except for the reasons stated above, will be ineligible to participate in any of their extra curricular activities until proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test is submitted.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we work to return students to their passions, while also keeping them, their peers, and our staff safe.
Yours in South Pride,
Arwen Pokorky Lyp | Principal
An Important Reminder about Lanyards, ID's & MasksThe following reminders are an important factor in keeping students and staff safe in our buildings.LANYARDS AND ID'SWhen students arrived at school, it is important that they are wearing their school lanyard with ID. Having students wear their school lanyards and IDs allows us to identify students at a glance and enables us to recognize any person who should not be on our campus. The expectation is that the lanyard and ID will be worn and is visible. It is not acceptable to just have them in one's possession. Click the following links that will route you to information on Marks and Hand Washing from the CDC:
D86 would like every students and staff member to take the time to wear their masks correctly. By following the simple guidelines that the CDC has in place, it will make our school environment safer for everyone. We appreciate and thank everyone for following these reminders.
Home Access CenterTo help ensure that families continue to receive important information and updates from us in a timely manner, we are asking parents/guardians to please make sure your phone number and email address are correct in the Home Access Center (HAC).Below is a link you can use to access step-by-step directions for checking and updating your information in HAC. There is also a link to the full user guide for the system, which includes details about how to create an account, access student information, etc.If you have questions or need assistance, please contact our Help Desk at 630-655-6180.
During its meeting on Nov. 18, the board of education approved the conversion of Monday, Nov. 22, and Tuesday, Nov. 23, to days off for all District 86 students and employees so that everyone has the entire week of Nov. 22 (Nov. 22-26) off for Thanksgiving break.
Ninety-two students from across the district earned this award by scoring a 4 or 5 on the AP exam in the spring, or performing well on a qualifying language proficiency test during first semester.
The clinic will be held at Hinsdale Central on Nov. 17 from noon to 6 p.m.