- Hinsdale South High School
Vaccination Events for Students on May 20 and 26
Dear District 86 Families,
As I have mentioned in a few of my recent communications, the state has updated its eligibility requirements for the COVID-19 vaccine to include any Illinois resident over the age of 16. With this in mind, we have been exploring the options and opportunities that are available for getting our students vaccinated. By accomplishing this important goal, we can:
- Slow the spread of the virus.
- Support the overall health and safety of our community.
- Keep our students and staff in school.*
*Per the guidelines established by the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), anyone who is fully vaccinated (occurs two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-shot dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine) and asymptomatic does not need to quarantine if they are deemed to be a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19. This means that students who are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic would be able to continue coming to campus for in-person instruction and participating in activities or athletics.
I am excited to share that, through our partnership with Osco, we have been able to secure 6,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine for our students and the students from Community High School District 99. We currently plan to administer half the doses at Hinsdale Central on May 20, and the other half at Downers Grove North on May 26. Another 6,000 doses will be administered at the same time and in the same location exactly three weeks after the first one (June 10 at Hinsdale Central and June 16 at Downers Grove North). Both events will be open to eligible students from either district — i.e. students from District 86 can attend the session at Downers Grove North and students from District 99 can attend the one at Hinsdale Central.
We are currently working through the various logistical components and operational aspects of these events, and will provide additional information and updates in the days ahead. In the meantime, we have created a brief form that we are asking all of our families to fill out so that we can gauge your interest not only in this opportunity, but also in any future vaccination events we may organize for our students. For the families of students who will be 16 or older as of May 20, your responses will help ensure that we use all of the doses we are scheduled to receive. For the families of our younger students, your responses will provide us with valuable data that we can use to plan events following the anticipated expansion of the eligibility requirements to include children under the age of 16. You can access the form by visiting https://forms.gle/WFGuak7iv7eGW2N99.
If you have more than one child enrolled in the district, please fill out a separate form for each of them by 4 p.m. on April 30. After that date and time, we are going to share the information about these sessions with some of our peer districts from DuPage County so they can gauge the interest among their families.
Please know that while we strongly encourage our students to get vaccinated, we are not requiring it. In addition, filling out this form does not obligate anyone to get a vaccine, nor does it guarantee they will receive one. We will send a separate email to interested families that will include a link you can use to schedule appointments on a first-come, first-served basis.
In closing, I realize that some of you may have questions or concerns about the vaccination process. Below are links to information from local, state and national health organizations that you might find helpful.
I also recommend speaking to your health care provider if you have specific questions or concerns about your child receiving the vaccine.
Thank you very much for your time and attention to this message. Please contact me if you have any questions.