August 5, 2021 Hoopeston Area Families, As a school district, we have done our best to fight for local control and provide our families with personal choice regarding the matter of facemasks. Over the summer, Hoopeston Area administration sent letters to communicate to state legislators that we want and are requesting local control. We were pleased when we were provided that local control, however, today the Governor of Illinois removed that local control from schools. Earlier this summer, the Illinois State Board of Education released information stating they would remove school recognition status if school districts do not follow state guidelines on face masking. This occurred when Red Hill School District Board of Education passed a resolution stating they were going to go mask optional for their students. The Illinois State Board of Education sent them a letter requiring them to wear masks or lose their recognition status. Losing recognition status means students would not be able to earn a high school diploma, schools would lose funding, as well as other supports for our students. These times have been challenging. We have tried our best as a school district to provide choice to our families. While we recognize many will not like the decision to wear masks, our top priority is to keep students in school, learning, and healthy. If you are dissatisfied with the decision of the Governor, we encourage you to reach out to your state legislators. Our area legislators are Senator Jason Barickman and Representative Tom Bennett. Please do not believe the individuals on social media that claim to have legal knowledge and pretend to be experts in the law. School districts do not have an option in this matter without taking on repercussions that will directly impact our students. As long as the state of Illinois mandate face masks in school, Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 will comply. Our faculty will do our best to be understanding, provide breaks to students, and assist them in having a comfortable and enjoyable educational experience. While we are disappointed with the decision of the Governor to not provide local control, we also are eager to get our students back in school and learning. Thank you for your support and patience over the past year. Sincerely, Robert Richardson Superintendent of Schools
Good Afternoon Hoopeston Area Families, The transition team has been working to develop our return to School plan. We have created our plan with a review of the latest guidance and conversation with health professionals, legal counsel and insurance carriers. The CDC recommends masks for all individuals within school buildings. Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 is relying on parental discretion if their child wears a mask. We are using layered preventative measures to keep our students and staff safe. Social distancing will be utilized to the greatest extent possible while still providing in-person learning. We will be conducting temperature and symptom check of individuals prior to entering busses and school buildings, regular cleaning and sanitizing of busses and school buildings, Shield saliva testing will be conducted multiple times per week. A signed consent form must be on file prior to an individual being tested. Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 monitor local, county and regional metrics closely for infection rates and make decisions in consultation with health professional partners if further layered preventative measures are needed. The Return to Learn Plan will go before the board of Education for approval in early August. I have attached a link to the plan for families to review. As information changes or is provided to the district we will pass it along to our families. The Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services is on the District website, under the news link.
Hoopeston Area Families, A survey was emailed to families asking if you as the parent would provide consent for the Shield Saliva COVID test. This testing mechanism is a provided protective measure the district is looking to put into place to keep our students and staff safe. We are attempting to gauge the interest in testing. Shields has a minimum number of tests that are required for the school to have a third party testing company collect and send the samples to the lab. Shields saliva testing would be voluntary and no student will provide a sample unless written consent has been gathered from a parent or guardian. I have placed a link in this post for you to research more regarding the Shields testing if you have questions. https://www.uillinois.edu/shield.
Good Afternoon Hoopeston Area Families, Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 is working on developing our 2021-2022 school reopening plan and would like your input. IDPH has adopted guidance from the CDC that applies to K-12 schools. The guidance provided states: non-vaccinated individuals should wear a mask, social distancing of 3 - 6 feet, handwashing and cough etiquette, and staying home when exhibiting symptoms, and all individuals on a school bus must wear a mask. Hoopeston Area CUSD#11 will be open fully for in-person learning following the guidance provided by the CDC and IDPH. Remote learning will be offered to non-vaccinated individuals when they are placed under quarantine by the local Health Department. As we develop our plan to return to school, we want to hear input from our families. I encourage you to email comments and/or questions to email@example.com.
Good Afternoon Hoopeston Families, Please see the attached flier regarding Summer Meal information for school aged children 18 and under.
Good Afternoon, Due to the very low attendance of our Pfizer clinics, we are going to be reducing the hours we are there for the 2nd dose. We will also be ending our clinics 1 hour early tomorrow evening at Salt Fork. We only have 2 people signed up in the last hour and we will be calling them to change their time. I just want to thank you all again for allowing us to be in your schools!!!! If you are asked by parents, there are also opportunities at some of the pharmacies in Danville that will be doing Pfizer for kids. Both Walgreens and Meijer are offering Pfizer. CVS in Hoopeston is also giving vaccinations to 16+. If you can get this out to your parents, I would greatly appreciate it. We are in the process of calling any kiddos who had late appointments. Hoopeston High School June 8th, 2021 (2nd Dose ONLY) – registration closes at 12:00 pm 6/8 3pm-6pm 615 E. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL Link for Registration: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/26b53284-9bf1-41a5-9686-235f92ad4f17 Georgetown High School June 9th, 2021 (2nd dose ONLY) – registration closes at 12:00pm 6/9 3pm-5pm 500 W. Mulberry St. Georgetown, IL Link for Registration: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/58b97e51-c0b0-4d88-84aa-ccdfacac6e12/ Salt Fork Junior High May 21st, 2021 (1st dose) – 3pm – 6pm – registration closes at 12:00pm 5/21 June 11th, 2021 (2nd dose) – 3pm – 5pm – registration closes at 12:00pm 6/11 7087 N. 600 East. Rd. Sidell, IL Link for Registration: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/72b63b7d-26ff-4798-b036-d1b72e299687/ Mark Denman Elementary May 22nd, 2021 (1st dose) – 9am-2pm registration closes at 3:00pm 5/21 June 12th, 2021 (2nd dose) – 9am-12:15pm (12:00 is our last appointment) – registration closes at 3:00pm 6/11 930 Colfax Street, Danville, IL Link for Registration https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/712594df-05af-4128-8257-c6f1d4b03bb1/
Hoopeston Area Families, As we near the end of another school year, I want to thank you for your patience, hard work and dedication to your child's education. All of us have had to do more to get through this pandemic. Thank You. I would encourage you to continually look on the District website over the summer months for information regarding next school year. We will also be putting out a second virtual public forum with information of happenings within the District. School days remaining: Today Tuesday May 18 - Friday May 21 12:20/1:05 dismissal times Monday May 24 Remote Planning Day (No Student attendance) Tuesday May 25 12:20/1:05 dismissal times Wednesday May 26 Teacher Institute (No Student attendance) Thursday May 27 12:20/1:05 dismissal times (last day of school) If you have questions regarding any of the dates for the remainder of the school year or questions regarding the Intensive Intervention Summer Program or summer school, please contact your child's school office for clarification.
COVID-19 12-17 year old Vaccination Clinic Requirements We have to have a parent or legal guardian sign for the consent forms. I have listed a few scenarios: Parents bringing in their own children – no documentation needed (if a grandparent is bringing the child for the parent, they will need medical power of attorney documentation, not just a permission note.) Foster Parents – foster care documentation needed Someone, not the parent, but has Medical Power of Attorney for the child is acceptable Someone who is the legal guardian and has the court documentation. If a child comes who is homeless, at risk, etc who has a McKinney Vento Documentation plus a social worker or court ordered person with them to sign, that is acceptable. We will need a copy of all documentation for our records. Thank You!
Vermilion County Health Department COVID19 Vaccine Clinic Schedule Appointments Highly Recommended, but Walk-ins Welcome (see times for walk-ins for each appointment day and walk-ins will be determined by current supplies) We have removed the requirement for a Voucher Code on All Upcoming Appointments, so you should not need to enter a Voucher Code anymore to make an appointment. Pfizer Vaccine Clinics for 12-17 year old VERMIION COUNTY STUDENTS ONLY – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN The FDA and ACIP have approved Pfizer Vaccine for individuals 12 years old and up. We are asking that you register your child so that we know how much vaccine to have on hand. We will allow some walk-ins, but that will be dependent on supply. Walk-ins should come no later than 30 minutes before the end of the clinic. If you do not register, we cannot guarantee a vaccination at this time. You will be able to register online or you can call 217-431-2662 ext. 263 or 264. NOTE: Do not call the schools to register as registration will be through the health department. We will be having clinics at the following locations on the following dates: PLEASE READ THE BELOW QUESTIONS (at the end of the blue section) BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR YOUR VACCINE TO MAKE SURE YOU CAN GET A VACCINE. You will be asked screening questions prior to receiving your vaccine and if you answer yes to some of the questions, you may need to wait to receive your vaccine. Please read the Pfizer fact sheet that is also at the end of the blue section. NOTE: Children must have a parent/guardian with them to sign the consent form. Please only have 1 parent/guardian come to the clinic and only the children who will be receiving the vaccine to help with social distancing and flow. You must wear a mask. Hoopeston High School on May 18th May 18th, 2021 (1st Dose) June 8th, 2021 (2nd Dose) 3pm-7pm 615 e. Orange St. Hoopeston, IL Link for Registration: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/26b53284-9bf1-41a5-9686-235f92ad4f17 Georgetown High School on May 19th May 19th, 2021 (1st dose) June 9th, 2021 (2nd dose) 3pm-7pm 500 W. Mulberry St. Georgetown, IL Link for Registration: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/58b97e51-c0b0-4d88-84aa-ccdfacac6e12/ Salt Fork Junior High on May 21st May 21st, 2021 (1st dose) June 11th, 2021 (2nd dose) 3pm-7pm 7087 N. 600 East. Rd. Sidell, IL Link for Registration: https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/72b63b7d-26ff-4798-b036-d1b72e299687/ Mark Denman Elementary on May 22nd May 22nd, 2021 (1st dose) June 12th, 2021 (2nd dose) 9am-2pm 930 Colfax Street, Danville, IL Link for Registration https://events.juvare.com/IL-IDPH/712594df-05af-4128-8257-c6f1d4b03bb1/ PLEASE READ BEFORE COMING FOR YOUR VACCINATION If you have an appointment, DO NOT come more than 5-10 minutes before your appointment. The information below is for all sites. You will be asked to remain in an observation area for 15-30 minutes post vaccination*. Please wear short sleeves. This will make it easier and quicker for people to get through the vaccine station. If this is your 2nd dose (MODERNA or Pfizer), bring your vaccine card back with you. If you have lost your vaccination card, please call the provider that issued you the vaccine card. Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccines are only for those 18 and older. Pfizer is for those 12 and older. (a parent / guardian MUST be present to sign the consent form. We will not vaccinate an unaccompanied minor) If you answer “Yes” to being pregnant, you must have a doctor’s note saying you can receive the vaccine. You no longer need a doctor’s note if you are breastfeeding. *If you answer “Yes” to having a history of allergic reactions, taking blood thinners, or autoimmune system, you may be asked to remain in observation for 30 minutes. If you answer “Yes” to having received passive antibody therapy as treatment for COVID-19, you will need to WAIT 90 days after initial infection before getting your vaccine. If you answer “Yes” to having a vaccine in the last 14 days, you must wait 14 days after your last vaccine to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. If you are currently in isolation due to a current infection with COVID-19, you CANNOT receive the vaccine at this time. If you are currently in quarantine due to exposure, please wait until you have been released to receive the vaccine. If you have a fever or are currently ill, you CANNOT receive the vaccine. Pfizer vaccines should get their 2nd dose after 3 weeks from their 1st dose. Moderna vaccines should get their 2nd dose 4 weeks from their 1st dose. If you have had COVID19 in the last 90 days, Vaccination can be offered, but could also be delayed 90 days if desired. Fact Sheet for Moderna COVID19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Johnson and Johnson COVID19 Vaccine Fact Sheet for Pfizer COVID19 Vaccine
Hoopeston Area Families, Another opportunity to receive the COVID-19 Vaccination for individuals 12 - 15 years of age. Follow the directions on the image below.
Age 12 - 15 Vaccination clinic Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 will be partnering with the Vermilion County Health Department to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for individuals 12-15 years of age on May 18 from 3 - 7 pm in the HAHS Auditorium. A second dose clinic is to be scheduled for June 8. Vaccinations will be dependent on vaccine supply and final approval. Information to register will be available hopefully no later than Thursday on the www.vchd.org website. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age. The FDA amended the EUA originally issued on Dec. 11, 2020 for administration in individuals 16 years of age and older. “The FDA’s expansion of the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to include adolescents 12 through 15 years of age is a significant step in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “Today’s action allows for a younger population to be protected from COVID-19, bringing us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy and to ending the pandemic. Parents and guardians can rest assured that the agency undertook a rigorous and thorough review of all available data, as we have with all of our COVID-19 vaccine emergency use authorizations.”
Hoopeston Area Families, If you would like to be on the list to receive remote meals, email firstname.lastname@example.org before noon on Tuesday with the child's name and grade currently attending to be put on the list. Remote meals are ready for pick up on Wednesday night from 5-6 behind the high school.
The Hoopeston Area School District is saddened to announce that today we received word that one of our high school students passed away. Throughout today the Hoopeston Area counseling department and Hoopeston Ministerial Association were available at the high school and the middle school to provide support and counseling services to our students and staff. Counseling services will continue to be provided as needed as our students, staff, and district work through this very difficult time.
Hoopeston Area Families Project Success Reminder Project Success does not operate on Fridays.
Hoopeston Area Families, Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 Board of Education and Administration is creating an opportunity for community stakeholders to have their questions answered. A HA Virtual Public Forum will begin in late April with quarterly segments highlighting important information about the school district, including a segment to answer questions. The first HA Virtual Public Forum is scheduled for release April 23. Please have your questions submitted a week in advance. To submit questions, send your question in an email to email@example.com. Further information will be provided regarding how to access the HA Virtual Public Forum.
Dear Hoopeston Area Parents or Guardians, The State of Illinois is approved to provide new Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer Program (P-EBT) benefits to all eligible Illinois students. Families in our district qualify for P-EBT because we are a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). You do not need to complete an application to receive these benefits. Please note that citizenship status does not affect eligibility. What action needs to be taken now? At this time, it is very important for all families to ensure that the mailing address on file at your enrolling school is current. A complete mailing address will be needed to receive the P-EBT issuance in the near future. What is P-EBT? The purpose of P-EBT is to provide food assistance to families with students who would have received free or reduced lunch while attending school but are not receiving these meals in school due to COVID-19 restrictions. Who is eligible for P-EBT benefits? The following students are eligible for P-EBT benefits for School Year 2020-21. Students must be enrolled in an eligible NSLP participating Illinois school and; Students must be determined eligible to receive free/reduced lunch for the 2020-21 school year or enrolled in a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school and; Students are P-EBT eligible on school days in which a reimbursable meal was not provided to the student to consume at school. When will I receive the benefits? The Department of Human Services should begin issuing new P-EBT cards to all known eligible students in March 2021. Please note that all eligible students will receive benefits for all eligible school days, back to the beginning of this school year. If you need to change the address on file for your child(ren) please log into your InfoNow parent portal to update the address. If you have questions concerning P-EBT, please contact Chrissy Coffman at 217-283-6663. Thank you for your time to this matter.
2021 Concert Band Recitals https://youtu.be/6Ej364lnSdo - Monday, February 22 Concert Band Recital https://youtu.be/kZ7mXU4206k - Thursday, February 25 Concert Band Recital
Hoopeston Area Families, This is Superintendent Robert Richardson with an important announcement. Due to inclement weather conditions the Hoopeston Area School District will be closed for Tuesday February 16th. All practices and extracurricular activities are canceled as well. Be safe and enjoy your snow day.
Hoopeston Families, The start date for all Hoopeston Project Success sites has been postponed to April 5th. The Teen Reach program will run until April 5th for students K-8. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to seeing you then!
Hoopeston Area Spectators, Hoopeston Area Administration is working directly with NFHS network to correct the malfunctions of the camera system. We are hopeful to have the system operating correctly by next week. The boys basketball game "Senior Night" against Watseka scheduled for Saturday will be streamed lived.