Important Information for Families: Calendar change, safety review, COVID-19 tips

District 287 Families, 

We want to update you on three important topics: 

  1. NEW! November 15, 2021, will be a no school day for District 287 students
  2. Findings of the Safety Review
  3. COVID-19 Information

No School for Students on Friday, November 12 or Monday, November 15
The District 287 School Board approved converting November 15 from a student contact day to a Professional Learning Day where staff will focus on safety response and employee wellbeing. While we will still meet the required number of days for student contact (because of a previously built-in inclement weather day and our shift to e-learning on such days), we recognize that this does mean one less student instruction day. However, we believe that if we prioritize safety and well-being, our students will benefit over the long term, ultimately positively impacting student outcomes.

No School Days in 2021

  • Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22
  • Friday, November 12, and Monday, November 15
  • Thursday, November 25, and Friday, November 26
  • Wednesday, December 22 through Friday, December 31

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the principal of your student’s school.

Findings of the Safety Review
Following a serious safety incident last month at South Education Center, we immediately began conducting a review of safety protocols. View the key findings of the safety review. 

One critical outcome of the safety review is my decision to renew our commitment to end the use of metal detectors. This decision is based on research that suggests metal detectors contribute to poor learning environments, a false sense of security, and inequity, as well as our continued shift towards equity-driven trauma-responsive practices. We expect there to be various responses from our school community about this continued change. Everyone’s feelings are valid. At the same time, we must prioritize doing what is best for students, especially students who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and our values as a school district.  We encourage our families to read what the research says about metal detectors in schools and review the FAQs.

I look forward to our continued partnership to keep our schools, students, and staff as safe and healthy as possible. 


Sandy Lewandowski