Friday, Jan. 15, 2021

Safety Measures for Hybrid Learning
We look forward to welcoming students who opt to attend some of their classes on campus beginning next week. You can find centralized information for the Hybrid Learning and Health & Safety Protocols on the COVID-19 Updates webpage.
Please view this message from Principal Troy Gobble who shares changes students will see when they return to campus and changes students are asked to make before they leave home for school including:

  • Take your temperature and answer the Health Screening app questions each day you are scheduled for and elect to attend in-person classes. This should be done before you leave home.
  • Contact the SHS COVID Clinic if you receive a “thumbs down” on the Health Screening app or experience any potential COVID symptoms.
  • Come to campus only when you have a “thumbs up” on the Health Screening app and when you are not experiencing any potential COVID symptoms.
  • Provide a spit sample as part of Population Testing once per week.
  • Enter school with a clean mask on, with your color-coded ID and with your cell phone showing the “thumbs up” notice. Part of the entry process will also involve a temperature scan.
  • Students are expected to inform a teacher if they start to feel ill during class and can request to see a nurse at any time by using the Health Office Check-in app that is already installed on Stevenson-issued iPads. Nursing well offices and the SHS COVID clinic are both located in the offices inside the Circle Drive entrance formally known as the principal’s office and PREP office.

These processes will help us all stay safe. We also ask students to remember the three Ws:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands
  • Watch your distance

This is not forever Patriots, but these are the procedures we need to follow for now.

SCoPE Post Secondary Meetings for Juniors
In December, the College and Career Center post-secondary counselors hosted a College Night for Junior Families. A recording of this presentation has been posted for any families who were unable to attend. As mentioned during the presentation, juniors and their parents/guardians are invited to make a 45-minute individual family appointment for a School Counselor Parent Engagement Meeting to discuss post-secondary plans. An email sent to junior families outlines the process to make an appointment and the deadline for making a SCoPE appointment is Friday, April 9.

No School on Monday
School is not in session on Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The next edition of the Daily Digest will be sent on Tuesday, Jan. 19.


Senior Service Recognition Applications
The Senior Service Recognition was established to showcase outstanding community service efforts by Stevenson students. The application process is designed to capture service stories and then share them back to the school community to inspire other students. Seniors who have been committed to community service throughout their high school career are encouraged to apply and share meaningful stories of service. The application deadline is March 12.
At the 2020 commencement ceremony, we honored 82 students for their extraordinary commitments to community service throughout their four years at Stevenson. They shared their stories to help inspire our community. We look forward to sharing the stories submitted by this year’s applicants!


Stevenson Athletic practices and games are currently paused.


Coronavirus Financial Relief for Colleges and Universities
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released more than $21 billion in coronavirus relief money to colleges that funded by the rescue package Congress passed last month. Each higher education institution must split the funding between costs associated with the pandemic and direct aid for students.

Changes in This Year’s School Selection Process in Denver
Families in Denver have the option to apply to schools other than the ones they are assigned as part of a school choice process. Many parents have used school tours and ratings to make their decision. This year, the application process is the same but parents are relying on virtual tours and the new processes may have an upside. The virtual tours are accessible to more parents and bias may be removed from the decision process.

High School Sports Still in Limbo
Student-athletes, coaches and fans were hoping the Illinois High School Association would unveil a plan for the remainder of the 2020-21 high school athletic seasons at yesterday’s board meeting. That didn’t happen. The board will meet again on Jan. 27 to review options.

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