Downers Grove School District 58 News

Board Preview: Sept. 28, 2020

September 25, 2020

The District 58 Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting and Budget Hearing on Monday, September 28 at 7 p.m. Topics include the budget, draft of new policies, update on the Return to Learn plan and a recommendation for students to return to school onsite.

Communicate 58 published

September 24, 2020

Communicate 58, the newsletter for parents and community partners is now out. Read stories about your schools, District updates and more.

Curriculum Night will be virtual. District outlines plans for assessment, standards and report cards for Trimester 1.

This letter outlines our planning efforts in an attempt to bring students back to learning and seeks your feedback on options that best meet the needs of your family. The Board will consider the plan at its Sept. 28 meeting.

Board Briefs: Sept. 14, 2020

September 16, 2020

The District 58 Board of Education held a regular business meeting on Monday, September 14, 2020 at Herrick Middle School and via YouTube livestream. View the agenda and presentation links and access the meeting video. Highlights from the meeting include:

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 earned 12 awards combined in state and national communications contests. The District earned three awards from the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) and eight awards from the Illinois Chapter/National School Public Relations Association (INSPRA).

The District 58 Board of Education will meet Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. The meeting will cover, among many other topics, a presentation from the DuPage Regional Office of Education regarding educational equity in District 58 and a presentation on the Return to School Framework from the DuPage County Health Department.

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 will offer several free preschool and developmental screenings designed to identify young children who might have developmental delays and who would benefit from special education prior to beginning kindergarten.

Beginning Tuesday September 14, District 58 will again begin an updated program to provide all children who reside within the community, aged 18 and under, six free breakfasts and lunches with milk at a variety of locations each week. Families are welcome to pick up meals at any of the locations listed below.

After five years of planning and hundreds of hours in which volunteers constructed and installed the playground at Henry Puffer School, the structure was unveiled at a ribbon cutting Aug. 31.

Dr. Kevin Russell outlines expectations for privacy during Remote Learning and some new guidance from the DuPage County Health Department.

District 58 administrators will be holding a YouTube Live session for families regarding Remote Learning plans. The session will be held on the evening of Monday, Aug. 31 on the District’s YouTube Channel. There are three sessions for families with students in different grade levels.

The District 58 Board of Education held a special meeting and budget workshop on Monday, August 24, 2020. The meeting was live streamed to the public on the Village of Downers Grove YouTube channel.

The District published its 2020 Annual Report to the community this August. It features the many initiatives contained in the Strategic Plan: Focusing on Learning, Connecting the Community and Securing the Future.

The District 58 Board of Education will hold a Special Meeting and Budget Workshop on Monday, Aug. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Downers Grove Village Hall. The meeting will include a review of the budget and other items.

A letter from Dr. Russell explaining the Board decision to move to remote learning for students this fall.

Superintendent Dr. Russell announces Board meeting on Tuesday to review updated state guidance on holding school in-person.

Thanks to the Foundation and local State Farm agents, we are able to support more District 58 families.

New website to launch

August 13, 2020

The District launched a new website as part of its goal to improve communications with the community.

Earlier today, all Illinois school districts received updated guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding the reopening of schools. This new guidance...

The Downers Grove Grade School District 58 Board of Education on Aug. 10, 2020 appointed Lauren Hartelius as Behavioral Support Systems Coordinator.  She will begin Au...

Dear District 58 Families, As you plan your families’ schedules, we know that you are eagerly awaiting more details regarding the specific attendance hours for onsite l...

Dear Families, I hope you are enjoying your day. After reading our Return to Learn Plan, emailed to you on Monday, we recognize that you may have additional questions. T...

I hope you had a wonderful weekend and thank you for all of your patience as we navigate this unprecedented time as a community. As promised, here are the details about the open...

Dear District 58 Families: I hope this email finds you well and that you are having a great summer. Last evening at a special meeting, the District 58 Board of Education revi...