Dear District 58 Community,
I hope you and your family had a great first full week of school! I had the opportunity to visit a few schools this week, and I enjoyed seeing our students’ excitement and engagement in the classroom. As we head into the Labor Day weekend, I have a few important updates to share regarding busing and food service.
District 58 continues to work with the bus company to revise and improve bus routes. We have revised all general education bus routes, effective Tuesday, Sept. 7. Please visit our bus route webpage to view the revised bus routes. Please contact your school office directly with any questions related to bus routes.
Relatedly, District 58 encourages families, when possible, to transport their children to school by personal vehicle rather than by bus to reduce the number of potential students in quarantine situations caused by bus close contacts. Per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines confirmed by the DuPage County Health Department: In an indoor classroom setting, a close contact is considered any unvaccinated student who was within 3 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. However, in a non-indoor classroom setting, which includes the bus, a close contact is any unvaccinated person within 6 feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Most buses seat students closer than 6 feet apart. Therefore, if a bus rider tests positive for COVID-19, then it is very likely that other bus riders will be considered close contacts and be required to quarantine for 10-14 days.
Food Service Updates
Earlier this week, we communicated that a work stoppage at a large area food supplier would affect our food supply. While the work stoppage has tentatively ended, it will take some time before the supplier returns to full capacity. District 58 was informed today that a revised menu will be provided next week (the week of Sept. 6), with the goal of returning to the original September menu posted to the Food Services webpage starting the week of Sept. 13. Please see the revised menu below.
Elementary Breakfast Bags: Sept. 6-10
Breakfast bags will be provided to only elementary students who selected the “Breakfast Only” option. Breakfasts will not be provided to elementary students who requested both breakfast and lunch next week. All breakfast meals will resume the week of Sept. 13 for students who signed up for a breakfast.
Elementary Lunches: Sept. 6-10
- Monday: Labor Day/No school
- Tuesday: Peanut butter and jelly uncrustable and yogurt lunch pack
- Wednesday: Ham and cheese sandwich
- Thursday: Confetti pancakes and cheese stick lunch pack
- Friday: Turkey & cheese sandwich
Each lunch bag also will include fruits, vegetables and milk.
Middle School Meals: Sept. 7-13
- Monday: Labor Day/No school
- Tuesday: Hamburger on a bun
- Wednesday: Chicken tenders
- Thursday: Cheese pizza
- Friday: Popcorn chicken
Along with the hot entree, grab n’ go deli sandwiches and salads, fruits, vegetables and milk will be available for students to select. Each middle school student will have the opportunity to receive a breakfast bag during lunch that can be consumed as an afterschool snack or breakfast the next morning.
I realize the above updates may cause inconvenience for some of our families. Please realize that our District 58 staff and our food service and transportation partners are working very hard to meet our students’ needs. Bus driver and food service worker shortages, coupled with the work stoppage mentioned above, have caused many challenges, and we appreciate your patience and understanding. Thank you again for your partnership.
I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend!
Dr. Kevin B. Russell
Superintendent of Schools