1st Split-Schedule Day at CHMS an 'Overall Success'

District 181 superintendent Renée Schuster updated the community Thursday night.

District 181 superintendent Renée Schuster (Patch file photo)
District 181 superintendent Renée Schuster (Patch file photo)

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The following is a letter from District 181 superintendent Renée Schuster breaking down the first day of the HMS/CHMS split-schedule at CHMS. 

Dear District 181 Community:

Today, CHMS and HMS students and staff had their first split schedule day. Both schools had first period attendance over 96%, and the day was an overall success. Traffic and parking were somewhat challenging as expected, but were made far easier by the Clarendon Hills Police Department, whose officers and Chief were on site for both arrival and dismissal.

There was a heart-warming sense of community throughout the building, especially as CHMS and HMS students greeted one another in the time between dismissal and arrival at mid-day. Messages of welcome throughout the school helped the first-time HMS visitors feel at home.

The HMS day began with a school-wide orientation and overview of safety procedures. Students came ready to learn and were greeted by the many smiling faces from their home school. Reconfigured schedules and signage on classroom doors helped students navigate their way between periods. We anticipate Friday will be an even smoother day for the middle schoolers.

We have posted on the HMS Facility Updates page the latest report from Integrity Environment Services - a ductwork sampling from January 19; the conclusions from that report can be found on Page 10. The work at HMS is progressing, but we are not yet able to announce a firm date for air quality testing or school re-opening. At this time, we anticipate the split schedule will continue on Monday, January 27, but ask parents to watch their e-mail for the latest information. We encourage you to follow us on Twitter @CCSD181 to view today’s photo highlights and to have another means of staying informed.

Families will receive their District e-newsletter from the Communications office tomorrow. It will include brief District-wide highlights and several event updates, as well as updated Board meeting information, so please stay tuned.


Dr. Renée Schuster

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