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2021-22 Illinois 5Essentials Survey Now Open
01/21/2022
District 60 families and students will have the chance to share their views on how to improve their school by participating in the 2021-22 statewide 5Essentials survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey can be accessed here.
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Navigating the Virtual IEP Process Presentation
01/19/2022
District 60 will be hosting an online presentation next week designed to help Diverse Learner families better familiarize themselves with their child’s Individualized Education Plan.
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Order Your Free At-Home Covid Tests
01/18/2022
This week the United States government launched a program to deliver free COVID-19 at home tests to American households. Residential households in the U.S. can order one set of four free at-home tests through this federal program.
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Notice of Jan. 19 Closed Session BOE Meeting
01/17/2022
A Special Closed Session Board Meeting to conduct individual interviews with the finalists for the Student Board Member position on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. The meeting will be held virtually in closed session.
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Notice of Jan. 18 Special & Committee Meetings
01/16/2022
A Special Session Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 5:30 p.m. for Closed Session only. The Special Meeting will precede the regularly-scheduled Student Achievement and Operation Services Committee meetings. No formal Board action will be taken during the meetings.
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Parent to Parent Special Education Network Meeting
01/13/2022
On January 20, Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 will host the first official meeting of its newly-formed Parent to Parent Special Education Network. The group was designed to provide a network of support for Diverse Learners families, and will meet at least quarterly to discuss a variety of important topics and resources.
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Waukegan Schools Food Service Survey
01/13/2022
Our District’s food vendor, Preferred Meals, is participating in a national survey for students and parents in an effort to improve school dining experiences. Parents and students are asked to please take time to complete the optional survey, which asks questions related to meal options in Waukegan Public Schools.
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Increased Pay & New Incentives for Substitutes
01/12/2022
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 is permanently increasing its pay rate for short term (day-to-day) and long term substitute teachers, while also offering new financial incentives to substitutes. The Board of Education took action this week to increase pay in an effort to attract and retain more daily substitute teachers.
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Recap of January 11 Board Meeting
01/12/2022
The Board of Education voted to approve the Emergency Contract Amendment request from Preferred Meals effective January 1, 2022, and ending on June 30, 2022. The amendment's estimated value is $330,877 based on projected meals counts for the Spring 2022 semester. The request is necessitated by industry cost increases for food, packaging, labor and transportation for delivery of goods.
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New Guidance on Quarantine Protocols
01/10/2022
Last week the Illinois Department of Public Health announced that it will be updating its quarantine protocols for K-12 schools to more closely align with recent CDC guidance. The new guidelines generally shorten quarantine periods for individuals who have tested positive for Covid-19, as well as for individuals who are required to quarantine due to a close contact. The Illinois State Board of Education, additionally, has indicated it will be issuing supplemental guidance which we expect to receive in the very near future.
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Notice of January 11 Board Meeting
01/09/2022
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, January 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. Closed Session will occur in Room 120.
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WPS60 Cold Weather Information
01/05/2022
In anticipation of extreme winter weather in the coming days and weeks, we wanted to take the opportunity to remind everyone of cold weather policies governing Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60.
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Returning to School with Enhanced Safety Measures
01/04/2022
Beginning the second semester in-person is not a decision we took lightly. We understand the concern many have about the rate of Covid transmission due to the omicron variant both locally and regionally. As a District, we are taking steps to ensure our schools remain safe environments, including:
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Returning to School and COVID Testing
12/31/2021
Next week we will reopen our buildings to students and staff, and classes will resume on Thursday, January 6. With everyone returning to our buildings after two weeks away, we want to stress the importance of each of us taking steps to keep each other safe, particularly as Covid cases are increasing locally and regionally. One of the most important things we can all do is get a Covid test. Following the many holiday gatherings and travels, we are strongly encouraging that students and staff get tested prior to returning next week – whether you are vaccinated or not. There are several local organizations that offer Covid testing, and we’re working with our partners at Chicago Covid Control to offer an additional option.
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Stay Safe During Winter Break
12/21/2021
As we prepare for Winter Break, I want to wish our staff, students and community a safe and happy holiday season. This year has been a challenge in many regards, and I hope everyone takes advantage of this time off to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation. In times like these, it is important that we are all practicing self-care and taking time for ourselves to recharge and recuperate.
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District 60 Recognized for Finance Reporting
12/20/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 was recently recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) with the prestigious “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” (CAFR), for its comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending in June 2020.
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Notice of Dec. 21 Special & Committee Meetings
12/19/2021
A Special Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. for Open Session, and 5:30 p.m. for Closed Session. The Special Meeting will precede the regularly-scheduled Student Achievement and Operation Services Committee meetings.
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Response to Popular Social Media Threats
12/16/2021
This week school districts across the country have received information about threats originating on the social media platform TikTok. This distributing trend is part of a challenge, which encourages students to make threats at their schools targeting December 17. Our District is aware of these threats, and we have been in communication with our partners in law enforcement. At this time, there is no indication any local threat is credible. However, our schools will implement enhanced safety practices tomorrow, December 17, as a precautionary measure.
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Recap of December 15 Board Meeting
12/15/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the contract between ELB US Inc. and WPSD60 for the purchase of the HALO Smart Sensor Detectors. The quoted total of the contract is $40,983.00. The installation will be provided by Computer Power Systems at a quoted cost of $25,318. The total proposed cost is $66,301. Halo Smart Sensors are used to detect environmental changes in privacy-sensitive areas and will send alerts to safety personnel. Halo will be installed inside of Washington Campus student restrooms in order to detect and deter vaping. Halo also detects noise fluctuation and analyzes room occupancy through light detection and alerts safety staff to possible disturbances in student occupied restrooms.
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ESSER III Review Survey
12/14/2021
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 has received grant funds administered through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. The American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III) Fund was authorized to provide states with funding to support the nation's schools in safely reopening and sustaining safe operations of schools while meeting the academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs of students resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Notice of December 14 Board Meeting
12/12/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the Lincoln Center Board Room, 1201 N. Sheridan Road. Closed Session will occur in Room 120.
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District to Host Energy & Connectivity Fair
12/09/2021
This weekend District 60 is teaming up with Community Action Partners (CAP), Comp-U-dopt & ConnectWaukegan to give families the opportunity to apply for a variety of money saving local services and resources during its Energy & Connectivity Fair.
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Proposed Emergency Day eLearning Plan
12/07/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will host a special Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 21 to review our proposed emergency eLearning Plan. The purpose of this hearing will be to seek input from school personnel, parents, and other community members concerning the provision of the Illinois School Code allowing for eLearning days as amended by Public Act 101-0012. The eLearning days would be implemented in situations when school would otherwise be closed due to extreme cold, major snowstorms or other emergencies, in lieu of the District’s scheduled emergency days.
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Pediatric Vaccine Opportunity for Children 5-11
12/06/2021
Our District is partnering with Passport Health to offer Pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to Waukegan Public Schools students ages 5-11. Students will receive the Pfizer vaccine at Whittier Elementary School, 901 N. Lewis Ave. on Friday, December 17. Appointments will be available between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on that date. A second dose will be scheduled to be administered on January 7. Please note that vaccine appointments are limited.
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Student Board Member App Deadline EXTENDED
12/06/2021
The Board of Education has extended the deadline for students to submit their applications for the 2022 Student Board Member position. The new deadline is Sunday, December 12 at 11:59 p.m.
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Upcoming Holiday Concerts & Shows 2021
12/02/2021
Tis’ the season once again, as Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 student musicians prepare for their schools upcoming holiday concerts. Below is a list of upcoming concerts and performances.
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Virtual State of the School Addresses This Week
11/30/2021
Schools throughout Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 schools will present their virtual State of the School addresses beginning this week. School principals and building leadership teams will present video Beginning of the Year (BOY) State of the School addresses on their respective school websites starting on November 30. Parents can expect schools to add their videos throughout the week.
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Recap of November 23 Board Meeting
11/24/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of new lunch tables at Abbott, Juarez, Smith, Lewis and Benny middle schools for a total amount of $204,062.
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Recap of October 12 Board Meeting
10/13/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve change order costs that exceed the allowable contingency budget of 10% for the Brookside Paving Improvement project, payable to Ingleside-based Maneval Construction Co. Maneval Construction uncovered unsuitable soil in the Circle Drive Paving Project that required removal and replacement with stone.
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Bravopalooza & WHS Marching Band Showcase
09/30/2021
Bravo Waukegan will host its community music festival on Saturday, October 2 at Weiss Field. The free festival, titled Bravopalooza, will feature music from the Illinois Brass Band, as well as mariachi performance from a group of Waukegan Public Schools’ teachers. The festival will begin at 3 p.m.
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Recap of September 28 Board Meeting
09/29/2021
Special Presentations Board President Ewing presented Board Members with their newest recognitions from the Illinois Association of School Boards. Action Items The Board of Education voted to approve the Scribbles contract for October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022 at no direct cost to the district. Waukegan Public Schools has been using Scribbles, Inc. since 2014 to manage a website which allows former students to request transcripts and education verifications. This site can be found at wps60il.scriborder.com.
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Recap of September 14 Board Meeting
09/15/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of new athletic uniforms for John R. Lewis and Edith Smith Middle School students. The total cost is $53,503. Due to the renaming of Jefferson and Webster Middle Schools to John R. Lewis and Edith Smith Middle School, the athletic uniforms will have to be updated as well to reflect the change.
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John R. Lewis Middle School Renaming Ceremony
08/05/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 and John R. Lewis Middle School is inviting the community to take part in the middle school's official renaming ceremony this weekend.
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Complete the Preparing for School Survey
08/05/2021
As we enter the final days prior to the start of the 2021-2022 school year, we know that many of our parents are experiencing a broad range of feelings as they prepare to send their children back to in-person instruction. For many of our families, this will be the first time in more than a year that their children will return to our buildings, and one of our foremost concerns is ensuring a smooth and comfortable transition back into the classroom.
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Join Us to Discuss the Upcoming School Year
08/03/2021
As the new school year draws closer we know there is a lot of information for our families to digest. Students will be back in our classrooms on August 12 in an environment that will look different than it did in the spring, and will certainly look and feel different than what many of our students may remember from the last time they attended school in-person back in March of 2020.
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ESSER Return Continuity Plan
07/30/2021
On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plans (ARP) was signed into law. In it, the U.S. Department of Education is providing an additional $121.9 billion for the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER III Fund). Waukegan Community Unit School District 60 (WPS60) is allotted a total of $50,586,354 in ESSER III (ARP). A total of $43,375,340 was made available directly to the District with a requirement that 20% of that amount must be spent to address learning loss. The remaining allocation is considered state level reservations for learning loss, summer enrichment and after school activities in amounts of $5,150,724, $1,030,145 and $1,030,145, respectively.
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Recap of July 28 Special Board Meeting
07/29/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve revisions to the following policies: Policy 5212 Grading; Policy 5213, Final Examinations. The Board of Education voted to approve the amendments to the Parent/Student Handbook on Rights and Responsibilities for the 2021-2022 school.
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Expected Health Protocols for Upcoming School Year
07/29/2021
Our first day of school is two weeks away, and we have some important information to share regarding expected health and safety protocols we will be following as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. The information in this letter mirrors health and safety details we presented to our Board of Education on July 28.
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Returning Student Registration Underway
07/28/2021
Families who missed the spring registration period will need to contact their child's school beginning Wednesday, July 28 to complete registration for the 2021-2022 school year.
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WPS to Host HVAC Contracting Presentation
07/26/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is partnering with Johnson Controls to give local contractors the chance to learn more about opportunities related to the District’s 2022 HVAC upgrades.
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Summer School Graduation July 23
07/21/2021
Waukegan High School will celebrate the summer class of 2021 graduates this Friday, July 23, in the Trapp Auditorium.
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Reminder About Student Appearance Policy Changes
07/21/2021
As families prepare for the upcoming school year, we want to remind parents of elementary and middle school students that our schools no longer require students to wear uniform dress colors.
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July 31 Back to School Resource Giveaway
07/15/2021
We are writing to invite you to this year’s Back to School Resource Fair on July 31. The event will look and feel different this year, as the District continues to follow various COVID-related safety protocols.
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Edith Smith Middle School Renaming Ceremony
07/13/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 and Edith Smith Middle School is inviting the community to take part in the middle school's official renaming ceremony this weekend.
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SOPPA and Information About Students
07/01/2021
Our District has created an informational page on our website for our students and families to learn more about personal information associated with students under the Illinois Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).
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ESSER Funds Usage Survey
06/08/2021
Earlier this year President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law. The rescue plan included $122 billion in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds for school districts across the country.
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Chromebook Upgrades for Eligible Devices
06/07/2021
Our District’s Information Technology Services department will be beginning the process of upgrading student Chromebooks on Tuesday, June 8. This initiative will run through the end of July, and parents will have several opportunities to upgrade their child’s District-issued Chromebook.
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District 60 Summer Meals Program Begins This Month
06/03/2021
Waukegan Public Schools’ Summer Meals program will begin later this month at 18 school sites across the District. During the Summer Meals program, all Waukegan children, including those enrolled in the District's summer programming, will receive free breakfast and lunch.
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Notice of June 1 Board Equity Workshop
05/30/2021
A Special Equity Workshop for the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. for Open Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person in the gymnasium of Whittier Elementary School, 901 N. Lewis Avenue.
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Wrapping Up the 2020-2021 School Year
05/28/2021
I hope this message finds you all well, and you are enjoying your final day before summer vacation. Today marks the conclusion of a school year that none of us will soon forget. So much has taken place between the beginning of the school year, and today.
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Recap of May 25 Board Meeting
05/26/2021
Special Presentations and Recognitions -The Board recognized former Board Member, Mr. Edgar Castellanos for this service on the Board from 2020-2021. -Representatives from the Waukegan High School JROTC recognized Board Member Ms. Lucy Leguizamo with its June Maguire Leadership Excellence Award. Additionally. Ms. Carolina Fabian was recognized with the JROTC Challenge Coin for her support of the organization’s Valentine’s for Vets program.
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Screening Day Added for WPS Accelerated Programs
05/25/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 will offer an additional day of screening this Friday, May 28, for families interested in admission to the Project Discovery, GAP, and Cooke Magnet accelerated programs. Please click here to request a time slot.
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June 5 Vaccination Event at Waukegan High School
05/24/2021
On Saturday, June 5 we will be partnering with Walgreen’s to host another COVID-19 vaccination clinic at Waukegan High School’s Brookside Campus. This opportunity is available to anyone ages 12+ to receive their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
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Notice of May 25 Board Meeting
05/23/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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Food Service Distribution Changes for Summer
05/20/2021
Las Escuelas Públicas de Waukegan están haciendo cambios en su distribución de comidas al final de este mes.
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Special May 22 Closed Session Board Meeting
05/20/2021
A Special Meeting with Closed and Open Session of the Board of Education will be held on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. in the Board Room at Lincoln Center. ​ Pursuant to 5 ILCS 120/2 (c) (16) the discussion will be held in Closed Session. The subject will be self evaluation conducted by a representative of the IASB. No action will be taken during the brief open session.
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WHS Graduation Ceremony Postponed to 6:30 p.m.
05/19/2021
Waukegan High School’s graduation ceremony for today, May 19, is being postponed an hour to 6:30 p.m. due to rain in the forecast.
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WHS Students Win Congressional Art Contest
05/19/2021
Two Waukegan High School students were recently announced as winners of Congressman’s Brad Schneider’s Congressional Art Competition. Seniors Kate Salinas and Kimberly Lagunas took first and second place respectively for their pieces, both of which were created with the theme “Unity.”
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Community Clothing Drive Events Planned
05/18/2021
Several Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 schools will be hosting clothing donation events as part of a Community Clothing Drive in the upcoming weeks.
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Class of 2021 Graduation Information
05/17/2021
Waukegan High School will host its 148th commencement exercises on Wednesday, May 19, Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21. The events will begin each evening at 5:30 p.m. at Weiss Field. An expected class of more than 700 students will make up Waukegan High School’s Class of 2021.
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Notice of May 18 Board Committee Meetings
05/16/2021
The monthly Operational Services & Student Achievement committee meetings of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue.
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Middle School 8th Grade Promotion Events
05/14/2021
Waukegan Public Schools’ five middle schools will host drive-through promotion events for 8th grade students on Monday, May 24. Each middle school will host separate events on school grounds to celebrate students’ matriculation to high school. Additional information on each schools’ celebration can be found below.
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Sports Programs for 5th-12th Graders
05/13/2021
Registration for our Athletic Department's FREE Summer Registration for our District's Sports Programs for 5th-12th grade students is now open. Families are encouraged to select as many sports as their schedule allows.
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Recap of May 11 Board Meeting
05/12/2021
Special Presentations -Representatives from Bravo Waukegan gave a presentation detailing some of the organizations' work with Waukegan students during the last year.
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May 25 Public Meeting for Home-Schooled Families
05/12/2021
On Tuesday May 25th, 2021 at 11:00 AM, a meeting conducted by Waukegan Community School District, will be taking place to discuss the District’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or are home schooled within the District for the 2021-22 school year.
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Summer School Information Session
05/11/2021
This Thursday, May 13, our District will be hosting a live summer school information session beginning at 5 p.m. on the District's Facebook page.
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Infinite Campus Parent Portal Workshop
05/11/2021
This week our District will be hosting an Infinite Campus Parent Portal Workshop at Vertical Encounter Church in Waukegan. The event will take place Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m., during which District staff will instruct parents on how to navigate the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
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Notice of May 11 & May 12 Board Meetings
05/09/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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Vaccine Opportunity for Students Ages 12+
05/07/2021
In anticipation of Pfizer-BioNTech receiving Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for its COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 12-15 next week, we have partnered with other districts in our area, to schedule a vaccine clinic in partnership with Walgreens to vaccinate students ages 12 and older.
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FAFSA Help for Seniors
05/07/2021
Waukegan High School will host special events next week to help seniors complete their required FAFSA forms. All students in the Class of 2021 are also required to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Application to graduate OR complete a non-participation form.
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Accelerated Programs Facebook Live Event
05/05/2021
On Thursday, May 6, District 60 will host a Facebook Live event focused on Accelerated Programs beginning at 6 p.m. During the informational event District staff will familiarize parents with our Accelerated program offerings, as well as how to complete the application process.
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Summer School Enrollment Open for Grades PreK-8
05/05/2021
Registration for Waukegan Public Schools’ summer program is now open for students enrolled in grades in pre-kindergarten through 8. Parents can enroll their children by clicking here. Parents may also contact their child’s school by May 18.
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Teacher Appreciation Video 2021
05/04/2021
Our school leaders have some special video messages for our amazing teachers today in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day!
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2021 Graduation Requirements Policy Revisions
05/03/2021
Last week our Board of Education took action to amend graduation requirements for the Waukegan High School Class of 2021. We know our students, families and the nation as a whole have been greatly impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as social unrest in our country. This year's graduates have completed the last 15 months of high school under extraordinary circumstances, including extended school closures and a fundamental change in how instruction is delivered through remote learning for the majority, if not all, of their Senior year.
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New Board of Education Members Seated
04/29/2021
The Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 Board of Education officially seated four members on Wednesday, April 28. Mr. Jeff McBride, Ms. Anita Hanna, Mr.Brandon Ewing and Ms. Adriana Gonzalez were sworn in during a special organizational Board of Education meeting.
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Kinder & Returning Student Registration Event
04/28/2021
On Thursday, April 29, District 60 will be hosting a virtual Kindergarten and Returning Student Registration tutorial beginning at 5:30 p.m. on the District's Facebook page.
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Information about WPS60 Accelerated Programs
04/28/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 offers accelerated programs for students in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. Those programs are spread across three buildings. Project Discovery is housed in Little Fort Elementary School and serves students in grades 3-5. The GAP program is housed in Thomas Jefferson Middle School and serves students in grades 6-8. The accelerated program at Cooke Magnet Elementary School serves students in grades K-5.
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Recap of April 27 Board Meeting
04/28/2021
The Board of Education voted to establish a COVID Carry-over Leave Bank with individual employee vacation balances as of 6/30/21 which is defined as employee earned vacation days in excess of 10 days that can be used during their tenure in District and/or unused days paid post termination, resignation or retirement at the FY 2020-2021 base rate of pay. Due to COVID19 and responsibilities associated with increased workloads, employees were not able to take allotted leave during SY2020-2021.
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Waukegan Virtual Middle School Art Show 2021
04/27/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is excited to announce the winners of its 2021 Middle School Art Show.
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BOE Organizational Meeting on April 28
04/27/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 will host a Special Board of Education Organizational Meeting on Wednesday, April 28 at the Brookside Campus’ Trapp Auditorium, 2325 Brookside Avenue.
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Hotspot Audit Events for Families
04/27/2021
I hope this message finds you well. When we began our transition into hybrid learning last year, our District provided extra supports for families, in order to help bridge the technological gap, and ensure everyone had access to the resources required to participate in online learning.
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Hotspot Recovery Events This Week
04/26/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will be hosting a series of Hotspot Recovery events this week. Any family that has a District hotspot that is inoperable, or is no longer needed, is encouraged to bring the device to the Welcome Center during one of the events below between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
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Notice of April 27 Board Meeting
04/25/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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WHS Students Earn Art Scholarships
04/23/2021
Waukegan High School students collectively earned more than $1 million in scholarships in recognition of their artwork recently as part of the annual Illinois High School Art Exhibition (IHSAE).
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District 60, Sen. Johnson Work on Legislation
04/23/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 and State Senator Adriane Johnson have teamed up on legislation that could benefit school districts across Illinois. Senate Bill 813 (SB 813) will protect public schools from harsh financial penalties associated with COVID-related enrollment issues. Yesterday (April 22, 2021), the bill sailed out of the Illinois Senate in Springfield with overwhelming bi-partisan support (49 Yes, 6 No). The bill now goes to the Illinois House of Representatives.
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38 WHS Students Named State Scholars
04/22/2021
Nearly 40 Waukegan High School seniors were recognized this month by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) as “Illinois State Scholars.”
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Returning and New Student Registration Open
04/20/2021
A reminder that the registration process for returning students and incoming kindergarten students is currently underway.
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District 60 to Host Employment Facebook Live Event
04/20/2021
District 60 is teaming up with the College of Lake County to host a Facebook livestream this week highlighting the various employment resources available to parents, as well as how to find and apply for District jobs.
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Today’s Verdict and Support for Families
04/20/2021
This afternoon the world watched as the verdict was announced in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former police officer charged in George Floyd’s death. Mr. Floyd’s tragic and unnecessary death was the catalyst of social justice demonstrations last summer, and people around the world came together and used their collective voice to speak up against racism and to demand justice.
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Notice of Monthly Board Committee Meetings
04/18/2021
The monthly Operational Services & Student Achievement committee meetings of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue.
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High School Bus Transportation
04/15/2021
In response to COVID-19 capacity limits, there will be a change in how students who normally ride PACE bus transportation will be picked up for school.
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Vaccine Interest Questionnaire for Students
04/15/2021
Earlier this week we shared exciting information about an upcoming vaccine opportunity for Waukegan Public Schools’ students 16 and older to receive a free COVID-19 vaccine at upcoming events at the Waukegan High School - Brookside Campus. These student vaccinations are being made possible thanks to a partnership with Passport Health, and collaborations with Deerfield High School, Highland Park High School, North Chicago High School and Zion-Benton High School.
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Board Officially Renames Jefferson, Webster
04/14/2021
The Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 Board of Education officially voted to rename Thomas Jefferson Middle School and Daniel Webster Middle School during its April 13 Board Meeting.
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Recap of April 13 Board of Education Meeting
04/14/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the purchase of 75 iPads and cases to be used in conjunction with the Crisis GO Safety iPass software for scanning WPS60 staff, students and visitors upon entry to all buildings. The estimated cost is $25,000.
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Important Information about Spring Assessments
04/13/2021
The end of the school year is fast approaching, and with that comes State-required Spring assessments. Each Spring, students across the nation participate in standardized assessments in various subject areas to measure student proficiency on State standards. Large-scale standardized assessments are one lens through which students, parents, teachers, and administrators can view progress towards proficiency alongside classroom level assessments.
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Vaccination Opportunity for Students
04/13/2021
We are writing today to inform you of an exciting opportunity for eligible Waukegan High School students to receive a free COVID-19 vaccination. Thanks to a partnership with Passport Health, WHS students 16 and older will be eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine at WHS-Brookside Campus beginning the first week of May.
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District to Host Mindfulness Facebook Live Event
04/13/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60 is teaming up with the Waukegan-based Lakes Behavioral Hospital to help teach parents about practicing mindfulness with their children.
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Notice of April 13 Board Meeting
04/11/2021
A Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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April 12 is an Institute Day
04/09/2021
I hope this letter finds you well. As we transition to in-person learning for those families who choose to, I’d like to share my appreciation for the resilience and patience displayed of our school communities. For more than a year, our teachers have worked tirelessly to effectively adapt and refine their virtual instruction, and to implement new technologies designed to better engage students.
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The Importance of Safety Protocols
04/09/2021
As we wrap up our first week of Hybrid learning, I want to express the pride I feel for families and staff for your efforts to make these first days a success. It was amazing to visit schools this week and see teachers and students back in the same classroom for the first time in more than a year. Though the classrooms were smaller than we were used to, with less than 40 percent of our families opting for hybrid learning, this week gave me confidence that we can continue our transition moving forward.
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Apply to Join the Equity Advisory Council
04/08/2021
District 60's Department of Equity and Inclusion will be establishing an Equity Advisory Council.
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2021 Virtual Elementary Art Show
04/07/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District #60’s annual Elementary Art Show has gone virtual this year. The District-wide 2020-2021 art show is a snapshot of the amazing artwork created virtually by Waukegan elementary students this year.
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April & May Virtual Parent Training Events
04/05/2021
Waukegan Public Schools is partnering with the Waukegan Public Library to host five more weeks of informational live streams for parents throughout April and May. These events, which will be conducted in English and Spanish, will cover a wide variety of topics related to the District’s technology.
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Beginning our Transition to Hybrid Learning
04/04/2021
The day we have been anticipating for more than a year is here -- tomorrow is our first day welcoming students back into our buildings for in-person learning. The last year has been challenging for all of us, but throughout this process I have been continuously inspired by our amazing Waukegan Public Schools community, and the strength of our spirit.
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Changes to Food Distribution Schedules
04/01/2021
Waukegan Public Schools is making a change to its community-wide meal distribution schedule, to coincide with the start of hybrid instruction.
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Safety iPass - Our Student Screener
03/31/2021
With in-person attendance beginning next week, we want to introduce our families to Safety iPass, our District's new staff, student and visitor screener tool. This tool is used to screen all staff, students and visitors to ensure everyone entering our buildings is healthy and not subject to COVID restrictions. Safety iPass is created by CrisisGo, a platform we already use in our District. We officially launched the program this week with our staff and visitors, and next week we will begin the screening of students as well.
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Recap of March 30 Board Meeting
03/31/2021
The Board of Education voted to approve the professional development contract for Spring of 2021 with GLAD-Guided Language Acquisition Design to train 118 teachers at a cost of $128,400. The Board of Education voted to execute the purchase of professional development fees for Instructional Leadership Team members to attend the Writer's Institute at Teacher's College of Columbia University for Lyon Magnet School for a total of $5,950.
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Kindergarten and Returning Student Registration
03/30/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60’s online kindergarten registration for the 2021/2022 school year will open Thursday, April 1. Returning student registration will begin April 5. More information on these registrations can be found below.
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March 29 Hybrid Learning Q&A
03/29/2021
District 60 will be hosting another Hybrid Transition Q&A at 5 p.m. this evening. This week's session will cover the District's CrisisGo Safety iPass certification system and more.
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Notice of March 30 Board Meeting
03/28/2021
A Rescheduled Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. This Regular meeting was previously scheduled for March 23, 2021. The meeting will be conducted in-person. In an effort to safely accommodate the Board, staff, and members of the public, and to comply with Restore Illinois capacity limits, the meeting will be conducted in the Trapp Auditorium of the Waukegan High School Brookside Campus, 2325 Brookside Avenue. Closed Session will occur in Room E101.
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District 60 Awarded Meritorious Budget Award
03/23/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 has again been recognized with a Meritorious Budget Award (MBA) for the 2020-2021 budget year, from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO).
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Student Hybrid Assignments Now Available
03/22/2021
I hope you are all enjoying your Spring Break. We are writing today to inform families that ‘A’ and ‘B’ schedule assignments for students who have opted into Hybrid Learning are now available for parents to view. Our school district has finalized the assignment of students into A schedule (Monday and Wednesday), B schedule (Tuesday and Thursday), or fully virtual schedule, based on parents’ structure preference.
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March 23 Board Meeting Moved to March 30
03/21/2021
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 23, 2021 has been moved to Tuesday, March 30, 2021, to accommodate the District's Spring Break. Open session for the March 30 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. An agenda for that meeting will be forthcoming in the days prior to the meeting’s date.
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March 22 is Spring Break Week
03/19/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60's official Spring Break will be the week of March 22. During this week, schools will be closed, and there will be no instruction. The week of March 29 will be dedicated to staff orientation and training, ahead of the start of Hybrid Learning. On March 29-April 1, staff will be in attendance, but there will be no student instruction, or student attendance. April 2 is Good Friday, and our District will be closed. Instruction resumes on Monday, April 5.
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No Meal Distribution During Spring Break
03/17/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will be modifying its meal distribution services in advance of Spring Break, in an effort to support students while schools are closed during the week of March 22. No meal distribution events will be hosted during the week of March 22, however, we are doubling the amount of meals families receive this week.
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Staying Safe During Spring Break
03/16/2021
Next week our District will begin its Spring Break. As I am sure you’re aware, as part of our transition to Hybrid Learning, this year's Spring Break for students has been extended by an extra week while staff prepare for the return to in-person learning. This means Spring Break will begin Monday March 22, and instruction for students will not resume until Monday, April 5. During the week of March 29, staff will return to our buildings for a week dedicated to orientation, safety protocols and professional development.
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Watch our March 15 Hybrid Transition Q&A
03/16/2021
Last night our District hosted a Hybrid Transition Q&A on our our Facebook page. Anyone who missed the stream, but is still interested in watching it can do so here.
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Summer School Interest Survey
03/15/2021
Waukegan Public Schools will be offering all students in grades PreK-12 the opportunity to participate in a summer school program for Summer 2021. To assist with planning, we are requesting that all families complete a brief survey, so we can gauge parent and student interest in attending one of our summer programs.
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District to Host Live Hybrid Transition Q&A
03/14/2021
On March 15, our District will host a live bilingual Hybrid Learning Transition Q&A for our families.
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District to Resume In-Person Board Meetings
03/12/2021
The undersigned President of the Board of Education, hereby gives notice that beginning the week of March 15, the Board of Education for Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60 will resume in-person public meetings. Meetings will also continue to be broadcasted live on the District’s YouTube channel.
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Lyon Accepting Student Applications for 2021-2022
03/11/2021
The fall registration period for enrollment in Lyon Magnet School has begun. Enrollment is open to all WPS students living within the district's attendance boundaries. Families interested in enrolling in Lyon Magnet are required to submit an application, which can be found at the school, or can be downloaded here: application
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Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60’s Birth to Three Program recently received a “Quality Confirmation” designation for its early childhood Baby TALK program.
Birth to Three Program Earns Quality Conformation
03/10/2021
Waukegan Community Unit School District # 60’s Birth to Three Program recently received a “Quality Confirmation” designation for its early childhood Baby TALK program.
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Recap of March 9 Board Meeting
03/10/2021
Members of the Jefferson renaming committees gave a presentation detailing the process they undertook to to rename the schools, and three finalists were presented to the Board of Education. Finalists or Jefferson include: Barack and Michelle Obama Middle School, John Lewis Middle School, and Dolores Huerta & Cesar Chavez Middle School. Finalists for Webster include: Ellen Ochoa Middle School, Katherine Johnson Middle Schools and Edith Smith Middle School.
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Announcing the Start of Hybrid Learning
03/09/2021
Over the last 12 months, our District has worked to adapt to a new way of life. We’ve been forced to radically change how we learn, teach, and support our families through this global pandemic. We know this prolonged uncertainty has made life challenging for all of us, but throughout this process I have been continuously inspired by the resilience and adaptability of our amazing Waukegan Public Schools community, and the strength of our spirit.
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Information about the Pandemic EBT Program
03/08/2021
The Illinois Department of Human Services is again sharing some valuable information for families regarding the State’s Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) program. P-EBT is a food assistance benefit for students who receive free or reduced-price meals in schools under the National School Lunch Program. P-EBT benefits will help Illinois families buy food during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Notice of March 9 Board Meeting
03/07/2021
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via GoToMeeting. Members of the public can join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/423225093. There is also an option to dial in using your phone by calling (571) 317-3129. When prompted, enter the access code: 423-225-093.
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Cooke Accepting Student Applications for 2021-2022
03/05/2021
Waukegan’s Cooke Magnet School is now accepting applications for entrance testing for the 2021-2022 school year, for students entering kindergarten through grade 5. Limited enrollment opportunities are available for students entering grades 1-5. ​
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Hybrid Learning Check-In
03/04/2021
Last month we announced that our District’s Hybrid Plan schedule could be beginning as early as mid-March. Determining timelines for announcements regarding Hybrid instruction is never an easy task, and oftentimes we lack the clarity we hoped for as a targeted date approaches.
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Discover UWLC's 211 Helpline
03/03/2021
Tomorrow, March 4, our District's Family and Community Engagement Department is teaming up with the United Way of Lake County for this week's Family Workshop. Tune in at 5:30 p.m. to our Facebook page to learn more about the resources available to families who use the UWLC's 24-hour information and referral 211 hotline.
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Flor Carter Named Golden Apple Finalist
03/02/2021
Ms. Flor Carter, interim principal at Waukegan Public Schools’ Alternative/Optional Education Center was recently announced as a finalist for the 2021 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Leadership.
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District 60 Hybrid Safety Videos
02/26/2021
Following several months of planning, our District is in the process of finalizing our preparations for the eventual return of students and staff to our buildings. While this planning process has been all encompassing across our District’s departments, our largest emphasis has been centered around implementing new ways to ensure the safety of our students, staff and visitors upon their return.
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Recap of February 23 Board Meeting
02/24/2021
Special Recognitions and Presentations - Representatives from Waukegan to College gave a presentation about the organization and its goals. - District leadership gave a presentation celebrating District principals and assistant principals for their continued efforts during the ongoing pandemic.
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WHS Program PLACCE's Mask Up For Love
02/23/2021
Students in Waukegan High School's Program PLACCE recently delivered 125 masks to Bayside Terrace, LLC. in Waukegan. As part of a class project called "Mask Up for Love," students and staff members worked collaboratively to make and deliver the masks to the residents at the facility.
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Notice of February 24 Special Meeting
02/23/2021
A special Meeting to review the Superintendent's evaluation, will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. primarily in Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via GoToMeeting. No action will be taken during a brief open session.
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Spots Still Available for Paint & Celebrate Event
02/22/2021
There's still time to reserve a paint kit to participate in our District's virtual Paint and Celebrate event this Thursday, February 25.
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Notice of February 23 Board Meeting
02/21/2021
A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7 p.m. for Open Session, 6 p.m. for Closed Session. The meeting will be conducted entirely remotely via GoToMeeting. Members of the public can join the meeting from a computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/423225093.
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District Hosts First Finance Information Session
02/19/2021
Last evening our District hosted its first of two virtual Finance Information Sessions for the community. The livestream can viewed in its entirety here. Families can still submit questions ahead of our final informational stream, which will begin at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 22. You can submit your questions here.
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Important Update about Hybrid Learning
02/18/2021
The last several weeks have been promising in terms of our capability to safely transition to our Hybrid Learning model. We’ve seen a significant decrease in local COVID transmission rates, while also seeing a huge increase in opportunities for District staff members to receive their first dose of the vaccine. These trends, which I discuss in more detail below, are putting us on a path toward eventually reopening for hybrid instruction this semester. The exact date is still not known, but today we want to announce that our Hybrid Plan will not begin until at least March 15.
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District to Host BHM Paint and Celebrate Event
02/17/2021
As part of our District’s celebration of Black History Month, District 60’s Family and Community Engagement department is partnering with Waukegan-based One Crown Studios to host a Virtual Paint and Celebrate Facebook Live event.
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Notice of Board Quorum - Feb 18
02/17/2021
Members of the Board of Education are dedicated to the students of Waukegan, and to the community itself. Board Members routinely attend special events throughout the school district and the community. At times a majority of a quorum of Board of Education members may be in attendance at the same event. On February 18 at 6 p.m. and February 22 at 1 p.m. a quorum of the Board may be present at virtual Finance Information Sessions being hosted by the district.
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Upcoming Finance Information Sessions
02/15/2021
I am writing to share additional information about our upcoming Finance Information Sessions. These informational meetings will be a great opportunity for our finance team to present an important comprehensive overview of our District’s strengthening financial condition over the years, and share related information on financial controls, budgeting, and best practices.
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