The school’s isolation policy has been updated
Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District have updated their quarantine and isolation policy. These periods have been reduced to five days, in line with a recent update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which has been adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). These mitigation strategies are used for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are considered to have been in close contact. Isolation may be terminated for those who test positive for COVID-19 after this five-day period only if the person has been fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms have improved.
Provincial government employee testing policy
Yesterday, the DuPage County Finance Committee took a look at a proposal that would implement a COVID-19 testing policy for county government employees who have not been vaccinated. The federal mandate, enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), calls on employers with more than 100 workers to require employees to either get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. Officials are still completing the details, but the policy may include compiling a list of vaccinations and providing paid time off for employees. OSHA will not sanction employers for failing to comply with test requirements before February 9. Officials intend to adapt accordingly if a different direction is presented, as the US Supreme Court is currently reviewing OSHA’s mandate. The county council plans to give consideration to the testing policy as early as its January 25 meeting.
Election District Map
DuPage County voters could find themselves clustered in fewer and larger districts when the next election comes. Yesterday, the DuPage County Board decided to postpone the vote on the county election district map. The new legislation, which was signed into law in November 2021, calls for the number of constituencies to be reduced from 930 to 607. The current draft of the redrawn map leaves fewer committee members to serve as the vote of the electorate, affecting whether any party can. elect. The proposal raised concerns for county council members on both sides of the aisle. The constituency map must be approved no later than Friday. A special county council meeting on the matter is scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m.
Park District Driving Change
Ray McGorry, the executive director of the Naperville Park District, is resigning, at the end of the actual February 1st. After 13 years on the job, he’s leaving to pursue a new opportunity. During his tenure, the park district has seen expansion through projects such as Knoch Knolls Nature Center, Fort Hill Activity Center, and 95y Street Community Plaza, along with obtaining national accreditation from the National Park and Recreation Association. Brad Wilson, currently the region’s director of recreation and facilities, will take over as CEO.
Patino Honor Scholarship
Family and friends of Franco Patino are leading a fundraising effort for a scholarship in his honor at the University of Dayton. The 21-year-old Naperville resident was a high school student when he was killed in the crowd-surge tragedy at Astroworld in Houston on November 5, 2021. Patino’s loved ones work in partnership with the University of Dayton’s Department of Student Development, the Center for Multiethnic Education and Engagement and members of the Alpha Nu chapter in Alpha Psi Lambda and members of the Hispanic Society of Professional Engineers to raise at least $20,000 for the fund.
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