Superintendent's Department Announcements
E-Learning Discontinued This Year - Expect Snow Days
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New requirements from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has District 70 discontinuing e-learning this school year.

Last year, District 70 adopted e-learning as an innovative approach to counting emergency days as the days of actual student attendance. The model District 70 employed in 2018-19 had students choose from a variety of activities that accounted for approximately 40 minutes. But this year, ISBE changed the parameters with a five-hour requirement for school districts to adhere to consider e-learning as an actual day of student attendance. This has presented a challenge for District 70 staff to create enough learning activities to meet the increased time requirement, including tasks that can be accomplished by 5- and 6-year-olds. There also is no guidance from ISBE this year regarding students requiring special education services.

E-Learning will be reviewed by district staff for future development. 

As such, District 70 students will need to make up missed school days due to Snow Days or other complications that call for emergency school closure at the end of the school year in June 2020. State law requires school districts to prepare for this by adding five emergency days at the end of every year. 

  • No missed school days        ------------  School ends June 3, 2020
  • District 70 closed 9/13/19  ------------ School ends June 4, 2020   (Butterfield loses power, HMS flooding during a severe storm) 
So what happens if Snow Days or Cold Days are called this school year and District 70 closes? (All five schools are closed during emergency closings.) 
  • Second day closed ------------    School ends June 5, 2020. 
  • Third day closed     ------------    School ends June 8, 2020. 
  • Fourth day closed   ------------    School ends June 9, 2020.
  • Fifth day closed      ------------    School ends June 10, 2020. 

The last day of school will be early release with dismissal at 1:15 p.m. for K-5, and at 1:45 p.m. for 6-8.

Please plan accordingly. 

Updated 11-26-2019 2:45 PM
Nov. 25th Board Briefs Now Posted
District 70

District 70 is initiating a new communication tool for the community known as Board Briefs. Board Briefs are designed to highlight important conversations and decisions made on behalf of students, families, staff, and the larger community by the District 70 School Board at each monthly School Board meeting.

Keep up with the latest D70 news by reading Board Briefs posted on our website under Board. 

Updated 11-26-2019 2:47 PM
District Hires New Finance Director
During an Oct. 28 school board meeting, The Libertyville School District 70 School Board unanimously hired John Herrin as the new Finance Director to begin on July 1, 2020.

Herrin, currently the chief business officer in Consolidated Community School District 46 in Grayslake, will replace Dr. Kurt Valentin. Valentin, assistant superintendent of finance and operations, has been with the district 20 years and is retiring at the end of June 2020.   
Updated 10-31-2019 12:12 PM
Opt in for Emergency Notifications Via Text
Caution District 70 takes closing schools seriously. When the decision is made due to inclement weather or power outages in schools, District 70 uses an emergency notification system to deliver phone calls and emails about school closings or safety emergencies.

For more information about school closings, please read the FAQ.

 There also now is an option to opt-in to receive the information via text by texting 67587 with either Y or YES as the message you send. (This will not be activated for 48-hours from when you opt-in.) This text (SMS) service only will be used in the event of school closings or a school emergency.
 
Updated 10-31-2019 11:55 AM
What's Ahead
Calendar November
  • Nov. 27-29 - No school. Thanksgiving. 
December
  • Dec. 20, 2019 - Jan. 3, 2020 No school. Winter Break
Updated 11-25-2019 9:57 PM
New Student Registration Now Open
District 70 New student registration for the 2019-20 school year is now open. 
 
Updated 7-9-2019 1:03 PM
Calendar for the 2019-2020 School Year
Calendar The approved calendar for the 2019-20 school year in Libertyville School District 70. 
Updated 7-9-2019 1:02 PM
Preschool Screenings for 2019-20
Medical Supplies The Preschool Screening dates for the 2019-20 school year are set. 

Screening dates for all 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children living in the District 70 boundary area are invited to a free screening that will evaluate their vision, hearing, speech, language, cognitive development. and fine and gross motor skills. 
Updated 7-9-2019 1:15 PM
Marine Brother Surprises Sister At Butterfield School
Butterfield alumni and Marine Corps Cpl. Maxwell Sampson deployed to Kuwait for the last six months, surprises his little sister, Frances, in her third grade classroom.

Cpl. Sampson and Frances' teacher, Karen McLean, planned the happy reunion.  Fox 32 Dane Placko reported the story. (Video does not play on Chrome) 
Updated 3-8-2019 10:15 AM
Please Welcome New Supt. Dr. Matt Barbini

Please welcome our new Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matt Barbini! 

Updated 7-1-2019 9:10 AM
School Offices Now Open
District 70 All District 70 school offices are now open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Adler Park School: 847-362-7275
Butterfield School: 847-362-3120
Copeland Manor School: 847-362-0240
Highland Middle School: 847-362-9020
Rockland School: 847-362-3134  



 
Updated 8-20-2019 2:40 PM
District 70 on EtO
District 70

District 70 is aware of and is monitoring developments in Waukegan and Gurnee about ethylene oxide (EtO) emissions.  EtO is a substance known to cause cancer. 

Medline Industries in Waukegan and Vantage Specialty Chemicals in Gurnee are being monitored for EtO emissions by the Lake County Health Department.  Other agencies, such as the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), are involved as well. 

The Lake County Health Department website has information about EtO and the results of air testing at and near both of these facilities in Waukegan and Gurnee. You can reach the Health Department at 847-367-8000.

District 70 is committed to safety and will communicate with staff and parent communities about this matter as appropriate. (Sept. 25, 2019)

Updated 9-25-2019 2:04 PM