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Jason Loebach's statement regarding offensive Tweets by Board candidate, Jodee Dunham

(March 23, 2021)

After last night's Board meeting, I came home and opened Facebook to post an update on the District's decision to return to school. What I saw when I opened Facebook made stop dead in my tracks. I saw tweets from a D41 Board of Education candidate, Jodee Dunham, promoting racism, denouncing proven COVID-19 mitigation measures and several other loathsome topics.

As a member of the D41 Board of Education, I represent a beautiful, colorful and diverse community and that diversity is part of what makes this District great. While Board members and candidates for the Board of Education are entitled to their own opinions, I am also entitled to call out those opinions as offensive, unsettling and as having no place on the District 41 Board of Education.

The children that make up our District represent several different races, ethnicities, colors and religions and all of these children are beautiful. As leaders in the District, our job is to support all the children in our District and celebrate our diversity. I am committed to continue to do so and will fight against anyone who attempts to tear our students down.

Last night, I voted to approve a plan to fully open our schools based on the implementation of several COVID-19 mitigation measures, including mandatory masking and COVID-19 testing. These are proven mitigation measures that are being implemented to protect our students and staff. Tweets denouncing mask wearing, bragging about not wearing masks in indoor public spaces and advocating for people not to wear masks hinders the District's ability to reopen safely.

As a Board member and a candidate for the Board, you must be committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all students in our District. That is my commitment, both as a Board member and a as a candidate for reelection. The tweets made by candidate Dunham do the opposite and cannot be tolerated.

League of Women Voters Glen Ellyn

D41 Board Candidate Forum

(March 6, 2021)

D41 PTA Council

Virtual Meet the Candidates Forum

(March 2, 2021)

D41 PTA Council Candidate Forum.mp4

Daily Herald D41 Candidate Forum

(February 25, 2021)

CDC Updated Guidance for In-Person Learning

(February 12, 2021)

The CDC has released its updated recommendations for schools. The full CDR Report, Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation, can be found here. Below is an excerpt from the Report on essential mitigation measures for in-person instruction in schools:

"Essential Elements of Safe K-12 School In-person Instruction

1. Mitigation strategies to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in schools

Regardless of the level of community transmission, all schools should use and layer mitigation strategies. Five key mitigation strategies are essential to safe delivery of in-person instruction and help to mitigate

COVID-19 transmission in schools:

• Universal and correct use of masks

• Physical distancing

• Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

• Cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities

• Contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine, in collaboration with the health department

Schools providing in-person instruction should prioritize two mitigation strategies:

1. Universal and correct use of masks should be required, at all levels of community transmission. Require consistent and correct use of face masks, by all students, teachers, and staff to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission through respiratory droplets.

2. Physical distancing (at least 6 feet) should be maximized to the greatest extent possible. To ensure physical distancing, schools should establish policies and implement structural interventions to promote physical distance of at least 6 feet between people. Cohorting or podding is recommended to minimize exposure across the school environment." (Page 2-3)

The full CDR Report, Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools through Phased Mitigation, can be found here.

Jason Loebach's

Announcement of Candidacy for Re-Election to the Glen Ellyn District 41 Board of Education

(January 22, 2021)

I am happy to announce my candidacy for re-election for another term on the Glen Ellyn School District 41 Board of Education. I am very proud of the work the Board has done over the last four years and look forward to continuing that work over the next four years.

While this global pandemic has affected every student, staff member and community member in this District, I am proud of the work the Board has done to keep our students and staff safe and to keep our schools open to our students. By providing the District with the tools to improve the ventilation systems in all District buildings, to purchase PPE, to employ necessary additional staff (such as nurses, janitors, teachers, support staff, etc...), to ensure every student has a Chromebook/iPad and internet access to participate in remote-learning, District 41 was able to safely open its doors and make in-person learning available to all students while also offering a full remote-learning option for families.

This commitment to safety continued with D41 being the third school district in the state to offer COVID-19 saliva-based surviellance screening to all of its in-person students and staff and the first school district in the state to offer this saliva-based screening program along with a BinaxNOW COVID-19 testing program. By continuing to provide the District with these tools, the District has been able to keep our schools open and keep our students and staff safe in our classrooms.

I look forward to continuing this work and I hope that you will support me with your vote on April 6, 2021.


By Mail: February 25 • Early Voting: March 22 • Election Day: April 6

For voting locations, visit www.dupageco.org/VoterLookup