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Message from the Health Office

As we approach the season of cold, flu, and allergies, it is possible that you may need to report sick. In the event that you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and have tested NEGATIVE for COVID-19, kindly inform us of your sick day by utilizing AESPO. It is important that you indicate your sick absence and provide a reason through AESPO.

If you have TESTED POSITIVE for COVID-19, you are required to report your absence via AESPO and notify the District Nurse Supervisor of your current health status.

Please be reminded of the COVID-19 Staff protocol if you are experiencing any of these symptoms. 

  • Fever (100.4°F or higher), muscle aches 

  • New onset of moderate to severe headache 

  • Shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat 

  • Vomiting or diarrhea 

  • new loss of sense of taste or smell 

  • fatigue from unknown cause

If you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Kelli Kalata at .


open enrollment

Max Age for Insurance 

When your dependent child reaches the age of 26, he/she is no longer eligible for coverage under D102 sponsored benefits. The district will initiate the termination of coverage for a dependent turning age 26. Coverage is terminated effective the last day of the month in which the child reaches age 26. A disabled dependent child may be eligible for continued coverage after attaining age 26. 

A dependent whose health coverage is terminated due to loss of eligibility may be eligible for coverage continuation under COBRA. Upon termination of coverage, COBRA will automatically initiate and you will receive documents to your home address on file.


Meet the new Family Liaisons!


Candice Parker

As a parent of La Grange School District 102, I am excited to dedicate my life to such an essential role in our community. My previous title was the Director of Human Resources for the Governor's office. My goal is to strengthen the district's vision of equity and capitalize on our differences to foster students' intercultural skills. I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, and playing corn hole in my free time.

Candice will be the contact for students and families at Ogden Ave and Park Jr. High.


Phone: (708) 215 - 6254


Nancy Ursetta

Hello! My name is Nancy Ursetta, and I’ve been working as a Paraprofessional at Park Jr. High for two years. In my previous role, I was a Chicago Park District Park Supervisor for over 30 years, and I have since retired.

As a Family Liaison, I look forward to continuing to create strong positive opportunities for all cultural students and their families to succeed in our wonderful, growing La Grange School District 102! A little fun fact about me is that I enjoy coaching many sports and love spending time with family and friends.

Nancy will be the contact for students and families at Park Jr. High.


Phone: (708) 215 - 6268


Around the District

earth day

Presented by the Science Center Parent Enrichment Council

Celebrate Every Day is Earth Day!

Open House: Thursday, April 27th, 2023

Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Science Center - 930 North Barnsdale, La Grange Park

No registration required

Your family is invited to learn more about ways to help the environment and have fun with nature.

  •  Explore our Science Center garden (weather permitting)

  • Go on a scavenger hunt

  •  Make a chia pet planter

  • Learn about worm composting for your home

  • Plant herb seeds to attract butterflies in your garden

  • Add your artwork to the Science Center Earth Day banner

  • Learn about where our water goes from the Water Reclamation District

Bring these hard-to-recycle items, and we will make sure they get recycled.

Keys, Bread tags/clips, Brita water filters/pitchers/accessories (Brita brand only), Inkjet cartridges, Holiday lights, Records/albums, Cords/wires (electrical, computer, phone)

Expo de Bellas Artes


You are cordially invited to this year's EXPO de bellas artes!

The EXPO de bellas artes is a culmination of our after school cultural enrichment program. D102 students participate in dance throughout the year and perform for the community each Spring. The EXPO also serves as a showcase for our bilingual students to share literature and performances in Spanish.

We hope you can join us!

Run D102!


Save the date! Run for 102 will be on April 30, 2023 at Congress Park Elementary in Brookfield, IL. Details to follow!

The 8th Annual Run for 102 Race to the Finish is open to anyone within or outside the District 102 community. It benefits the PTO/PTCs for the six schools in District 102: Barnsdale Road, Congress Park, Cossitt Avenue, Forest Road, Ogden Avenue, and Park Junior High. The 1-mile fun run will start at 8:00am, and the 5k will start at 9:00am. The event starts & finishes at Congress Park traveling a course through Brookfield and concludes with a post-race party including music, vendors and food!




Need help with your technology? Submit a ticket!

For Technical Assistance:

  1. Click Here to submit a ticket. This link is also provided in the Staff Workroom area of our website.

  2. Click the "Sign in with Google" button, which will log you into your D102 email address and credentials.

  3. Hover over "Home" in the upper-left corner and select Create Ticket

  4. Click on your building

  5. Enter all the information you'd like to communicate

  6. Click the blue Create button in the lower-left corner 

  7. Done! 

Need a new ID Badge? 

Forms are online to request a new ID badge located in your D102 frontline account!

Please use the following link to find a short tutorial video to help with this process.

  1. Navigate to the D102 Staff Workroom

  2. Click on the Frontline Icon.

  3. Use your D102 email to log in.

  4. Click on Frontline Central.

  5. In the left-hand navigation menu, click on 'My Forms' 

  6. Under the 'My Forms' header at the top of the screen, click the section titled 'Forms I can Start.'  

  7. Locate the ID Badge Request Form. 

  8. On the right-hand side of the form, click "start form' 

  9. You may need to toggle the display sensitive information button located at the upper right-hand corner of the form.

W-4 Planning 

If you need to update your W-4 withholding tax information you can do so by accessing the form located in Frontline Central.

  • On the right hand side of the navigation panel select the tab labeled "My Forms"

  • From the forms screen you will the tab titled: "Forms I can Start"

  • Select "Start this Form" for the document titled

    IL W-4 - Illinois Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate

Please note you might need to toggle the button on the top right corner to display sensitive information to put in your birthday and social security information.


New Year, start saving for Retirement

retirement plan

Plan Your Retirement

Use the following link to view 403(b) and 457(b) plans.


TRS Supplemental Savings Plan (SSP)

The first thing we want to share with staff is that the District will be participating in this plan this school year. The District is completing setup and employees will be able to sign up in the near future. We will be communicating when staff will be able to sign up. 

We want to make sure that we include the following information (found within the link:

The SSP is an optional savings plan that allows you to dedicate a portion of every paycheck to a 457(b) deferred compensation plan administered by Voya Financial, a national leader in retirement security for millions of Americans.

The SSP is designed to supplement your existing TRS pension - not replace it. As an SSP member, when you retire and start receiving your monthly pension, you also will be able to draw on the money you've saved in your SSP account as you see fit.

The SSP is an option for active TRS members who are full-time or part-time contractual employees. Retired and inactive members are not eligible to participate in the SSP.

When you save money with the SSP, you also will choose how to invest those funds to help meet your future retirement needs. Voya will administer your SSP account while TRS will continue to oversee your pension.


You are invited to attend a live, online informational webinar to help you learn more about the new Supplemental Savings Plan from the Teachers' Retirement System and Voya Financial.

These webinars will explain the advantages to you if you join the SSP, as well as the powerful planning and educational resources offered by Voya that can help you Bring More to your retirement.
Representatives from TRS and Voya will introduce the new plan, outline the next steps and take your questions.

Please attend one of the online sessions. Go to: and follow the prompts to sign up. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

If you are unable to join a live webinar, you can view a recorded webinar at this link

The SSP is a 457(b) retirement savings account that:

  • Is completely voluntary for participating members

  • Is designed to supplement a member’s TRS pension – not replace it

  • Will offer both pre-tax or Roth savings options

  • Allows members to make investment choices and determine contribution/deferral amount

  • Was designed by TRS to be a competitive, cost-effective defined contribution plan

• The SSP is not a 403(b) plan. Contributions to a 403(b) plan do not affect how much an employee can contribute to the SSP.


How to update personal information

Updating your address


  1. Log into Skyward.

  2. Click on the Employee Information tab at the top left corner of your screen.

  3. Underneath the Employee Information menu, select Personal Information.

  4. On the left-hand side, click on the arrow next to the Demographics tab options for Employee Info and Address.

  5. To make changes pertaining to your phone number, name, or race, click on the

Request Changes button under the Employee Info section. Make the necessary changes in the pop-up screen. Click the Save button.

Note the following information: When making a legal name change, Human Resources will need to verify your updated social security card prior to making any changes in our systems.

6. To make changes pertaining to your home address or mailing address, click on the Request Changes button under the Address section. Make the necessary changes in the pop-up screen and click on the Save button.

Dental & Long Term Disability Insurance

  • Go to the Guardian self-registration page  

  • Choose 'An employee of a company or a member of a Guardian group benefit plan' as your User Role.

  • Accept the terms and conditions 

  • LAGRANGE SCHOOL DISTRICT 102 Group_ID#00469601 (Long-Term Disability)

  • LAGRANGE SCHOOL DISTRICT 102 Group_ID#00468122 (Dental)

  • Create a username and password (use your personal email address)

  • Click Submit.

You can also, View, Print, Order ID Cards. 

How to change your personal information

  • From your Guardian account, click on benefits. 

  • Click on edit personal information.

  • Select my information.

  • Make any corrections needed

  • Click submit.

Medical Insurance

Blue Access for Members is your secure online portal where you can manage your health coverage. With BAM you can view all of your health plan information instantly from home! Now, your BAM account can be accessed on your smartphone with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Mobile App. Some features you can access with BAM include viewing a temporary ID Card, using Provider Finder®, viewing claims, and much more.

  1. Go to 'Sign Up or Log In'

  2. Enter Your Member Information

Once you’ve logged in to the online portal, you have access to these BAM resources!

  • Order a new ID Card or print a temporary card

  • Complete your health risk screening

  • Find doctors, health care providers, pharmacies, and hospitals

  • Get the most recent information on Care Coordination

  • View your prior authorization information

  • Learn about a variety of health and wellness topics

For any questions or help logging in, call Member Services at 1-877-860-2837


GCN Trainings

The mandated training that each employee is required to complete is determined by ones’ role within the district. Your training list automatically reflects the total number and types of training you are required to complete. For example:


Administrators have the following 10 pieces of training that they are required to complete:

1. ADA/Service Animals
3. Bloodborne Pathogens
4. Child Abuse
5. Cultural Competency and Racial Bias
6. Diabetes Awareness
7. Ethnics & Boundaries for School Employees
8. Identity Theft
9. Mandated Reporter
10. Sexual Harassment


Teachers have the following 12 trainings that they are required to complete:

1. ADA/Service Animals
3. Allergy Management/Food Allergies
4. Asthma
5. Bloodborne Pathogen
6. Child Abuse
7. Cultural Competency and Racial Bias
8. Diabetes Awareness
9. Ethnics & Boundaries for School Employees
10. Mental Illness Awareness for Educators (Teachers at Park Jr. High Only)
11. Sexual Harassment
12. Suicide Prevention (Teachers at Park Jr. High Only)

Please note that some training may be required based on your responsibilities within a group. The teacher group above contains an example of this. Teachers at Park Jr. High have the additional requirements of Mental Illness Awareness for Educators and Suicide Prevention because they work with students in grades 7th and 8th. Another example is, PE Teachers have additional requirements like AED and Concussion training. 


referral gps

Referral GPS - Connecting People to Treatment:  We are committed to creating a culture of well-being for students, staff,  parents, and the community. In an effort to continuously support this commitment, the district has entered an agreement with ReferralGPS. 

ReferralGPS is a web-based service focused on assisting our students,  staff, and community in finding local mental-health and substance use-related treatment. The service compliments the districts existing systems of support as a tool for student service teams and families to connect with treatment. Along with a searchable database of treatment options, ReferralGPS provides Care Navigation to assist families in triage, appointment setting, and follow-up care. 

School families may access ReferralGPS in two ways: 

1) Visit this link at to search for treatment resources or connect with a Care  Navigator anonymously. 

2) Contact Student Services (social workers, psychologists,  counselors) to seek out treatment options. 

ReferralGPS takes into account all types of private and public insurance including PPO, HMO, Medicaid, Medicare, and families who are uninsured or underinsured. The platform also filters by age, gender, zip code, and special requests. 

ReferralGPS is available for use by district students, staff, and families at no cost. All information entered on the ReferralGPS tool is completely confidential and securely stored. 

If you are interested in seeking counseling-related services at this time,  please consider visiting or reaching out to the Student Services team.


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