Spring 2020 School Closing Information
I hope this message finds you healthy and well. As you are aware, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Even though on-site instruction is suspended, our commitment to supporting our students’ academic and social-emotional well-being remains a top priority.
With the extension of the stay at home order in place, we will be moving into our second phase of remote learning activities after spring break. We all understand that this situation is not ideal and wish circumstances were different. We care about our students and are working to the best of our ability to take on the challenges we have been dealt.
In phase two of the Remote Learning Plan that begins after spring break, all students in 3rd through 8th grade will engage in learning activities with their teachers through the Google Classroom Platform and will not be using paper packets. Families with students in these grades will be contacted with specific instructions about how to connect to their classrooms through this online platform. We are currently working to provide the necessary technology to students who need it to engage in online e-learning activities.
Students in Preschool through 2nd grade will continue using paper packets for remote learning. The packets for these students will continue to be posted on our website when ready, and will also be available at each school for pick up on designated dates and times.
Our District staff will be engaged in two planning days immediately following spring break on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15. Beginning on Thursday, April 16, we will continue remote learning activities. Administrators, teachers, and all other certified school staff will be available at the following times to engage with students: 8:00 a.m. until noon, and 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Our focus for all remote learning activities is narrowed down to essential academic skills and learning standards, physical health, and social-emotional well-being. The amount of ‘at home’ school work and time allotted for daily assignments and learning activities are based on recommendations provided by the Illinois State Board of Education.
We remain hopeful that we will be able to return to our schools before the end of May. If state officials determine the time is not right for this to happen, we are prepared to continue Remote Learning Activities and daily meal services through the end of the school year.
I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined. We miss our students! And our staff misses not being able to do what they do best! We must all continue to embrace the idea that everyone’s safety and well-being is what is most important right now.
We want to again thank you for your patience and understanding as we work our way through this situation one day at a time.
We hope you have a great spring break and blessed Easter!
Working together we are stronger and we will get through these challenging times.