COVID-19 Update March 31 & Grading Policy

Dear Parents and Community Members:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Currently, we will plan to return to in-person instruction on Friday, May 1. This is still a very fluid situation, and we will continue to keep you updated. We will recognize our Spring Break, and there will be no remote learning April 9 – 13.

During this time, on-site learning will remain suspended but our schools’ commitment to learning and education will remain open and learning will continue for all students – just through a different format.

While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that at Warren CUSD 205, our teachers and staff are fully engaged and willing to take on this new challenge and push forward with remote learning, engaging with students and continuing with our food distribution program.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding
as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together.

As a recap, here are the three priorities for our leadership and planning moving forward:

  • Priority 1 – Feed and care for the extended safety, health, and welfare of students, families, non-student children, staff, and community at large.
  • Priority 2 – Communicate clearly; share coherent, organized and controlled messages with your staff, students and community.
  • Priority 3 – Provide for the continuity of learning in Illinois

It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. This is a challenging time for all of us. I thank all of you for doing your part as we are all in this together. Students and parents, we are here for you to assist in anyway throughout challenging times. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any assistance or simply need someone to talk to. Thank you for your support and cooperation. Go Warriors!

Sincerely,
Shawn Teske
Warren CUSD 205
Superintendent

E-Learning/Remote Learning Grading Policy

COVID-19 Update March 30

In the Governor’s daily press conference today, he did not commit to the extension of remote learning days in lieu of regular school attendance days despite President Trump’s extension of social distancing. We will continue to keep everyone updated if/when he makes an announcement regarding the return to normal school. We are expecting this announcement tomorrow.

However, in the event that the extension goes beyond April 7, we are going to stay committed to fulfilling the needs of our students. This includes providing breakfast and lunch. Therefore, if you would like to receive meals on April 9, 10, and 13 of Spring Break, please sign up when picking up meals tomorrow (3/31) or Wednesday (4/1). We will need this count when placing our food order for next week. If you sign up for these meals, we will provide meals in advance for these three days on Wednesday, April 8.

We are two weeks into our remote learning experience. Our students, parents/guardians, teachers, staff, and community have been resilient through this uncharted territory. Please keep communication open with your teachers as we continue our education remotely until we are able to physically return to school. Materials and resources will continue to be sent home in various forms. For the safety of our students and staff, we will request to electronically exchange school work whenever possible.

Thank you for your support. We are all in this together. This week, we hope to have a couple of posts up on our school website and Facebook page for all of you to enjoy as we look to raise morale through this challenging time. Keep up the great work and go Warriors!

Thank you,
Shawn Teske
Superintendent

Free Access to ABCmouse.com (& more)

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

We are providing you with free at-home access to our online learning programs ABCmouse, Adventure Academy, and ReadingIQ while your child’s school is closed. These research-based educational programs include thousands of digital learning activities, and they can help preschool, pre-k, elementary, and middle school students keep learning while schools are closed.

All three programs can be used on computers, tablets, and smartphones, and you can add up to three children per account!

Please see the document attached below for our school code to setup your account.

Update 3-20-20

Illinois will be under a Stay at Home Order effective March 21 at 5 PM through April 7. The mandated school closure will remain through April 8. Therefore, we will plan to return to school on Tuesday, April 14 following our Spring Break.

Correction: it appears that the school closure has been extended with a tentative reopening date of April 8. Therefore, school would be in session on April 8 before Spring Break. Once again, this date is tentative as the situation remains fluid.

Currently, everything will stay in place as it has been this week through the school closure unless the Illinois State Board of Education gives us different guidance. We will continue our E-learning and providing meals to the youth of our communities. This is still a fluid situation, in which dates could be altered or extended. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

Thank you for your continued hard work and dedication as we continue our students’ learning.

Sorry We're Closed Sign

Fitness Center

Due to the school closure, effective tomorrow the school fitness center will be closed until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation.

Coronavirus Update 3/15/2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you for your extraordinary support over the past several days, as we have worked together to protect our community during the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the virus, Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all buildings, both public and private, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.

This mandatory closure takes effect Tuesday, March 17. Currently, we anticipate reopening on March 31.

Free lunch and breakfast will be available to all students. We will be providing sack lunches and breakfasts, which can be picked up in the cafeteria during school days from 11 AM until noon. Please enter through the southeast door closest to the main parking lot, enter through the cafeteria, pick up a sack lunch/breakfast for your student(s), and exit through the other the end of the cafeteria.

We are committed to keeping students engaged in their learning during this statewide school closure. Our staff has worked diligently to develop our e-learning program which is a blend of materials utilizing technology, hard copies, and activities to be performed at home. Teachers will be available for questions and will communicate specific hours to provide one-to-one help for all students.

To supplement these services, we encourage you to engage your children in other free, online educational activities. The Illinois State Board of Education has compiled a library of resources at www.isbe.net/keeplearning.

Concern over this new virus can make children anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children’s anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

Children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Please talk with your children about precautions they can take to stay healthy, including:
● Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially if they are visibly dirty. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative. Consider showing your children one of these videos about proper handwashing technique: www.cdc.gov/handwashing.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
● Stay home if you are able to stay home. Avoid travel if you can.

The National Association of School Psychologists has additional guidelines about talking to children about COVID-19 at https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and- publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis- resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource.

We will continue to inform you as quickly as we can about any further changes to school services. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.

We appreciate your partnership, and we will get through this together.

Sincerely,

Shawn Teske

Corona Virus Update – School Closure

At 3:30 pm today Governor J.B. Pritzker informed administration via a teleconference that schools are to be closed starting Tuesday, March 17th through March 30th.

Monday, March 16th will be a normal school day and will be used for teachers to get any needed papers, materials, supplies,  and instructions to students about the e-learning days we will be utilizing. On Tuesday teachers will come in and work on compiling any other materials or content needed to make e-learning happen.

Wednesday, March 18th will then become our first e-learning day and we will continue with e-learning through March 30th. As of now we will plan on students returning to regularly schedule school days on Tuesday, March 31st.

This is still a fluid situation and we will keep you informed as we gather more information.

Coronavirus Information

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Following up from last week’s email, I wanted to let you know that as a school district we are constantly checking the progress of the Coronavirus. The purpose of this contact is to inform you that the school district is preparing and taking the situation seriously. It is not my intention to add stress to the situation our create hysteria; however, I wanted to let you know what has been communicated to school districts.

We have NOT been recommended to close any schools. We have been recommended to follow the same recommendations sent out last week and take extra cleaning and disinfecting precautions. However, we have been encouraged by the Illinois State Board of Education to create plans in case of exposure to the Coronavirus. Part of that plan includes creating e-plans to continue educating students at home if school were to be closed for an extended period of time. An e-learning plan would use technology (if available) to further educate our students.

The reason that I am sharing this information with you is to allow you as much time to prepare your own plan in case we face this situation. In an effort to gather more information and be better prepared, please mark below if you have a home computer and internet. We hope you appreciate our transparency. We do not intend to alarm anyone; instead, we are trying our best to keep all stakeholders informed of the situation.

Please return the form that was sent home with your student or complete the form here: http://bit.ly/205internet to help us gather this information