Coronavirus

COVID-19 Notification (9/22/20)

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Families and Staff:

This letter is to inform you that an individual(s) at Warren Elementary School has tested positive for COVID-19. We are coordinating our efforts with Jo Daviess County Health Department to promptly identify and monitor individuals who have had recent contact with the COVID-19 positive individual(s) to prevent further spread within our school and community. The health and safety of Warren CUSD 205 students and staff is our highest priority, and we recognize the uncertainty and concern regarding the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as well as the state and local health departments for best practices and procedures to protect everyone’s health.

To prevent further spread of the disease, Warren CUSD 205 is taking the following steps:

  • Placing individuals who are identified as having prolonged close contact to the COVID-19 case(s) in quarantine for 14 days. Close contacts will also receive a separate notification from the Jo Daviess County Health Department.
  • Ongoing monitoring of students and staff for signs and symptoms of illness and evaluation of illness reports to promptly identify possible outbreaks.
  • Conducting a deep clean and disinfection of the areas impacted by potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus.

We will continue to enforce safe practices to prevent, promptly identify, and respond to potential COVID cases, as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
  • Students are required to wear face coverings at all times, as previously directed and per school policy.
  • Staff are required to wear face coverings at all times while in contact with children and other staff in the facility.
  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces including door handles, stair rails, sink faucets, etc.
  • We have removed plush toys and other toys that cannot be properly or frequently disinfected.
  • We are teaching students the importance of face coverings, social distancing, and proper handwashing
    • Students are discouraged from sharing personal items, e.g., water bottles.
    • Students are learning new ways to greet each other without touching.
    • Students are reminded to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth, and to cover coughs and sneezes.
    • Students will be taught to wash their hands frequently and properly, following CDC guidelines on handwashing.
  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Anyone who develops severe symptoms should seek medical care immediately. If your child has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the child at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Warren CUSD 205, and your local health department.

We are committed to providing your child and our staff with a safe and healthy environment. Thank you for your understanding and ongoing cooperation with our COVID prevention policies and procedures as we work to help protect your children, your families, and our staff and their families. For any questions or concerns, please contact us at 815-745-2641.

Sincerely,
Shawn Teske, Ed. D.
Superintendent

All Meals Free Through December 31, 2020

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Families/Guardians:

We are excited to announce that the USDA has extended free meals to all students through December 31, 2020. This means that Warren CUSD 205 students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through the end of the calendar year. With that in mind, we will begin providing all of our students the opportunity to participate in breakfast and lunch programs for free whether they are learning in-person or in a remote learning environment. In order to participate, each family will need to register for the program by completing the survey below, which can also be found on our school website. All lunch accounts will be frozen on September 14, 2020 since the meals will be free until December 31, 2020. Any charged meals between September 1, 2020 and today, will be reimbursed. Meals will not be charged throughout this period. Meal sign up for this week will be the same as last week. Next week, we will use the below survey to develop our lunch counts.\

Participation in-person: This will not look any different than it has since returning to in-person learning. Students will be sent with their lunch at the end of the school day. Bus riders will be handed their lunch while getting off the bus each day. Students being picked up on Mary Street or walking home will be delivered their lunch before exiting the building.

Remote Learners: Any student who is remote learning can participate in the meal program. Pick up for the meals will be between 11 AM – Noon daily. Each pick up will include breakfast items and lunch items to cover the days until the next pickup. On Friday, the pickup will include breakfast for the following Monday.

Participation Survey: In order to participate in the free meal program, we need each family to complete the following survey in order to register. If you cannot log online to complete the survey, please call the school and we will sign you up over the phone. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this process.

https://forms.gle/FPXi6RuBDaFP6dTL9

United States Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue states, “As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food. During the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA has provided an unprecedented amount of flexibilities to help schools feed kids through the school meal programs, and today, we are also extending summer meal program flexibilities for as long as we can, legally and financially.”

We encourage you all to participate in this opportunity to feed our kids.

Updated IDPH Guidance

The Illinois Department of Health provided updated guidance on Monday, August 17, describing when a student or staff member should be excluded from school. This guidance has been attached for your convenience. In this guidance, it describes how long the student or staff member must be quarantined and the process to return to school. It is imperative that you look through this chart to fully understand how students and staff must be quarantined in certain situations. At this time, we are requesting students and staff who are forced to quarantine, but healthy enough to engage in the classroom remotely, continue to work remotely similar to our remote learning for all plan.

This situation remains fluid as the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Health are continually updating guidance for school districts as they gain more knowledge. We are committed to keeping our families updated with the latest updates. Meanwhile, we thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as we deliver a quality education to our students during this pandemic.

If you have any questions or face any challenges as we proceed through remote learning, please contact your classroom teacher or building principal as we will work through these challenges in unison. While this pandemic has created barriers to reach our objective, I am excited to work as a team with you and your child to achieve academic excellence. Together, I am confident we can make this a positive experience.

COVID-19 EXCLUSION GUIDANCE
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Return to School Update – August 4

Good Afternoon:

Thank you for everyone who completed the enrollment survey. Nearly all students completed the survey on time. If you have not completed the survey, please call the school to inform us of your enrollment decision immediately. Also, tomorrow is the deadline for school registration. This must be completed in order for your child to attend school this fall regardless if you have enrolled in-person or remote learning. The fee portion of online registration should be available in the very near future. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Based on the survey results, we compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions. We have responded to these questions and also provided some additional guidance as the school year approaches. This FAQ document along with a new color coded school calendar has been posted to the school website. They are also attached to this post.

Please check out these documents as they should be beneficial as you plan for the new school year. As always, thank you for your support and cooperation.

Go Warriors!

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2020-21 Return to School Plan FAQ

Thank you very much for completing our survey and enrolling your child(ren) in either remote learning
or in-person learning as we return to school this fall. From the survey responses and conversation with
parents, we have created the following Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document for your
convenience.

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Return to School Plan

Good Morning, Warren Warriors:

Last night, the Warren CUSD 205 Board of Education unanimously supported and adopted the 2020-2021 Return-to-School Plan.  While the plan is thorough with over 20 pages of content regarding our plans for this school year, this situation remains fluid as we learn more about COVID-19. The plan is contingent upon the governor, health agencies, the state board of education, and the health of the school district. Therefore, we will still need your continued attention and support as we progress through these unprecedented times.

Please read and become familiar with the plan in its entirety as it will be critical to the function of school this upcoming year. Attached you can find the entire plan as well as a letter which summarizes the plan. Our team is very confident that we produced a plan that works best for our school district and community based on the surveys and feedback received from staff as well as families.

At this time, if you have not completed the mandatory enrollment survey, it is imperative this is filled out as soon as possible with a deadline of August 1. This is necessary for us to make the final preparations allowing us to operate safely and successfully.

With that being said, these difficult times present challenges. It is practically impossible to make everyone, or anyone, 100% happy with the plan, but we did our best to address the needs and concerns of our staff, students, and community. I feel our team, who spent extensive hours in building this plan, captured that objective.

This is our plan if:

  1. our region continues to be in Phase 4; and
  2. our district’s health continues to allow for such an opening.

If either of these situations downgrade, we would pivot to the remote learning for all plan which is also included in the document. This could happen with very little notice. We apologize in advance if the district must make such a quick decision, but we urge families to currently have plans in place for both scenarios.

Finally, the school calendar was updated in lieu of this plan and the new mandated holiday on Election Tuesday.

Students’ opening day will now be Thursday, August 20.

November 3, Election Day, now requires schools to be off, remote learning is not even an option on this day.
This has moved the students’ final attendance day to May 20.

Thank you all for your time and cooperation.

2020-2021 Return to School Plan
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Return to School Letter (2020.07.16)
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⚠ Returning to School – Parent Survey

Dear Parents & Guardians,

W hope this message finds you well and enjoying the summer. Last week, the Illinois State Board of Education provided school districts with guidance to help plan for the upcoming school year. Additionally, we have received feedback from families and staff reflecting upon our remote learning experiences. All of this information has been critical as we explore options to begin this fall. School will likely look different this fall compared to what we all are accustomed to, but our focus remains the same: every student receives a high-quality education. 

Please carefully read the following letter and respond to our survey regarding the options for returning to school in the fall with the restrictions

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After reading the letter, please click the link below to access the survey (it only takes a minute to complete). If you have multiple students in the district, please submit one for each student. We ask that you complete the survey by July 7th at the latest.

Survey Link: https://forms.gle/Dw5N88a6DJpeNqP98

2020-21 School Year Update

Dear Staff and Community at Warren CUSD 205:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.

This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing, and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.

Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.

Warren CUSD 205 is keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families and staff members about what to expect next school year. We will share an update regarding our own transition plan prior to Independence Day weekend.
As you may know, our district has already been discussing options and collecting feedback from all stakeholders. This guidance will accelerate our conversations, and I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district navigated a situation together that none of us could have imagined.

I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.

Sincerely,
Shawn Teske, Ed. D.

Preschool Screening

Warren Elementary School’s preschool program is designed to provide free educational services to families with children ages 3 – 5 who are not eligible for kindergarten. To be considered for this program, children need to be screened. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this screening will be conducted over the phone.

If you would like to have your child(ren) screened, please call Ms. Katrya Lessman at 815-291-5408 or email her at [email protected]. You may also call Warren Elementary School at 815-745-2653 if you have any questions. Please feel free to leave a message and we will call you back.

The deadline to call or email is Friday, July 31, 2020.

Summer Food

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Families:

Warren CUSD 205 will continue to serve breakfast and lunch meals as we have during this fourth quarter until the conclusion of the school year. Our final distribution day will be May 21 as we will provide additional food on that day for May 22.

Our local food pantry, Caring Neighbors Outreach Food Pantry (119 W. Main St. next to Casey’s), has reached out to us informing us that they are confident to fill this void during the summer. Opposed to daily meals, they will provide food on a monthly basis. The food can be picked up each Saturday morning between 9:00 – 11:00 AM.

I hope you have found this service useful as we navigate through these unprecedented times. Feel free to reach out to us if we can be of assistance in anyway. You may also contact Shirley Miller at Caring Neighbors at (815) 745-3441 for more information on their services.

Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear Warren CUSD 205 Community:

Thank you for your flexibility, cooperation, and dedication to continue the education of our students as we take precautions to keep our community safe. Parents/Guardians have been instrumental in this process, and we need to remain in constant communication as we close out the school year these next few weeks. None of us predicted our school year to end in such fashion, but I am proud of the resilience shown by all the stakeholders of our educational community: students, teachers, parents, administration, Board of Education, and community members. Therefore, once again, thank you for your efforts through this pandemic.

This week, I want to remind all of you that it is Teacher Appreciation Week. We are blessed at Warren CUSD 205 to have such a dedicated team of educators. All of our worlds were flipped upside down suddenly due to COVID-19. Without hesitation, teachers started working around the clock to prepare methods to continue each student’s learning. While building the resources to strategically continue students’ progressions through their school curricula, they were determined to design the teaching to best suit the needs of many diverse students and families who are all battling different circumstances due to COVID-19.

While everyone needs to be thanked for their efforts and victories thus far through this pandemic, I encourage all of you to send a special thank you to our teaching staff. Please make sure they receive the necessary love and encouragement through these unprecedented times. This is uncharted territory for all of us and we need to remain unified to overcome the challenges.

I hope you all stay healthy and well. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us to assist in any way possible.

Thank you,

Dr. Shawn Teske
Superintendent