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

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

A School Bus

⚠️ Updated Transportation Policy

Dear Parent/Guardians:

As a school district, Warren CUSD 205, has adopted a new transportation policy effective January 6, 2020. We understand this policy may take some time and planning on your behalf to make the appropriate adjustments.  We assure you that this policy is in the best interest of the students.  We apologize for any burden that this change may put on you as a parent/guardian.  We request and appreciate your cooperation as we make this improvement to our school district’s policy.  Please read the addition to our school board policy and fill out and return the attached page for your student(s) by December 20 in order to have your student on a bus list. All students preschool through twelfth-grade were sent home with a form regarding a transportation policy change. For your convenience, the form is also available below.  We appreciate your cooperation as we all comply with this policy change.

Transportation Policy Change 2019-20
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Football State Championships

It is a great day to be a Warrior! With a 34-7 victory of Lourdes Academy last Friday, our Blackhawk/Warren Warriors have earned the right to play for the WIAA State Championship on Thursday, November 21 at 10 AM. Therefore, school will be canceled on Thursday, and will be made up at the end of the school year as indicated with our emergency days.  We hope to see all of you at Camp Randall in Madison to cheer on your Warriors as we battle Edgar for the State Championship.

Illinois 5Essentails Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement

Parent Survey

Annually, Illinois conducts a climate survey for all public schools.  This survey is called the 5Essentials Survey.  We have an improvement team dedicated here at Warren Schools to review the results of the survey each year.  Through this process, we reflect upon our current practices and develop action plans to better fulfill the needs of our school district team including the students, parents, staff, and community.  Please take a moment of your time to take the 5Essentials Survey. If you have a student in each building, you may fill the survey out for each building.  Reminder, our elementary school includes grades up through fifth-grade, while our junior/senior high school includes grades 6-12.  The link to the survey will be sent out via email and text. Additionally, it can also be found on our school website or Facebook page.  We thank you in advance for taking time out of your busy schedules to complete the survey.

Link to the survey:  https://survey.5-essentials.org/illinois/survey/parent/login/

Thank you!

Warren CUSD 205 State of the School - September 11, 2019

Warren CUSD 205 State of the School Invitation

On behalf of Warren CUSD 205, we would like to invite all community members within the school district to our State of the School event on September 11, 2019.  The event will begin at 6 PM with dinner in the gymnasium.  The welcome will begin at 6:30 PM followed by rotations to learn about specific programs within the school district.  Community members will learn about the latest developments of Warren CUSD 205.  Warren Schools’ staff members are eager to share the highlights of our district with all of you, and hope to see you there.  Community members who plan on attending may register online at the following link: https://forms.gle/9TvR26PEhHA9cX8t8

Warren CUSD 205 Board of Education Announcement:

The Board appointed Abraham E. Trone to fill the vacancy on the Board.

The appointment will be from 2019 to 2021.

The Board previously established qualifications for the appointee in a careful and thoughtful manner. Abe meets these qualifications and has demonstrated the willingness to accept the duties and responsibilities of a Board member.  Abe brings a clear understanding of the demands and expectations of being a Board member along with a constructive attitude toward the challenge.

School Board Vacancy

The School District is accepting applications to fill the vacancy resulting from the election.

The individual selected will serve on the School Board from the date of appointment to April 2021.

We, at Warren School District #205, believe that education is a collaborative effort of home, school, and community; and that all students have the capability to learn. We believe in stimulating the students to become lifelong learners, while enhancing their life skills through the best practices of the educational setting. Students will achieve a foundation to become productive, self-reliant citizens in today’s world.

At a minimum, a candidate must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be a resident of Illinois and the District for at least one year immediately preceding the appointment
  • Be a registered voter
  • Not be a child sex offender
  • Not hold another incompatible public office
  • Not have a prohibited interest in any contract with the District
  • Not be a school trustee
  • Not hold certain types of prohibited State or federal employment

Applicants should show familiarity with the Board’s policies regarding general duties and responsibilities of a Board and a Board member, including fiduciary responsibilities, conflict of interest, ethics and gift ban. The Board’s policies are available at the district office and online at www.205warren.net.

Applications may be obtained at the district office or downloaded below beginning on April 25, 2019.

Completed applications may be turned in by May 10, 2019 to the District Superintendent.

Warren School with Snow

2-13-19: Delayed Start

Due to the drifting overnight and road conditions, Warren Schools will be opening today with a two-hour delay.  Lorado Taft Field Trip will meet at the school for departure at 10 AM. Thank you, drive safe, and Go Warriors!

Morning Preschool is canceled. Afternoon Preschool will meet at the normal time.