⚠ 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

COVID-19 Update: April 17

Good Afternoon, Warriors:

It is with a heavy heart that I inform all of you that Governor Pritzker has announced the suspension of in-person instruction through the remainder of the school year. This extends our remote learning plan through the end of the academic school year. 

Frankly, this is a sad day. No one had planned this school year to finish in this manner. My heart is with all students and staff who were not given the opportunity to have proper goodbyes. I grieve for our high school seniors who had their final quarter of their career at Warren High School torn from their grasp.

With that being said, we will all continue to move forward together. We must be resilient and work together to conquer the hardships we are currently facing. Regardless of our various backgrounds, no one was fully prepared as our lives were flipped upside down.

Please review the letter that is being sent out electronically through SchoolMessenger’s email system (attached below), our school Facebook page, and our school website for more information. I encourage all students and families to maintain constant communication with their teachers. While this does help us track the continuing of education, more importantly we utilize this information to track the well-being and health of our students.

Warren Warriors, thank you for your support and cooperation. We need to remain unified through these unprecedented times. If there is anything we can do for you, please reach out to us. Together, we will battle through this adversity and emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever. Please hug your child and take care of yourselves. Please make sure they know that we miss them dearly.
 
Go Warriors!

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

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.