First, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you for your flexibility and cooperation as we reacted on the side of caution looking out for the best interests of your children. While we learned things to improve this protocol, the flexibility of our local responders, teachers, students, parents, guardians, and community members made today flow as smooth as possible.
This message is to follow up from today’s evacuation. Our fire alarm went off this afternoon from the result of a science experiment in our high school wing. The air quality test came back perfectly normal and no one was exposed to any toxins as all safe materials were used during the experiment. The building was immediately evacuated as the fire alarm did go off, and students were safe at all times. With children outside and uncertainity of the situation of the building, we decided to escort students to the Community Building for shelter and a reunification point. All students were accounted for and arrived to their guardian safely.
It has been a hectic week, school will proceed on a normal schedule tomorrow. Once again, thank you and Go Warriors!
Hello, this afternoon, we had a fire alarm go off from a science experiment on our second floor. We have evacuated the building and everyone is safe. Due to the smoke and odor in the building, we are taking the precaution to not reenter the building. Students have made their way to the Community Building. You may pick your student up from the Community Building, please find the classroom teacher, so we make sure all students stay accounted for. We will also run our bus schedule at 1:30 PM with students leaving the community building. Staff will be understanding if homework was left in the building, thank you for your cooperation.
Due to the inclement weather, we will be dismissing school at 12:30 PM. Additionally, afternoon preschool and all after school activities are canceled. With the current road conditions, we will also not be sending home the morning preschool bus at the normal time. We will be sending home morning preschool at 12:30 PM along with the other students. Thank you for your flexibility as we look out for the safety of our students and staff.
Family T.I.E.S, Warren Elementary, and the Regional Office of Education will again be offering FREE SCREENINGS FOR ALL CHILDREN BIRTH TO FIVE. Children eligible for preschool must turn 3 years old on or before September 1, 2018.
Are you unsure if you want to send your child to preschool in the fall? Come to the screening anyway – we will ensure that ALL eligible children are screened. Where you decide to send your child to a public or private school or to no school at all, we’d still love you see you at the screening!! It’s free and only takes a short time!
Call the Family T.I.E.S. office at 815-747-3192 if you have any questions.
Warren’s PreK screening is:
- April 3: 10:15am – 4:15pm
- April 4: 8:30am – 10:30am
To schedule an appointment, call Sally Roberts in the elementary office (815-745-2653 and dial 2 at the auto-attendant).
If you can’t make it on those dates, see the attached flyer for the dates and times of other area schools.
WARREN COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 205
JO DAVIESS AND STEPHENSON COUNTIES
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
APRIL 18, 2018
The Board of Education of the Warren Community Unit School District 205 will hold a public hearing Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Board of Education Room at Warren CUSD 205 located at 311 South Water Street, Warren, Illinois.
The purpose of said hearing will be to receive public comment on a proposed waiver application of School Code 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12a to allow children of non-resident full-time employees to attend Warren Schools without tuition.
This is a reminder that Spring Picture Day is next Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Ordering Information: No order is due now. Proofs will be returned to the school approximately 10-14 days after picture day.
Picture Day Tips
- Choose some simple accessories to add interest and character to the portrait.
- Lay out your child’s outfit a few days in advance.
- For younger children, begin telling them what to expect on Picture Day so they’ll be prepared.
Hello Warren Community!
I am pleased to announce that our project, “Room Renovations,” has been fully funded! My students and I can not thank you enough for your generous donations and support of our project! We can’t wait to use our new furniture and are looking forward to learning and growing together in our new classroom environment.
Unfortunately, last month, our nation experienced a tragic event in Parkland, Florida. As you are aware, this is not the first event of this nature. We are writing today, on behalf of Warren CUSD 205 and our communities, to inform you that providing a safe learning environment that is conducive for student learning is our top priority at Warren CUSD 205.
Our District has an Emergency Operations Plan, which meets national and state standards to cover all types of incidents from floods to tornadoes and, unfortunately, dangerous intruders. Representatives from our district along with our first-responders within our communities as well as the county meet to review this plan on a regular basis. This information is shared with staff and we perform drills with our student body. These drills are critical as they help identify ways to improve our safety procedures.
Our school is a hub of activity in our community. Beyond normal day-to-day activities within the school day as well as our extracurricular events, we additionally have community organizations use our facilities. We have our fitness center open to community members during the evening and weekend. Ultimately, we optimize the use of our building to serve our communities.
With all of these activities, we need to keep our building safe 24 hours per day every single day. In order to do that, we have improved our facilities. We have purchased and have been installing more security cameras throughout our facility. We have purchased lighting to improve the lighting surrounding the building. Our alarm systems are directly tied to our first responders and we have, additionally, implemented an app-based program to share information among staff members and first responders in any emergency. Our exterior doors require the use of fob keys to ensure our building is locked at all times of the day, and our procedures have adapted to ensure guests enter through our main entrance.
Outside of purchases, we have done many things from a personnel standpoint to ensure our students are as safe as possible. We have continued to build strong relationships with our local responders, which has developed strong lines of communication. We have increased the time of our school social worker to support any social or emotional needs of our students. We, as a staff, have become more aware of trauma and its impact on children to better support these students.
Warren Community Unit School District 205 is an Equal Opportunity Employer who does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability.
Ultimately, we want to assure you that your school district in conjunction with your local police department keep school safety on the top of our lists. We have and will continue to work together to keep Warren CUSD 205 a safe learning environment for your child. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we have made updates throughout the years to ensure we have a safe learning environment.
As a major stakeholder of your student’s educational team, we encourage you to talk about safety with your child. Ensure them that this is a safe place, and if they ever have any concerns to seek out a trusted staff member of our school district or police department. We will continue to work as a team to provide the best learning environment for your students. Thank you much for your time, and GO WARRIORS!
Shawn Teske, Superintendent
Josh Knuth, Principal
Bryan Bohnsack, Warren Chief of Police
The Servant Leaders are hosting a volleyball tournament fundraiser on March 3 for Jaycee Bennett and Brynn Fry (a 10 year old River Ridge student) who have both developed CRPS, a chronic debilitating pain syndrome which has affected a foot and leg of both girls. Grab your friends, get a volleyball team together, and have some fun! Teams should consist of 6-8 players with at least one girl on the court at all times. Teams should sign up in the office. Be sure to purchase your CRPS shirt in the office, too!
Due to the projected forecast and road conditions, Warren Schools will be canceled Friday, February 9.
Please remain safe, and we will see you on Monday. Thank you.