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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!

New 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

Graduation Ceremony Postponed

Graduation Ceremony Postponed

Fellow Warriors and Warrior Families,

I am sorry to have to do this, but we have to postpone the graduation ceremony and graduation practice scheduled for today due to the heavy rain and storms that are taking place now and the ones that are expected from 3-8 pm tonight!  We will  reschedule Graduation for our rain date of July 2nd at 5pm.  Graduation practice will also be moved to 12 pm on July 2nd at the football field.  Looking ahead the forecast for next Thursday is Partly sunny and 86 degrees, but who knows the way 2020 has gone so far we might have an impromptu hurricane in Warren that day!  I appreciate your flexibility during these trying times!  Thank you and go Warriors!

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.

Don’t forget to take the 2020 Census!

Please fulfill your civic duty by completing your census and increase the amount of federal funding our communities receive for community services such as public services, schools, hospitals, and fire departments. These figures also determine how many seats are allocated for Illinois in the House of Representatives. Furthermore, these figures help drive plans for new homes, businesses, and improvements to neighborhoods. Please take a few minutes today to complete your census, thank you.

Jo Daviess County Completion Rate as of 5/22/2020

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

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Upcoming Awards Nights!

GET READY TO CELEBRATE! 🎉

Tonight (May 4th) is the Senior Scholarship Awards Night. This will be broadcast LIVE on YouTube at 6:00pm. We will honor our graduating seniors and announce the winners of the local scholarships. Click the link or watch it right here below.

We will also have the High School and Junior High Awards Nights coming up.

High School Awards Night: Thurs, May 14th at 6:00pm
Junior High Awards Night:
Thurs, May 21st at 6:00pm

More info will be posted so keep an eye here and/or on our Facebook page.