Remote Learning Extension

We, at Warren CUSD 205, thank you for your cooperation, flexibility, and support through these challenging times. We have continued to track the health and safety of our students and staff. Unfortunately, the health of our students and staff has continued to decline. We have experienced an increase of positive cases as well as close contacts. We are also waiting on others’ test results.

Therefore, in collaboration with the Jo Daviess County Health Department, we have made the decision to extend our Remote Learning through Monday, November 2. There is no school on Tuesday, November 3 due to Election Day. We plan to resume in-person learning on Wednesday, November 4. By extending our remote learning for a full two weeks, we will be practicing what is known in the medical community as an adaptive pause. This break in person-to-person contact covers the incubation period of the virus with the purpose to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Remote learning will occur next Monday through Thursday. We will host virtual Parent/Teacher conferences Thursday evening as well as Friday morning. Monday, November 2, will be a remote learning day. We expect students to be online following their normal school schedule on remote learning days. We must take attendance on these days and continue progressing through curriculum; therefore, it is critical that students are online and engaged in the classroom.

School lunch will be offered to families during this period. If interested, please complete the survey on our school website by clicking the blue button entitled “Remote Learner Meal Signup” or click here. These meals can be picked up outside the school building between 11 AM – Noon each day.

School materials for this period will be made available to students. Students who were previously enrolled in Remote Learning will get their materials delivered on Thursday, October 22 as originally planned. Students who were enrolled in in-person learning will get their items for next week on Friday, October 23. For students who typically ride the school bus in the afternoon: We plan to deliver packets to these students on the school bus starting at 1 PM on Friday, October 23. For students who typically are picked up on Mary Street or walk home after school: Packets will be placed outside the main school office for pick up on Friday. If any of these methods do not work for you, please contact your classroom teacher or building principal to make accommodations.

During this time, the school building will remain closed to the public. Prior to reentry buildings will be cleaned and sanitized to ensure the safest environment for all. The district will continue to utilize SchoolMessenger phone messaging as well as email communications for immediate notifications. Please regularly check your email and visit the district website at 205warren.net for the most up to date information.

Sincerely,
Dr. Shawn Teske, Superintendent

Remote Learning Oct. 20-23

Please read the attached letter at the bottom of this post for more information.  The following is a summary of the changes:

Warren CUSD 205 will be moving to full remote instruction for the remainder of the week.

The school building will be closed from Tues, Oct 20 and tentatively plans to reopen on Mon, Oct 26, 2020. As the District obtains more information and data regarding the health of students and staff, the District will make a decision on Friday regarding school for the week of October 26. An all-call will go out at that time.

Tuesday October 20, will be a remote learning planning day. On this day, students will not be required to be online learning. This will allow students, families, and staff a day to adjust to remote learning. Students will be expected to be remote learning Wednesday through Friday.

Breakfast & lunch will be provided to families during this period. If interested, please complete this surveyThese meals can be picked up outside the school building between 11 AM – Noon each day.

If you do not have internet connectivity please contact your school office to determine how we can best assist you. School personnel will be working to assist our families and facilitate remote instruction as seamless as possible.

The district will continue to utilize SchoolMessenger phone messaging as well as email communications for immediate notifications. Please regularly check your email and visit the district website for the most up to date information.

Full Letter Attached Below

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Sophomore Class Fundraiser — Rada Cutlery

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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

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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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!