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Superintendent’s Family Message April 21, 2020

April 21, 2020

Tune In - Radio Reading “District 186 Story Time”

Beginning Wednesday, April 22, 96.7 FM radio will be airing a District 186 Storytime at 11:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through the remainder of the school year. Families can listen to a story while enjoying their lunch. The first 15 minutes (11:30 - 11:45) will be geared toward PreK to second grade learners and the second 15 minutes (11:45 - 12:00) will be geared towards grade 3-5 learners.

Spring sports

It is sad to report that we learned of the end of the spring sports today. The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors met for their April meeting via a video conference call on Tuesday, April 21, where the Board of Directors announced its decision to cancel all IHSA spring state tournaments. The decision to cancel the spring state tournaments comes in conjunction with the announcement by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education that all Illinois high schools will complete the 2019-20 school term from home via remote learning. The IHSA Board also determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. Any summer contact days that could occur would be determined by the IHSA as social distancing restrictions are reviewed and revised by the State of Illinois. IHSA Director Craig Anderson stated, “Once it is determined safe to return, we will provide a detailed outline to our schools on the plan for summer contact days and possibly some kind of spring athletic events.” The IHSA will continue to communicate with member schools as updated information is received regarding summer contact days and other athletic opportunities. 

Class of 2020 Seniors Shine in our Community

As mentioned in yesterday’s message, our high school seniors are top of mind for us. And while we are all thinking of them and how best to celebrate their accomplishments, I keep hearing examples of how they are thinking of others during this difficult time and acting selflessly to help each other and the community. 

Southeast High School senior Zoe Chase has been working at the Parent Place helping prep for diaper deliveries several times a week.

Lanphier High School seniors Raylee Griffin and Madison Dicus, Interact Club president and vice president, respectively, have been filling and checking on the micro pantry at Lanphier during this time and have also been taking donations to the 5th Street Renaissance SARA Center. 

Springfield High School seniors Zyon Ikerionwu and Daniel Stewart were both recently hired by the Sherman Fire Department as Emergency Medical Services techs. They went through the Fire Science program at CACC, and were recommended by their teacher for these positions. Additionally, Zyon is working towards his EMT certification and Daniel is in the National Guard.

I know there are many more stories out there of leadership and community service in our student ranks, and I’m proud of every single one of them.

I want to also acknowledge the work that parents and families are doing during this time. Many of you are still working both inside and outside the home, juggling everyday responsibilities that are stressful under normal conditions. I recognize that the expectation to make sure that your students are still engaged in learning and completing school work seems daunting at times, especially combined with the distress that many are feeling right now. The best we can do for our students, each other and ourselves is offer grace. Perfection is not expected. Everyone’s best effort right now looks different, and that is ok. If you’re feeling discouraged about your student’s learning, please know that we are all in this together and learning alongside one another.

Spark Hope, 

Jennifer Gill