Today we learned from the Governor’s address that the State of Illinois will be under stay-at-home orders through April 30, 2020. In response, the Governor called for schools to be closed through this period. District 186 stands ready to provide Remote Learning opportunities for all students.
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 District 186 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.
If you have questions or need to contact your school, call the school’s main number and leave a voicemail and someone will get back to you in a timely manner.
In order to address this continued need for home based learning, we are continuing to pass out technology devices to help families meet the challenge of remote learning. The distribution schedule is attached. If you were unable to get your device, your school will be communicating follow up days so you will be able to pick up a device. We realize that students do not have any control in this situation and the focus will be on moving each student’s learning forward. The message from the Governor, and our State Superintendent of Schools, and my message to you is that first and foremost, our goal is to make sure that our students are cared for and that their learning continues.
To promote remote learning in your home, set up remote learning spaces for success in partnership with your child and make sure there is a clean, organized, and designated space for your child to work each day. Once you have your device or if you are using a device at home, have students check their teacher’s website for up to date information about assignments.
We also want to remind our families of the importance of completing the 2020 Census. Every household has received the information to participate in the April 1, 2020 Census Day. Your response is very important and will impact Federal funding for education programs and grants, school meal programs, Title I support for low income families, community centers, libraries, Medicare and Medicaid, parks, playgrounds and recreational centers, public transportation and supplemental nutrition assistance programs. Everybody Counts and we will be providing more information tomorrow.