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Superintendent's Family Message April 3, 2020

April 16, 2020

District 186 Families,

We come to the end of this week having accomplished a major feat of distributing over 5,000 devices. Putting technology in our students’ hands will enable them to stay engaged in learning and connected to their classrooms and teachers in the best way possible under the circumstances. If your student still needs a device, schools are providing some additional pick up days and will be reaching out via robocall as they schedule those days.  

We know that you are all appreciative of these learning tools. If the District learns of any misuse of our District technology or any criminal intent to sell our property we will notify authorities immediately.  

Middle school and high school students should be checking their district email, as teachers may be communicating important information about remote learning. Please make sure your students are checking it regularly.

We are observing our originally scheduled Spring Break this week coming week, from Monday, April 6 through Monday, April 13. We will resume our remote learning on Tuesday, April 14. This time off will provide a much needed break for administrators and teachers who have worked hard to navigate this sudden interruption and uncharted territory, while also caring for and facilitating continued learning for their own families at home. Spring break will give students a chance to take a brain break prior to our remote learning days kicking into high gear.

Our food service workers have also gone above and beyond during this time to ensure our students continue to get two meals per day. Spring Break will give them time to rest and recharge as we work with our community partners to provide alternative meal options for students.

As our meal distribution is paused during Spring Break, Central Illinois Food Bank will be providing basic groceries for 500 families. These will be available for pick up on a first come, first served basis follows:

 

Tuesday, April 7: Addams Elementary, 10 AM to 12 Noon

Wednesday, April 8: Washington Middle School, 10 AM to 12 Noon

Thursday, April 9: Starbucks at 3412 Freedom Drive, 10 AM to 12 Noon

As the weather warms up, it is nice to be able to get out of the house and go outdoors. It may be tempting to gather with friends and family, but please continue to heed the recommendations to stay at home. Our nation, our state and our county are far from being out of the woods, and we need to be All In Illinois. If we commit to staying home, staying safe and practicing social distancing, we can mitigate the impact of COVID-19 and begin to return to our normal everyday lives sooner. 

 

Sincerely,

Jennifer Gill

Superintendent