Dear District 69 Families,
Since the end of September, we have been welcoming students back to our buildings as we launched the Hybrid Plan. Our school buildings have buzzed with student activity and the joyful sounds of learning have been heard in our classrooms. With the health and safety of our students and staff as the top priority, we have implemented a plan that moves us toward our goal of gradually returning to in-person learning for all students five days per week. Our Covid-19 protocols have been successfully developed and implemented, allowing us to create a safe environment for learning.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 cases are on a steep rise locally and throughout the state, and community spread is categorized as substantial. When this happens the numbers of students and staff who are exposed to and/or contract Covid-19 increases resulting in a stark rise in absences from school. Our ability to staff each building becomes more challenging as numerous staff members are absent for longer periods of time due to COVID-19 related quarantines. Even typical illness results in a longer absence due to health department protocols. Our daily student attendance also begins to drop with fewer students available to access in-person instruction.
After considering these factors and others, District 69 will implement an adaptive pause for in-person learning beginning Monday, November 23, 2020. Adaptive pause is a move to remote learning after in-person learning was underway as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Adaptive pauses allow the community to implement mitigation efforts and reduce the community spread, allowing schools to successfully continue to operate.
During the adaptive pause, all students will return to remote instruction beginning on November 23, 2020 through at least January 19, 2021. Your child’s schedule will be adjusted and communicated to you by your school this week. IDPH expected that this type of pause might be necessary for schools, and has encouraged schools to be prepared to move in and out of remote instruction during this school year.
Families will be provided another opportunity to opt-in to in-person instruction during the week of January 4, 2020, and details will be emailed to families regarding moving from Remote Choice to In-Person. District 69’s tentative reopening dates for in-person students will happen over a two-week period:
|Grade Level or Program||Tentative Student Return Date|
|PreK – Grade 6||January 19|
|Special Education Self Contained (PK-8)||January 19|
|Grades 7-8||January 25|
Meal service will continue for District 69 students during the adaptive pause. If you have any questions or would like to receive meal service, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you and your family need any support, please continue to reach out to our community school team for additional resources by emailing email@example.com.
Our ultimate goal is the safe and gradual return to in-person learning five days per week. We believe making this change is a necessary step to help us move towards that goal while prioritizing the safety of students and staff.
In order for us to meet this timeline, we urge all families to observe public health guidelines during the adaptive pause period. In addition to wearing a mask, watching your distance, and washing your hands, everyone is urged to:
- stay at home as much as possible,
- avoid gatherings of any size, and
- avoid travel.
Thank you for your continued flexibility, support, and understanding as we all work together to navigate the pandemic and keep everyone safe and healthy.
Margaret Clauson, Ed.D
The mission of District 69 is to achieve educational excellence through the active engagement and cooperation of students, teachers, parents and community.