Dear District 69 Families,
Out of an abundance of caution and to protect the health and safety of our community, District 69 schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th. This means there will be NO school on March 16, 17, 18, and 19. Friday, March 20 was already a non-attendance day, and the following week is spring break March 23-27. We will plan to reopen school after spring break on Monday, March 30th. The four days that are part of the school closure will be made up in June as part of our previously scheduled emergency make-up days. The tentative last day of school for students is now June 15, 2020.
The information around COVID-19 is changing at a rapid pace, and with the growing list of restrictions, we felt that it was important to be proactive. During this school closure, students should remain at home as much as possible to limit any potential exposure to this illness. To help you better understand the reasons for this decision, the following were considerations:
While we have no reported cases currently in our districts, the health and safety of our students and staff is the number one priority when making decisions like this. There is a lot of concern and uncertainty about whether or not schools should remain open, creating unnecessary angst for staff and parents.
Surrounding closures greatly impact staffing in District 69 schools as our staff remain home to care for their children and we are unable to fully staff our schools.
Waiting until we have a confirmed case could result in late notification to families, an extended quarantine, and the possibility of sending students home once the school day has begun.
Closing allows the public health departments to assess the true health risk in our community while avoiding potential exposure in our schools.
Our staff has been preparing for this possibility to ensure that students’ needs are supported during the school closure. We will be posting home learning resources on our website and students in grades 3-8 will be bringing their devices home today. These resources are not graded assignments, rather, they are educational based activities for students to utilize during their time away from school. Additionally, your child’s teacher will be talking to them about COVID-19 and the school closure, please be sure to take a moment to reassure your child at home. Your principal will be sending an email with additional details and supportive information to share with you and your child.
As the situation unfolds, we will keep you updated and informed. I appreciate your patience and understanding as we face these unprecedented circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns during this time, please contact your child’s school.
Margaret Clauson, Ed.D