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May 5, 2020

Update on End of Year Dates

Good Day,

I am sure that everyone is aware that Governor Pritzker extended his Stay-at-Home order through the end of May. He did, however, modify his April order to allow "new" essential businesses (greenhouses, garden centers, etc.) to open and non-essential retail to fulfill telephone and online orders. Further, everyone in a public space must maintain a 6' social distance or wear a mask.

On Tuesday, administrators and teacher representatives met to discuss the final 2019-2020 calendar. The following is a schedule for the remainder of the semester:

Monday, May 18th: Last day for students to submit assignments for May 21st Report Card distribution. (Incompletes will continue through Monday, June 22nd.)

Tuesday, May 19th : Remote Planning Day

Wednesday, May 20th: Remote Planning Day

Thursday, May 21st: Teacher Institute

We will be having Remote Summer School this year. This will allow us to help students complete Spring assignments, gain skills, and prepare for their Fall, 2020 classes. While I would like to offer in-person instruction this summer, I do not expect the Governor will allow students in school buildings in June.  Summer School schedule:

Friday, May 22nd: Teacher Planning Day

Tuesday, May 26th: First Day of Remote Summer School

Monday, June 22nd: Last Day of Remote Summer School

Beginning next week, summer workers will begin to help clean out student lockers. Personal items will be returned to students on May 19th and 20th. I know that some staff are anxious to clean out their rooms. Until further notice, no teachers will be allowed into their room. Once we receive an updated order from either State Superintendent Dr. Ayala or Governor Pritzker, administrators will arrange for staff to return to their classroom. If you need materials from your room, please contact your building principal. He/she will secure the item(s) for you and arrange for you to pick up the item(s).

Finally, both Prom and Graduation have been placed "on hold." State Superintendent Dr. Ayala has banned "drive-through" graduation ceremonies and events where students gather in small groups at school or off-site. (Although she is re-considering these directives.)

Please Stay Safe!

Dr. Chris Sullens, Ed. D.

Superintendent

April 27, 2020

IHSA Covid-19 Update

IHSA COVID-19 Update

* Last updated at Noon on Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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 Friday's (April 17) 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 e-learning.

"We support the decision by Governor Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education, and given the logistics, we simply felt we could not conduct state tournaments that meet the expectations of our member schools this spring, " said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. "As disappointing as it may be for students, it is the right decision for their health and safety, as well as for the health and safety of the general public, as we cope with this unprecedented pandemic."

The IHSA offers state tournaments in the following sports and activities in the spring: Girls Badminton, Boys Gymnastics, Bass Fishing, Boys & Girls Track & Field, Boys & Girls Water Polo, Girls Soccer, Boys Tennis, Boys & Girls Lacrosse, Boys Volleyball, Baseball, and Softball.

The Board also determined that summer contact days are suspended for this year, unless state government and medical leaders indicate such gatherings are safe. At that time, the Board indicated a willingness to reconsider how summer contact might be conducted and whether opportunities for schools to conduct some kind of spring athletic events might occur.

"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," said Anderson. "Including if the number of days and dates that coaches can meet with athletes has been altered. At this point, though, all that is dependent upon state government and medical leaders giving the go ahead for such."

"Our thoughts right now are with all the impacted students, coaches and communities. Especially the seniors," said Anderson. "It will be difficult for them to find a silver lining in all of this, but we stress that even if they don't get the chance to compete again at the high school level, they are better for having been a part of their respective high school teams. By participating in high school sports and activities, they were exposed to life lessons in teamwork, leadership, and overcoming adversity that are difficult to replicate elsewhere. The latter is applicable now more than ever. We hope that we can band together and refocus all our efforts on supporting the doctors, nurses, first responders, and all the other essential personnel who are putting their health and safety on the line each day to keep us safe."

The IHSA will continue to communicate with and monitor briefings from state officials, and based on those timelines, provide updates to its member schools as it relates to potential spring participation and summer contact days.

"The possibility of playing a spring sport game this summer is about closure," said Anderson. "If we are able to offer this opportunity, no student-athlete would be restricted by having already practiced or competed with a non-school team."

April 6, 2020

IESA Track and Field / Music Organization Cancellations

IESA Track and Field Letter to Administrators

Good afternoon,
I hope this email finds all of you healthy and safe.  At the IESA, we have truly missed communicating with our member schools and look forward to when we can again gather and celebrate our students.  Until then, I wanted to take a moment to update all of you on the status of the IESA Track and Field State Series.  As you all know, this situation is extremely fluid.  Our Federal, State and Local agencies have put aggressive measures in place to help slow the spread of the virus.  Earlier this week, those policies and guidelines continued to evolve as both Federal and State leaders extended the CDC social distancing recommendations through the end of the 2020 school year.  This will make it extremely difficult for schools and hosts to conduct any sort of regular season and prepare for the Sectional and State meets, not to mention it would not be safe for the student athlete who has not been able to practice. As a result, the IESA Board of Directors has decided that the 2020 IESA Track and Field State Series
 will be cancelled.

The health and welfare of our membership, students and fellow citizens is our primary concern in all decisions we are making during these uncharted times.  Please know that we are extremely disappointed that our students are not able to participate in this event but look forward to their return to the classroom and a sense of normalcy.

 

IESA Music Organization Letter to Administrators

Good afternoon,
I hope this email finds all of you healthy and safe.  At the IESA, we have truly missed communicating with our member schools and look forward to when we can again gather and celebrate our students.  Until then, I wanted to take a moment to update all of you on the status of the IESA Music Organization contests.  As you all know, this situation is extremely fluid.  Our Federal, State and Local agencies have put aggressive measures in place to help slow the spread of the virus.  Earlier this week, those policies and guidelines continued to evolve as both Federal and State leaders extended the CDC social distancing recommendations through the end of the 2020 school year.  This will make it extremely difficult if not impossible for schools and hosts to prepare for the May 1 & 2 contests. As a result, the IESA Board of Directors has decided that the IESA Music Organization contests for this year will be cancelled. 

The IESA Board of Directors also passed a recommendation to refund 75% of the Music Organization fees.  We will work to process your refunds as timely as possible.   

The health and welfare of our membership, students and fellow citizens is our primary concern in all decisions we are making during these uncharted times.  Please know that we are extremely disappointed that our students are not able to participate in this event but look forward to their return to the classroom and a sense of normalcy.

Dr. Chris Sullens

Superintendent

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