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A LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents/Guardians:

I hope you and your family are having an enjoyable holiday break. We trust everyone has continued to practice good hand hygiene, wear masks, and watch their distances so we can resume in-person instruction in the very near future. As we begin our second semester via remote learning on Monday, January 4th, please contact Mrs. Seemann at 815-568-6511 x1302 if your student is ill. The school nurse will follow up with you to provide guidance. Please click here to read our January Newsletter.

Parents: If you require a change to your student's learning group assignment for second semester (removal from the hybrid into the all remote cohort OR removal from all remote into the hybrid cohort) we have extended the due date to complete the survey to January 5, 2021 (click here for survey). Administratively, we have been reviewing data over the course of the semester, and it is apparent that the students in an all-remote learning environment have substantially more failures compared to students who are in-person learning. If your student has been participating remotely and you are concerned about their grades, please consider changing them to in-person instruction. You can check your student’s progress on the parent portal and first semester report cards will be mailed home on January 14, 2021. If after receiving your student's report card you would like to change your student's learning group assignment, please email Dr. Angela Fink at finka@mchs154.org. Please include the following in your email:

•Student first and last name

•Grade

•Student ID

•Rationale for the change

•Indicate if transportation services are needed and the student's accurate address

Students: Please review your second semester class schedules on your student portal. If your schedule has changed from first semester and you have not yet received your new classroom google access code from your teacher, please contact them via email immediately. Please be reminded that even if you have the same teacher and course, if your class has moved to a different period you will need a new access code. There is no school on Monday, January 18th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and we will resume the in-person hybrid learning platform on Tuesday, January 19th, unless future mitigation measures are necessary. Again, all students will be in full remote learning during the first two weeks of January, 2021.

We look forward to 2021 and a terrific second semester!

Sincerely,

David N. Engelbrecht, Ed.S.

Superintendent