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A LETTER FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Our focus this school year has been on balancing the health and safety of our students and staff with our instructional goals and learning outcomes of our students. We are grateful that our students have been able to participate in a hybrid learning schedule for the first semester, and believe they have benefitted greatly from in-person instruction.

With the upcoming holidays, however, we recognize that travel and social gatherings have the potential to increase our school community’s exposure to COVID-19. Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to shift to a full remote learning platform. Full remote learning will begin on November 30, 2020 and continue through January 18, 2021. Unless future mitigation measures are necessary, we plan to return to our hybrid schedule on January 19, 2021.

Remote Learning

Students will need to bring their necessary supplies, chromebooks, chargers, etc., home at the end of the day November 23rd and 24h. You may be contacted during our pause to pick up additional instructional materials. Teachers will be delivering instruction from their classrooms, and will follow a slightly modified daily schedule 7:55 a.m. - 2:55 p.m., which can be found here. Students are expected to log in to their virtual google classroom and join the google meet each class period. Students identified in the D Cohort will notified individually with specifics for their programming during this time.

Health

Especially as the holiday break approaches, we want to remind you to limit your student’s group activities as these may result in an outbreak, isolation, quarantine, and inability to reopen for in-person instruction as planned. Please notify the school nurse at 815-568-6511 x1102 if your student is subject to isolation or quarantine related to COVID-19. This includes if your student sick with COVID-19, is identified as being a close contact to someone with COVID-19, if a family member has COVID-19, or if the student or someone in their house is testing for COVID-19. If your student is ill and will not be in remote attendance, you must contact Mrs. Seemann at 815-568-6511 x1302 to report their absence and the specific symptom(s) which your student is experiencing so that we may monitor illness trends and report to the MCDH. We will continue to monitor the health of all students and staff.

After School Athletics and Activities

All in-person extra-curricular activities will be postponed as per Governor Pritzker’s Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations.

Food Distribution

Free meals are available to all students. You must sign up here to receive free meals during remote learning. Meals may be picked up each Wednesday, beginning December 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Families who have been receiving meal delivery will continue to do so.

Academic Support

Students who are enrolled in Assisted Study Hall, Resource Study Skills, and Numeracy should continue to attend their google meets and connect with their teachers remotely for academic support. In addition, Mrs. Frank will be available to meet with students remotely. Students can request an appointment to meet with her at frankc@mchs154.org.

Please continue to monitor your email and our website for updates and information. We want to emphasize again that the purpose of remaining in remote learning for two weeks after winter break allows students and staff a period of quarantine to help ensure we can resume in-person learning through our hybrid learning environment once again. If we experience a significant increase in COVID cases after January 19th, additional remote learning periods may be implemented for the health and safety of our students and staff. Thank you for your continued partnership and patience as we build upon the foundation of instruction we have created during the first semester of the school year.

Sincerely,

David N. Engelbrecht, Ed.S.

Superintendent