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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

March 31, 2020

COMMUNITY UPDATE

We hope this note finds you and your family members safe and well. This afternoon Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced that, in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19, he will extend the state's disaster proclamation and the stay-at-home order until April 30th at the earliest.

We would like to thank our teachers and staff members for their flexibility and ingenuity in planning for the continuity of learning during this difficult and challenging time. We are excited to begin our Remote Learning Program tomorrow. Please look for a more detailed communication on Friday, April 3rd, regarding how the rest of the month will be structured.

Our various schools and local governmental agencies are all working together to support you and your families. During this stay-at-home period, our township superintendents are participating in a conference call at least once a week in collaboration with the managers of our four villages, our local public health officials, our park district executive directors, library executive directors, and the Niles Township Supervisor. The purpose of these discussions is to take inventory of the services we are providing and to identify how we can better serve our families. 

We know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but we want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation together. 

Thank you for your ongoing support of our students and our schools.

 

March 30, 2020

COMMUNITY UPDATE

We hope you are all healthy and remaining close to home. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) continues to release updated information related to COVID-19 as the situation continues to change quickly. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order requires residents to “stay at home” through the end of Tuesday, April 7th. We are expecting additional guidance from the Governor’s office on the possible extension of the closure.  

Illinois State Board of Education Recommendations

The Illinois State Board of Education recently released recommendations on Remote Learning.  More specifics on grading, calendar, and health/wellness resources will be shared in our Friday communication.

Lunches

Skokie School District 73.5 would like to remind the community that the district is delivering lunches at the following locations and times starting Wednesday, April 1st:

  • Christiana & Lee - approximately 12:03pm
  • East Prairie & Lee - approximately 12:06pm
  • Harding & Lee - approximately 12:07pm 
  • Keystone & Lee - approximately 12:09pm
  • Keeler & Lee - approximately 12:12pm
  • Cleveland & Keeler - approximately 12:14pm
  • Cleveland & Keystone - approximately 12:16pm
  • Cleveland & East Prairie - approximately 12:18pm
  • Keeney & East Prairie - approximately 12:20pm
  • East Prairie & Kirk - approximately 12:22pm
  • Keystone & Kirk - approximately 12:24pm
  • Keeler & Kirk - approximately 12:26pm
  • Lowell & Kirk - approximately 12:28pm
  • Kilbourn & Kirk - approximately 12:30pm
  • Kostner & Cleveland - approximately 12:32pm

Each family can receive up to four lunches, per day. If needed, there are vegetarian options. At this time, lunch items cannot be updated.

Donations

The District was able to donate several bins of antibacterial wipes, nitrile disposable gloves, and hand sanitizer to both the Skokie Valley Hospital and the Niles Township Food Pantry.

Playgrounds, fields, basketball courts

All District playgrounds, fields, and basketball courts are closed. The track at McCracken can be used as a safer “side walk” option as long as appropriate social distancing is being followed.

Remote learning

Remote Learning Days count as actual student attendance days. Please be sure to use the Google form posted on www.sd735.org daily to indicate your child in present for Remote Learning. 

Governor Pritzker has classified the days between March 17th and March 30th as “Act of God” days.  These days do not require schools to provide instruction, however, we believe it is important to provide activities for students to complete as appropriate.  As we continue to prepare for these unprecedented school closures, Skokie School District 73.5 remains committed to supporting our students and staff. As previously shared, our e-Learning plan was approved and we will begin Remote Learning on Wednesday, April 1st. By 9:00 a.m. each day, your child’s teacher will email you information about the day’s learning and the learning activities will be posted on each teacher’s website. You can visit www.sd735.org/elearning for more information. 

In addition, over this past weekend, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued information to districts regarding instructional days. As of March 31st, all days will be considered either Remote Learning Days or Remote Learning Planning Days.  All of the days we have scheduled up through April 7th, along with the Act of God days, will count towards our 176 required student attendance days. In the event school remains closed, there will be a calendar sent home and Remote Learning Days will continue to count.

We appreciate your partnership as we navigate this uncharted territory and work together on behalf of all our students.

 

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