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September 17, 2020


As you know, we are underway with our e-Learning days due to the COVID-19 crisis. We do want this experience to guide us to better experiences in the future, and for that reason, the District would like to ask you to take a few minutes to complete the short survey below. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.


August 24, 2020


As we prepare for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, we know that it will be unlike any other school opening! Our students will be receiving their education while at home with the aid of technology. How can we ensure success at home? We can best do this by developing routines such as a consistent schedule. This provides a sense of stability while also demonstrating positive habits for when transition back to on-site instruction occurs.

In addition, it is important to create a dedicated workspace for student learning. This should be a location that the student can expect to use every day. Ideally, this would be a place that limits distractions and interruptions. Encouraging regular breaks during the daily lessons that coincide with the schedule you will receive from the schools will be helpful. If you have questions regarding lessons or expectations, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher. Teachers are available to answer questions and are ready to offer assistance.

Please make sure that your student(s) have all required materials at hand so they are prepared to work on their assignments. This will help the students be engaged with their teacher and classmates. Finally, student engagement and participation is critical and a key to successful learning. Attendance will be taken every morning (at McCracken it will be taken every period.) Normal grading of student work will resume.

We realize that this is an added burden to an already challenging time in your lives. We will analyze the current metrics in October and will continue to seek input from the County Health Department, Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, and you, regarding return to on-site learning. Our most important goal is to keep our District 73½ students and staff healthy and safe, while providing the best instruction possible. 

Thank you very much, and here’s to a great school year!

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