On June 23, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year. This document is long overdue and will assist in answering critical questions regarding what the coming school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy.
This guidance allows our district to finalize plans for the 2020-21 school year that includes In-Person Learning, Remote Learning and Blended-Remote Learning Plans. We don’t have all the answers, so keep in mind, changes may be necessary as the situation has and continues to evolve. Therefore, I ask your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s transition plan. Once presented to our Board of Education and Madison County Health Department, information will be released to families.
In order to ensure we meet the needs of our families and utilize current information when finalizing our plans, I am asking each family to complete a survey regarding the 2020-2021 school year:
In the days ahead, there will be accelerated concerns, conversations and curiosity about the upcoming school year. I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while meeting their academic and social-emotional needs.
Thank you again for your patience, understanding and flexibility as we continue to navigate uncharted waters!
Mark B. Skertich, Ed. D.