March 26, 2021 update letter to families from CUSD 10 Superintendent Dr. Mark B. Skertich:
Hello Kahok Nation,
Each passing week provides another step towards normalcy during the school day, at after school events and in our day-to-day lives. Yes, things look a little different than a year ago, but each week brings us closer to normal.
Starting next Monday, March 29, and continuing through May 7, Collinsville CUSD #10 will conduct a survey of school climate and learning conditions. The survey provides a unique opportunity for parents, teachers and students, to have a voice in improving our schools. Please complete the 3-minute research- based survey to help identify strengths and weaknesses in our school’s learning environment. This survey will serve as an opportunity for schools to reflect and drive improvements. Use THIS LINK to access the parent survey – which will also be shared by principals and posted on our website.
Effective immediately, the district is adjusting its quarantine period for students considered a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case. Previously, a close contact’s quarantine period would have been fourteen (14) days, however, after communication with the Madison County Health Department, in accordance with the COVID-19 Exclusion Decision Tree, a student with no symptoms of COVID-19 after exposure may return to school after ten (10) days of monitoring. We realize no quarantine has been easy, but shortening the time frame will benefit families and students. The district is also hopeful this period will be shortened again in the future as school guidance evolves from the State of Illinois.
IDPH guidance on fans at co-curricular events continues to evolve and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead. After reviewing the most recent guidance and speaking with members of the Southwestern Conference, the district has found a balance that is acceptable for limited attendance at indoor and outdoor events while providing consistency throughout our conference. Families and students will have the opportunity to watch our students perform and compete in the weeks ahead and our students will get to hear the cheers of their family and peers. We ask for your continued support of protocols and safety measures that will be provided by our principals, athletic directors, coaches and sponsors.
Additionally, as guidance continues to evolve, the high school staff have been working closely with the staff at the Gateway Convention Center and the City of Collinsville to ensure the Class of 2021 gets a “red carpet” experience at this year’s prom entitled “A Night in the Spotlight.” Once again, our staff, communities and businesses are rallying around our students to provide a safe and entertaining experience and we are grateful!
As we are about to approach our third week of students attending four days a week, please note, Spring Break begins Thursday, April 1st and students will return on Tuesday, April 6th. Enjoy the well-deserved downtime, please be safe, wear a mask, wash your hands, and social distance. Don’t forget to wear your purple and show your Kahok Pride.
Have a great spring break!
Mark B. Skertich Ed.D.