News from CCSD15

May 26, 2020

A Message from Superintendent Laurie Heinz

Dear District 15 Community,

With the 2019-20 school year coming to an end -- all I can say is what a year it has been for educators, students, families and the larger District 15 community. While, overall, the year went fast -- we had some long and challenging days as we responded to an unprecedented situation. I am so proud of and thankful for the way in which everyone came together in order to ensure the educational and social-emotional needs of our students remained at the center of our response efforts.

Our teachers worked hard to finish strong despite not being able to teach their students face-to-face, celebrate a year's worth of learning as well as the many other typical rites of passage that take place every spring. Our teachers and building leaders were invested in finding creative ways to close out the year that included virtual graduation ceremonies, car parades, virtual field day and other unique ways of honoring our students and their hard work during the 2019-20 school year.

As we wrap up the school year, we have already begun to turn our focus to summer construction. We have several large construction projects taking place across the district including but not limited to new secure vestibules, an HVAC project, flooring, playground enhancements and roofing. We are looking forward to completing these much needed building improvements!

2020-21 School Year -- Planning for the Unknown

Even more importantly, we are also planning for the start of the 2020-21 school year with a variety of potential scenarios being considered by six task force groups. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we will plan for several options to open the school year that may include:

  • In-person instruction with health and safety modifications;

  • A combination of in-person and distance learning instruction; or

  • Continued distance learning.

We expect to receive guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education within the coming weeks regarding reopening school requirements and will follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health to ensure we are ready to open schools safely - whichever form that may be. Please know we are committed to keeping our community up to date with the latest news and information as soon as it is available.

In closing, I want to offer a sincere and heartfelt thank you to our students, staff, parents and guardians for all of your efforts implementing distance learning this spring. It was a herculean feat that simply could not have been done without everyone working together with one common goal - the continuation of education for our 12,000 students. I know this has not been easy, but your partnership helped us make it through a tough few months together and we are stronger as a result.

Stay Connected this Summer

As we head off to summer break, I wish you a healthy and safe summer, and can’t wait to see you all in person as soon as we are able. Please watch for details on our Stay Connected summer learning campaign that we will be launching in June.

Your partner in education,

Laurie Heinz

Report Cards Available on Infinite Campus

Student report cards are now available to view on Infinite Campus. Instructions for viewing report cards are available to view here.

Due to the pandemic, teachers will not be including student-specific comments during this grading period. Report card comments will resume when there is consistent face-to-face interaction and access to learning.

Report cards will not be printed and mailed home as they have been in the past. If you are unable to access the report cards digitally, please contact your school principal.

Summer Meals

District 15 will continue its regular schedule for delivering daily breakfasts and lunches to students in need through Friday, May 29.

Breakfasts and lunches will continue to be served Monday-Thursday through the summer months. A few additions and adjustments will be made to the existing drop-off locations. Details about these changes will be provided by the end of the week.

Virtual Graduation Ceremonies

Congratulations to our junior high graduates! Virtual graduation ceremonies are available to view on the district’s YouTube page and school websites.

Plum Grove

Conyers Learning Academy

Winston Campus

Carl Sandburg

Walter Sundling