District Connection

A message from Superintendent Dr. James M. Gay

D230 Story: Two weeks into the school year; looking toward planned move to Stage 2 of D230 Proud Reopening Plan

September 4, 2020

It's hard to believe we are already two weeks into the school year! I continue to be impressed with our staff and students as we implement Stage 1 of the D230 Proud Reopening Plan. The innovation and commitment to learning during these challenging times is a true testament to our story as a school district.

The What's Your Story theme has carried through the past couple of years as we connect to the individual stories that make up our collective #D230Proud story. While the story of this global pandemic may seem a bit more like a suspense novel than the more predictable storyline any of us would like, I know we all hold steadfast to the fact that the D230 story is one of preparing students for their future no matter what path they choose. No matter what plot twists may come our way, I know each of us comes to that uncertainty with our own perspectives, concerns, and hopes. I also know that each of us plays an integral role in the telling of our story. Collectively, we are penning the D230 story with the goal that our students get their happily-ever-after prepared for life after graduation.

I am looking forward to telling our story this year including the one when we welcome about 80 students in our Ultima, PALS, English Learner, and Alternative Education Day programs back to campus on Tuesday. This was part of the reopening plan and encouraged by the Illinois State Board of Education to provide onsite learning first for at-risk students. It will be great to have students on campus ready to learn!

As we look towards our move to Stage 2 around September 21 when 25% of students will be back to campus at a time, preparations have been going well to assure it's a smooth and safe transition. Supplies and materials have arrived; planning for facilities, transportation, and support services are coming along well; and we are keenly focused on the successful implementation of hybrid instruction. Building administrative teams are working with staff to assure we are prepared with the resources and information needed. We continue to watch public health metrics for our local communities, region, and state.

Next week, we will send out a commitment form for families to choose the hybrid or fully remote option for the remainder of the semester. We will also seek input on how Stage 1 has been going so far to see what is working well and where we may be able to tweak the remote portion of implementation to make it even better. This data will assist as we finalize plans for Stage 2 implementation. I've also been in communication with superintendents across the state who have returned to onsite learning already. We are learning from their successes and their challenges as we prepare.

I know these first two weeks of school have been tiring. As this Lifehack article shares, there is a benefit to taking time to rest. Research shows that when we are rested we are more productive. I hope you will allow yourself the gift of rest this long weekend and that you'll return on Tuesday rejuvenated for another great week of learning.

Dr. Jim Gay

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