News from CCSD15

October 2, 2020

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A Message From Superintendent Laurie Heinz

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It has been absolutely wonderful to see more students return to school this week through our gradual reentry process! Our in-person learners grades K-2 and our self-contained special education classrooms have done a wonderful job adapting to a new way of experiencing school through the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming back our students in grades 3 and 4 on Monday, October 3.

COVID-19 Metrics

We are keeping a close eye on COVID-19 community metrics and also its impact within our own buildings. At this time, there have not been any outbreaks of COVID within our schools, meaning multiple cases connected by time and place as defined by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Our staff absentee numbers, however, are rising, but at a manageable level for the time being.

Additionally, the community metrics (looking collectively at all District 15 zip codes combined) are all below state warning levels. Should there be a situation that prompts us to make changes to our in-person learning plans, we will inform those impacted directly. As a reminder, these decisions could be made at the classroom, school or district level. Please have back-up plans ready should we need to close classrooms, a school(s) or District 15.

Junior High Hybrid Schedule Information

Junior high students and parents were sent hybrid schedule information in a separate communication. A printable schedule is available to view online. For questions regarding the hybrid schedule in your student’s school, please contact the building principal.

Change Requests

We have heard from many parents asking about the procedure for changing enrollment requests at the trimester or semester mark. Once we have completed our rolling reentry process, our focus and attention will be shifted to develop our plans for what this process entails. We will share the information with parents as soon as possible. Please know that the process may change if we encounter staffing challenges.

Halloween Parties

We are now into October, which means Halloween will be here before we know it! In a normal year, this would mean we’d be working with our PTAs to plan classroom parties and activities to mark the occasion. Due to the abundance of restrictions that are in place throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be able to host classroom parties this year. While I am sure this does not come as a surprise, I know it is still disappointing to hear. It is certainly something we all look forward to and are disappointed these activities will not be able to take place in 2020. School principals will be communicating with families in more detail about holiday celebrations and what will take place in each school. They are working to determine some fun ways to safely celebrate.

In Closing

You can count on hearing from me again each Friday for the next several weeks as we continue through our rolling reentry plan. Again, we are so very happy to see students back at school again and will continue to communicate with you at the school and district level on a regular basis.

Your Partner in Education,

Dr. Laurie Heinz

Superintendent of Schools