News from CCSD15

April 24, 2020

End-of-Year Plans Through Extended Building Closure

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Now that we've had some time to process the news from the Governor that schools will remain closed for the duration of the 2019-20 school year, our thoughts are now turning to end-of-year wrap ups and long-range planning.

Since Friday, there have been many thoughtful questions asked regarding how we will close out the school year. My leadership team is working through scenarios, and want to share information about topics we think are the most top of mind for our families at this time. Schools will communicate with you in May as they make decisions that are best for their staff and students.

Google Meet Clarification

We are excited that Google Meet is now open for staff and student interaction, and hope your child has enjoyed this additional layer of connectivity with his or her teacher and classmates. We want to remind you that parents/guardians should not be participating in Google Meet sessions. I have heard from many teachers that we had parents sitting in and, again, this is not allowed. Once you finish helping your child get online, please allow him or her to participate in the meeting without you -- as if they were in class under normal circumstances. Thank you for your understanding and adherence to this request.

8th Grade Promotion

We want you to know that we are aware of how important the milestone of the 8th grade promotion is to our students and their families and that we are saddened that we cannot gather to honor our eighth graders with a send-off and best wishes for high school. That is why we are working to develop a plan for a meaningful but virtual student promotion event. We will ensure it showcases the hard work students demonstrated through their elementary and junior high years.

We will share online viewing information with students and families as soon as details are solidified. Mark your calendar for Plum Grove, Winston Campus and Conyers Learning Academy’s virtual promotion on Wednesday, May 20 and Carl Sandburg and Walter Sundling’s promotion on Thursday, May 21.

Promotion gowns have been ordered and will be delivered to each junior high for distribution within the next week. This will allow each family to take pictures of their graduate to enjoy for years to come. Principals will communicate specific pick-up plans to their families.

Promotion programs are being assembled and will be given to parents with diplomas during Chromebook/instrument (if applicable) drop-off and supply pick-up.

6th Grade Recognition & End-of-Year Award Ceremonies

Each of our schools holds unique end-of-year events to commemorate student accomplishments and honor their hard work. Because each school handles these events differently, they will each decide how to recognize students and highlight these special occasions. Principals and teachers will share details with families as soon as logistics have been planned.

Yearbook Distribution

If your child’s school is offering a yearbook, school representatives will be communicating with you regarding delivery or pick-up plans for students who have ordered them.

District Planning Days and Holidays

Per the Illinois State Board of Education’s guidance, Districts are alloted up to five planning days to support distance learning. Distance learning planning days are used to support the transition to and enhancement of distance learning to include staff professional development around technology integration, the creation of instructional materials, and other distance learning related tasks. As teachers are engaged in professional learning and planning for distance learning, they will not be available for live student interactions or to address parent emails between 8:30 - 2:30 on those days.

District 15 will utilize up to five distance learning planning days beginning on Friday, May 1. Additional days will include Fridays May 15 and 22. Additionally, teachers will participate in a previously scheduled institute day Thursday, May 7 and a contractual plan day on Friday, May 8. No formal distance learning will occur on these dates.

Monday, May 25 is Memorial Day, and the district will be closed.

Last Day of School and Report Cards

The last day of the 2019-20 school year will be Wednesday, May 27. Report Card grades will be posted on Infinite Campus’ Parent Portal for students at that time. Parents will be able to view their child’s grades by clicking on the Grades item in the left side menu and selecting the Term from the tabs that appear under the Grades heading.

During the distance learning period, the State Board of Education has given schools modified guidelines for providing grades and feedback. Students will receive grades of “pass” for participating in the instruction provided, or “no grade due to pandemic” if they did not participate in lessons or assignments given. More information on grading during this time and the Illinois State Board of Education’s guidance on the subject can be found here.

Desk/Locker Clean-Out & Medication Pick-Up

Our schools have unique and complex considerations related to student retrieval of desk and locker contents and medications left at school. School principals will be communicating with you in the early part of May regarding their individual plans for personal belonging pick-up. Many schools will use a survey to determine if families want to pick up or donate school supplies so watch for a possible survey soon.

Instrument and Chromebook Collection

In conjunction with desk and/or locker clean-out, 8th graders district-issued chromebooks will be collected on Wednesday, May 20th for Plum Grove, Winston Campus and Conyers Learning Academy and Thursday, May 21 for students at Carl Sandburg and Walter R. Sundling.

Students issued Chromebooks in lower grade levels should keep the devices over the summer.

Additionally, if your child plays a musical instrument, they should plan to return their instrument and music stand to the office at the same time.

Elementary students that play an instrument should return their instrument and music stand prior to the last day of school when picking up their supplies.

Lunch Accounts

All 8th grade parents will have the option to have lunch accounts be refunded, donated to our Angel Fund or transferred to siblings by the end of May. Parents will have the ability to determine which option they prefer through communication shared by the nutrition services department.

Students in lower grade levels will have their balances rolled over to next school year. If your child is not returning to District 15 in the 2020-21 school year, your balance will be refunded once your child has been disenrolled from District 15 schools.

We realize this list is not exhaustive, and there may be other end-of-year events or circumstances specific to your child’s school or classroom. Building principals and teachers will be in touch with you regarding these events and concerns in the coming weeks.

As I know you can imagine, there are a number of moving parts when it comes to wrapping up a school year during a time of physical distancing and gathering restrictions. We are doing our best to be thoughtful, timely and safe as we plan how best to do so. Thank you for your continued cooperation, support and flexibility as we navigate this situation together. Stay tuned for additional updates.

Your partner in education,

Dr. Laurie Heinz
Superintendent of Schools

Facebook Live Events

Have questions about distance learning or the extended school building closure? Dr. Heinz will hold a town hall meeting on Facebook live to address questions from the community regarding this topic on Tuesday, April 28 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. We hope to see you online!

Additional Facebook Live Offerings

  • District 15 is also hosting Facebook Live Lessons at 11 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on topics like social emotional wellness, music, art and physical education.

  • The BPAC is hosting a series of Facebook live sessions on social emotional wellness on its Facebook page as well. Please visit for more information.

Donations Requested for Homeless Families

Many families in District 15 and across the region are facing homelessness due to the current economic climate. School districts, in partnership with North Cook Intermediate Service Center (ISC) and the Regional Office of Education (ROE), provide support to families in these situations. However, the present need is beyond what can be supported with current grant funding.

The North Cook ISC/ROE has set up a fund to help homeless families with emergency needs and is asking for help through donations. If you are interested in providing a monetary donation, please visit this link. Funds from the drive will be used to help homeless families with needs that the North Cook ISC/ROE cannot cover.

Teacher Tributes on Sale Now!

Honor a teacher or staff member this Teacher Appreciation Day (May 5, 2020) through a donation in his or her name to the one-five Foundation!

Donate $10 in a staff member's name and he or she will receive a personalized card in the mail the week of May 4.

Your donation will help fund the one-five Foundation's efforts to enhance the District 15 classroom experience through teacher grants, Lego Robotics and other Foundation-supported initiatives.

Please submit your $10 donation through PayPal ( and complete a brief online form to process your Tribute request.

Tributes must be submitted no later than May 1. We apologize for the late notice!

Early Childhood Developmental Screenings

ECDEC and FIND are conducting early childhood developmental screenings through June 2020. At-home screenings are available for children under the age of five. If you’d like to schedule a screening for your child, please contact Noemi at 847-963-3450.

Free Virtual Session: Parenting Through the Pandemic

District 15 and the UP Coalition present a free virtual presentation on navigating parenting through a pandemic on Wednesday, April 29 from 7-8 p.m. Licensed psychotherapist and clinical director at Clinical Care Consultants will be hosting the drop-in community call. Topics include:

  • managing expectations;

  • creating structure and maintaining routine;

  • recognizing signs of anxiety;

  • developing resilience; and

  • self-care strategies for caretakers.

Call-in to participate via Zoom. The meeting ID is 823 7563 4255, and the password is 8fLM86.

Online Registration is Open

Please complete online registration for your child(ren) if they will attend District 15 schools in the 2020-21 school year. Registration can be completed from home by visiting

Staffing considerations are made based upon enrollment numbers from online registration. We ask that you please complete registration as soon as possible to ensure these numbers are as accurate as possible.