BG eNews -Home Edition

April 22, 2020

Notes from Mrs. Klueppel...

  • Where Do I Go If I Have Questions?: With so much information and communication flooding your inbox daily you might not even know where to start if you have a question. Here is a little guidance... if you have a question about anything related to your child or their daily lessons please reach out directly to your child's teacher. If you have questions beyond the classroom please reach out to me ( I can't promise you that I have all the answers but I know where to go find them for you!

Returning Student Registration

Returning Student Registration for 2020-2021 has moved to an online format that will open on April 27. In years past, parents completed the necessary paperwork in paper format. This year, all acknowledgments and authorizations are contained in a single electronic, online registration form that will be easily accessible from most electronic devices (computer, Chromebook, and Smartphones).

Beginning April 27, parents can sign into the Returning Student Online Registration form using their Home Access Center (HAC) credentials, select individual students, and complete their registration. The form will be located in the Parents/Community menu of the District website.

Registration fees for elementary and middle school will be available in Pushcoin beginning April 27, and billed to reflect the early bird discount of $10.00 if paid by May 22. High School fees will be available in June. For families who may qualify for a fee waiver, and are not directly certified by the state, a 2020-2021 district fee waiver application will be available on the District 303 website in July, accessible from the Parent/Community menu.

Reaching Out Survey

As we continue to face times of great uncertainty our needs are ever-changing. What seemed manageable at the start now seems overwhelming. What started out as much-needed family time might be causing stress and strife among family members. Are juggling the roles of parenting and being a remote learning teacher, the loss of jobs, the feeling of isolation, and the uncertainty of when it will all be over causing you or a loved one to feel overwhelmed, anxious, or like you need more support? In an effort to meet the ever-changing needs of our BG Community (students and families) we have created a brief survey to get a better sense of what is needed and how we can provide support.

Bell-Graham is very fortunate to have a full-time Social Worker, Mrs. Brandt, and a full-time Psychologist, Mr. Cornwell on staff. The three of us will continue to work together to address the needs revealed within this survey. Thank you in advance for taking time to complete this survey.

Stay well,
Mrs. Klueppel, Mrs. Brandt, & Mr. Cornwell

Message from D303 Superintendent Dr. Jason Pearson

April 17, 2020

Dear District 303 families,

At his press conference this afternoon, Governor Pritzker, joined by Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, announced that he is suspending in-person learning in all Illinois schools for the remainder of the school year. While it was our sincere hope that students and staff members would have the opportunity to return to our buildings to close out the school year, this announcement is not unexpected. Based on the ongoing situation, we have been planning for this possibility, and we will continue to support our students with remote learning through May 22, our last scheduled day of school for the 2019-20 school year. We also want to share with you the following details that may answer some of your questions.

  1. Based on this announcement, we have cancelled all events scheduled to take place in our school buildings this Spring. Decisions about graduation will be finalized and communicated to families at a later date. Presently we have an alternate date at NIU for Saturday, July 25, 2020. We are not clear yet whether or not gatherings of that size will be allowed at that time. We know that this announcement is especially difficult for the class of 2020. We understand and are working on ways in which we can celebrate your accomplishments and achievements.

  1. Decisions are being made about final exams at the high school. You can expect information about exams by May 1.

  1. We are evaluating what this may mean for summer school and other summer programs and will communicate information once guidance is received and decisions are made.

  1. In the coming days, we will work to develop a plan whereby students and families can access our buildings to pick up items left in lockers and classrooms, based on guidance from state and local authorities.

  1. We want to remind families that all District 303 students can access grab and go breakfast and lunch at several schools and locations around the community. We encourage you to take advantage of this service.

Our community continues to respond in a positive way to the needs of our students and families. Please also continue to check our website for the latest information on Remote Learning, the COVID-19 response, and community resources.

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