Dear Parents and Community Members:
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, at Washington District 50 Schools, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.
Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. Our students have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that today’s announcement may feel like a step back.
However, the final chapter of this school year hasn’t been written yet. These past few weeks have proven our school community is resilient, capable and compassionate in supporting one another. I’m confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger.
Having said that, today’s announcement will result in significant and multiple scheduling changes in our district. As this announcement about the end of the school year was just made by Governor Pritzker this afternoon, it will take us a few days to sort out the many schedule details that are on the books, including spring concerts, promotion, graduation, etc. Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.
We are moving forward with plans for a virtual graduation for 8th grade students. While we are not closing the door yet on a traditional graduation ceremony and the possibility of an 8th grade field trip, those and other school sponsored events cannot take place until social distancing and crowd restrictions are lifted. We will continue using information from the Governor, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Tazewell County Health Department to inform our decisions.
I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow, and out of this Pandemic, we will emerge stronger. Plans will be underway soon for the return to in-person learning next school year.
It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through these challenging times.
Chad Allaman, Superintendent