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Letter to Parents and Community Members - School Calendar Update, May 20, 2020
Letter to Parents and Community Members - School Calendar Update, May 20, 2020
Dr. Allaman
Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Dear Parents and Community Members, 

We want to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire Washington District 50 Schools community for the way everyone pitched in to make the most out of a difficult situation. We are providing you with this update and will continue to send communications throughout the summer. 

Closing Out the 2019-2020 School Year

We appreciate your flexibility and cooperation in working with our teachers and support staff to assure your children could participate in remote learning activities. We thank those who participated in our meals program and please know we are scheduled to continue preparing and distributing meals through June 30th. Also, as a reminder to parents and community members; if you have school related questions, or if there is any way we can help your families, please call us at (309) 745-8511 and leave a message. It is our commitment to return your call within 24 hours. 

Planning for Reopening Schools 

Protecting students, staff and their families is the top priority that will guide our plans for next school year. Friday, August 7th is our scheduled start date with a half day for students. Everyone should understand that all plans for next school year are subject to change and shall be based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education. In addition, our return to school plans will be informed by feedback from staff, parents, insurance providers, and legal counsel. 

Because we will need to abide by state and local public health guidance for reopening schools, our initial plans include three tracks for next school year: (1) in-person school, (2) remote learning, and (3) a combination of the two. We will not speculate at this time what returning to school might look like, except to prepare everyone that we will have protocols and policies in place to protect students and staff while at school. We also anticipate providing parents with the choice of sending their children to school, or continuing with remote learning.

In addition, we do not know yet if and when sports and extracurricular activities might be allowed to resume. We will keep everyone informed of that as well. 

Thank you for raising great kids! In the meantime, we will continue working to fulfill our district’s mission in that, We Protect and Respect people while working together to Inspire and Develop Every student.

Sincerely,

Chad Allaman, Superintendent

P.S. Congratulations Wildcats Class of 2020 and good luck at WCHS!