Dear Parents and Community Members,
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.
This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering key questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also returning to student learning.
Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and works to implement suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.
We are keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families about what to expect next school year and anticipate releasing our own transition plan soon.
As you know, our district has considered a variety of options in planning for next school year. We have sought feedback from staff and parents, and communicated closely with the other Washington school districts to be sure we consider your voice when finalizing our plans. This guidance will help narrow our focus, as we work to produce a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students and staff while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district navigated a situation together that none of us could have imagined.
We will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.
Chad Allaman, Superintendent