This page will archive all official communication from OCUSD during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Messages posted here will also be shared via Facebook and Twitter. We are doing the best we can with e-mail, but our emergency messaging provider has not been able to keep up with demand. Phone calls and text messages will not be used.
For isues with:
Chromebook usage (connecting to Wi-Fi, logging into systems), please reach out to your child's teacher first.
We wanted to share with a link to the the Return to School Plan I am asking our Board to approve on Monday, July 20th.
This document is not intended to provide every detail of the plan but will give you a broad overview of what school will look like and the steps we've taken to adhere to the ISBE/IDPH guidance.
In all transparency, we are not done with our planning and need your help to complete it.
To complete our planning, we need to know which option (in-person or remote learning) you will be selecting for your student(s). To collect that information, we will be sending you a link to a brief questionnaire next week and ask that you submit your choice by Friday, July 24th.
If we do not have results from you on your option form by Monday, July 27th, building staff will contact you to gather the necessary information.
OCUSD Families, As always, we hope you and your family are safe and healthy. Today I want to share with you information regarding the end of our academic school year. As you may know, our originally scheduled last day of school was May 20th, but we are aware that some of our students have been struggling with completing their assigned work during remote learning. To address this, we have moved the last day for new work to be due to May 13th. This means there will be no new learning or assignments after May 13th. We will then use May 14th to May 20th as time for students to make up missing and incomplete assignments. If your student is up to date with their assignments, they would not have any additional work to do from May 14th to May 20th.
I have outlined the May Instructional Changes below -
All assigned work will have a due date no later than May 13th As of May 14th, students who have completed their work will receive no additional assignments but will still need to report attendance daily. (This may seem odd but ISBE requires 174 days of attendance, and this reporting process will help us meet that requirement)
The time from May 14th – 20th will be dedicated to any students who have incomplete or missing work. Teachers will provide support for students with missing or incomplete work and students will have this week to complete and turn in their missing or incomplete work. If your student is expected to complete work during this time you will be receiving communication from your student’s school.
Families, it is our hope that by providing this additional time and support your student(s) they can complete the work necessary to move on next school year. As I have stated previously, if you are facing difficulty, please reach out to your child’s teacher or principal, and we will work with you to support your child.
We hope you and your family are staying healthy and safe during this pandemic and want to reiterate how grateful we are for your cooperation and partnership during this time of remote learning. I wanted to share with you some information regarding picking up student belongings and dropping off OHS sports uniforms as well as update you on graduation and promotion. At a later date, we will be providing additional guidance on the return of school materials.
Student Belongings Pick Up
We wanted to share with you the pick up schedule for your student's belongings from their school. We have created an alphabetical pick up schedule for the week of May 4. Pick up each day will be from 7 AM – 9 AM and 5 PM – 7 PM, the schedule is below:
May 4: Students whose last name begins with letters A-G
May 5: Students whose last name begins with letters H-N
May 6: Students whose last name begins with letters O-S
May 7: Students whose last name begins with letters T-Z
May 8: Any families that missed their assigned day
The following locations will be used for student belongings pick up:
OES - Entire Wing gym, pull into the far west parking lot
DLR lobby in front of the gym
OHS – BHC
Sports Uniform Drop-off
Schedule for Spring Sports Uniform/Equipment Turn-In at BHC:
May 4: Girls Soccer (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
May 5: Baseball (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
May 6: Boys Track (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
May 7: Girls Track (11:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
May 8: "contingency date" - if you couldn't make the date you were scheduled, please contact your coach set a time on May 8
As you may know, Governor Pritzker has extended the stay at home order to May 30. This means we will be moving to our first set of alternative dates for graduation and the 8th-grade promotion ceremonies.
Graduation is rescheduled to Friday, June 19 @ 7:00 PM (location to be determined), alternate date of Saturday, August 1 @ 10:00 AM (location to be determined)
8th-grade promotion is rescheduled to Thursday, June 18 @ 6:00 PM (location to be determined), alternate date of Thursday, July 30 @ 6:00 PM (location to be determined).
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that the school closure has been extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year. The closure was made official by Gov.Pritzker on Friday at his daily press conference.
While the closure was extended for the remainder of the school year, we remain committed to serving our families. We will continue to engage with all of our students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.
We continue our planning to address our traditional end of year procedures including, but not limited to, cleaning out lockers and desks and returning the contents to our students, collecting books and Chromebooks, honors nights, prom, promotion, and graduation. We will be providing additional information on all end of year procedures as they become available.
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. That said, it is crucial 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 this.
I hope you are doing well and everyone is healthy. First and foremost, I want you to know how thankful we are for your support for our staff during this crisis. We also want to thank you for your commitment to our students. This is a challenging time, filled with stress and many unknowns, but together we will come through this better on the other side.
OCUSD’s Top Three Priorities During the School Closure
The care, safety, health, and welfare of children, families, staff, and community at large.
Communicating clearly; sharing coherent, organized and controlled messages.
Provide for the continuity of learning in our families
I wanted to share with you what our plan is moving forward as well as our calendar for April. For brevity, I will be using bullet points.
Schools are closed through April 30 per the Governor’s executive order..
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) moved from Act of God Days to Remote Learning Days. None of these days will need to be made up at the end of this year.
ISBE has allowed each district up to five (5) remote learning planning days. We have decided to use one at the beginning of each week to allow teachers to plan for the week. The April calendar is below.
Please remember to reach out to your child's point of contact if you are experiencing difficulty.
If you have school specific questions please reach out to your child’s principal.
I hosted a Facebook Live Q&A Thursday evening at 7:00 pm to provide some clarity to our students and families. The FAQ document can be found on our website by visiting ocusd.net and clicking on the coronavirus link at the top of the main page.