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:

  • Food, please contact Food Service Director Marty Boyd, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Chromebook pickup, please contact the Department of Technology, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Chromebook usage (connecting to Wi-Fi, logging into systems), please reach out to your child's teacher first.
  • Anything else, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

School FAQs:

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.

Be well,
Dr. Mahoney

OCUSD Families,

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

Graduation/Promotion Update

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).

If you have any questions, please e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Stay safe and be well!

Dr. Mahoney

OCUSD Families,

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.

Go Hawks!

Dr. Tom Mahoney

Superintendent

OCUSD #220

OCUSD Families,

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

  1. The care, safety, health, and welfare of children, families, staff, and community at large.
  2. Communicating clearly; sharing coherent, organized and controlled messages. 
  3. 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.

Remote Learning Planning Days on Apr 6, 13, 20, and 27.  Good Friday (NO SCHOOL) Apr 10.

If you have any questions please e-mail them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Go Hawks,

Dr. Tom Mahoney, Ed.D.

OCUSD’s Top Three Priorities

 

  1. The care, safety, health, and welfare of children, families, staff, and community at large.
  2. Communicating clearly; sharing coherent, organized and controlled messages. 
  3. Provide for the continuity of learning in our families.

 

How long will schools be closed?  

  • We believe we will be closed until at least April 30th.   

 

Who determines when and how long schools will be closed?

  • The Governor has the power to close school by executive order.  If the Governor would rescind the closure order each school district would have the right to determine to return or extend their school closure based on the best interest of their students.

 

If schools were to be opened and families were still concerned about the negative impact of COVID-19 what do we do?  As always, we support families' rights to do what they think is best for their children. The District would work with the families to support your students while they were still quarantined.

 

Can my child(ren) still receive breakfast and/or lunch during school closure? 

  • Yes, we will continue to provide meals for all students who need them throughout the closure.  Meal pick up is either on Monday from 5 pm to 7 pm or Tuesday from 7 am to 9 am at the following locations:
    • OES
    • DLR
    • Mt. Morris Estates
    • Chana Education Center, Chana

 

In your email, you mentioned a change from, “Act of God” days to “Remote Learning Days.” What is the difference?  

  • ISBE has directed schools to provide learning activities that continue the District’s learning process during all Remote Learning Days.  This means that the activities provided by our staff for your student(s) must be completed to a reasonable level for children to be able to move on to the next grade or graduate.  Children that do not complete the learning activities to a satisfactory level will receive an incomplete and be provided mandatory extended learning opportunities when the school closure is over.  These extended learning would need to be completed at a passing level for the child to move on with their class. 

 

If you are experiencing difficulty with the assigned work, please reach out to your student’s point of contact for help.

 

Will attendance be taken? 

  • Yes. Student attendance and monitoring are based on the students’ interactions with learning activities on a daily basis. Work with our student’s point of contact on any attendance process questions.

 

What is the expectation for student engagement during e-learning days?  How long is this supposed to take?

  • We have posted on our webpage a copy of our e-learning plan and the expectations for students by grade level.  Please visit www.ocusd.net and select the Coronavirus link.

 

Please remember, our first concern is that everyone is safe and healthy.  We believe in your children, we believe they are amazing and will be okay as we move forward after this crisis.  All we ask is that you do your best and communicate with us so we can try to support you during this incredibly stressful time.

 

The paper packets were given when are those to be turned in? 

  • Completed paper packets should be returned when you are picking up your new learning packets. 

Pick up and Drop off is at OES on Monday evening from 5-7 pm on or Tuesday morning from 7-9 am

 

How will grades be determined? 

  • Grades will be based on the following system
    • Pass with Distinction - students whose work is deemed A quality work
    • Pass - students have completed their work at a satisfactory level
    • Incomplete - students whose work is not satisfactory or students who do not turn in work.

 

What do I do if we need technical assistance or help with the learning activities? 

  • For academic/technical questions please contact your “point of contact” teacher or your building principal.  They will be able to help answer your question or refer you to the correct staff member to provide you support.

 

What are the chances that school will remain closed for physical classes for the rest of the year, and what does it mean for seniors?

  • Will we take the SAT on April 14th or later?

There will be no SAT offered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  ISBE applied for and received a waiver for the Federal Department of Education so all statewide assessments are canceled.  ISBE is working with SAT to offer the test to students in the fall of 2020. If you would like more information about other SAT opportunities, please visit

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines

 

  • What about AP tests?

For students taking AP testing, the College Board has developed a 45-minute online exam for students for the spring 2020 administration.

 

Has a decision been made on the end of the year events such as prom, promotion, and graduation?

  • No, we are awaiting further guidance on how long the school closure will last. At this time we are canceling the prom catering contract.  If we are back in school prior to the end of the year we will work with students and family to provide a prom experience as well as promotion and graduation.

 

What do we do with spring picture forms? 

  • Please reach out to the homeroom teacher of your child. Persona Studio will accept orders whenever we return. They also will accept mail-in orders at - Persona Studio 602 1st Ave Sterling, IL 61081

 

What if my child has an IEP or 504 plan

  • Students will follow their general education lesson plans, and teachers will be available.

If there are other special circumstances, their case manager and/or teacher will inform them of the learning activities and goals.

 

How can I find out how my child is doing in their coursework? (OHS/DLR/OES 5th&6th only)

  • You can still utilize your PowerSchool parent portal to check on student progress.  Teachers will use a blue flag that indicates incomplete assignments (assignments were turned in but not completed); an orange flag is something that is missing (assignment hasn’t be

Incomplete assignment (not completed to a satisfactory level) -blue flag

Missing (not turned in) -orange flag

  • You can also reach out to your student’s teacher directly.
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