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 220 Families,

As you may be aware, President Trump extended the social distancing order through April 30th.  I anticipate Governor Pritzker will follow this directive and extend the closure of all schools in the coming days. In the meantime, E-learning will resume tomorrow, March 31 and continue through April 7, pending further “stay at home” directives from Governor Pritzker. 

As I shared in my last e-mail, we understand this is a stressful time for all families, and we are doing our best to support you during the closure.  We encourage you to use your student’s point of contact teacher for any questions you have regarding the ongoing education of your students.  We greatly appreciate our families’ flexibility and assistance as we continue to utilize our E-learning plan.  We know that nothing replaces the personal connection between teachers and students, but given the current pandemic and need to maintain social distancing, we are pleased that we can continue the learning process in a meaningful way.

One last but important note.  Per the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), students who do not or cannot complete the learning activities provided will be given an incomplete.  As we have stressed previously, students need to be engaged in our E-Learning activities just as if we were physically attending school.  Students who receive incompletes will be required to make up the work missing for successful movement on to the next grade level or graduation.

We are working on a defined grading plan and a plan to support those students who earn incompletes during the school closure time.  We will share this information with you at a future date.

Your building principal will be providing additional information to you later this week.  Please follow our Facebook page, twitter, and coronavirus updates on our website (http://ocusd.net/corona) for additional information.  On Thursday at 7:00 pm I will be live on the OCUSD Facebook page for a Q&A.  Please send any questions you have regarding the school closure to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to answer them during the Facebook live event.

Go Hawks!

Dr. Thomas Mahoney, Ed. D.

Superintendent

OCUSD Families,

As you may know, the Governor has extended the school closure to April 7th and put in place a “stay at home” order. This means we will be continuing our e-learning through April 7th. In an effort to provide teachers ample time to prepare for e-learning, we are treating March 30th as an institute day. Teachers are not expected to provide lessons to students on that day. I expect more guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) later this week, which I will share with you through our communication channels (Facebook, Twitter, and our webpage, https://www.ocusd.net/corona).

This week (March 23- 27), food distribution will be provided for all free or reduced lunch students. As mentioned in our last message, we will no longer be delivering food or instructional materials. This change is reflective of our desire to limit our staff’s exposure to the virus. The pickup locations and times for the 5-day meal pack are as follows:

  • Curbside pickup will be on Tuesday, March 24th from 5 pm - 7 pm and Wednesday, March 25th from 7 am - 9 am

  • These items will only be available for curbside pickup at the following locations:
  • Oregon Elementary School in Oregon
  • David L. Rahn Jr. High in Mt. Morris
  • Mt. Morris Estates, Lot 12
  • Chana Education Center

If you are experiencing difficulty picking up at these locations during the times provided, we encourage you to reach out to friends, family, or neighbors for assistance.

Please remember, all offices are closed during spring break. Following spring break, the DLR and OHS offices will remain closed due to the “stay at home” order. The OES office will be staffed to take phone calls. We ask that no students or families visit the office or schools during the closure. If there is a need to retrieve something from our buildings, please call the office and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Food pickup, beginning March 30th, will be curbside pickup at the specified locations on Monday of each week from 5 pm - 7 pm and on Tuesday from 7 am - 9 am

I imagine this is an extremely stressful time for our families. To help support you, I have included a couple of resources below that you may find helpful. During these trying times, we know that all we can do is our best for our children, and I expect that is exactly what you are doing.

https://www.hmhco.com/blog/adjusting-to-new-realities-when-schools-are-closed-tips-for-parents

https://www.hmhco.com/learningsupport

Go Hawks!

Dr. Thomas Mahoney

Superintendent

P.S. Don’t forget your sense of humor during this time.  This is a message sent by one of our families last week - Day 3: I have hired a substitute. I’m taking a personal day

OCUSD Families,

We hope you and your children are doing well as we come to the end of the first week of the mandated closure.  We appreciate the many positive comments and expressions of gratitude our staff members have received. I am very proud to work alongside so many people who are committed to serving our students' needs! There has been no official guidance on extending the closure, but the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) mentioned in a webinar that they believe this closure will be extended beyond March 30th.  As more information becomes available, I will share it with you through our communication channels (Facebook, Twitter, and our webpage, https://www.ocusd.net/corona).

Having observed the ongoing economic impact of the COVID-19 virus on our families and community, we have made the decision to provide students who qualify for free or reduced lunch an additional five-pack of breakfast and lunch meals during spring break. Please be advised, because of the continued spread of the virus and our desire to limit our staff’s exposure, we will no longer be delivering food or instructional materials.  If you are experiencing difficulty picking up at these locations during the times provided, we encourage you to reach out to friends, family, or neighbors for assistance.

Here is the food service distribution plan for spring break:

  • We will be providing a five-day meal pack (breakfast and lunch)
  • Curbside pickup will be on Tuesday, March 24th from 5pm - 7pm and Wednesday,  March 25th from 7am-9am
  • These items will only be available for curbside pickup at the following locations:
    • Oregon Elementary School in Oregon
    • David L. Rahn Jr. High in Mt. Morris
    • Mt. Morris Estates, Lot 12
    • Chana Education Center

While we are on spring break (March 23rd through March 27th), schools will be closed, and staff will not be accessible.  

If we receive information during spring break that the school closure will be extended beyond March 30th, we will implement the following food service schedule:

  • Each week, we will be providing a 5-day meal pack (breakfast and lunch) to any student in need.  All students will continue to have access to the 5-pack as long as we continue to receive our bi-weekly food orders. If our food deliveries become limited, we will limit food service to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. 
  • These items will only be available for curbside pickup at the following locations:
    • Oregon Elementary School in Oregon
    • David L. Rahn Jr. High in Mt. Morris
    • Mt. Morris Estates, Lot 12
    • Chana Education Center
  • Curbside pickup at the specified locations will be on Monday of each week from 5pm - 7pm and from 7am - 9am each Tuesday.

Thank you for our support and patience as we continue to navigate this unprecedented event.

 

Go Hawks!

Dr. Thomas Mahoney

Superintendent

OCUSD Families,

I first want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to provide academic activities and food resources to our students.  I apologize for any previous miscommunication that may have led to frustration and promise you that we are doing all we can to serve our families. Remember to reach out to your student’s point of contact for all academic support, and food service questions should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  If you have a question that is not related to academics or food service, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

On Wednesday, we will be providing food service and Chromebooks to all families who indicated that there was a need. Information regarding the distribution of these items is as follows:

  • Food pick up will be in the same location from 7 am - 9 am for any family who requested food. Those locations are:
    • Oregon Elementary School in the foyer of the main entrance (Please use the chute for pick up. There will be curbside service)
    • David L. Rahn Jr. High School in the foyer of the gym entrance
    • Mt. Morris Estates – Lot 12 
    • Chana Education Center – there will be a bus parked in the Chana Education Center parking lot
  • Chromebooks, for families who requested them,  will be available for pickup at OES only between 7 am - 9 am.  Please use the chute for pickup as there will be curbside service.  If you are experiencing difficulty with pick up time, please contact the technology department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will try to accommodate you.

March 23rd and Beyond

We will treat next week as a traditional spring break, and schools will not be staffed. During this week, if you have questions, please reach out via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we will do our best to respond. If the mandatory school closure timeline is not extended, we plan to have our first full day of student attendance on Tuesday, March 31st.  Please remember, this is a rapidly changing event, and we need to be prepared for additional changes that could impact our return to normalcy.

As a reminder, most of our communication will be through Facebook, Twitter, and our OCUSD website (https://www.ocusd.net/corona).

Again, we are grateful to work in such a caring kid-centered community and appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we navigate this unprecedented event.

Go Hawks! 

Dr. Thomas Mahoney

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CLARIFICATION:

On Tuesday, instructional materials will be delivered to homes via our bus drivers and staff. Addresses for delivery were confirmed with families on Monday.

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Our teachers were busy today reaching out to you about the next couple of days.  Here is an updated, brief version of what is happening:

  • Monday: You should have been contacted by your student’s homeroom (OES), 2nd period (DLR), or 1st period (OHS) teacher or a building secretary.  If you were not able to make contact, please reach out to your school.  We are collecting important information about what your needs are and how best to meet them.
  • Tuesday: Breakfast and lunch for Tuesday will be available only for students eligible for free/reduced lunch.  These 4 locations will be open from 7am to 9am:
    • Oregon Elementary School in the foyer of the main entrance
    • David L. Rahn Jr. High School in the foyer of the gym entrance
    • Mt. Morris Estates – there will be a bus parked in the Mt. Morris Estates Drive
    • Chana Education Center – there will be a bus parked in the Chana Education Center parking lot


    Instructional materials will be delivered to the student's verified address.

  • Wednesday: Five-day meal packs will be available for all students at the same four locations as Tuesday.  Additionally, Chromebooks will be available for pickup at OES only for students who indicated that they were needed.

For issues with food, please contact Marty Boyd, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For issues with Chromebook pickup, please contact the technology department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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