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.
Dr. Thomas Mahoney, Ed. D.