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.
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Here is your OCUSD COVID weekly update:
OES- 21 under quarantine / no positives
DLR – 11 under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 8 under quarantine / no positives
OCUSD Students who attend Chana - 1 under quarantine / no positives
OES – 3 adults under quarantine / no positives
DLR – 2 adults under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 1 adult under quarantine / not positive
6-Week Transition Information
Remote to In-Person
Next week we will send out information to our remote learning families that will explain the process to opt into in-person learning. The deadline for changes will be September 14th. Students who change from remote to in-person would begin their in-person attendance on September 21st. This time between the 14th and 21st is vital for planning to accommodate additional in-person students. More detail will be included in the September 8th e-mail.
In-Person to Remote
Any in-person learning family wishing to switch to remote learning should contact their child's principal by September 14th. More detail will be provided after your contact with your student's principal.
Dr. Thomas Mahoney
Here are the COIVD numbers as of this morning. One item to bring to your attention is our concern around transportation. As you may know, there is a national shortage of school bus drivers. We have limited qualified substitute drivers, which impacts our ability to transport students if full-time drivers become quarantined. This means, that if a number of our drivers are quarantined, we will be forced to modify our schedule. Modifications may include, but is not limited to;
Families who use transportation may be asked to provide, or find, transportation for their students.
Some students may be on a delayed pick up and/or early drop off if we do not have enough drivers to complete the routes with the limited number of students allowed on a bus.
A school, or a portion of a school, may need to shift to remote learning.
If we do not have enough drivers to cover 70% of our routes, we would need to move all students to remote learning.
You may be wondering why we couldn't just offer in-person for students who can make it to the district. On Tuesday, I spoke with our State Superintendent and asked if ISBE would allow us to transport as many students as possible and shift the remaining students to remote learning. She indicated that under the current ISBE rules, that option was not allowable. We continue to work with ISBE to address this very real concern.
OES – 18 students under quarantine / no positives
DLR – 17 students under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 19 students under quarantine / one positive
OES – 2 adults under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 3 adults under quarantine / no positives
Transportation – 1 adult quarantine / not positive
As I mentioned last week in my Friday e-mail, we will continue to provide you with ongoing updates regarding COVID. As of Friday:
OES – 6 students under quarantine / no positives
DLR – 2 students under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 3 students under quarantine / no positives
OHS - 1 adult under quarantine/ not positive
I want to follow up on my 8/14 COVID e-mail with an update. I spoke with the family of the identified student on 8/16 and was informed that the Ogle County Health Department (OCHD) has told them that their student's test was negative.
While I hope this is the only COVID related event this school year, I do not believe that will be the case. If future incidents occur, we will communicate with our families in a timely fashion.
Dr. Thomas D. Mahoney, Superintendent
I wanted to let you know that we experienced a breakdown in our COVID protocols on 8/14 that was compounded by miscommunication. We were informed by the Ogle County Health Department (OCHD) that they had been made aware of an OHS student who was exposed to COVID in their home. While the identified student was not in school today, OCHD asked us to perform contact tracing for students or staff who were in close contact (less than 6 feet away for more than 15 minutes) with the identified student.
The protocol is for us to share the close contact information with the OCHD and then they make the determination and communication regarding the next step.
Unfortunately, our protocol broke down and we reached out to the twelve close contact families, asked that they pick up their students and quarantine. While this was done out of an abundance of caution, it was not the appropriate action on our part.
After we spoke with Ogle County Health and debriefed about the incident, we circled back with our health service staff and reaffirmed the appropriate protocols.
I apologize that I had not done a better job communicating the protocols clearly and for any stress this may have caused you or your family. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Dr. Thomas D. Mahoney
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.