First Two Weeks of School

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First Two Weeks of School

September 4th, 2020

A Message from Your Superintendent

We made it through the first two weeks of the school year and the launch of remote learning. I’m sure everyone is ready for a well-deserved long weekend! But first, I want to congratulate our staff, students and families for doing their best to adjust to this new learning model. Many of you have expressed positive feedback about your child’s experience so far. We’ve also heard from some who have frustrations. I know our current situation is challenging, and I thank you for continuing to partner with us to make this work! We hope to make adjustments as we go. In that spirit, we’re seeking feedback about the past two weeks. Please fill out the brief survey at this link by the end of next Friday.

We greatly miss having students in the schools, and it is still our hope to return to some level of in-person instruction this fall. We’re in the early stages of planning what that might look like. I have been collaborating with area superintendents, and my team and I have been monitoring guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education. In addition to recommendations and metrics from the state, we must consider our own internal metrics regarding staffing. For example, before we return for hybrid or any other in-person model, we must know we can effectively run our programs while still meeting requirements for quarantining. Any learning model we pursue must be sustainable, because we know last-minute disruptions and changes are challenging for everyone. I will continue to communicate any updates as soon as we have them.

Our staff has worked hard to get to know their students, support them and provide meaningful learning experiences under these unusual circumstances. That’s not an easy task, and we thank them! Today I want to also acknowledge a group that does not get much recognition … the technology team of Mark Fijor, director; Maria Potratz, technology services coordinator; Allie Oyman, system and database coordinator; Ashley Patla, Lions Park/Fairview technology coach; Kate Sassatelli, Lincoln technology coach; Kim Stortz, Westbrook technology coach; Dena Conway, Fairview BTA; Sylwia Engquist, Lions Park BTA; Dave Cessna, Lincoln BTA; and Jenise Whisler, Westbrook BTA. They worked much of the summer to make sure the District was prepared for remote learning from a technological standpoint. And since school started, they have been helping families and staff who have tech issues. We couldn’t have done this without the expertise and accessibility of our tech team members! If you have any issues, fill out the form at this link and one of them will contact you.

Again, I thank you for everything you’re doing to support your child’s remote learning. Have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Elaine Aumiller
Superintendent of Schools
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