In the past couple of days, our team at AUGS has begun the process of communicating the plans they have been working on for a virtual graduation ceremony. While we understand this is not the way anyone envisioned the celebration of this important milestone, please know that we are actively doing our best to consider all options and make the best decisions possible. You may not have an 8th grade student impacted by this decision, however, we believe this communication offers some insight into our end-of-year planning as it relates to a variety of traditional activities and celebrations. In the end, we are committed to honoring and recognizing our collective accomplishments, but want to make sure we are doing so in ways that are congruent with the guidance we have received and in coordination with other agencies and organizations, with whom we have been in close contact.
As many of you know, this past week has been Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week. We are incredibly proud of our staff and we spent the week making sure they heard, felt, and knew that. In this current reality we are all navigating, I would like to take the chance to thank you all, too, for your support, partnership, and work in further broadening our definition of who our practicing teachers and educators are. Without notice, professional development, or any say, you have become a critical extension of our profession and a crucial piece to our ability to continue helping our collective students grow, learn, develop, create, accomplish, and achieve.
Kindergarten screening dates scheduled in May have been cancelled due to the Stay-at-Home order because of the COVID-19 school closures. At this time, there are no reschedule dates set. If we are able to reschedule, we will communicate that to you at that time.
I hope this communication finds you healthy, well, and safe. Remember, we are here for you; especially if you or your family are in need. We will continue to send out our weekly Check-In as a way for you to communicate with us, but do not allow that to be the only mechanism of outreach if you are in need.
In this current reality due to the COVID-19 closures, Antioch School District 34’s Summer Learning will be canceled. Extended School Year (ESY) is a part of students’ IEPs and will continue this summer. At this time, students who qualify for Extended School Services will be participating using remote learning.
As I am sure you know, yesterday, Governor Pritzker announced that we will not be returning to on-site school this year. While there had been significant speculation and suspicion of this enormous announcement/decision, yesterday it became our latest new reality. In heeding advice, staying collaborative with a variety of agencies, and working feverishly together to ensure we are doing right with, by, and for our stakeholders, District 34 stands prepared to engage in Remote Learning for the rest of this school year. Additionally, we will ensure we are ready for a return to school whenever we are permitted to do so. When we do reconvene, we can assure you that we will be implementing any and all precautions that are in place and recommendations guiding our work at that time.
First and foremost, we miss you. We hope you and your family are safe, well, and healthy. If you are in need of anything, we hope you will reach out. Tomorrow, we will be sending our weekly Family Check-In and we encourage you to let us know how you are and how we can help.
Given the rapidly evolving global pandemic and ever-changing reality facing our communities, we believe it is very important to reach out and provide a D34 update. First and foremost, we want you to know that we deeply care about you and are here for you. If there is something that you or your family need, please reach out and let us know…let us help.
Antioch School District 34 is committed to continuing to provide support to students during the COVID-19 closure. At this time, D34 will continue providing "Grab-n-Go" lunches through June 30, 2020.
Due to the increasing threats related to the Coronavirus, all District 34 schools will be closed for students starting on Monday March 16 for three weeks, which includes the Spring Break week.
Please know that Antioch District 34 is absolutely committed to and invested in student and staff safety as its top priority. To that end, the District has been and will continue to be proactive in its learning about, preparedness for, and response to the global Coronavirus outbreak.
Get to know your future Superintendent, Brad Hubbard, through an article written by Lena De Vore, Content Editor for the Tom Tom (Sequoit Media).
The 2020-2021 Registration systemfor new students is open now and is anticipated to launch the week of March 9th for returning students. An email will be sent to all current D34 families notifying them that registration is available through their PowerSchool Parent account once it becomes available.
It is with great excitement that the District 34 Board of Education announces that Dr. Bradford Hubbard will be joining our learning community as the new Superintendent of Schools. He will officially be starting this July, to begin the 2020-2021 school year. So, in the coming months, if you happen to see a new (or perhaps familiar) face on one of our school campuses as he familiarizes himself with the district, please join us in welcoming him to District 34!