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Update and Appreciation Email Sent 4/9/2020

Antioch School District 34 Families,

 

We hope this email finds you well and gearing up for a much needed, deserved, and earned 3-day weekend with your family. Remember, as a member of our D34 family, 'You'll Never Walk Alone' (#YNWA). If you need something, anything, please let us know. The impact of this pandemic is far-reaching, deep, uncertain, and still evolving. We are here to help you navigate whatever your reality and needs might be.

 

While this experience has been a steep learning curve for us all, on behalf of the Antioch School District 34 Board of Education and our entire team, I want to express my gratitude to all of our students, staff, and families. Together, we are navigating unchartered waters and doing so with an eye toward connectedness, wellbeing, and the continuation of learning. These are undoubtedly difficult times, but there have been so many stories worthy of celebration coming out of all this. The collective, passionate, supportive, and impactful efforts of all are appreciated and serve as the ingredients to that which brings us closer together while we are physically apart.

 

We know communication is key right now and we wanted to provide some updates and information to ensure you are in the loop. If you have any questions about what is here, please reach out to a building or district-level administrator.

 

Remote Learning:

  • As of right now, Remote Learning will continue through at least Thursday, April 30.
  • Please know that as a District, we are endorsing the recommendations put forward in the Remote Learning Recommendations published by the Illinois State Board of Education. As our teachers gauge what and how much to plan, they are working hard to identify standards, work, and activities that promote continuity of learning for our students. We will continue to strive to provide meaningful, accessible, and manageable engagement opportunities.
  • With respect to grading and report cards, additional guidance is being drafted in alignment to current recommendations and with the input of our staff. Ultimately, we encourage families to have your student(s) work on completing and submitting assignments; given that doing so will only assist your child's mastery of skills and provide an opportunity to progress toward meeting standards (K-5) and improving grades (AUGS).
  • IMPORTANT: The state has granted school districts up to 5 Remote Learning Planning Days. Antioch School District 34 has opted to use 3 of those planning days on: April 15, April 22, and April 29. The purpose of these days will be to grant staff members a chance to plan, collaborate, coordinate, and develop their lessons and themselves.
    • Note: no new student work will be assigned on these days, however, students will be able to use the day as an opportunity to catch up on or complete outstanding assignments, if they choose.
    • The use of the remaining 2 days will be decided upon and communicated in a timely fashion.
  • As part of our D34 Remote Learning Plan, we are working to develop a Transition to On-Site Learning Plan, as required by the state. A committee has begun these discussions and will work in considering communication planning, social-emotional needs of staff and students, academic progress and adjustments, building protocols, etc., in preparation for an eventual transition back to on-site learning. More information will be forthcoming on this important topic.
  • As a collective, please know that YOU and your student(s) are doing an incredible job! Believe in yourself and know how appreciated your commitment to this endeavor is.

Check-Ins and Food Distribution:

  • Family check-ins will continue every Wednesday during the closure. Please use this platform to let us know if you need anything!
  • Lunch Program solicitations will continue 3X per week, allowing families to opt-in, as and when needed. Food distribution will continue at AUGS from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, with the exception of tomorrow, Friday, April 10, as it is a Board holiday.

Precautions and current reality amid the COVID-19 Crisis:

  • Here is the latest newsletter from the Lake County Health Department.
  • Please reference this guidance from IDPH regarding the use of face masks in public.
  • Please note that Antioch School District 34 has taken the following positions for anyone reporting to work or coming onsite for any reason:
    • Encouraged to wear masks, per the communication above.
    • Asked to stay at home if they are sick and/or have a temperature at or above 100.4, per guidance from the Lake County Health Department.

Building status:

  • Note, while our buildings are technically 'closed,' a couple of them are being staffed in case of any emergencies. If you need something, please reach out to a building or district leader.
    • Building staffing status:
      • Mary Kay McNeill Early Learning Center - CLOSED
      • Hillcrest Elementary - CLOSED
      • Oakland Elementary - CLOSED
      • W.C. Petty Elementary - CLOSED
      • Antioch Upper Grade - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (Food Distribution Site: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Mon-Fri, with the exception of Friday, April 10)
      • Administrative Services Center - 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In Closing:

 

We are actively exploring options for our traditional end-of-year activities and celebrations (i.e. 8th Grade Graduation). We are committed to ensuring that we honor and recognize the accomplishments of our students and staff, as the year comes to an end. If that requires some adjustments to our traditional ceremonies or programs, we will be innovative, creative, and communicative.

 

Reminder, our first Remote Learning Planning Day will be on April 15. No new assignments will be posted on this day or on April 22 or April 29. Students may use these days as an opportunity to catch up, if necessary.

 

If you have any questions or need anything, please reach out.

 

Know how proud and appreciative of you we are. So much #D34Pride!

 

If you have anything to highlight or celebrate on social media, please follow me @hubbardbradford on Twitter and/or Instagram and use the hashtags, #D34Pride, #D34ePride, and/or #D34remotePride in your posts!

 

Be and stay safe, healthy, and well,

 

Dr. Bradford Hubbard