Dear D181 Families,
Earlier this week, the state released a 60-page document that provides best practices on keeping our students and staff safe in the 2020-21 school year. The document, created by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health, provides guidance and guidelines — it is now our job to implement those guidelines in a way that is best suited to our students and schools.
Our administrative team has been working this week to analyze and develop a framework for our initial plans. As we shared in our email and on the website last week, there are a variety of topics we must consider such as scheduling, transportation, students and staff wearing masks, and social distancing. Throughout all of these conversations, we are balancing the needs of our students academically, socially, and emotionally with their physical safety and well-being.
D181 Transition Team
We will continue our conversations in the coming weeks and want to be sure we are incorporating the voices of our teachers, staff, parents, and community partners. As such, we will be forming a D181 Transition Team, which will include a D181 Board of Education representative, a PTO President from each school, staff representing each school and staff category, our administrative team, and community partners.
When we release our guidance, we want to be sure that we've thoroughly discussed each topic and that we present it to families in a way that is easy to understand. Our goal is to have a D181 guidebook and webpage available to all families, staff, and our community by mid- to late-July. We thank you in advance for your patience as we have these important conversations and create these materials.
Our District will put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment. Thank you again for your understanding and flexibility as our entire District navigates a situation together that none of us could have imagined. We will continue to keep in touch and send important information and updates by email.
In the meantime, please stay safe and we hope you and your family enjoy the summer.
Dr. Hector Garcia, Superintendent