COVID-19 DISTRICT INFORMATION

COVID-19 DISTRICT INFORMATION
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Dear District 29 Parents, Guardians, and Staff,
 
Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, our close coordination with New Trier Township schools, and recommendations from public health officials, we are
canceling school for students tomorrow, March 13, 2020.  While we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases in District 29, we are shifting to our E-learning plan in an abundance of caution. Remote learning will begin Monday, March 16, 2020, and continue until further notice.
 
While our school buildings will be closed to students beginning Friday, March 13th, 2020, parents may come to Middlefork or Sunset Ridge tomorrow between 9am-11am to pick up an iPad/Chromebook device (if needed), or any items that students have left behind. We are making the Middlefork devices available to families so that students will have simpler home access to the same apps and programs students use at school.  However, the Middlefork E-Learning plans will also have “unplugged” or non-electronic options, so it is not necessary to have the device. 
 
All other school activities and events are canceled until further notice. 
 
Remote Learning
We are implementing Remote Learning (E-Learning) Plans starting Monday, March 16, 2020, in an effort to continue instruction and offer some consistency to our students.
We will be sharing more detailed information regarding our E-Learning with parents on Friday March 13, 2020. Teachers will be communicating Individually, or as teams, to students and parents starting on Monday, March 16, 2020.  We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to refine our systems and improve the E-Learning experience.
 
Our E-Learning plan aligns with the plans of other districts that have already been approved by the Regional Office of Education. The E-Learning Plan does fulfill the requirements of the law and does allow for some continuity of learning for our students.  At this time, E-Learning days do count as student attendance days and need not be made up at the end of the school year.
 
Spring Break Travel
The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance regarding quarantining for anyone who has traveled to a high risk country.  Presently, those include: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea. Travelers returning from Spring Break trips to these countries would need to be in quarantine for 14 days (without symptoms) prior to returning to school. Such missed days would not be counted against the student, and we would take steps to
initiate remote learning opportunities for such students.  

Please continue to monitor CDC guidance in this regard as the identification of high risk travel destinations may change quickly.  The district cannot prevent students from returning to school unless they are confirmed to be in required quarantine.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Edward J. Stange
Superintendent of Schools
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