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Return to School Updates

Click here to access the most up-to-date Return to School Transition Plan.

 

Friday, August 14

 

Good evening 😊  I am so sorry to bother you on this beautiful Friday night, but I have some important information to share with you.

 

You may be aware that Clinton County has moved to orange on the County Level COVID-19 Risk Metrics.  This means there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. We received the official word of this designation from the Clinton County Health Department (CCHD) this afternoon.  We were advised by the CCHD to postpone in person learning until the county risk metric returns to blue.

 

We had an emergency Clinton County Superintendent meeting this afternoon to discuss all of our options. 

  • We prioritized the importance of safety and doing what is best for kids.
  • We decided that we could not go against the advice of the Health Department. 
  • We agreed that the start of the school year is when the foundation for the entire school year is laid.  Having in person learning to start the school year is imperative.  Starting remotely without having the opportunity to train our students in person would be extremely challenging.
  • We know our school community is overwhelmingly in favor of the students returning to school for in person learning.

With these key points in mind, we agreed as a consortium to push the start of the school year back two weeks.  Our hope is that in two weeks our designation will improve to blue and we can move forward with our original plan of in person learning.  

 

With this change, our first day of student attendance will be Monday, August 31.  Our school calendar will be altered accordingly which means our last day of school will be pushed back.  When the new school calendar is finalized, it will be shared with everyone.

 

On Monday, the faculty and staff will be meeting to discuss next steps and start working on those next steps.  An update will be provided to families as the details are worked out.  

  

I understand that this email is like a punch to the gut.  I felt that same punch in the gut this afternoon when the CCHD reached out to us.  In fact, my gut still hurts and likely will all weekend.  Please know that our ultimate goal is to provide our students with the best learning opportunity possible.  We feel strongly that they need to be in school, and we think this plan gives us the best chance to make that happen.

 

Thank you for understanding that we are just trying to make the most of a situation that is largely out of our control.  We want nothing more than for our hallways to be bustling with activity. 

 

Stay tuned for further updates in the days to come.

 

With Bulldog pride,

 

Robin

 

Robin Becker, Superintendent

Germantown SD #60

401 Walnut Street

Germantown, IL  62245

School:  (618)523-4253

Cell:  (618)830-5209

 

 

Thursday, July 31

 

We know you have been eagerly awaiting the release of our Return to School Plan.  After engaging in several meetings with area superintendents, reading through countless pages of guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, listening to the sentiments of our families, and discussing the components of the plan with the faculty, staff, and Board of Education, we are now ready to share our plan with you.  As I am sure you understand, this plan is a work in progress.  We are receiving new information and guidance daily.  With that being said, updates to the plan are likely to be made between now and the start of the school year.

 

As you read through this document, please understand that our overarching goal is to provide our students with a safe place to learn.  We are committed to doing our best for the children of this community.  While learning may look a little different this year, our passion for kids has never been stronger, and we are excited to get the 2020-21 school year started.

 

In these uncertain times, stress levels are high.  Children look to us for guidance, support, and reassurance.  The best way we can do that is by choosing a positive attitude and showing them how to make the most of the challenges we face.  It is our hope that by returning to in person learning, we can alleviate some of the stress and bring a sense of consistency and normalcy to everyone’s lives for at least 7 hours a day. 

 

If you have a child(ren) that are feeling a little anxious about COVID-19 and the return to school, please let us know.  We have started discussions with Ms. Kris Fulkerson from Coping 4 Kids Coping 4 Life on how to best support our students who are unsure about the return to school.  We anticipate offering our students the opportunity to meet with her on a scheduled day prior to the start of the school year.  More information will be shared on this topic as it becomes available.

 

Click here to access our Return to School Transition Plan.  After reading, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns, or comments you have.  You can email me, call me at school, 523-4253, or call me on my cell, 830-5209.

 

Thank you for partnering with us in the best interests of the children.

 

With Bulldog Pride,

 

Robin

 

Robin Becker, Superintendent

Germantown SD #60

401 Walnut Street

Germantown, IL  62245

School:  (618)523-4253

Cell:  (618)830-5209