June 17, 2020
I hope that this message finds you and your family in good health. I hope your students are finding ways to enjoy this summer and refresh after a very hectic end to the 2019-20 school year.
 
Within days of the end of remote learning, our staff began planning for the 2020-21 school year. As you can imagine, there are an incredible number of challenges to planning for what's ahead. At this time, no decisions have been made about what school will look like in the fall. No matter what decision is made, this fall will not look like any other that we have experienced.
 
Based on the feedback the district has received, there are families who want the schools open because of concerns about childcare, a preference for in-person learning, and other reasons. There are also families who have indicated they will not send their students to school in the fall because of medical concerns for their student or a family member. Many families are waiting for more information.  All of these perspectives are grounded in legitimate concerns and the district must plan to address the needs of each student.
 
In our planning, the CCSD 89 staff has identified core principles to guide the work. They are:
  • Maintain the health and safety of all students.
    • The district will follow federal and state guidelines, including the DuPage County Health Department, CDC, and the State Board of Education.
  • Provide meaningful and engaging academic experiences for all students.
    • Whether learning in person or remotely, students should find the work challenging, enriching, and engaging.
  • Address the social and emotional needs of all students.
    • Students will be provided emotional support while school is in session. Students will continue to have access to necessary therapies.
  • Provide consistency and stability for all students and staff.
    • In the areas that the district can control, CCSD 89 will strive to provide students a consistent educational environment.
  • Provide continuous professional learning opportunities for staff that address learning needs unique to this time.
    • Staff will continue to learn more about how to address educational needs while living in a pandemic.
Possible learning environments for fall
With those principles guiding the work, at this time, the staff is preparing for three possible learning environments in the fall:
  • In-person learning. This would mean all students returning to our school buildings with appropriate health and safety practices in place.
  • A hybrid or blended model of in-person and remote learning. This would mean students returning to school in a model that would have some in-person learning, and some remote learning.
  • Remote learning. This would mean all students would be engaged in meaningful schoolwork at their homes.
Each of these solutions presents serious obstacles for learning, safety, transportation, and much more. The CCSD 89 staff is working through all of the possibilities. The staff continues to gather as much information as possible from local, state, and federal health and education officials. The district is constantly adjusting to new guidelines and recommendations.
 
All of these plans will be significantly impacted by whether the state is able to move into Phase 4 of the governor's Restore Illinois guidelines. Phase 4 would include social distancing, face masks for students and staff, and limited group sizes.
 
You can read about the district's planning for fall in more detail here: https://bit.ly/37Bn1Sv
 
Your feedback on 2019-20 remote learning through the Thoughtexchange is driving the district's planning. You can see a summary of the feedback the district received here: https://bit.ly/30OAMLW

Survey being sent via email on Monday, June 22 
The district is committed to letting you know information as we have it, and we will regularly communicate throughout the summer. The next communication is expected to be a survey that will be sent via email on Monday, June 22. 
 
On Monday, you will receive a short survey about your family's current plans for the fall. This is a non-binding survey. The purpose is so the district can plan for staffing and resources. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey.
 
Thank you for your commitment to learning. More than ever before, learning is a true partnership between home and school. 

Emily K. Tammaru
Superintendent
Join the CCSD 89 summer reading program!  

All CCSD 89 students are encouraged to read o
write for 30 minutes each day as part of the summer reading program.  CCSD 89 is partnering with the Glen Ellyn Public Library to make books available. 

If students keep a log of their reading, they will earn a prize when they return to school in the fall. 

Learning resources for your student at home

While there are no required lessons over the summer, the district has allowed students to keep Chromebooks and iPads at home so students will continue to have opportunities to learn. 

The CCSD 89 teaching staff has created a webpage with additional educational websites your student can use safely. There are links to different subjects at each grade level. The page will continually be updated during the summer.

To see these resources, go to www.ccsd89.org/remote
Free lunches available in June, July, August

Free lunches will continue to be available to anyone who wants food throughout the summer. Families will still be able to pick up lunches from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays at Briar Glen or Glen Crest.

On Monday, families can pick up two meals; on Wednesday, families can pick up three lunches. More info:  https://bit.ly/3czI0qo
Two CCSD 89 students earned perfect scores on vocab challenge

Congrats to Sasha, who was a fifth-grade student at Westfield, and Shreyansh, who was a fourth-grade student at Park View this year.

They both earned rare perfect scores on the WordMasters Challenge during the 2019-20 school year!
 
Read more about these outstanding students:  https://bit.ly/3hqFN3v
Free COVID-19 testing available in DuPage County

Free COVID-19 testing is now available in DuPage County. The drive-thru test site is at the DuPage County Complex. The entrance is located on County Farm Road a few blocks North of Roosevelt Road at a stoplight. 

Drive-thru testing is open  Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until the daily test limit is reached. All residents of DuPage County can be tested for free.

Other CCSD 89 online resources
Map of free local WiFi hotspots: https://bit.ly/2xpjYz7
Help for common tech problems: www.ccsd89.org/howto
Take virtual trips around the world - and into space: www.ccsd89.org/fieldtrip
Brain breaks and other fun activities to do at home: www.ccsd89.org/funfromhome

More information
If you have further questions or need support, please reach out to our staff. We are available to help you and your students.

Latest remote learning and COVID-19 news: www.ccsd89.org/COVID
Lunches 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday. Info: https://bit.ly/3czI0qo
General questions:  info@ccsd89.org (630) 545-3581
Counseling: kmalmstedt@ccsd89.org  (630) 545-3517
Food:  lparker@ccsd89.org  (630) 545-3507
Special-education: golsen@ccsd89.org (630) 545-3515
Technology:  support@ccsd89.org  (630) 545-3591
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