March 12, 2020
IMPORTANT SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 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 the District, we are shifting to our remote learning plan in an abundance of caution. Remote learning will begin Monday, March 16, 2020, and continue until further notice. Our school building will be closed to students beginning Friday, March 13. ALL activities and events in the school building are canceled as of 5:00 p.m. today and until further notice.
If your student was absent and unable to get their remote learning device, or band instrument, stop by the school office on Friday, March 13, to pick it up during open office hours from 8:10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Contact your student's teacher with any other questions or to arrange item pick-up.
The remainder of this letter addresses a number of issues related to COVID-19, including:
● Remote Learning
● Spring Break Travel
● Sports, Clubs, and Community Events
● Communication with Families
We are implementing remote learning plans starting Monday, March 16, 2020, to continue instruction and offer some consistency to our students. An email with a link to our remote learning website will be shared with parents on Friday, March 13. Teachers will be communicating with students throughout the remote learning process. Please be patient as we will be refining our systems and improve as we move along. Teachers will begin posting remote learning plans beginning at 7:30 a.m. on March 16.
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 or are symptomatic for COVID-19 or have tested positive for it. Still, please use all necessary caution when deciding to return to school after Spring Break travel.
Sports, Clubs, and Community Events
All sports practices, team gatherings, and competitions, performances, clubs, class activities, and other events are canceled until further notice. We discourage students from organizing their own gatherings.
Communication with Families
We will continue to provide you with regular updates as this situation develops. For the latest information, please visit our website and monitor your email and phone for messages from the District. Given the rapidly evolving nature of this pandemic and guidance for schools, we will continue to communicate regularly with families about our plans. Expect additional updates throughout the next several days. Communications will also be posted on our website at https://www.kenilworth38.org/covid19
Additionally, it is essential for our students that we model measured behavior and rely on each other for support. Our students take their cues from the significant adults in their lives, and we can weather this challenging time together by refraining from alarmist or stress-inducing language in their presence. Our principals have shared some information related to speaking with your children about COVID-19, and we are also including these resources here:
This is a stressful and unprecedented situation for our school, our families, and our local and global community. We know there will be bumps in the road along the way, but together we will support our students and do what is best for them. We are proud to be part of a community with such a strong history of support for education. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate this situation together.
Thank you for your partnership,
Dr. Crystal LeRoy
Kenilworth School District No. 38
Dr. Lisa Leali
Chief Education Officer
Kenilworth School District No. 38