Letter from the Superintendent 1/4/22

Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 01/04/2022
Letter from the SuperintendentDear CM 201-U Families,

Yesterday we welcomed our students back for the first day of classes in 2022! The holiday recess was a welcome break for our staff, students, and families and I hope it offered you time to relax and rejuvenate. While the 2021-22 school year has not been the complete return to normalcy we all desired and has certainly presented its challenges, we have remained focused on honoring our goal of in-person instruction for every student, every day.

However, as you know, there has been an unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, both locally and nationally, related to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant. Unfortunately, the current surge has caused a significant strain and daily variability in our ability to adequately staff our schools and serve our students.

If we learn that we cannot sufficiently staff a school on a given day, the District may implement an Adaptive Pause. This short-term mitigation strategy was created by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) to allow for movement into any level of remote learning to prevent disease transmission during the pandemic. Unfortunately, the amount of days available in this framework is extremely limited.

Please know that decision to keep our schools open or move to remote learning is not arbitrary. Rather it is based on our collection and analysis of the data and authorization from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE) only allows school districts a limited amount of remote learning days because they continue to strongly encourage in-person learning to the greatest extent possible.

In an effort to maintain our health and safety protocols, the District will:
  • Continue implementing mitigation measures (e.g. social distancing, masking, staying home when sick)
  • Follow guidelines and recommendations from IDPH
  • Utilize Adaptive Pause Days, which allow schools to switch to remote learning when needed
  • Adjust instructional models to address staff shortages
  • Track and monitor staff and student positivity rates and cases daily
  • Encourage vaccinations and booster shots
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we work through the impact and disruptions that persist as a result of this pandemic. Each day, we are faced with hard choices and less-than-ideal situations as we work to create a happy and safe school environment for our students. It would simply not have been possible without your patience and flexibility these past two years.

We will continue to keep you updated as new information and/or guidelines become available. Please be mindful of the need for very short-term notifications from the district regarding changes to remote learning days that may apply to the next school day.

Sincerely,

Dr. Kara Coglianese
Superintendent

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