4/05/2020


School Closure: On Tuesday, March 31,  Governor Pritzker has ordered that school remain closed until April 30.  During that time, schools are to implement Remote Learning Days for our students in an effort to meet the educational needs of our students while at home.  Remote Learning Days will take the place the of attendance days on the school calendar.

Learning Packet Distribution:


Grade School:


Teachers should have reached out to all of their students to determine their needs in continuing their education from home. Paper packets were available at the school this past Thursday, if you were unable to make it in at that time, you may contact the school office to make arrangements to do so between 9-2 Monday to Wednesday this week.  


Teachers are available through email or Facebook, If they have it, typically from the hours of 9-2 Monday thru Friday. This coming Thursday and Friday were to be our Easter Break, and the offices will be closed. 


As always, a key component of your education is effort. Please encourage your students to give their best effort in all aspects of their education. All we can all do is our best.


 


Distance Learning: Parents and students should continue to check their email and phone messages for instructions on receiving additional learning material for their class.  Because teachers will need to use their own phones, numbers may appear as blocked, restricted or no caller id on your caller-id. Additionally, many students will be able to access their materials through their teacher’s Google Classroom. 


This past Thursday began the classification of our closure days as Remote Learning Days.  Students are expected to complete work remotely and should be mindful to give their best efforts in completing assignments and communicating with teachers during designated times or to get their questions answered.  


For those Jr. High (6th-8th Grade) or High School students that have internet access but are in need of a computer or laptop, please contact the school office and we try to find a Chromebook that can be loaned to you during the school closure time.


Meals during the School Shutdown:  Next week meals will be available from Chester Grade School on Monday only from 10am -  1:00pm and with two busses distributing at Ellis Grove and Rockwood from 10:30 - Noon and later at the Trailer Court in Chester and Koeneman Acres’ bus stops at approximately 12:15 - 12:45pm for those that cannot make it out to the Grade school.


Have a good Evening.



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Parent Messages: Tomorrow, we will be placing, on our school websites, the parent messages that have gone out over the past couple weeks.


Learning Resources: To supplement the materials our teachers are providing, we encourage you to engage your children in other free, online educational activities. The Illinois State Board of Education has compiled a library of resources at www.isbe.net/keeplearning


State Assessments:  ISBE has received a waiver from the federal government on all state assessments.  ISBE is still exploring options to provide the SAT for this year’s Juniors in the fall of 2020.

Concern over this new virus can make children anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children's anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.

Children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Please talk with your children about precautions they can take to stay healthy, including:

●  Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially if they are visibly dirty. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative. Consider showing your children one of these videos about proper handwashing technique: www.cdc.gov/handwashing.

●  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

●  Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

●  Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.


●  Stay home if you are able to stay home. Avoid travel if you can.


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