DISTRICT 64 UPDATES ON CORONAVIRUS

Sadly, District 64 schools will have to finish its 2019-20 school year with our schools closed to the students.

We have been lifted by the generosity, patience and perseverance families and staff. While the uncertainty is challenging, please know that while we are finishing up one school year, we are already planning for 2020-2021.

This summer, as we look to continue to make decisions regarding what school will look like when we return in August, we will rely on Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Guidance, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), keeping the safety of students and staff our top priority.

At this point in time, no one knows exactly what lies ahead. We have been told, however, by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Governor to have multiple plans ready. We are currently preparing for three possible scenarios during the 2020 - 2021 school year.  Please be aware that we may experience different scenarios throughout the year.

Scenario 1 - We continue with Remote Learning, in some ways similar to what we have utilized this spring, with some time over the summer for us to improve upon what we have learned this year about this teaching model. 

We are very interested in your feedback regarding your Remote Learning experience this spring. We would appreciate it if you could complete this follow-up survey by Tuesday, May 26.

Scenario 2 - We return to in-person schooling as we have in the past (no adaptations).

Scenario 3 - We return to in-person schooling with adaptations. This scenario still has the most questions associated with it, and could include a combination of in-person schooling and Remote Learning. In-person schooling in Scenario 3 could also involve masks, social distancing, and temperature checks. This is all still yet to be determined by the State.

The manner in which the new school year will start in August and the scheduling of particular events remains unknown for now. We will keep you apprised of the status of these various options throughout the summer and will do our best to address the needs of our community within the parameters we will be required to follow as a school district. We will also make every effort to consider the medical and social-emotional impact of COVID-19 on children as we make decisions.

8th Grade Promotion:  While we recognize this important milestone in our students’ lives, unfortunately we had to cancel the traditional eighth-grade promotion ceremonies. Instead, both Emerson and Lincoln middle schools will create a pre-recorded virtual promotion ceremony for eighth-grade students. It will be sent to students on the previously scheduled graduation date of Monday, June 8. Recently, staff members passed out Class of 2020 lawn signs to each middle school student’s home. The schools are each putting together special presentations to honor their eighth-graders.

Remote Learning:  Remote Learning will continue for the remainder of the school year. Thank you to the nearly 1,000 families who completed our parent survey about remote learning! We have shared the data district-wide and are working to make adjustments to address any concerns. While the majority of you indicated that you are pleased with remote learning, we encourage anyone who is struggling with this to reach out to our teachers. They are very happy to help you identify priority goals and adjust schedules to work better for your children.

ISBE Remote Learning FAQs: The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) compiled the following recommendations for families to understand how to support students during the mandatory suspension of in-person instruction.

We offer various ideas for helping parents and students on our Parent Resource page. Find more free or temporarily free learning resources for teachers and parents to support student learning while Illinois’ schools are closed (from the Illinois State Board of Education). Information on finding low-cost internet connectivity for those who qualify is listed at the bottom of this page.

Student Absences:  Please continue to sign-in on your school’s attendance form each day that your child participates in e-learning. You do not need to notify the school if your child is unable to participate due to illness or other reason.

Student Grades:  As a reminder, all assignments, assessments, and activities collected during Remote Learning Days will be graded using “Pass” or “Incomplete.”  Students will also receive a report card at the end of the school year with grades of “Pass” or “Incomplete.”  

School Lunch Balances: With the schools closed prior to the end of the 2019-20 school year, parents will have money remaining on unused school lunches. Depending on whether the student is currently in eighth-grade or a student who will be returning to a District 64 school in the fall, parents have several options regarding their lunch balances. Please review the information at this link and let us know your decision regarding your school lunch balance.

Picking up Student Materials at the End of the Year:  Please contact your school principal for schedules and questions.

Summer School:  District 64 is canceling its World of Wonders (WOW) summer school program and moving its Extended School Year (ESY) program online with a modified timeframe. The district is still considering holding some (virtual) intervention classes. View the latest information and continue to watch this page for updates..

School playgrounds: Both the Mayor’s office and the Park Ridge Police Department report that they are expending resources to stop groups of adults and kids playing in parks. Please help stop group activities in our parks. Be aware of where your children are going if they leave your house, and help spread the word that social distancing is a proven method for reducing the spread of COVID-19. We need everyone working together in the best interests of the health of our community. When we do come back to school, our custodians will properly clean all the equipment before we open again.

Beyond the Bell: The Beyond the Bell (BTB) program will be closed until schools are open to classes. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Park Ridge Park District is postponing Beyond the Bell Before and After School registration for the 2020/2021 school year. The Park District will continue to monitor developing information, and remains hopeful that online registration for current enrolled families will begin on May 1st and families new to BTB on May 15th. Thank you for your patience as everyone navigates this rapidly evolving situation. Please visit the Park District website for District-wide updates.

Free lunch service: Also note that we have made arrangements for meal distribution during this time through a partnership with Maine Township High School District 207. Meals will be distributed between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Maine South High School, 1111 S. Dee Road, Park Ridge.

There is NO sign up form to participate. Any student or family in need of meals can arrive at Maine South High School and they will be provided with meals. Please go to door 3 located in the front circle driveway.

District 207 is also using Maine East, and Maine West high schools as distribution points for neighboring elementary school communities. 

Meals will be distributed in a “drive-through” and “walk-through” fashion. We ask that you stay in your car and the meals will be brought to your car. Please do not get out of your car. If you walk to school, please form a line outside and practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet between the others in line. The meals will be brought to you in your car or in the walker line.

Our Quest workers will be working at the D207 high school kitchens to help prepare meals for our families.  If you are unable to pick up your meals at one of the high school locations, please email or call Lindsey Borchers our onsite Food Service Director, lborchers@d64.org, 847-962-9957.

Keeping kids healthy when school is closed: The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers tips on protecting children from getting sick.

COVID-19 GUIDELINES: We are also providing you with recommended guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus.

Communications: This web page, dedicated to the Coronavirus, is found via a banner towards the top of the D64 home page. We also plan to continue to communicate to you regularly as long as the spread of the virus continues. Two things you can do to help:

  1. Please contact the school office if your contact information has changed recently so we know the best way to reach you.
  2. Please inform us if a student or family member is known to have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case.

Should the situation here change, we will work directly with Cook County Department of Public Health (CCPDH), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Diseases Prevention (CDC) to take necessary steps to safeguard our schools.

In the meantime, we’re providing you with additional information about influenza, Coronavirus and how to prevent the spread of illness within the school setting on the Health and Safety Tips page of our website. Other important links are listed here:

Park Ridge Library: Does someone in your family need a library card? You can get free access to ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines and newspapers from around the world, online databases on everything from cooking and crafting to live tutoring help with your card! Apply for a library card online. One of our team members will email you your library card number and pin so you can access online resources and your account right away. Remember to pickup your card and show proof of residency when the library reopens. For questions regarding your account including card expiration, resetting your pin on your account, renewals or overdue materials please email our Patron Services team at patronservices@prpl.org

FAMILY RESOURCES: Listed below are some resources for families to assist with food, clothing and other emergency needs. If any student or family member requires emergency mental health support, please dial 911.

Illinois FAQs

Maine Township Food Pantry

Maine Stay Youth and Family Services

North/Northwest Suburbs Resource Directory

Entry Point

Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund

CEDA

Illinois Housing Authority

Mental / Emotional Health: The Call4Calm Emotional Support Line from the National Alliance on Mental Illness

Free Internet: Families who qualify for low cost internet may apply for Internet Essentials from Comcast or Access from AT&T. Comcast is now providing two months of free service to new qualifying customers, as well as opening up the Xfinity WiFi service to the public. To connect to Xfinity WiFi look for the “xfinitywifi” network name when searching for a WiFi network on your device. Open a browser to finish making the connection.