DISTRICT 64 FALL 2020 PLANNING UPDATE

After three weeks of remote education for District 64 students, Superintendent Eric Olson on Friday released an in-person hybrid plan that will bring students back for two days a week beginning in mid-October. About half the returning students will attend in-person classes on Monday and Tuesday; the other half on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday will be a deep-cleaning day. Parents can also opt to stay in the current remote learning program.

The Administration originally introduced its reopening plan in July, but have made a few adaptations to this plan to accommodate changes in the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines, new information as it became available, continued feedback from all stakeholders, and the transition from full remote learning.

While about two-thirds of parents (in a District 64 survey) supported the in-person program, staffing issues, changes in Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines and completing the transition from remote learning all made it difficult to begin the year with students in the schools. When the District started the new school year under a remote plan, Superintendent Olson told the community he would continue working toward bringing students back as soon as possible.

Parents are being asked to review the revised version of our Continuing Together: Plan for Hybrid Learning document so that parents can make a choice between staying with full remote learning from home or moving to a program which includes both learning from home and limited in-school instruction.

Parents are asked to make their selection between the Hybrid and Remote plans for the remainder of the first trimester (November 20). Anyone who has trouble logging into the D64 Powerschool Parent Portal. If you need assistance with logging in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal, please contact your school office or email helpdesk@d64.org. The deadline for making selections is noon on Friday, Sept. 25.

View the plan for special education students.

Administrators will continue planning for trimester two and will keep parents informed regarding instruction following Thanksgiving. Please continue to watch this page and your email for updates throughout September and the rest of the school year. Be aware that the changes have also created some changes in the school calendar.

Target dates for on-site learning vary by grade level and are listed below along with other important dates: 

Friday, September 18 No School - Remote Learning Planning Day for staff

Friday, September 18 Re-release the Hybrid plan to families, which largely resembles the plan we presented in July

Friday, September 18 Parents receive a new survey regarding choice of remote learning or in-person for the remainder of trimester one (trimester one ends Friday, Nov. 20)

Friday, September 25 Parent survey closes

Friday, October 9 No School - Remote Learning Planning Day for staff

Monday, October 12 No School - Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13 First day of in-person attendance for the following groups: Pre-K (3 year olds), K, 1st and 6th grades

Monday, October 19 First day of in-person attendance for the following groups: Pre-K (4 year olds), 2nd - 5th, and 7th - 8th grades

The planning efforts involved many individuals representing various perspectives. In addition to guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the District team solicits input from staff, parents, and administrators to formulate its plans.

Following are some support for families dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and their children at home:

We offer various ideas for helping parents and students deal with COVID-19 at home 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.

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.