Superintendent's Message

District 64 begins planning for re-opening schools during Phase 4

Guidance given by IL State Board of Education 

June 24, 2020 -- I hope your summer has been enjoyable so far and that you and your families are safe and well. 

On Tuesday, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidelines for schools to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. This 60-page document, called the Illinois State Board of Education Transition Document Phase 4, includes information for in-person learning, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures that will need to be put into place in order to keep everyone safe and healthy.

This document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public.  Some parents have already reached out with questions. We kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.

We understand the need for staff and parents to know what to expect next school year, so we anticipate releasing our own transition plan in the next month. Part of this process will involve an opportunity for parent input as we plan for in-person instruction, so please look for more information to come.

As I shared previously, our staff has already been discussing the various options available to us, yet this new guidance now greatly adds to those plans. I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

As always, thank you for the partnership, and for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire community navigates this situation together.

I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.

Take care of yourselves and others,

Dr. Eric Olson