School Closure Update: March 26, 2020

District 7 Parents,
 
I wanted to provide you an update with the latest information that we know at this time regarding school closure, e-Learning, and a couple other topics.  Within the coming days, we expect to receive more guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that will allow us some local control in how we move forward with our e-Learning if the school closure is extended.  As explained in previous communication, the earliest that District 7 students will be back in school will be Tuesday, April 14th
 
Changes to meal time pickup for next week—Week of March 30th
 
We will continue to provide grab and go lunch and breakfasts on MONDAY, MARCH 30TH between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM and between 4 PM and 7 PM at Edwardsville High School, Glen Carbon Elementary, and Worden Elementary. Families will be able to get up to five days of meals in this one pickup.  We will also continue to deliver meals on Monday, March 30th to those who cannot make it to one of the three locations.  On Wednesday, April 1st, we will have meal pickup at Edwardsville High School only between the hours of 10 AM and 12 PM for those unable to make it on Monday.  These are the only two days where meal pickup will occur during the week of March 30th.  
 
Primary report cards
 
All kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade report cards were mailed on Wednesday.  Please be watching the mail if you have a student in this grade level. 
 
How will high school students get credit if the closure continues? 
 
Many high school students and parents have asked questions regarding their high school students and how they will receive credit if they are not able to have assignments graded for an extended period of time.  We are confident that the guidance we will receive from ISBE will allow us additional flexibility with grading some assignments in the future. For now, it is extremely important to encourage your students to complete the work that the teachers are assigning—even though the work cannot negatively affect their grades!!  If they are having difficulty completing the work, make contact with the teacher for assistance. For those students in dual credit courses, we are working with Lewis and Clark Community College (LCCC) to determine options to ensure that students will still get college credit for these courses.  Again—the most important factor is to make sure that students are completing the work that is being assigned by the teachers during e-Learning days. 
 
We need your help to encourage your high school students to continue to engage with their teachers and to learn as much material as possible during the time of school closure.  Remember, that every district in Illinois is dealing with the same issues, and we fully expect that ISBE will be flexible in their guidance to ensure that students are able to receive credit for their courses.
 
Thank you for your patience as we move forward together.  As additional information becomes available, we will work to get it out to parents and the community in as timely a manner as possible.
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 24, 2020

District 7 Parents,
I hope that each of you are staying safe at home and beginning to get into a routine with your students regarding home-based learning.  I wanted to give you an update on a couple of questions that we have been receiving:  
 
How can I contact schools or the district office during school closure?
As of Monday, March 23rd, all schools are closed to visitors and all phone calls are directed to the district office.  The district office will continue to answer phone calls between the hours of 9 AM and 12 PM each day.   All building related questions should be emailed directly to the school principal and all classroom or subject-related questions should be emailed directly to the teacher. 
 
What will happen with the District 7 Spring Break (Scheduled from April 6th-13th)?
The Governor’s current directive is for schools to remain closed through April 7th.  District 7 was scheduled to begin spring break on April 6th with students returning to school on April 14th.  Because of this, even if the order to return to school is lifted, District 7 will remain closed until April 14th.  Students will NOT have e-Learning or home-based assignments during the days of spring break.  Kid Zone will not be in session during any days of school closure or spring break.  District 7 will provide meal pickup on Monday April 6th.  More information on meal pickup during spring break will be provided as we get closer to April 6th.   
 
When will we get 3rd quarter report cards?
A few parents have been calling the office to ask about 3rd quarter report cards.  All high school, middle school and intermediate (3rd, 4th, and 5th grade) students’ report cards are already available on Tiger View.  Primary grade (kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd) report cards will be mailed home on Friday, March 27th.
 
 
Thank you for your patience during this unprecedented time.  We will continue to provide meals for those that need them, frequently updated communication to parents, and a continuity of learning for your students. 
Respectfully,
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 22, 2020

District 7 Parents,
 
I wanted to give you a brief update on school closure and building access for the upcoming week.
 
School Closure Extended
On Friday, Governor Pritzker extended the school closure through April 7th.  Because District 7 is on spring break that week, this effectively closes the district until April 14th.  
 
Building Access During “Stay At Home” Order
Beginning Monday March 23rd, all schools and the District Office will be closed to outside traffic except for meal pickup.  All phone calls will be forwarded to the District Office.  We will continue to answer phone calls between 9 AM and 12 PM.  We will provide further information for those parents that need to pick up home-based learning materials at the end of this week.  Every effort will be made to send all lessons digitally beginning March 30th.   Paper materials will only be made available to those families without internet access upon request. 
 
Update on District-Provided Meals
District 7 is committed to making sure students who rely on school meals will continue to have food while schools are closed.  We will continue to provide a grab and go lunch and breakfast each day between 9 AM and 12 PM at Edwardsville High School, Glen Carbon Elementary, and Worden Elementary.  We will also continue to deliver meals to those who cannot make it to one of the three locations.  On Mondays during closure, we will have a second meal pickup time from 4 PM-7 PM at all three locations.  On these days, parents will be able to take up to five days of meals in one pickup. 
  
We will continue to provide frequent updated communication in the coming days and weeks. 
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 20, 2020

District 7 Parents,
I wanted to give everyone an update on a few topics related to school closure.  This afternoon at 3 PM, Governor Pritzker will deliver a press conference and we believe that he will extend the school closure at least two additional weeks.  I wanted to reassure parents that District 7 will continue to do the following throughout the closure:
  • Feed children by providing daily meals Monday through Friday
  • Communicate accurate information on a regular basis
  • Engage students academically and socially
 
Update on District-Provided Meals
District 7 is committed to making sure students who rely on school meals will continue to have food while schools are closed.  We will continue to provide a grab and go lunch and breakfast each day between 9 AM and 12 PM at Edwardsville High School, Glen Carbon Elementary, and Worden Elementary.  We will also continue to deliver meals to those who cannot make it to one of the three locations.  On Mondays during closure, we will have a second meal pickup time from 4 PM-7 PM at all three locations.  On these days, parents will be able to take up to five days of meals in one pickup. 
 
Communication regarding school and building closures
ALL communication regarding District 7 school closure and what occurs during this period will be shared directly from the District 7 office. 
To avoid the spread of misinformation, please rely only on statements released by District 7 through emails communicated directly to parents, through the District Facebook page, and through the district website (www.ecusd7.org).  Building principals may provide school-related information with parents via email and School Facebook pages as well. 
For updates on COVID-19 in our community, refer to the Madison County Health Department website.
e-Learning/Home-based learning
Schools will continue to provide educational opportunities students can do at home.  Teachers and principals will be preparing additional activities to engage students in the days ahead. If school closure is extended past the original two weeks, please watch for additional information explaining how to access or pick up resources.  When the time comes, we will have specific instructions for those that might need to pick up packets from schools. 
Building Access
We expect that soon the District will be directed by state or local officials to “shelter-in-place”.  If this occurs, you can expect to get communication on Sunday with updated information regarding building access.   
 
 
Thank you to all parents and students for your patience as we work together through this unprecedented situation.  If you have an opportunity, send a positive note to a teacher or other District 7 staff member this weekend.  What they have done in a short period of time is amazing. 
 
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson

Kindergarten Registration Cancellation Announcement

This is a reminder that kindergarten registration meetings scheduled for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 have been canceled.  Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year will occur at the same time as regular registration in July 2020.  In addition, no kindergarten informational nights will take place during the school closure.

School Closure – eLearning & Internet Access Update: March 18, 2020

District 7 parents,

I’m hopeful that everyone is safe at home today and that your students have been able to access the assignments that the teachers have provided.  I also hope those of you that requested meals were able to pick them up today or that they have been delivered.

I wanted to reassure those middle and high school students and parents who might be struggling with the e-Learning assignments that our staff is committed to helping you!  We are particularly aware of parents with multiple students at the middle and high school level who are receiving dozens of emails regarding assignments and that they are difficult to distinguish.  We are brainstorming ideas that will hopefully make this simpler moving forward.

If your students are struggling on this first day to complete their assignments or are overwhelmed, please reassure them that their teachers are going to be flexible and will help them through this as we move forward.  I also want to continue to reassure students and parents that any assignments completed during the time of school closure WILL NOT negatively affect their grades.

At the end of this email is a list of two local businesses that are offering 60 days of free internet services to help families during the time of school closure.  If you know of anyone who might need internet service, please pass this information on to them.

There are many rumors that continue to fly around social media regarding school being closed for a longer period of time than just two weeks.  Although this is certainly possible, we have not received any further directives yet.  As soon as we have more information, we will pass it along to parents and the community.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Businesses offering free internet

Charter is offering 60 days of free internet access (click link below)

https://corporate.charter.com/newsroom/charter-to-offer-free-access-to-spectrum-broadband-and-wifi-for-60-days-for-new-K12-and-college-student-households-and-more

Madison Communications is offering 60 days of free internet access (click link below)

http://gomadison.com/about-us/covid-19-response

District 7 Works Together

Our District 7 community didn’t let a little rain scare them away…everyone is working hard to prepare and deliver meals to families across the District!

     

School Closure Update: March 17, 2020

District 7 parents and community members,

I am sending this brief message today to let you know of some updates to the District 7 web page located at www.ecusd7.org.  On the homepage, you will now see only two banners to click on in the middle of the page.  The first of these banners is labeled “SCHOOL CLOSURE: COVID-19 INFORMATION”.  Clicking on this link will take you to the location where all information related to school closure will be housed.  This will include all messages to parents and community members, a link to Frequently Asked Questions, a list of local restaurants offering free meals/snacks for students, and other timely and important information.  We will continue to send out information via email and social media, but we wanted to let you know that everything will be housed on this website if you are looking for the most up-to-date information as well as any past communications.

We continue to receive word of more restaurants that are providing free meals for students and we will update this list continuously as we get information.  For the most up-to-date list, click here: http://ecusd7.org/covid19/#tab-id-4.  If you know of families that need meals, please have them contact the District Office at 656-1182.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your child’s school between the hours of 8 AM and 1 PM.  The District Office can also be reached during this same time frame.  We will keep parents informed if we are forced to shorten or eliminate these hours.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: March 16, 2020

District 7 Parents,

I wanted to thank all the members of the community who have reached out to volunteer their services or areas of expertise in this time of need. In particular, I wanted to update the community that District 7 is ready to begin providing breakfasts and lunches to those families who completed the survey or have reached out to us by phone.  If you know of other families in need of meals, please have them contact the District Office at 656-1182.  As a side note, at the end of this email are the list of local businesses who have volunteered to provide meals/snacks to students at their place of business.

In addition to meals, we continue to add to our list of FAQs including the two (2) new questions below.  The FAQ list is located on the district website and will be updated as more questions are asked and answered.  The entire FAQ list can be found directly at the following link: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/03/FAQs_Regarding_School_Closure_from_March17-30.pdf

 

Will assignments that are completed during at-home or e-Learning count towards grades?

NO—assignments and lessons that are completed at home will not affect student grades.  This is a directive from the Illinois State Board of Education.  District 7 will NOT require that students complete the work nor will we give any sort of disciplinary action if assignments are not completed.  While this is the case, we hope that most students will make the choice to engage with their teachers and complete any assignments.  Our teaching staff is trying everything possible to maintain some level of continuity and routine for students and keep them moving forward with their education.  We are counting on parents to help their students develop a daily routine that includes completing school work and assignments.   

What do we do if our child is unable to access the digital platforms recommended by the classroom teacher?

 All materials related to accessing our digital technology platforms can be found on the District 7 website: http://ecusd7.org/parents/digital-resources-asp/ This site provides direct links to Clever, Schoology, and Tigerview along with a digital content manual that walks through the steps of accessing digital items based on a child’s grade level.  The last page of the document provides “Troubleshooting Tips” that may help answer some of the most common errors in accessing the content.  If you are still unable to access the content, please email your building principal with your name, student’s name and grade, and where your issue is occurring.  For a more prompt response, it would be beneficial to send a screenshot of the error if that is feasible.

 Thanks again for your continued support.  Please feel free to reach out to your building principal or the District Office with any questions you may have.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

 

Local Businesses providing meals/snacks for students

McAlister’s Deli will offer a free lunch for kids from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Monday through Friday.  Free lunch will include a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie.  No other purchase necessary.

372-9599

312 Great Place Dr., Edwardsville

Crazy Bowls & Wraps:  Every child that comes to location they will offer free kids quesadillas Monday thru Friday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Meal will include a drink, crispy treat, chips and no additional purchase necessary.

692-9727

6679 Edwardsville Crossing, Edwardsville

Source Juicery: Snack bags or fresh fruit for kids in need.  If you call ahead, they will deliver to your car.

650-9080

228 N. Main Street, Edwardsville

FAQs Regarding District 7 School Closure

District 7 Parents and Community Members,

I would like to thank District 7 parents and community members for being patient as we move into the unchartered waters ahead of mandated school closure.  I have been contacted by dozens of community members who have asked to assist with various activities such as delivering meals.  At this time, District 7 has enough staff to provide meals to all students who will need them.  As you will see below in the FAQs, we are asking all parents to complete a short survey to inform us where and how many meals need to be provided.  It is vital that all parents complete this survey so that we ensure that enough meals are available at each location.

In the coming days, you will receive additional communication as updated information becomes available.  Below you will see a list of frequently asked questions that have been brought to our attention at this time.

Thank you again for partnering with District 7 and our entire community as we work together to navigate these challenges together.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

FAQs Document:  http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/03/FAQs_Regarding_School_Closure_from_March17-30.pdf