Winter Weather Announcement

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning beginning at midnight tonight, indicating snowfall and/or sleet and ice of 6-10 inches. These conditions have the potential to create hazardous road conditions.

As a result, classes at all District 7 schools are cancelled for Wednesday, February 2, 2022. 

This will be a true snow day and no e-learning will be taking place at this time. In addition, all extracurricular and school activities are also cancelled.


Important COVID-19 Update

January 2, 2022

Dear District #7 families,

During the last two weeks while we have been on winter break an unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases,
both locally and nationally, has occurred with the omicron variant.

Unfortunately, this surge has had an impact on our staff and the ability to adequately serve our students. As a
result, 6th – 12th grade students will begin the second semester remotely on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. This
adaptive pause will continue through Friday, January 7, 2022, at which time we will re-evaluate data. At this
time, K-5th grade students are unaffected and will begin the second semester as scheduled, but please be
advised things could change.

Important information to know now:

  • Administrators, teachers and support staff will be at their respective schools to provide remote
  • FLS and CASTLE students will be in attendance in all grade levels. All special transportation and
    schedules will remain the same.
  • Students who attend CAVC will continue to do so for their scheduled class periods.
  • Students who need to pick up devices may contact their school office to schedule a time to pick up a
  • Athletics will continue through the adaptive pause. However, during this pause, no spectators,
    including parents, will be allowed to attend home games.

More specific information from your school and/or grade level will be forthcoming.

Thank you for your continued support as we work through the impact and disruptions of COVID-19.



Patrick Shelton, Ed.D.


Parent-Teacher Conferences Pick-A-Time

Read a PDF of the letter below or watch the video

Dear District #7 Community:   

The District will again use Pick-A-Time to schedule PreK-12 parent-teacher conferences to be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday, October 29, 2021, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. As in prior years, Pick-A-Time will allow parents to schedule their children’s parent-teacher conferences through the internet using the account from last year or by creating a new account. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 18, 2021, and will end at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021.  

Parents can access Pick-A-Time at Instructions for logging in, along with information specific to grade levels, can be found by clicking here 

Please feel free to contact your building secretary or principal if you have any questions or need support scheduling a conference. 

As we enter the second quarter of the school year, there are also several other communications we will be sharing in greater detail with our familiesOver the next four weeks, please check your email for more information regarding these items:  


October 21, 2021 


FastBridge screening for students in grades K-8 in the areas of reading and math has been completed. FastBridge provides for the efficient administration of several types of assessments used to screen, monitor, and inform instruction / intervention. Your child(ren)s report with additional FastBridge information will be sent on this date.  


October 28, 2021 


The Illinois State Board of Education is launching a parent portal with Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) individual student test results, complete with access to score reports and videos explaining the individual student score reports. More information and directions on accessing the portal will be sent.  

Thursday, November 4, 2021 


SHIELD Testing began in our schools on Wednesday, October 13, 2021. In partnership with SHIELD, we will also be announcing the start of community testing.   

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 


In conjunction with the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, District #7 will be asking for your assistance in completing a survey to show an accurate picture of the type of broadband coverage that is available in the District #7 geographic area and where it can be improved for our families. We will also share plans for winter weather.  

 With Tiger Pride, 


Patrick Shelton, Ed.D



2021-22 School Calendar Change

At the Monday, September 27, 2021, regular school board meeting, the Board of Education voted to approve a change in the 2021-22 school calendar.  

Friday, November 12, 2021, will now be a no attendance day for students. This date falls after Veterans Day on November 11, which is a holiday.  

The district has been experiencing a shortage of substitute teachers this year, which has resulted in pulling employees from their assigned locations to cover a classroom. Unfortunately, Fridays have been extremely difficult as we are pulling several people to cover classrooms. This change in the school calendar helps us alleviate any issues we may have had in covering classrooms on Friday, November 12, 2021.  

The final day of the 2021-22 school year will now be Friday, May 20, 2022, with a half day, barring the use of any emergency dates.  

Please see the revised 2021-22 school calendar to reflect this change. 

09-12-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

9.12.21 Letter
SHIELD Testing Consent Form

A reminder that SHIELD testing consent/opt-in forms are due on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, along with other district reminders and updates from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

09-03-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Please read the letter from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton, regarding SHIELD testing.  The student consent form can be found here.

08-27-21 Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

Thank you.

08-13-21: Message from Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton.

Thank you.

08-09-21 Back to School FAQ

Please note that a Back to School FAQ document has been posted on our website under the 21-22 Back to School Plan.  Thank you.

08-04-21: Update on Return to Learn Plan

Good Evening,

Please read the letter or watch the video from District #7 Superintendent, Dr. Patrick Shelton regarding the Back to School Plan.

Thank you.