Information regarding COVID-19 from District 7

District 7 parents and community members,
 
This morning, Madison County Superintendents met with the Madison County Health Department to be briefed on recommendations regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus).  I would like to give the following assurances to District 7 families:
 
1.     As of today, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Madison County. 
2.     Madison County Health Department has confirmed that there is NO TRUTH to the rumor on social media regarding any District 7 student(s) being tested for COVID-19. 
3.     District 7 will follow the recommendations of the Madison County Health Department moving forward as it relates to canceling events or in the most extreme case—canceling school.  At this point, there are no additional recommendations other than using the same precautions that would be used for the prevention of any other communicable disease. 
 
Below is a joint statement regarding COVID-19 from the Regional Superintendent of Schools in conjunction with the Madison County Superintendents.  
 
Respectfully,
 
Dr. Jason Henderson
Superintendent
Edwardsville CUSD7
 
 
For Immediate Release from the Madison County Regional Superintendent in conjunction with the Madison County Superintendents
 
The Madison County Superintendents and the Regional Superintendent of Schools, Rob Werden, met today with the Director of the Madison County Health Department, Toni Corona, to hear recommendations from the Health Department regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Superintendents collaborated and shared information regarding our approaches to addressing the potential spread of COVID-19 in our districts.
 
We continue to monitor the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. All districts across the county are increasing our disinfecting efforts in both resources and frequency, giving special attention to high-touch areas. Our staff are encouraging students to wash hands frequently, not touch their faces or mouths, and to cover coughs and sneezes.  We are following the recommendations shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
 
We are asking parents to please keep your children out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness, such as cough, fever, breathing problems, etc. Please follow your district’s typical procedures for reporting your child absent from school.
 
Director Corona stated, “As of today there are no confirmed cases in Madison County of COVID-19.” Madison County Health Department will continue advising individual school districts in the event of a confirmed case. The Health Department shared COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be targeting school age children at this time.
 
Resources are available for families through the Madison County Health Department website at www.madisonchd.org.
 
As this situation continues to remain fluid, all districts are exploring options to meet students’ individual needs to ensure a continuity of education. 

Reminders for March & April 2020

Reminders for the Month of

March and April 2020

Friday, March 13 

 

End of 3rd Quarter

 

Friday, March 20

3rd Quarter Report Cards will be issued

Report cards for grades 3-12 are available ONLY in TigerView.

 Please contact your child’s school if you are unable to access TigerView for this information.

 

Monday, April 6 –

Monday, April 13

 Spring Vacation – No Student Attendance

Students return to school on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.

 

 

Friday, April 24

 

½ Day Teacher In-service,

No PM Student Attendance

·        EHS will dismiss at 10:20 a.m.

·        Middle School will dismiss at 11:00 a.m.

·        Elementary will dismiss at 12:15 p.m.

 

The revised last day of student attendance due to inclement weather days is

Thursday, May 28, 2020 (½ day student attendance).

District 7 Health Precautions

Edwardsville Community Unit School District #7, in collaboration with our school nursing staff and custodial/maintenance department, is monitoring Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Our measures to prevent the spread of flu-like symptoms include additional cleaning and disinfecting of common high-touch surfaces, instructing our students and staff to use proper handwashing techniques, advising everyone to cover coughs and sneezes, as well as to avoid touching their eyes, nose and mouth.  We also ask parents to keep students out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends staying home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone.  Your child’s fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine before returning to school.

We are sharing a fact sheet from the CDC discussing symptoms, preventative actions and other facts about the Coronavirus.  As further instructions become available from the Madison County Health Department, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the CDC, we will make appropriate adjustments to our practices.

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

FACT SHEET: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to host an IMSA Funshop

The Edwardsville School District is partnering with the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) to host an IMSA Funshop.

This event will be held for students in grades 3-6 at Liberty Middle School on Friday, April 17, 2020 from 6:00-8:30p.m. To register, please visit www.imsa.edu/funshops.

To view the flyer, click here: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/IMSA_FunShop_FullPage.pdf

 

U.S. Census 2020

Every 10 years, the @uscensusbureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all the people residing in the United States. This count affects the allocation of funding for our community’s public resources (e.g., roads, hospitals, schools), how we plan for the future, and our voice in government. Learn more about the importance of the #2020Census and how to participate: 2020census.gov.

See the FAQ’s document for additional information: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/Handout_With_General_FAQs.pdf

Placement Testing for 2020-2021 School Year

District 7 Schedules Summer Placement Screening Dates

District 7 will again offer summer placement screenings for specific categories of students on June 5 and 11, July 30 and 31 and August 5. Screenings will be conducted at Lincoln Middle School, located at 145 West Street in Edwardsville. Students need only to attend one date.

The following categories of students should schedule a placement screening appointment:

  • Incoming 1st – 5th grade students new to District 7 who are coming from non-traditional school settings such as: international schools, home-school programs, and/or schools with standards-based reporting without grade level designations
  • All incoming 6th – 8th grade students new to District 7
  • Any incoming 9th grade student who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman

All other students new to District 7 will be placed in classrooms/courses based on records from their previous schools. Placement testing for these students is not necessary.

Screening appointments can be made by contacting Barb Johnson, District 7 Curriculum & Instruction Department, at (618) 655-6021.

Additional Information: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/02/Summer_Placement_Testing_Info_Flyer_2020.pdf

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Several girls from the Edwardsville School District attended the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Saturday, February 15th at SIUE.  The girls were introduced to the five engineering fields with a variety of hands on activities.  They worked in small groups to design and create projects while problem solving.

              

Community Engagement Opportunity

Dear District 7 Stakeholder

District 7 is in the process of preparing a Strategic Plan.  This plan will document goals for the District and timelines for accomplishing these goals.  One area of emphasis is Community Engagement. As a follow up to the survey we sent out last month, a community engagement forum is being planned for Thursday, February 27th from 6:30-8 PM. This event will consist of members of the District 7 community providing feedback to school board members and administrators for use in shaping the plan.

The format for the Community Engagement forum will be round table, small group discussions regarding key topics.  We have room for a limited number of participants and would like to have a diverse group to represent the communities that comprise District 7. If you would like to participate you must complete and submit the information in the attached link. For those unable to attend on February 27th, or those who would prefer to provide written feedback, select “in writing” on question #2 of the attached link and you will receive questions to be submitted electronically.   Everyone who wants to be a part of this process will be able to provide feedback either in person or in written form.   If you are interested in providing feedback, please complete the form below by Wednesday, February 19th.  Additional information will be sent to those that complete the form, including the questions that we will be discussing and the location for those that will be attending.

Thank you for your interest in helping District 7 plan for the future.  Your input is appreciated.

Respectfully,

Jason Henderson

Superintendent

Edwardsville CUSD7

Click the link below if you are interested in providing more feedback:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJZG2LR

Reminders for the Month of February

 Friday, February 7 

 

3rd Quarter Progress Reports Issued

 

 Monday, February 17

 

Presidents Day

No Student Attendance

 

Weather Related Early Dismissal – Wednesday, February 5, 2020

This is a weather related announcement for Edwardsville District 7.  Due to the possibility of deteriorating road conditions this afternoon, District 7 will enact the early dismissal plan outlined below.  All after school and evening activities for today are cancelled.

Edwardsville High School students will be dismissed an hour early at 12:50 PM with buses leaving the school by 1:00 PM.  Liberty and Lincoln Middle School early dismissal will be at 2:00 PM with buses leaving by 2:10.  All elementary school buildings will dismiss at 3:00 PM with buses leaving by 3:10 PM.  Under this plan, high school students should arrive home approximately an hour early, middle school students about 45 minutes early, and elementary students about 30 minutes earlier than usual.    Kid Zone will continue to operate under normal hours.