District 7 Reopening and Remote Learning Information

District 7 Families,

Thank you for providing feedback in our most recent remote learning and reopening survey.  District 7 is developing a Return to School Plan that will give a complete overview of all aspects of what the environment will look like within the buildings for the 2020-21 school year.  This plan has been developed based upon your feedback as parents, collaboration with staff, and consistent, on-going communication with the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Madison County Health Department, and local health experts.   While there are still details yet to be finalized, the purpose of this letter is to provide families with a snapshot of what to expect when school reopens this fall so that you can feel more comfortable registering students online beginning on July 9, 2020.

Click the link below to see the full message: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/District-7-Reopening-and-Remote-Learning-Information.pdf

District Registration Information

Please click the link below to learn more about online registration for the 2020-2021 school year:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/ParentInfoRegardingOnlineRegistration2021.pdf

Health Examination Requirements for 2020-2021

Please click the link below to see the most up to date Health examination requirements:

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/Health-Requirements-Fact-Sheet-for-Registration-Packets-Update-2020-2021.pdf 

District 7 Kid Zone is Hiring!

Kid Zone is hiring for the upcoming 2020-2021 year! Apply at: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Kid-Zone-Employment-Application.pdf

Child Care Counselor Job Description: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/BEFORE-AND-AFTER-SCHOOL-CHILD-CARE-COUNSELORS.pdf

Child Care Site Coordinator Job Description: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/07/BEFORE-AND-AFTER-SCHOOL-CHILD-CARE-SITE-COORDINATORS.pdf

 

Update on Summer Placement Screenings

Please click the link below for updates on the Summer Placement Screening dates for the 2020-2021 school year.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/06/Communication_Summer_Placement_Testing2020_Revised_June2020.pdf

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 (this includes parochial students and students moving in from other school districts)
  • Any incoming 9th grade student who would like to be considered for a Geometry/Honors Geometry course as a freshman

Message from Superintendent Dr. Jason Henderson

District 7 students, staff, and families:

I want to acknowledge the emotional toll that the recent national events of police brutality and the subsequent protests have had on our students and community—specifically our African American students, teachers and families.  I want to say unequivocally that District 7 stands with you and is committed to you now and in the future.

Many of you know that District 7 enacted an Equity Task Force that met in the months of January and February to address issues of equity within our school community.  This group had begun discussing and formulating recommendations before the COVID-19 pandemic forced meetings to be cancelled.  I wanted to share that the District 7 Equity Task Force has begun to meet again and will be providing recommendations in the coming weeks on the steps the district can take to address biases among staff and students through professional development as well as curricular modifications.  Students, staff and families can expect there to be noticeable changes made in District 7 schools based on these recommendations.

We don’t have all the answers to what will make our students, staff, and families well at the moment, nor should we act as if the answers are simple.  We are, however, committed to acknowledging our mistakes from the past and expanding our current efforts and growing as a school district and community.  Thank you for your support and as we move forward with our efforts.

Sincerely,

Dr. Jason Henderson

Superintendent

Kindergarten Orientation Information

Now that our elementary school buildings are closed for the summer, please note that all questions regarding Kindergarten registration should be directed to Hadley House (618-656-1182).

For parents interested in half-day kindergarten, the June 30, 2020 deadline still applies.

http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/06/TheKindergartenExperience_2020_REV.pdf

School Closure Update: April 23, 2020

District 7 parents,
I hope that parents and students have developed a routine for remote learning and have gotten over the initial stress that many faced.  Please read the following information regarding the remainder of this school year and many questions that relate to summer programs.   
                                                               
Remote Learning Calendar 
Remote learning will continue through the remainder of the school year.  Teacher planning days will occur on the following Fridays: April 24th, May 1st, and May 8th.  For seniors, the last day of remote learning will be Friday, May 15th.  For all other grade levels, the last day that remote learning assignments may be due is Friday, May 22nd.  Additional student learning opportunities will be provided on May 26th-28th, however, there will not be any assignments due on these days after Memorial Day.  The last official day of school for the 2019-20 school year is May 28th
 
Returning Textbooks/Picking up Yearbooks
We are developing procedures for the collection of textbooks from students and parents at each school.  Building principals will be communicating the dates and times that textbooks will be collected.  For the middle and high school, this will likely be May 20th-22nd.  For elementary buildings, textbook collection will occur in the days following Memorial Day (May 26th – May 29th).   Yearbooks will be distributed to those students who ordered them at the time of book collection if they are available.  It will be important that parents and students follow the schedule provided by the building principals in order to practice appropriate social distancing. Parents or students who need to pick up additional personal items from the school will need to make arrangements to do so through the building principal.   Please watch for additional information coming soon from your child’s building principal. 
 
Class of 2020 Graduation
Dr. Cramsey will be providing information regarding graduation in an email to parents and students on Friday, April 24th. 
 
Summer School
The following High School Summer School courses will be taught remotely and will follow the summer school schedule originally advertised:  Civics, US History (A and B), Global Perspectives, Geography Explorations, Consumer Education, Sports in Literature, Health, and Medieval World History. 
The following High School Summer School courses are CANCELLED: Physical Education and Limited Enrollment courses including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Algebra/Geometry 3, Freshman Literature, Sophomore World Literature, Jr. American Literature and Grammar & Composition.  We are waiting for further guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education before making a determination on whether Driver’s Education can be offered remotely during the summer.  We will communicate information on Driver’s Education as soon as it is available.  
All students attending summer school remotely will need a device with a microphone and a camera as well as internet access. Students will receive an email from their summer school teacher prior to the first day with a Zoom Meeting ID number and a password for access to the first class. Student attendance will be taken daily, and all attendance requirements will still be in effect.
If you no longer want your child to attend summer school, please contact Hadley House at 656-1182 to request a summer school refund no later than May 15, 2020. Registration for EHS Summer School is complete and no applications will be accepted at this time.
The Middle School and Elementary Summer Reading Program will not be offered this summer.
Students with IEP’s that qualify for Extended School Year will receive information from the Office of Student Services in the coming weeks.
 
Summer Kid Zone
There will be no Summer Kid Zone program for the summer of 2020.  All deposits that have been paid will be refunded. 
 
Continuation of Meal Service
District 7 will continue providing both lunch and breakfast through the end of the school year.  Food distribution will take place at the Glen Ed Pantry each Monday from 10 AM to 12 PM.  The District will also continue delivering meals to those families that are unable to pick them up.  If any family is in need of meals, please contact Hadley House at 656-1182. 
 
Please continue to watch for additional emails from your child’s building principal.  Those emails will contain more details regarding updated procedures as we move forward.  Thank you again for your continued patience and support of District 7.
Respectfully,
Dr. Jason Henderson

School Closure Update: April 17, 2020

This afternoon the Governor announced the suspension of in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.   Next week, we will provide updated information regarding remote learning for the remainder of the school year including a remote learning calendar for the month of May.  We will also begin to address and provide updated information on several of the “end of year” events that take place this time of year including high school graduation.  There are also several end-of-year procedures that will need to be developed such as how to return textbooks and clean out lockers.  As we establish these procedures in the coming weeks, we will communicate them to students and parents as quickly as possible.   
Thank you for your continued patience and support of District 7 as we face this new reality together.
Respectfully,
Dr. Jason Henderson 

Dental Exam Requirement Update

Dental Exam Requirement Update:

If you have been unable to complete the dental exam required for students in Kg, 2nd, 6th, and 9th grades due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak, please do not worry!  District 7 students will not incur any negative consequences if they do not turn in proof of a dental exam during the 2019-20 school year.