Important Message Regarding Schedule from District 7

District 7 Families,

The purpose of this message is to share an important change in what has been previously communicated. 

At Monday night’s Board of Education meeting, the Board gave direction to continue to work with the Madison County Health Department to develop metrics more specific to District 7 to determine when to suspend in-person learning rather than relying on the previously communicated county-wide metrics. The health department has informed the District that there is no evidence of any school-based transmission at this time. In addition, it was shared at the Board meeting last night that many local pediatricians continue to advocate for in-person instruction to occur to the greatest extent possible.  

As a result, District 7 schools will remain open for in-person learning even if Madison County continues to be designated in the orange “Warning” status this Friday. This week’s schedule will be unchanged with all students K-12 following the hybrid schedule.  Friday, August 28th will remain a remote day.  For the high school and middle school, this will be a typical Friday in the hybrid schedule with instruction as originally planned.  For elementary families, we will use a portion of this day as a test of our newly installed Wi Fi connectivity and will have teachers connecting with students and families virtually. This test run will help us work out technical difficulties if/when we are required to transition all students to 100% remote instruction.  

Beginning on Monday, August 31st, all students in grades 6-12 will continue following the current hybrid schedule and K-5 students will return to attending in-person five days a week. Students who are already on a 100% remote schedule will see no changes. 

While we are able to continue to provide in-person learning for now, it is important for families to be prepared for the possibility of a shift to remote learning at any time.  As of today, there are a small number of both students and staff members quarantined due to being in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual, being symptomatic, or receiving a COVID-19 positive result.  Rest assured that parents will always be notified if their student was in close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.  Even though our number of quarantined staff and students remains small, if this were to change, the District would be forced to suspend in-person learning and shift to a remote setting for a period of time. 

In the meantime, the way our communities can demonstrate that they value in-person instruction is by being vigilant about wearing masks and practicing social distancing. These simple steps should be practiced not just at school, but outside our school buildings as well.  Please remember that exposures outside of school will ultimately impact the District’s ability to provide in-person learning.  As the final metrics are determined in conjunction with the Madison County Health Department, these will be shared with the community. 

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic.

Return To Learn Update – 8-18-2020

District 7 Families,

Thank you to students, staff members, and parents for helping to get this school year off to a successful start.  Staff has shared that our in-person students are excited to be back and are doing an excellent job following our new procedures and protocols. Our remote learners are adjusting well to the “new” way to access school, and we appreciate the efforts our teachers have made in adjusting to alternate teaching methods.

Unfortunately, our region is now the first in the state to have restrictive mitigations triggered by a recent surge of COVID-19 cases. Although these restrictions do not apply to school districts, area district administrators continue to collaborate with the Madison County Health Department and review the recently released Illinois Department of Public Health metrics that provide information about levels of community transmission of COVID-19 within specific counties of Illinois.

Illinois Department of Public Health now shares specific county metrics and labels counties using the colors blue and orange.  The color blue indicates  the county is experiencing overall stable COVID-19 metrics.  The color orange indicates there are warning signs of increased COVID-19 risk in the county. At this time, Madison County remains “Blue”, however, over the last few weeks, the positivity rate and the number of cases per 100,000 of the county’s population have continued to rise.   If the rates rise to certain levels, Madison County would receive an orange “Warning” designation.  The next update is scheduled to occur this Friday, August 21.  You can view the IDPH metrics and other information about the designations at the following website:

http://www.dph.illinois.gov/countymetrics?county=Madison

In the event that the Madison County metrics rise to levels that result in the county being issued an orange “Warning” designation this Friday, August 21, all students K-5 would move into Option 2—the hybrid blended model beginning on Monday, August 24.

    • Students with a last name beginning with A-L attend “A” days and students with last name M-Z attend “B” days.
    • Kid Zone will be available for students in grades K-5 only on the days that they attend.

6th through 12th grade students would continue to adhere to the hybrid schedule in this scenario.  Parents will receive an automated phone call and an email on Friday, August 21 from the District if this occurs; additional information to follow from the building principals.   With any schedule option change throughout this school year parents will be notified via email and automated phone call.

If Madison County stays with an orange “Warning” designation for two consecutive weeks, this would cause District 7 to transition to remote learning for all students.   This means that if the metrics continue to worsen and do not stay within targeted levels, District 7 will transition to full remote learning as early as Monday, August 31, as a result of being in “Warning” status for two consecutive weeks.

If District 7 shifts to all remote learning, it will stay there until Madison County moves out of “Warning” (back to “Blue”) for two consecutive weeks.

We understand that this decision will create hardships for our parents and students, but we must continue to operate throughout this pandemic with the safety of our students and staff as our first priority.  Please help to stop the spread in our county and do your part to improve our metrics by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

Thank you for your help in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and for your continued patience as we navigate this pandemic.

Dr. Jason Henderson

First Day of School Information

Tomorrow students will be able to enter classrooms for the first time since abruptly leaving almost five months ago.  On Thursday, all K-5 students and 6-12 students whose last names begin with A-L will have their first day. 6-12 students whose last names begin with M-Z will have their first day on Friday. With a focus on health, wellness, and safety this year, we wanted to remind parents and students of the following guidelines:

  1. Wear a mask–remember that masks are mandatory inside our schools and on buses.
  2. Only come to school if you are healthy, symptom free and have not been in close contact with sick family or friends.  Self certification is a key to creating a healthy and safe learning environment.  Remember that students who display COVID symptoms at school will not be able to return to school for up to 10 days.
  3. Bring a water bottle to school with you.  Bottles of water will be available at every school for students, but you may also bring your own.

Our first few days will be focused on helping everyone feel comfortable at school.  We will be discussing our new safety procedures and protocols with the students and will be emphasizing the wearing of masks, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.

District 7 teachers and staff members–Thank you for your dedication and for helping to create a safe environment for our students to learn and grow.  You are truly appreciated for what you do!  A special thanks as well to those teachers who have stepped out of their comfort zone to teach students remotely.

District 7 Parents–Thank you for being positive and enthusiastic with your students regarding school–whether in person or remote.  Your attitude will make all the difference with your students as we begin this school year.  Thank you also for your continued patience and trust as we navigate through this unprecedented and ever-changing situation.

District 7 Students–Welcome back!  We can’t wait to begin getting to know all of you on Thursday!!!!

Information Regarding Class Assignments and Schedules 8-5-2020

District 7 Parents, 

We want to let you know that TigerView will be open on Monday, August 10th, at 8 AM.  Once in Tigerview, parents and students can access the following information: 

·       Bus information for all students

·       Teacher assignments for elementary students

·       Schedules for middle and high school students

Teacher assignments and schedules will be accessible in TigerView for all students including those students who will be 100% remote learning.  Students who are 100% remote will also be contacted by their teacher(s) by Wednesday, August 12th with additional information.  

On Friday, August 7th, you will receive an email from this address that will provide TigerView login information and passwords.  You will use this information to login to TigerView on Monday. 

Parents of Elementary Students: You can expect communication from your student’s building principal by the end of this week with additional information. There will NOT be an evening to bring supplies to the classroom before school begins at any elementary school.  Parents will be  asked to send supplies with students within the first few days of school.  

Return to Learn Plan–8-3-20 Update

District 7 Families,

Over the past few months, District 7 faculty and staff have been preparing for the 2020-21 school year.  This ongoing process has been difficult as we still do not have all the answers and continue to receive updated guidance.  Throughout the process, we have maintained a focus on student and staff safety, meeting students’ academic and social emotional needs, and providing timely and accurate information. 

The link below will take you to District 7’s “Return to Learn” plan for the 2020-21 school year.  This plan offers the most comprehensive picture to date of what students and parents can expect when we return to school in the coming weeks.

Please understand that the pages of this document do not contain all the answers you as a parent may have.  There are details in many areas that are building specific and will require additional communication.  Building principals will be releasing building specific information to families between now and the beginning of the school year.  Parents can expect a communication by the end of this week from their student’s principal which will provide additional building specific details including information regarding when teacher assignments will be available for the upcoming school year. 

On behalf of Edwardsville CUSD 7, we realize that this is not an easy time for our students, families, communities, and our district employees.  Thank you to everyone for their patience and for working together to help make the best learning environment possible in this difficult situation.

Respectfully,

Dr. Jason Henderson

 Click here to view District 7’s Return To Learn Plan

Message Regarding 2020-21 Schedule from District 7

District 7 families, 
 
On Monday, August 3rd, District 7 will release its Return to Learn Reopening Plan to the community.  As one component of the plan, District 7 was required by the Illinois State Board of Education to develop three different scheduling “Options”.  The District will be prepared to move into any of these three options throughout the 2020-21 school year if needed based upon the recommendations of local and state health departments. 
 
Below is a brief summary of the scheduling options: 
 
Option 1–Traditional Learning Model
Option One includes in-person instruction everyday with compacted daily schedules.  In person learning at EHS is from 7:20 AM-11:50 AM, the middle schools are from 8:00 AM – 12:40 PM, and the elementary schools are from 9:15 AM – 2:30 PM.  
 
Option 2–Hybrid/Blended Learning Model 
Option Two is a combination of in-person learning two days per week and remote learning the other three days of the week. Students in the blended learning model would be assigned to attend on “A” days or “B” days based primarily by last name.  The purpose behind a blended model would be to reduce the number of students in the classrooms and buildings by only having half of the students attend Monday through Thursday each week with Friday being remote for all students.  Students receiving special education services  would have an opportunity to attend in-person to meet their individual learning needs.   The daily starting and ending times for all buildings will be the same for Option 2 and Option 1.  A detailed summary of Option 2 will be available in the District’s Reopening Plan which will be released on Monday, August 3rd.  
 
Option 3–Remote Learning Model
Option Three  is 100% remote learning for all students every day.  If the district would decide to move into Option Three, it would be done in consultation with state and local health agencies or possibly due to a directive from the Governor’s Office.
All three Options take into consideration how we can best meet the needs of our students and families.  In all three Options, students will have access to teachers, counselors, therapists, support staff, curriculum and other resources. 
 
***Please note that parents who registered for 100% remote learning by July 17th will have their students in Option Three for the entire first semester regardless of any other factors.  All families that were put on the remote learning waiting list will be contacted by their student’s building principal next week to inform families of their student’s status of either remote or in-person learning.
 
****Based on the current information from the state and local health agencies, District 7 will begin the 2020-2021 school year in Option One for elementary students grades pre-kindergarten through 5th grade and Option Two for middle and high school students. Option Two will be in place for grades 6-12 for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year.***
 
 
Due to the shift from Option One to Option Two for grades 6-12, we realize that families may want to adjust their choice regarding remote learning and move their high school or middle school students back to receiving some in-person instruction.  All changes must be made directly with the high school or middle school where the student attends. The DEADLINE FOR ANY CHANGES WILL BE TUESDAY, AUGUST 4TH at 5 PM.  If you wish to request a change in your middle or high school student’s remote learning status, please contact the following building administrator via email: 
 
Edwardsville High School:  Mr. Kyle Stewart (Asst Principal) at kstewart@ecusd7.org
Liberty Middle School: Dr. Allen Duncan (Principal) at aduncan@ecusd7.org
Lincoln Middle School:  Ms. Jennifer Morgan (Principal) at jmorgan@ecusd7.org 
 
We understand that some may ask why there would be a different option for K-5 and 6-12.  While there are many factors that go into the decision, listed below are the main reasons: 
  • The latest data suggests that children aged 10 and under are unlikely to contract and even less likely to transmit COVID-19 than adults or adolescent students. 
  • We are able to isolate classrooms at the elementary level so that students only come in contact with a small group of students each day. 
  • Typical class sizes at the middle and high school are between 28-30 students.  We are hiring additional teachers at the elementary level in order to keep class sizes low–with an overall average of 20-21 students per class.  
  • Elementary buildings have smaller populations of students compared to our middle schools and high school, with our largest elementary building at less than 400 in-person learners.  Enough families have chosen remote learning, which allows for scheduling of lunch and recess with groups of less than 50 students in one area.   
  • High school and middle school students are better able to complete remote learning independently.
  • Moving to a blended schedule such as Option Two at the elementary level places additional burdens on families for childcare on days where students are at home in comparison to middle school/high school aged students.   
Please understand that these options are fluid and as more information becomes available, it may be necessary to move K-5 into Option Two or to move all grade levels to Option Three.  
 
Tomorrow, middle and high school families will receive an email from the building principal that reviews additional details regarding Option Two for the first semester.  
 
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate these unprecedented times. 
 
Dr. Jason Henderson 

FAQ Update: 7-16-2020

District 7 Parents,

Click the link below for updates to our Frequently Asked Questions.  We will continue to update this page a minimum of once a week until our complete reopening plan document is available at the beginning of August.  Please be reminded of tomorrow’s deadline (July 17th) to sign up for remote learning.  This date has not been changed.  We have attempted to focus on many different remote learning questions this week in the FAQs because of this deadline.

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