Greetings Harvey School District 152,
I hope you had a restful
summer and took the opportunity to reflect on the important values of life,
health and family.
Last school year will forever be marked as an
unprecedented time, unlike any other in history, but also as a time of ceasing
new opportunities to teach, learn and work in fresh and technologically
innovative ways that will forever change the landscape of education in our
great District and those around the world. I am proud of each of you and
applaud your commitment, focus and flexibility. I encourage you to maintain
that dedication and energy as we enthusiastically enter the 2020-2021 school
We plan to open all Harvey District 152 school
buildings and welcome students back for Remote learning this fall. Our
staff has been diligently planning for a smooth and effective return with the
health and safety of students, teachers, and all District employees at the
cornerstone of the plan.
To that end, following the data, we believe that our best
option currently is a Remote Learning Model with a phase in to an In-Person
Learning Model. As such, we will implement our E Learning plan as our remote
learning option. You may view the plan on our website link.
While there remains uncertainty around the resurgence of
Covid-19, our District continues to closely monitor and follow the
recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
local guidelines. I can assure you that maintaining safety while ensuring
students are learning and thriving in our school community remain my top
priorities. Below is Harvey District 152’s high level, 4-point plan for the
2020-2021 school year when we decide to return to in-person learning.
1. Social distancing and safety measures: Our
team of professionals has thoroughly analyzed our spacing and designed
appropriate distancing in classrooms and common areas. We have also invested in
personal protection equipment (PPE) for the safety of students and staff.
Please note, temperature checks will be done proactively, and students will be
required to wear masks while in school buildings. We ask that parents work in
partnership with the district and classroom teachers in ensuring students come
prepared daily with masks and that they stay home if sick. Remember, our priority
is to keep our school community safe and healthy and it will take us all to do
2. Learning level assessment: We understand that
for several months last school year there was a transition in teaching and
learning. We will assess each student to determine if standards have been met
for their current grade level. If not, teachers will devise a plan, and work
with parents, to help get students back on track.
3. Instructional delivery: School buildings will
open this fall as the data dictates, however, we have proactively developed
learning continuity plans for in-person learning, remote learning and a hybrid
of both so the district and teachers are fully prepared if stay-at-home orders
were to resume.
4. Technology: This summer, we updated our
technology infrastructure. We also acquired more equipment such as laptops and
hotspots to ensure equity for all students whether they are learning in-person,
remote or a hybrid of both.
Please know that I am
truly grateful for the Harvey 152 school community. I look forward to opening
our buildings, welcoming students, and staff back to our “new normal” and
seeing our students thrive. As always, if you have questions please do not
hesitate to contact your building administrators.
Yours in education and service,
John F. Thomas, Superintendent of Schools