Superintendent's Office

Welcome 2020 - 2021 School Year

 

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 year.

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 so.


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 


 


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