As you all know by now, in-person learning is now finished for the 2019-2020 school year. Believe me when I tell you that I and our entire staff and district are as disappointed as you and your children are. We miss seeing them every day in a tremendous way. We thrive on making those in-person connections with our students, but we will continue to make every effort to do that with the use of technology.
This week some D62 teachers started to use Zoom to have class meetings. So far, that has gone rather well. I personally sat in a couple classes, and the kids were so happy to see one another and their teachers. Again, I will ask for your patience as we all learn how to use this new tool safely and responsibly. With this and SeeSaw, we are really feeling more connected to our students, and hopefully they feel the same.
I know one of the most asked questions is when families and teachers can get back into buildings to retrieve personal items. Please know that district leadership is currently working to develop a plan to do this safely and within the guidelines set forth by the governor and the Illinois State Board of Education. Once a plan is developed, please know it will be communicated to all of you in a timely manner. Please bear with us, as this is a very large task with a lot of moving parts and things to consider. I just wanted you all to know it is being discussed and some planning discussions have already begun.
Finally, I want you all to remember that we understand how challenging these times might be for all of you and your children. If a teacher reaches out to ask you why your child hasn't submitted any work in a couple days it is not because we are only concerned about work completion, although that is important, too. We are most concerned that they and you are ok. Submission of work or even just a quick check-in with the teacher (from you or the student) is our way of knowing our students are staying connected with their learning and their school. We want our students to do what they can without getting too frustrated. If that does happen, feel free to reach out to the teacher, and we will understand and work with you. Please know that any communication home about any of those things are coming from a place of caring, and just know that we are here to help your family if you are in need of anything.
Have a great weekend. Take care of one another, be safe, and stay healthy.