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SUPERINTENDENT, DAWN ELSER

March 31, 2020

In his press conference today, Governor Pritzker has extended the “Stay At Home” order until April 30th. He will likely sign the executive order tomorrow. With that action, On-site Learning will not be allowed during that time. So, we can anticipate school being closed until then. As a result, we will be moving to Remote Learning until the end of April.

Please know Central 104 teachers and staff have been working hard on our Remote Learning Plan and are developing ways to provide educational opportunities to our students during the closure. . A planning day for the teachers has been set up for Friday for our teachers, so we will be communicating a plan for packet pick-up and Chromebook pick for next week. Ms. Elser will be sharing the Remote Learning Plan on the Central 104 website and via email in the near future Lunch delivery will continue throughout the month of April.

Thank you again for partnering with us and please follow the stay at home order, stay healthy and stay safe. We are stronger together! #104Learns365.

MARCH 20, 2020

As most of you are aware, Governor JB Priztker has implemented a stay at home executive order effective tomorrow at 5:00 pm, which also extends the mandatory closure of all public and private schools in the state of Illinois through Tuesday, April 7. The tentative date to return to school is Wednesday, April 8. We do not know until we receive more guidance from the governor whether the additional days that school is closed will be considered Acts of God Days. I will send an update when a decision regarding wheteher or not the 2 scheduled days off for Spring Break Spring are affected. The president has granted all states the ability to apply for a waiver that would exempt schools from the mandated state tests that children take in the Spring. Illinois does plan to apply for this waiver, which would cancel state testing for the 2019-20 school year.

Administration and teachers are in the process of developing an extended plan for the continuity of learning for the additional mandatory days of closure. Administrators and teachers will be communicating the plans once they are developed. I could not be more proud of the communication among students, staff, teachers and parents during this difficult time. Please stay connected by checking out our district website and Facebook daily.

The delivery of meals will continue through April 7 with the same schedule of stops and drop off times.

Please follow the stay at home order from the governor and stay home to stop the spread of Covid 19.

If you have any questions or need anything, please feel free to reach out to me an administrator or your child's teacher. We are all in this together!

Dawn Elser, Superintendent

MARCH 16, 2020

As we send our students home for the start of the 2 week closure, remember we are a team working together for the children. The staff has done their best to prepare the students for what lies ahead during the closure, so we now ask the parents to embrace the challenge and be the heroes they need during the closure. We are all in this together and will get through it together!

Superintendent Elser is encouraging all staff to be safe, calm, and flexible throughout the closure. We will communicate with you frequently, but do not hesitate to contact us if you need anything. Information was sent home with your student regarding meals that will be provided during the closure.

Please visit the Nutritional/Food Support tab under COVID-19 Preparedness and Response for more details.

Stay healthy and take care of yourselves!

MARCH 15, 2020

Dear Central 104 Families,

As you are aware, there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in St. Clair County. The media reports that they are both under quarantine after returning from travel abroad. This news has caused some parents to ask if we should cancel tomorrow’s half day. We are still planning to hold 1⁄2 day of school for our students tomorrow. This will allow us to distribute material to students, send home resources and guide students on how to complete the continuity of learning activities during the closure. If you choose to keep your student home from school tomorrow, the day will be excused.

The state has informed us that there is a possibility that the closure may last for more than 2 weeks. If you need your child’s medication or other materials during the closure, please pick them up tomorrow between the hours of 8:00am and 3:30pm.
Central 104 is making plans to deliver lunch to areas populated with students who receive free and reduced lunch. We will also have a drive thru area set up at Joseph Arthur Middle School for any student who is in need of a lunch during the closure. More details will be sent as they become available.

Be smart and stay healthy. Thank you for taking care of yourself and each other.

Dawn Elser, Superintendent

MARCH 13, 2020

IL Governor Pritzker announced this afternoon that all Illinois schools will be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 27. The Governor’s Office will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 to determine if additional closures will be needed.

Students are scheduled to return to school on Tuesday, March 31. Central School District 104 is moving the ½ School Improvement Day that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 to Monday, March 16. This will allow teachers the opportunity to prepare students for the continuity of learning during the school closure and/or illustrate to students ways to access lessons and supplemental resources during the closure. District 104 teachers will meet on Monday afternoon to gather additional resources and make plans for the continuity of learning over the closure. Central School 104 is also working with local churches to find ways to provide sack lunches to students during the closure. Please watch for future emails regarding this and for additional closures or date changes that may be necessary.

To clarify, the amended Central School District 104 calendar will be:

Monday, March 16 am--½ day attendance for students. Early dismissal times are 12:00 for Central and 12:30 for JAMS. Buses will run as usual and there will be Latch Key. The afternoon will be a staff in service.

Tuesday, March 17-Monday, March 30-All Illinois schools will be closed. All activities and events will be canceled.

Tuesday, March 31--Students and staff will return. (This return date will be re-evaluated by the Governor's Office as needed)

Wednesday, April 8 - Full day of school