Emergency Food Kits
Yesterday we announced one of our Emergency Food Kit volunteers is experiencing low-grade fever, body aches, headache, and a scratchy throat. They have been declared low risk, but at this point, their cause of illness cannot be determined. So as a precaution, they will remain under self-quarantine for the next 14 days. Unfortunately, any volunteer who had direct contact with them will not be allowed to assist with the Food Kit Program for the next 14 days. If you volunteered, and you are unsure, please contact me for more information. In addition, the Billtown Cafe will remain closed for the next 14 days. This, coupled with the Governor’s shelter-in-place order, provides a challenge for our Emergency Food Kit program. Challenge accepted! Thanks to our friends from the Stark County school district, our Emergency Food Kit Program will continue to run. We will just make a few adjustments. Beginning Monday, a breakfast and lunch meal will be delivered daily to each child in need. Delivery will occur Monday through Friday. To ensure there is enough food for our children in need, unfortunately, we are forced to suspend providing Food Kits for adults. We hope to continue the service for adults in need when the Billtown Cafe re-opens. All children previously registered will have meals delivered to their home. If you have not yet registered, or are unsure, please fill out the Food Kit registration form at the following link: https://bit.ly/3bhqzda
Statewide School Closure
Per the Illinois State Board of Education, school will remain closed through at least April 7th. This changes our plans slightly. If we are allowed to re-open April 8, and we determine it is wise to do so, April 9 & 13 will become school days. School will not be in session April 10 (Good Friday) either way. Currently, we still plan for May 28 to be the last day of school for students, followed by a full-day Teacher’s Institute May 29.
All parts of campus are CLOSED until further notice. Only authorized personnel are allowed on school grounds.
Moving Student Skills Forward (aka Learning)
While we are closed, we encourage students to continue reading and learning from home. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and join Mr. Binder’s Billtown Book Club. Although Remote Learning or E-Learning are not required at this time, many teachers are posting supplemental activities using online platforms. Teachers are working to establish and maintain lines of communication with students and families, in the event a Remote Learning program is launched.
Dual Credit, AP (Advanced Placement) Courses & Exams
All students enrolled in Dual Credit Courses should continue to communicate with Carl Sandburg College Instructors, following their timetables and guidelines. Email Mr. Binder or Mrs. Robbins with questions. As for AP, the College Board has announced innovative options for continuing courses and exams. Students, if you are enrolled in an AP course, contact your teacher for further details.
Annual Student Testing (IAR & SAT)
Many have asked how Annual Student Testing will be impacted. A statewide announcement has yet to be made. We will keep you posted regarding possible testing dates and plans as things continue to develop.
This work continues as planned. It has been a bit accelerated since school is not in session. Workers will begin Monday. In response to the statewide shelter-in-place, they are being required to visit only the building while they are in town.
If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to let me know.
Tim Farquer, Superintendent