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COVID-19 Impact Update (March 21, 2020)

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. 

Campus Closure
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.

HVAC Project
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.

Sincerely, 

Tim Farquer, Superintendent
Williamsfield Schools

Food Kits Available

On Tuesday, March 17, Williamsfield Schools will begin distributing FOOD KITS to kids, families, and community members in need. The content of each Food Kit will vary, depending on the needs of each household. Food Kits will be distributed at various pick-up locations at 6pm each Tuesday & Friday. Pick-up locations include the United Methodist Churches of Williamsfield & Dahinda, in Elmore at the corner of Washington & Spring, & in Happy Hollow at the corner of Crabtree & Happy Hollow Drive. If you are in need of a Food Kit, please register HERE or contact Pam Courson at 309.639.2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In addition, please be sure to contact us if you are aware of a neighbor in need. Your help is greatly appreciated!

 

2019 Illinois School Report Card

The quotes below are from November 12, 2013, when Williamsfield Schools ranked 18th out of the 30 area school districts academically. In 2019, we rank 2nd. Again, see below. We performed 23 points above the state average and 26 points above the area average (see http://bit.ly/academicTRENDS). AND WE STILL HAVE ROOM FOR GROWTH! All of these scores are embedded into our annual Illinois School Report card which can be viewed here, and our annual school performance report which can be viewed here. To accompany our high test scores, we have students earning FREE Associate’s Degrees during high school and pursuing their passions on-the-job as part of their high school experience. We are extremely proud of our students, our staff, and our community. Our expectations remain high and we look forward to reporting even better results next fall.  

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325 Kentucky Avenue
Williamsfield, IL, 61489
School Office: (309)-639-2216
District Office: (309)-639-2219