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Superintendents Return to School Letter

Superintendent Return to School Letter
August 3, 2021 

Dear Parents and Staff: We hope the summer has been off to a great start for you and your families. We are looking forward to the start of another school year: 2021-2022! As I shared many times throughout the 2020-2021 school year, I have been very proud of the outstanding effort of our teachers, staff, students and parents to maintain instruction throughout most of the school year. While we dealt with our fair share of student and staff quarantines, we were able to keep students learning in person for most of the school year. We are committed to providing a robust learning experience in our ever changing world, and our administration is working diligently to plan for the 2021-2022 school year. Our plan will continue to follow the guidelines set by the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. As we continue to plan for the 2021-22 school year, we are making sure our schools are safe and ready for full in-person instruction for all students as they return back to school on August 25, 2021. We are continuing to require face coverings to be worn by all staff and students (regardless of vaccination status) while inside our buildings. Additionally, at our most recent Board meeting, July 27, 2021, the Board of Education approved a slight change in the student uniform policy. We are adopting an optional uniform policy for all students. Students can choose to wear our traditional uniform, or they can opt to wear clothing of the parents’ choice, as long as it fits into the acceptable dress code outlined in the “Student Handbook.” This change includes the use of clear book bags. Clear book bags are not required. These changes are centered over allowing choice for all parents and to allow us to focus on what we see as the most important aspect of educating our children. How your child dresses has NO impact on their educational attainment. It’s not about how they look but more about how we support and teach each and every one of them in their educational journey. However, I must share that this is a probationary change that the Board will revisit every quarter. Since we maintained in-person instruction for half of the 2020-2021 school year, most of our previous Return to School plan will remain in place as we go forward. Going forward, we fully expect to continue our full in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year. The full return to school plan will be placed on our website for your review. However, below are a few important commitments related to the plan: Field Trips Resume Field trips will resume in 2021-2022. Athletics and Activities Athletics and activities will resume in 2021-2022. Hand Hygiene We will continue to encourage good hand hygiene, such as reminding students to wash hands after using the restroom, before meals, etc., and provide access to hand sanitizer stations. Disinfection All disinfecting procedures will continue throughout all buildings on a daily basis. School buses will continue to be disinfected twice daily. Teachers and staff will continue to have access to disinfectant supplies, including disinfecting spray, to clean high-touch areas regularly if desired. Student Medical Exception The District will offer a remote option for students that qualify due to medical exceptions. Students will be required to provide documentation from a healthcare provider indicating a medical recommendation for remote learning. In addition to the protocols listed above, we will continue to encourage families to keep students at home when showing symptoms of illness. Thank you for your ongoing patience and partnership as we have navigated the COVID-19 pandemic. We are looking forward to providing our students and staff with much more normalcy in the coming school year. We want to continue to be a resource for all families as we plan for the return of students for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me or your student’s principal. The District will communicate updates for the new school year as information becomes available via text, email, and here on our website We are here to serve the Hoover-Schrum Memorial community and support you for the new school year. 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Dwayne Evans Superintendent

 
Mission
Instill learning as a life-long process by creating an environment where every student has the opportunity to develop their full potential, be empowered with confidence, and be prepared for future challenges in a global society.

Vision
Creating a nurturing learning community where excellence is expected of everyone.
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