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School Closure Updates

Tuesday, March 31, 2020; 7:40pm

Governor Pritzker announced on Tuesday, March 31 that he plans to sign a new Executive Order that will extend the Stay-at-Home order through April 30, 2020. While this was anticipated, we acknowledge that this puts additional hardship on many across our District and community. This is unchartered territory for everyone. Please take your time and do your best in these trying times.

Our District has been working proactively to establish remote learning plans in the event the closure was to be extended. Know that we are ready!

Middle & High School
Our middle and high school students will continue with their established E-Learning plans throughout the closure. Teachers and administration are available to both students and parents. Please contact them via email if you need assistance.

Elementary (Grades PK-5)
This week, students should be completing their second week of work from the packets that were distributed on March 13. Weeks 3 and 4 work packets are being mailed to families this week. Students should begin their work on these packets starting Monday, April 6. If for some reason you do not receive your child’s packet by Saturday you may access them on the E-Learning tab of our website at www.rlas-116.org or contact your school principal via email.

District staff are working diligently to gather all available technology devices from across our schools so that we are able to deploy them to our elementary students to use at home. A deployment plan is being finalized with tentative plans to distribute the devices to our elementary students the week of April 6. Deployment details will be communicated to families later this week.

Our elementary teachers began training this week in preparation for E-Learning. They will begin to build their “online” classrooms next week. We plan to begin official E-Learning at the elementary level on Monday, April 20. 

Please remember, we know this is a challenging time and implementing an E-Learning structure for your elementary-aged child at home may prove challenging. We will be here every step of the way to support our parents and students.

Grab-n-Go Meal Distribution
We will continue to serve free Grab-n-Go breakfast/lunch meals to all RLAS-116 children Monday-Friday, 8:00am-11:00am, at Round Lake High School, Round Lake Middle School, Beach Elementary, Ellis Elementary, Murphy Elementary and Village Elementary throughout the entire closure. This distribution is easy. You drive up, let the servers know how many meals are needed, and then grab them off the serving table.

Thank you for your support during these very challenging times. Let’s continue to work together to provide the best possible educational experiences for our children.

Take care,
Donn Mendoza, Superintendent