March 16, 2020
Neoga students, parents/guardians, community, and staff:
Thank you for being patient, understanding, and calm during this unprecedented school closure. We know that this is a time for all of us to do our individual part for the good of the whole.
We know that learning is most effective when it takes place in the school and classroom. We know that an extended absence from school is not good for our students’ learning. With that in mind, district staff has created K-12 learning activities that are able to be accessed during this mandated break from school. Please go to https://sites.google.com/neogacusd3.net/e-learning/home to access on-line learning materials and other resources. It is a plan that we will evaluate and revise as needed, and will be ready to implement in similar situations (weather-related, emergency closings, etc.) in the future.
It is our expectation that your students will complete the home-based learning activities although this work will not be graded. The goal and objective of this plan is to keep students thinking, learning, and in a growth mindset. Again, the lessons will be provided online, or for the students that do not have home internet access or reliable home internet, a paper and pencil packet will be available.
Our elementary students will be working with the pencil and paper copies with some internet options, while most students in junior high school and high school will receive assignments sent to their school email, from the link to the school website referenced above, and/or accessed through Google Classroom.
Elementary classrooms that regularly use ClassDojo for communication will continue that practice. Digital copies can be submitted to the students’ teachers upon their completion while paper and pencil copies will be completed and returned to the teachers upon the opening of school. Our plan is to make the packets available Tuesday, March 17 from 3:00-7:00 PM in the lobby of each school. Parents should pick up materials for their children as students will not be allowed access to the school.
The buildings are open to the public from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 16, so any student who needs belongings, textbooks, notes, and items from his/her locker may get them.
PLEASE NOTE: ONLY THE FRONT LOBBY WILL BE ACCESSIBLE when picking up the learning packets on Tuesday, March 17. A reminder to all 6th/12th grade students (and all elementary students to which this applies), check your email and Google Classroom links for shared learning opportunities.
If you or your child have questions concerning his/her home-based lessons, please email his/her teachers (or communicate through ClassDojo as usual) between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Teacher emails can be found on the district’s website. If you as a parent have other questions, please email us at: COVID19@neogacusd3.net.
This has been, and will continue to be, a very fluid situation; literally changing by the hour at this point. Thank you for your patience and positivity! Your support is appreciated by all of us connected with the schools. We will continue to work together to take care of our kids!
Neoga CUSD #3 Staff
This is a reminder that the schools will be open from 8:00 AM-5:30 PM tomorrow, March 16 for parents and/or students to pick up personal items or school supplies needed at home during the school closure.
To help us better communicate with our school family, a new email address has been set up. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Today, Neoga CUSD #3 staff and community members met to develop a plan to provide breakfast and lunch for our students during this school closure. Beginning this Tuesday, March 17, free breakfast and lunch meals will be distributed for all students between 9:00-10:00 AM in the following locations:
Grace United Methodist Church
First Christian Church
Neoga Community Center
Etna United Methodist Church
St. Michael’s School in Sigel
Meals will be picked up and taken home. No dining-in will be allowed.
Neoga’s school buses will run their regular routes beginning at 9:00 AM on Tuesday to deliver meals to rural locations. School personnel will be on each bus to assist with meal distribution. Those wanting to pick up meals for school-age children in the home must have someone at the regular bus stop location when the bus approaches. If you wish to have meals for your children, but no one will be home between 9:00-10:00 AM please email email@example.com as soon as possible. All meals for school-age children are free. Adults wishing to have a meal will be charged $2.75 for a lunch and $1.80 for breakfast. Both meals for an adult for one day is $4.55.
Please look forward to more information about how parents and/or students can access learning activities in the coming days. Teachers will be preparing materials Tuesday. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our school staff for their willingness to do what is best for our students during this trying time.
Bill Fritcher, Superintendent
Saturday, March 14
This is a reminder that our schools will be open for parents and students to retrieve any personal items they wish to take home on Monday from 8:00 AM-5:30 PM. It is highly recommended that jr-sr high students take textbooks home with them. Teachers will be working Tuesday to put together learning activities for students. We will make every effort to share those activities electronically. For families without reliable internet access, alternative arrangements will be made to provide printed material. Our teachers and staff take the education of our students seriously and believe it is important to keep them engaged in learning activities during this unanticipated break from school.
Additionally, due to new information shared today from the Illinois State Board of Education, schools will not be required to make up days missed due to COVID-19. This means that our end of year dates will be May 22 for students and May 26 for a Teacher Institute.
Please understand that information is changing rapidly. Your patience, understanding, and cooperation as a community during this time is critical. We WILL get through this together.
For questions regarding this situation, please use this address: COVID19@Neogacusd3.net
Bill Fritcher, Superintendent
March 12, 2020
Dear Neoga CUSD #3 Students, Parents, Staff, and Stakeholders:
As you know, many parts of the country have been affected by coronavirus. The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. As a school district, our goals are continuing to include:
To make sure our students and families are informed. Questions should be directed to your child’s school office, school principal, or superintendent.
To spend extra time daily using sanitizing measures on student desks, doorknobs, and restrooms.
To educate and remind students the proper way to wash hands, sanitize, and protect themselves
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary. The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
Staying home when you are sick.
Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus and will update you as soon as there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.
In the event that we are forced to close our schools for an extended period of time, please expect the following to happen:
We have four remaining emergency days which will be made up May 27, 28, 29, and June 1. After that, it has not been determined if days will be made up.
Our staff will be working on putting together learning materials for students to complete at home. For those who have reliable internet connections, the work can be delivered electronically. For those without adequate internet, other arrangements will be made to allow students and parents to pick up learning materials.
Bill Fritcher, Superintendent