April 17, 2020
Dear District 230 Students, Families and Staff,
I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. As always, your school stands ready to assist families in need. Please reach out if you need us.
In light of Governor JB Pritzker’s announcement today that he has extended the suspension of in-person learning in Illinois schools through the end of the academic year, all District 230 buildings and grounds will remain closed. I continue to encourage you to comply with the Governor’s “Stay at Home” order, spend time with your families at home, and do your part to flatten the curve.
District 230 will continue to implement our eLearning Plan through the end of the school year. We appreciate the ongoing dedication, understanding, and flexibility of students, families, and staff as we learn and teach differently.
Our schools are developing plans for how end-of-the-year events such as Prom, Graduation, and Retirement Celebrations will be handled. Communication regarding these events will be forthcoming. We know this is not how any of us anticipated or wanted the 2020 school year to conclude. Our hearts go out to the amazing members of the Class of 2020 and to our staff members who are concluding their careers with us this school year. The contributions our students and staff have made to our school community over the years have made a lasting impact on who we are as a school district. They will forever be cherished.
As I continue to share, these are unprecedented times. The District 230 community has responded exactly as I would have expected - with kindness, with flexibility, and with a true passion for our students, families and our colleagues. We are a family and we will get through this together.
Dr. James M. Gay
March 29, 2020
Dear District 230 Students, Families and Staff,
Illinois State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carmen Ayala provided direction regarding state guidelines to districts on Friday night. We are fortunate to have a state-approved eLearning Plan which will be modified to fulfill the remote learning guidelines including implementation of grading practices, the progression of curriculum and assessment, and student attendance.
We have been working throughout the weekend and will continue to work early this week to develop our existing eLearning platform to meet the new state guidelines. I am working with our district leaders and Teachers Association and will communicate changes to our plan midweek once we’ve had time to thoroughly assess the state guidelines.
When returning from Spring Break on Monday, March 30 and continuing until these modifications are made, students and staff should follow the existing eLearning plan.
- Students: Check-in on Skyward between 9-11 a.m. and complete assignments posted in the Skyward Message Center.
- Staff: Check-in with the attendance link. Post assignments by 9 a.m. Be available to students for questions between 10-11:30 a.m. Respond to all emails received by 3 p.m.
As we continue to navigate this situation, District 230 is committed to student and staff health, safety and well-being along with open communication. We understand that uncertainty can be uncomfortable for us all. Please know that we remain committed to providing continuous learning for our students as well as providing the social and emotional support students and staff need.
As I have said before, these are unprecedented times. The District 230 community has responded exactly as I would have expected - with kindness, with flexibility, and with a true passion for our students and our colleagues. We are a family and we will get through this together.
Dr. James M. Gay
Sandburg HS Update March 21, 2020
Dear Sandburg High School Families and Staff,
On Saturday, March 21, Sandburg High School was made aware of an employee that tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The food service employee notified the administration of the diagnosis. I immediately contacted the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) who advised that we should inform anyone who may have been in contact with the employee in the past 14 days. The last time this employee was in the school was on March 16, which is within the 14-day timeframe that IDPH requires school districts to notify individuals who may have come into contact with the person. It is important to note that this employee was not part of the food distribution that took place on Wednesday, March 18 and all food preparation areas had been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to distribution. All food service employees follow strict food preparation protocols related to safety and sanitation.
As cases are reported throughout the country, it’s important to follow the advice being shared by IDPH:
- Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
- Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
- As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.
Additionally, the IDPH recommends that individuals who are experiencing symptoms call their medical providers to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.
While we recognize that the number of cases in Illinois are rising and in light of Governor Pritzker’s ‘stay at home’ order, I encourage all families and staff to continue to follow all recommendations of the CDC and IDPH at this time.
Sandburg High School Principal
Questions during eLearning
All questions regarding your student's attendance should be directed to your building’s attendance line. If your student is sick or will not be able to participate, please leave a detailed message at the number below for your school:
- Sandburg Attendance Hotline: 708-671-3195
- Stagg Attendance Hotline: 708-974-7500
- Andrew Attendance Hotline: 708-342-5895
All questions related to any of your student's course information should be directed to the student's teacher for that course. For your convenience a link to our school's staff directories are linked below:
All other questions you may have can be directed to the buildings and we will assist you through the emails below. Please provide detailed information in your email. Staff will be available to respond between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., Monday - Friday.