Week 1 of Distance Learning complete

March 20, 2020

Topic: Updates

The following email was sent to CCSD21 parents on March 12, 2020. Please contact your school office if you are not receiving emails from School District 21.

March 20, 2020

Dear CCSD21 families,

As our week of Distance Learning comes to a close, I want to thank you again for your support of your children, our staff, and one another. Indeed, this is an unprecedented time. As challenging as it is for school to be closed, the steps we are taking now to limit large gatherings and distance socially are critical to ensuring our health care system can support all of us.

Today, the Governor issued a “Stay at Home” order effective at 5:00 PM on Saturday through April 7. The order means that individuals should limit their time outside of the home to only those tasks that are critical, like going to buy groceries, going to the doctor, and picking up medicine (Frequently Asked Questions answered here). While Spring Break is beginning, I encourage you and your family to limit outings to only those that are absolutely necessary.

The Governor has also extended the statewide school closure through April 7, 2020. We will return to Distance Learning on Monday, March 30, at the conclusion of our Spring Break, and will continue with Distance Learning through the duration of the school closure. It is possible that school closures could continue beyond April 8th, so I ask all parents to continue to make preparations for that.  We are in daily contact with local and state authorities and will provide additional information as soon as we are able.

Food Service
Free breakfast and lunch will continue to be available to all children age 18 and younger during Spring Break and for the duration of the school closure. Cold breakfast and sack lunch “Grab and Go” meals will be served simultaneously; students will leave their distribution site with two meals. Meals will be distributed on weekdays between 9:30 – 11:30 AM at locations listed here.

Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration
Beginning next week, the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) is providing free, interactive live-stream instruction in core content areas. Follow this link to register your student for the activities at the appropriate grade level. An email invitation will then be sent to you with the link to the live-stream program.

Additional learning resources
A wide variety of museums, zoos, companies, and more are offering digital learning resources for free. The DuPage County Regional Office of Education compiled a lengthy list of many of these online activities. Consider exploring some of these with your child.

This is a stressful and uncertain time for all of us. While next week may not look like what you had originally envisioned for Spring Break, please understand these short-term provisions are meant to protect the long-term health of everyone in our community. Enjoy this time with your children, tell them we miss them dearly, and reassure them that we will make it through this together.


Dr. Michael Connolly