Coronavirus (COVID-19) information
June 26, 2020
Illinois State Board of Education Guidance
One June 23rd, the Illinois State Board of Education released a 60-page Guidance document for schools about the 2020-2021 school year. This document has been in much anticipation and will answer critical questions about the requirements needed for social distancing, wearing masks, scheduling, transportation, remote learning, in-person learning, and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also engaging students in the learning process.
Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was just released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. I ask you for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed document and implements these ideas into our own transportation plan. Mannheim District 83 has already been working with several transition task force teams discussing options. This document Guidance will assist these discussions so our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students.
Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district worked together with the COVID-19 situation that none of us could have imagined. I will communicate more details soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.
May 5, 2020
Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) SNAP Benefits
P-EBT is a new special benefit that can help families buy food for their school age children who would normally receive National School Lunch Program (NSLP) free or reduced-priced meals when schools are in session. All families with school age children who attend schools approved for Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) are eligible for the benefits as they receive NSLP meals at no charge.
April 21, 2020
School closing update
Our Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced on April 17, 2020 that E-Learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
April 1, 2020
School closing update
To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Pritzker yesterday in his speech has declared Safe At Home actions and extended school closures for all Illinois Public and Private Schools through Thursday, April 30, 2020 with a tentative reopening on May 1, 2020. The reopening of schools on May 1, 2020 is tentative. More school closure dates will be provided by the Governor in upcoming weeks. Thank-you for all of your diligence as a family to wash hands regularly, practice social distancing, and stay at home actions. The teachers will continue the amazing eLearning work they are completing with their students during the new extended school closure dates. We will continue grab and go breakfast and lunch from 11:00 to noon each weekday at Roy School door 4, Scott School door 28, and West Leyden HS entrance 5A. Monday, April 6,2020 will be a remote eLearning day of planning for our staff. Tuesday, April 7 through April 30, 3020 eLearning will continue for all students. Thank-you and stay safe and healthy.
March 31, 2020
Governor Pritzker's order
This afternoon Governor Pritzker declared Safe At Home Actions and extended school closures for all Illinois Public and Private Schools through Thursday, April 30, 2020 with a tentative reopening on Friday, May 1, 2020. The reopening of schools on May 1, 2020 is tentative. More school closure dates will be provided by the Governor in upcoming weeks.
March 27, 2020
We wish everyone a great spring break!
For the past 14 days, Mannheim School District 83 did not have any confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. Please continue to stay safe, and follow the IDPH and CDC guidelines. Enjoy your time off!
March 20, 2020 p.m.
Governor Pritzker's Speech
Mannheim District 83 continues to follow the guidelines of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control, the Illinois State board of Education, and Governor Pritzker's mandates. To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Governor Pritzker has declared the Stay at Home action and extended school closures through Tuesday, April 7, 2020 with a tentative reopening on Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Governor Pritzker will be providing additional updates regarding these timelines in the coming days and weeks.
Mannheim District 83 is prepared and has plans for these possible extended school closure dates. Please see the letter for information regarding Mannheim District 83 schedule, free grab and go breakfast and lunch, school facilities, and eLearning,
March 20, 2020 p.m.
Governor Pritzker's Speech
On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7, 2020. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.
During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work as long as they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed.
In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy. Rest assured, we are committed to doing our best to provide meals and deliver continuity of education.
Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus. As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to communicate in a timely and transparent manner.
March 16, 2020 p.m.
Coronavirus Update: Resources for D83 Families During School Closures
Thank you for your support and understanding over the past few days, as we work together to protect our Mannheim 83 community during the COVID-19 pandemic. To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the virus, Governor Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all public and private K-12 schools from March 17, 2020 through March 30, 2020. Please see the following letter, which includes: The Mannheim District 83 Schedule, Free Grab and Go Breakfast and Lunch information, School Facilities, eLearning, Technology Support, and resources.
March 16, 2020 a.m.
Free meals during school closing
After careful consideration of information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding the support of preventative measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our community, we are closing schools beginning Monday, March 16th with a tentative return date of April 6th. During this time, we will continue to offer free daily pre-packaged lunches, as well as breakfasts for the following morning, to all students. Meals will be distributed every weekday from 11:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m* at the following locations. Meals can be picked up from ANY of the listed locations:
Dan H. Pietrini Elementary School
Hester Jr. High
East Leyden High School
Rhodes Elementary School
Lincoln Middle School
Roy Elementary School
MacArthur Middle School
Scott Elementary School
Northlake Middle School
West Leyden High School
Melrose Park, IL
Franklin Park, IL
March 13, 2020
Schools closed in District 83
After careful consideration of information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) regarding social distancing and the support of preventative measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in our community, we are closing schools beginning Monday, March 16th with a tentative return date of April 6th.
Proactive school closures have been shown to be one of the most powerful interventions that we can deploy to curb the spread of a virus. Further information will be forthcoming regarding the districts’ efforts to maintain some continuity of instruction for our students over this time.
School officials will continue to work with our local health department, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and medical community partners. We will take necessary steps to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of everyone in our community.
We appreciate your support during this challenging time. We will be in contact with updates as they develop.
March 12, 2020
Coronavirus information affecting District 83
Mannheim District 83 continues to monitor the coronavirus following the guidance of the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Center for Disease Control, and the Illinois State Board of Education. Mannheim District 83, being proactive about the situation, is cancelling all before and after school activities beginning Friday, March 13 through April 10, 2020. This also includes the cancellation of all field trips from March 13 through April 10, 2020.
Student Report cards will be sent home Monday, March 16, 2020. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy and safe.
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