October 30, 2020
Dear CUSD 201 Families,
CUSD 201 decided to return to remote learning this past week. This decision was based on the DuPage County Health Department School Metrics. This decision received a mixed response. While some understood the decision, others believed the District should still allow in-person instruction.
These decisions are not easy. Each school district is looking at the available data and trying to make the best decisions for their school community. If you have followed what has been happening in the world of high school sports, I believe this offers a microcosm of what school leaders are dealing with daily.
On Tuesday, the Governor and the Illinois Department of Public Health, IDPH, put basketball on hold due to the increased level of transmission of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the Illinois High School Association, IHSA, voted to allow basketball to be played beginning in November. The Illinois State Board of Education sent a communication to superintendents encouraging school leaders not to defy the public health guidance and consider students’ health and safety.
Once again, the various state agencies are not working together, providing guidance to school districts. School leaders will once again review all of the available information and try to make the best decisions for their school community.
This exact same scenario is playing out when making decisions about when to have in-person learning versus remote. School leaders are in a position of making decisions without a uniform set of guidelines. This is why you do not see a uniform response.
The week of November 2, the District will be in remote learning. CUSD 201 will continue to monitor the metrics provided by the DCHD. The DCHD will update the data on Monday. If the data shows a decrease or is stable, we believe the protocols we have in place will allow us to transition to in-person learning.
After the DCHD posts the metrics on Monday, a communication will be sent to parents letting families know what school status will be the week of November 9. A decision regarding basketball will also be made next week.
Please read the entire communication for additional updates.
October 27 Board Meeting
Due to some technical difficulties, the October 27 Board Meeting was not live-streamed on YouTube. The Board Meeting was available on the local cable channel. The District apologizes for the error.
The issue that prevented the live streaming of the board meeting is also preventing the District from uploading the video to the District website. The District Tech Department is working on the problem and will have it resolved shortly. Once the video is posted, the school community will be notified.
The District is suspending hybrid learning the week of November 2, 2020.
Remote learning is resuming the week of November 2, 2020. Please use this link to view the plan.
If you or your student is having difficulty accessing the learning materials or have any questions, we have a hotline for you to use. Please use the following number:
630-468-8020 for English speakers
630-468-8030 for Spanish speakers.
Meal Distribution for the Week of November 2, 2020
Note a new pick-up time slot.
Meal pick-up is on Monday, November 2, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Westmont Junior High.
Meals are available free of charge to CUSD 201 families for children 18 and younger.
Parents will be given five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch. Please use the drive off Oakwood in front of the Junior High School. You do not need to exit your car, the food will be brought to you. If you are unable to come to the Junior High at the designated time, please call 630-468-8121.
Have a safe and happy Halloween. Please remember to continue to wear masks and social distance. These interventions are the most effective way to curb the virus. Thank you for your continued support of CUSD 201.