Dear River Grove School Community,
I hope you are all safe and healthy and enjoying the summer weather and opportunities to be outdoors.
The Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This guidance will help in answering critical questions as we plan for next school year, including wearing masks in school, distancing guidelines, scheduling options and engaging students in the learning process.
State guidance is helpful to provide expectations, but each school district has different factors to consider, such as total student enrollment, number of teachers and staff, classroom space, bussing and walking distances, etc.
Right now, we do not have answers to all of the questions about returning students to school. However, RGS has a team in place to make safe and thoughtful decisions for our students and staff. The administration will work with teachers, staff members, families and the Board of Education to develop a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of the entire RGS community, along with the need for students, and adults, to engage in the learning process and have face to face interactions.
My sincere hope is to have students back at RGS for the start of the school year on August 19. That is still 7 weeks away and there are many details to be worked out and circumstances are ever changing. It is my goal to share a detailed plan with the RGS community by July 29. That will be 3 weeks from the start of school, to allow for families, and staff, to make plans.
I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer. #WeAreRG!!
Dr. Jan Rashid