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March 13, 2020
Schools Closed the Week of March 16

This letter was sent to families on March 13, 2020

 

Dear District 207 Students and Families,

We are writing to share that Maine Township High School District 207 is making adjustments to the school schedule starting on Monday, March 16, 2020 with the goal to limit the potential exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19) among our students and staff. Please know District 207 and its schools have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at this time.

District 207 schools will not be in session and students will not be in attendance starting on Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19. Students were already scheduled to be off on Friday, March 20. We will use four of our five emergency days for these missed days. Faculty and staff will report to work on Monday, March 16 for an Institute Day.  This will replace the Institute Day originally scheduled for Friday, March 20.  The day will be used to prepare the building for construction set to begin over spring break and to continue supporting our teachers as needed to provide e-Learning for our students as needed in the coming weeks.

Next week, teachers will connect with students on a practice lesson for the purpose of ensuring that we have good e-Learning connections in place and can establish a routine for communication and assignments that would be used if District 207 schools are closed for an extended period of time and e-Learning days are established.

The district will be on spring break from Monday, March 23 through Friday, March 27. At this time, classes are scheduled to resume on campus on Monday, March 30; however, we are monitoring the situation and further information will be provided to parents by the end of the day on Thursday, March 26 with those plans. 

All schools (Maine East, Maine South, Maine West and Frost Academy) will be deep cleaned between March 17 and March 29. The District office at 1177 S. Dee Road, Park Ridge, will remain open and can be reached at 847-696-3600.

Thanks to our partner Quest Food Management Services, the District is working on plans to ensure our students on free and reduced lunch have access to food during the originally scheduled student attendance days next week. Details will be sent to those families when those plans are set.

We will continue to send information through our normal communication avenues, as well as post updates to the district website at https://maine207.org/ and the school websites.

The decision to not hold school next week was difficult as we realize the significant impact on our students, families, and staff. However, the health and safety of our students and staff are our number one priority.