We have not received any additional information regarding extending the school closure, and so remain cautiously optimistic that we'll be able to welcome students back on the 31st. If your child is struggling with the take-home activities, please don't add additional stress to your home. This is just one of the many choices that are available to keep students engaged until they're able to return to school. #proud2BPC
Our thoughts are with our families today as they began a long 2 weeks of school closure. There is no new information to share today. Like you, we continue to hear recommendations that schools should remain closed for a period longer than 2 weeks, and at least 1 state has cancelled school for the remainder of the school year, however we have not been notified of extended closure at this time. Please continue to monitor this page and scroll down to see information provided in previous posts. Take care.
We have good attendance throughout our buildings today and teachers who are excited and grateful for another day in front of students. Packets will be mailed home for those students unable to attend today. If you have a student who takes medication while at school, please contact Kristi White, our district nurse, at (309) 772-9464 to arrange for that medicine to get home while schools are closed.
For families who plan to pick-up their food voucher today from the District Office, please park in the staff parking lot at the High School (across from the bus barn) and enter through the Superintendent's Office door (you'll use the buzzer to the left of the door). This will help us minimize traffic through the High School. Hours for pick-up are 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm today and again next Monday, March 23. Contact us as (309) 772-9461 if you have questions.
All school and district offices will close after school today for a mandatory, all-staff meeting. All school and district office staff will monitor voicemail and email throughout the closure. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have a question or concern, or if you need assistance.
Please continue to monitor this page for updates and to scroll through previous postings below to get information about school activities and events. We do not have information regarding activities and events that are scheduled to occur past the current mandated 2-week closings.
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Thank you for checking back to review the most recent updates related to the mandated school closings and how this is impacting the Bushnell-Prairie City School community. Please continue to monitor this page. We have had several people question the decision to remain in school tomorrow when some of our neighbors within the region will not be in session and restaurants and bars will be closed at the end of business tomorrow. While the health and safety of our staff and students is a high priority, the need to send students home for an extended period in a calm and reassuring manner is also a priority. The anxiety in students has been building and we hope to address their concerns and calm those fears tomorrow.
For families that qualify for free and reduced lunches, vouchers will be available for pick-up in the District Office tomorrow, March 16 and Monday, March 23 from 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm. Please contact the District Office at (309) 772-9461 if you have any questions or if you need help or access to resources during school closures. Hygiene supplies are also available for junior high and high school students. If needed, please encourage your student to take advantage of these items, located in Mr. Harrison’s office at the Junior High and in the Library at the High School.
While the information from county and state agencies continues to evolve, school leaders were notified today that mandated school closings are considered “Acts of God” days and school districts will not be required to make them up at the end of the year.
Thank you to our community partners who continue to offer their support during this difficult time. Take care everyone.
The increasing threat from COVID-19 has brought concern and worry to our district and communities. We appreciate your patience, as well as the questions and concerns you have brought to our attention. We continue to work with city, county, state, and federal agencies to guide decisions while keeping in mind the unique needs of our Bushnell-Prairie City school community. This page will contain information of interest to our school community and will be updated (if necessary) on a daily basis. If no updates have been provided; that will also clearly be indicated. Should additional school closures be mandated or initiated, all functions of Skylert will be activated to notify families of that occurrence.
As announced yesterday, our school district, along with all others in Illinois, will participate in a mandated closing that begins Tuesday, March 17 and extends through Monday, March 30. Monday, March 16 is a full-day of school and allows teachers the time to provide appropriate learning materials. Teachers are preparing and will distribute home-based learning activities that will ensure our students stay engaged and learning, and are ready to return when school is able to resume. We ask for your support and involvement by encouraging your child(ren) to complete these activities. While no grade will be taken upon their return, to avoid penalizing students who may not have access to support, it will make their transition back to school an easier one and ensure the remainder of the year is successful. School social workers have also worked to provide age-appropriate resources for teachers to respond to student needs and will be available tomorrow to meet with students who might be experiencing increased concern or anxiety related to school closings.
As of today, all school-related activities are cancelled for the duration of the mandated school closure. This is expanded to include any practices or after-school events that were scheduled for Monday, March 16. Spring pictures at the JH scheduled for Monday, March 16 have been cancelled and will be rescheduled. Club's Choice payments due March 30 will now be due March 31. IEP meetings scheduled for Monday, March 16 will still take place, however IEP meetings that were to occur during the 2-week school closing are cancelled and will be rescheduled. Parent/teacher conferences scheduled for the end of March will still take place, in modified format. Teachers will be available during those times for parents who wish to contact them via email and get updated academic information. Teachers and school offices will also be available during school hours via email for any other questions or concerns you might have. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to your school office.
We are aware of the diverse needs and access to resources experienced by our families and students. At any given time, 45-65% (approximately 300) of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch and breakfast. In an effort to reduce the impact of school closings for our students who are at greater risk, efforts are underway to provide vouchers to be used locally for the purchase of groceries during this period of school closure. This will allow families to meet their individual dietary needs with greater flexibility. More details will be made available to families as those arrangements are coordinated.
Please continue to check back for daily announcements and to access provided resources. Thank you for your patience and support as we respond to ever-changing circumstances. Take this time to care for yourselves and for others.