STOCKTON CUSD 206 Remote Learning Plan
Since the beginning of FY 20, Illinois had allowed for a maximum of 5 days that may be run as remote learning days per year, if needed. Given the potential impact of COVID-19, ISBE is working with legislators to create a protocol to support remote learning should it be necessary as schools, and society at large, work to find a means of staying productive in this situation. We believe that it is important for Stockton CUSD to have a remote learning option given the potential for schools to not be in session for a prolonged period of time.
You can find more information about the remote learning plan HERE
Us Cellular and Verizon COVID-19 Response
For those of you that are concerned about your limited data packages or data caps US Cellular has released the below statement.
We're committed to having your back and keeping you connected during these uncertain times. We've made updates to our offerings to reflect how you're using – or will need to use – your smartphones in the coming months.
From now until the end of May, no matter what plan you're on, be assured that you'll continue to have the smartphone data you need and not be charged for any overages.
You can find more information HERE
Verizon has also released changes to its plans as well. You can find more information HERE
Kidstown is closed until April 7
Due to the mandate received from Governor Pritzker on March 20, 2020 that all places of public amusement shall be closed to the public through April 7, 2020. Kidstown is closed to the public.
Stress and Coping with COVID-19 for Stockton Families:
Signs of stress and anxiety impacting your child:
• Excessive crying or irritation in younger children
• Excessive worry or sadness
• Unhealthy eating or sleeping habits
• Irritability and “acting out” behaviors in teens
• Difficulty with attention and concentration
• Avoidance of activities enjoyed in the past
• Unexplained headaches or body pain
• Use of alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs
Ideas on how to help your child:
• Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or teen can understand.
• Reassure your child or teen that they are safe. Let them know it is ok if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.
• Limit your family’s exposure to news coverage of the event, especially social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.
• Try to keep up with regular routines. If schools are closed, create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities.
• Be a role model. Take breaks, get plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.
• Contact Mr. Walters- cory.walters@stocktonschools.
-content taken from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Please wash backpacks
While our schools are being cleaned and disinfected. Please wash your child's backpacks, lunch kits and jackets.
Sack Lunch Program
The Stockton School District will provide sack lunches to any student from March 17-March 20, 23-27 &30th.
For more information or to participate in the sack lunch program please see the form HERE
The rationale for E-Learning Days:
It is important for Stockton School District 206 to have an e-learning option given the potential for schools to not be in session for a prolonged period. Prolonged closure without academic activity would negatively affect students in a number of ways. More importantly, for all students, we believe that having the option of remote learning days reinforces the fact that teaching and learning are not confined to class periods or physical classrooms.
You can find more information on this rationale in our Stockton School District E-Learning Handbook and Closure Guide for Parents HERE
Reduced cost internet access for those who qualify
MediaCom is offering a reduced cost internet service for those who qualify. If you are interested you can find more information HERE
03/16/20 School Board Meeting
Monday's school board meeting has been moved from the middle school conference room to the high school library. The meeting will be at 6:30.
March 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Thank you for your extraordinary support over the past several days, as we have worked together to protect our community during the growing coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. To further safeguard Illinois from the spread of the virus, Governor JB Pritzker has declared mandatory school closures for all buildings, both public and private, serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students.
This mandatory closure takes effect Tuesday, March 17. Currently, we anticipate reopening on March 31. During this time there will be no extracurricular activities or practices.
Free lunch and breakfast will still be available to all students. We will be providing sack lunches and breakfast, to be picked up at the entrance of the high school during school days from 11:00 am to noon. Please pick up meals at the main entrance of the high school to pick up you sack lunch and breakfast for the next day.
We are committed to keeping students engaged in their learning during this statewide school closure. Our staff has worked diligently to develop a remote learning plan which is a blend of materials utilizing both technology, hard copies, and activities to be completed at home. Teachers will be available for questions and will communicate specific hours to be available to support students.
To supplement these services, we encourage you to engage your children in other free, online educational activities. The Illinois State Board of Education has compiled a library of resources at www.isbe.net/keeplearning.
Concern over this new virus can make children anxious. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. If adults seem overly worried, children's anxiety may rise. Adults should reassure children that health and school officials are working hard to ensure that people throughout the country stay healthy.
Children also need factual, age-appropriate information about the potential seriousness of disease risk, so the focus of conversation should be concrete instructions about how to avoid infections and the spread of disease. Teaching children positive measures, talking with them about their fears, and giving them a sense of some control over their risk of infections can help reduce anxiety. Please talk with your children about precautions they can take to stay healthy, including:
● Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is best, especially if they are visibly dirty. An alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol is a suitable alternative. Consider showing your children one of these videos about proper handwashing technique: www.cdc.gov/handwashing.
● Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
● Stay home if you are able to stay home. Avoid travel if you can.
The National Association of School Psychologists has additional guidelines about talking to children about COVID-19 at https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/school-climate-safety-and-crisis/health-crisis-resources/talking-to-children-about-covid-19-(coronavirus)-a-parent-resource.
We will continue to inform you as quickly as we can about any further changes to school services. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact your building principal.
We appreciate your partnership, and we will get through this together.
March 13, 2020
Dear Stockton Families,
Please know the safety of our students and staff is our biggest concern. The District continues to monitor information regarding the Coronavirus/COVID-19 as well as staying in contact with the Illinois State Board of Education, the Jo Daviess County Health Department, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to stay current with all that is happening.
The purpose of this contact is to inform you that the school district is preparing and taking the situation seriously. It is not my intention to add stress to the situation or create hysteria; however, I wanted to let you know what has been communicated to school districts.
The Illinois State Board of Education has been in constant communication with schools and as districts, we have been encouraged to review existing emergency plans and to create e-learning plans in case school closures are recommended or required. An e-learning plan would use technology and take home assignments to continue the education of our students in this scenario. Teachers spent Friday, March 13, 2020 preparing materials that would be a review for students rather than new learning. With e-learning, teachers would also be available through email or Google Classroom to help and answer any questions. The district e-learning plan will be reviewed for approval by the Board at Monday Board meeting.
Let me be clear, no e-learning plan we could create would replace the quality of education our students receive within our classrooms. Additionally, there are several technological barriers preventing access for some students. We are aware of these issues and we will create a plan that takes these barriers into consideration. Given the tone of the messaging we have received from the Illinois State Board of Education, however, it is clear to me that preparing for a long closure is the step we should be preparing to take in order to best serve our students.
The custodians have been vigilant with their cleaning. Cleaning supplies for the District are sufficient at this time. We are working to secure more wipes to make sure staff can wipe down surfaces, clean doorknobs, switches, and lunch tables as needed throughout the day. Throughout all buildings, we are reminding students to wash their hands frequently.
The reason that I am sharing this information with you is to allow you as much time to prepare your own plan in case we face a situation requiring temporary school closure. I hope you appreciate the attempt at transparency. Again, the health and wellbeing of our students and staff are always our number one concern. We do not intend to alarm anyone; instead, we are trying our best to keep all stakeholders informed of the situation.
Colleen Fox, Superintendent / Elementary Principal
The following activities are cancelled next week:
Thursday 3/19 - BB vs Morrison
Friday 3/20 - NUIC Music Festival at Dakota
Illinois Youth Survey
Dear Stockton School District Students, Staff and Families,
The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state.
The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary.
The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
- Staying home when you are sick.
- Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
To see the complete recommendations to schools from IDPH, please go to the following link:
We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus and will update you as soon as there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.
1st Grade Teacher Opening
State of the School Address
The State of the School Address scheduled for Thursday, January 30th has been postponed until further notice.