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COVID Related Updates to the School Year
COVID Related Updates to the School Year
Vickie Artman
Monday, March 30, 2020

Remote Learning Days for Joppa-Maple Grove will run through Monday, May 18, 2020 (last student attendance day on the 2019-2020 school calendar) with a a Staff In-Service on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. 

Wednesday, May 13  -  The last day for food delivery. Meals for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday provided on the day. 

Thursday, May 14  -  The last day for packet pickup. Buses begin routes at 10:00 a.m.  You may drop off your packet at the school too. 

Students will be allowed to pickup belongings soon.  A schedule will be created soon. 


April 23, 2020

Hello JMG Families!

In an effort to connect with out students, Joppa-Maple Grove teachers and staff will be having a CAR parade throughout Joppa and the surrounding area while adhering to social distancing protocol.  This will take place Monday, April 27th, starting at 1:00 p.m.  Be on the lookout.  There will be no candy thrown but we will have smiles and waves.  I’m not sure we can reach all of those who live in rural areas.  Those people may want to drive into town and watch from their vehicles.  We hope to videotape the cars with teachers and staff who are participating and send that out.  This way if you are unable to see it in person, you won’t be missing out.

Some IMPORTANT things to keep in mind:

  • Please stay on your porch or in your yard
  • Do not approach the vehicles
  • If you are driving in to watch, remember to practice social distancing

During this time, it is of the utmost importance that we maintain the health and safety of everyone.

Our hope is to be able to see our students that we miss so much!  Being a part of a community is so important especially in trying times.  Hopefully, this will help bring some joy to our students.  I know seeing the students will help brighten the day for us teachers.
We are also having Spirit Week dress up days next week.  We’d love to see you dressed in your school colors.  WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOU ALL!  Once again, if you can’t see the parade in person, look for the video to be coming your way soon!
Hope you are all well!  Stay safe!

JOPPA-MAPLE GROVE FACULTY AND STAFF MISSES YOU!


April 17, 2020

In-person instruction for all Illinois schools has been suspended for the remainder of the 2019/2020 school year. Joppa-Maple Grove USD 38  will continue to utilize the remote learning plan through May  18, 2020.


April 13, 2020

We welcome you back from “Spring Break” and hope your week was enjoyable. Food Distribution  - Make sure you contact the high school is you want to be added for  meal delivery; 543-7589 ext. 1107.

Students should continue to work on the current packet and have it ready to be picked up on April 24.  New packets will be delivered Friday, April 24, 2020 .  The new packets contain work  for April 27 through May 8. 


April 3, 2020

The faculty and staff have worked hard to  develop our “Remote Learning  Plan."  Our goal is to allow students to maintain and improve their knowledge and growth while giving them a chance to improve their grades for the 2nd Semester.  Individual  Learning Packets are being delivered today for those students that are not utilizing electronic devices. Spring Break begins tomorrow and we want all students to enjoy your week.

JMG38 E Learning Plan

Remote Learning Grading Procedures


April 2, 2020

Joppa-Maple Grove Unit District 38 Students, Parents, and Community Members,
I want to provide an update on some actions we are taking in response to the COVID-19 epidemic:

Governor Extends ‘Stay in Place’ Order
Governor Pritzker indicated he will sign an executive order for Illinois residents to ‘stay in place’ through April 30, 2020. Joppa-Maple Grove will not be in session through April 30, although we are continuing to connect with families to provide remote -learning and enrichment opportunities. Except as noted below, all school related facilities and events are canceled through April 30, 2020.

Remote Learning
On Friday, March 27, 2020 the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released guidance indicating school districts must create Remote Learning Plans to continue the education of students during the COVID-19 epidemic. ISBE also designated five planning days to implement those plans if needed.
JMG will use planning days this week to structure its full Remote Learning Plan. We currently have enrichment materials available on the website, and teachers have connected with students via email and other electronic media. However, a substantial number of our students do not have devices or internet access at home. Packets are being delivered this week with the majority of them being delivered Friday, April 3.
 Grading information will be included in the plan, but students should know that their academic standing at JMG will not be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. There may be additional requirements for AP and dual credit courses, above the JMG credit requirements. Please check with your teacher if you are enrolled in these courses.

Graduation
We will make every effort to hold a graduation ceremony. We will explore virtual options in addition to traditional ceremonies as soon as the Governor lifts the ‘stay in place’ order. ISBE plans on releasing additional guidance on graduation and promotion in the coming days. Additional information will also be mailed to seniors soon.

Awards Night
The Awards Night Event scheduled for April 16 has been canceled.
 
SAT
The free SAT offered on April 14 has been canceled. ISBE is working with the College Board to provide other options for Juniors. I will provide additional updates as they become available, but I do not anticipate further updates on the SAT until at least May.

Prom
Prom has been postponed indefinitely. We will continue to monitor the guidance from state and local officials on group gatherings as the year progresses.

School Meals
The Governor’s executive order does NOT impact school meal delivery. JMG will still provide meals. We are delivering meals Monday through Thursday. Thursday meal delivery will contain two days – Thursday and Friday.  No meal delivery on Friday.

Stay Informed
I will continue to provide updates on the extended closure as they become available. Please check the school website for additional updates and educational enrichment materials. Students, please continue to check your email regularly for updates from teachers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at vartman@joppa38.com or call at 618-543-9023. You should also feel free to contact Principal Terri Waddell at twaddell@joppa38.com.
As always, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Please take time to care for yourself, your friends and family and to reach out to school and community supports with any questions or concerns.


March 31, 2020
 
Dear Parents and Community Members:
 
I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. 
 
During this time, on-site learning will remain suspended but our schools’ commitment to learning and education will remain open and learning will continue for all students - just through a different format.
 
While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that at Joppa-Maple Grove Unit School District 38, our teachers and staff are fully engaged and willing to take on this new challenge and push forward with remote learning, engaging with students and continuing with our food distribution program. 
 
I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together.  Our top three priorities for our leadership and planning moving forward:
 
Priority 1 - Feed and care for the extended safety, health, and welfare of students, families, non-student children, staff, and community at large.
Priority 2 - Communicate clearly; share coherent, organized and controlled messages with your staff, students and community.
Priority 3 - Provide for the continuity of learning in Illinois
 
It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. 


March 30, 2020

Good Morning, 

The Illinois State Board of Education  released information late Friday on converting our school days to something called a “Remote Learning Day.”  We are quickly trying to determine what that means for providing educational services to our students.  We hope to have more information on that front in the next couple of days as we polish our E Learning Plan now that we have a better idea of state requirements.  The Act of God Days end on March 30.  We will be moving into the Remote Learning Days after the faculty and staff have had adequate time to prepare for this type of learning delivery.  Please stay posted and I will keep you updated.


March 25, 2020

Joppa-Maple Grove Students, Parents, and Community Members,

I want to provide an update on some actions we are taking in response to the COVID-19 epidemic:

Governor Extends School Closure
On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker issued an Executive Order to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that schools will remain closed, with a tentative reopening date of April 8.  This is during Joppa’s Spring Break and we would not be returning at this time. The Illinois State Board of Education has announced it will issue additional school calendar guidance in the coming week. Please stay tuned.

 
School Meals
The Governor’s executive order does NOT impact school meal delivery. The school district will still provide meals as outlined previously. Beginning, Monday, March 30 all meals will be delivered.  Please call the school to add your information.  JHS = 543-9023 Ext. 1107.
 
School Events
All school-related events through April 7 are canceled. I will provide additional updates on Prom and Graduations later after the Illinois State Board of Education issues school calendar guidance regarding the rest of the school year.
 
Stay Informed
I will continue to provide updates on the extended closure as they become available. Please check the school website for additional updates and educational enrichment materials. Students, please continue to check your email regularly for updates from teachers.
 
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at vartman@joppa38.com or call at 618-543-9023. You should also feel free to contact Principal Terri Waddell at twaddell@joppa38.com.
 
As always, the health and safety of our students is our top priority. Please take time to care for yourself, your friends and family and to reach out to school and community supports with any questions or concerns.


Dear Parents and Guardians,
The health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.

First, it is important to remember that at this time, there have only been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Illinois Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is currently no recommendation to close schools in the United States.

We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses.  In addition, please remember that if children are sick, they should not be at school. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to class after any illness. Please refer to the health guidelines outlined on our district website. Keeping children home when they are sick is critical to prevention. 
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Betty Fry, Nurse; Terri Waddell, Principal, or myself.