Emergency Updates

Current COVID19 Updates...
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Check out our FAQs, Did You Knows, and Grab and Go Meal Plan for Buncombe, Cypress, New Simpson Hill, Vienna Grade, and Vienn High School at this link:
Coronavirus-School Closure FAQ


Check out the latest ISBE updates at this link:
ISBE COVID19 Updates: https://www.isbe.net/covid19


2020/03/31
School Closure Extended through April 30th...
Please check out our updated Coronavius-School Closure FAQ document. It covers alot of information with the updates in red text.
As a reminder...
We have never done this before. This will not be perfect, but we will all work together and figure it out!
Our priorities:
1. Feed kids that need it while school is closed,
2. Be a support system for kids and families while school is closed,
3. Actively work to take care of our community and those around us, and once those things are taken care of,
4. Do the best that everyone can with Remote Learning Days.

2020/03/31
It will not be perfect...
We have never done this before. This will not be perfect, but we will all work together and figure it out!
Our priorities:
1. Feed kids that need it while school is closed,
2. Be a support system for kids and families while school is closed,
3. Actively work to take care of our community and those around us, and once those things are taken care of,
4. Do the best that everyone can with state mandated Remote Learning Days. Undoubtedly we will learn something.
We are developing further communication with updates that we will send out after the governor speaks today.
KFVS did a segment last night on this new frontier. Check it out at the link below. https://www.kfvs12.com/2020/03/31/remote-learning-illinois-begin-tuesday-students-teachers-isbe-offers-recommendations/
kfvs

2020/03/26
Meal Plan Update...
Hello, this is Mr. Giffin from Vienna High School. I wanted to let everyone know about the updated drop off and delivery meal plan. Our plan moving forward, starting Friday, March 27, 2020 will be providing meals for a 5-day period. We will be at the drop off sites and providing delivery every Friday at the same times. Each student will receive a meal for breakfast and lunch, a snack with juice, and a milk per day for the 5 days. Any student 18 and under from any of our local schools is eligible for the free meal plan. If you have not been receiving meals and would like to sign up, please contact us at 618-658-4461 extension 217 and leave a message. If you are unable to go to any of the pickup locations, we will also deliver. I want to thank everyone who continues to offer resources and volunteer during this unique experience. I hope everyone is spending quality time with their loved ones and I hope to see everyone soon. Thank you

2020-03-20
School Closure Extended
Per Governor Pritzker's press conference today the school closure in Illinois will be extended through Tuesday, April 7th. For the schools in our system this will only add four additional days out of school since it runs in to our Easter Break week. Attendance will resume on Monday, April 13, due to Easter Break. At this time meals continue as planned during the school closure. We will release more details as soon as possible.
Thank you,
Joshua W. Stafford
School Superintendent

2020-03-15
School Closure Update (2020/03/15)…
Hello this is Mr. Stafford. Over the last three days we have been working diligently and collaboratively with the administrative teams from Buncombe, Cypress, New Simpson Hill, Vienna Grade, and the high school to establish clear, simple, and consistent answers to the many questions that our community is faced with due to the decisions of state level officials that are beyond our control.
We know that keeping all of the schools in our dual district system on the same page during this time will be a help to families with children in multiple buildings and our community as a whole. It is impossible to address all of these many important questions in a recorded phone or video message so we have prepared a document that has been sent out via email, published on social media, and online at http://www.viennahs.com/emergencyupdates. Printed copies will be given to each student tomorrow, Monday, March 16th.This will be the last day of school and will be a full regular dismissal day, with a projected return date of Tuesday, March 31.
We do appreciate your patience and are humbled by the outpouring from all of those in the community that have extended offers of resources and volunteer time to ensure that our students are taken care of and safe during this unique situation.
Thank You.


2020/03/13
CORRECTION: Planned reopen date is Tuesday, March 31
School Closure: Directive from Governor Pritzker
Per a directive from Governor Pritzker schools in Illinois will be closed starting on Tuesday, March 17, through at least Monday, March 30, with plans to reopen on Tuesday, March 31. We will be in session on Monday in order to attempt to make needed arrangements for continued instruction to the best of our ability. We will release more details as soon as possible.
Thank you,
Joshua W. Stafford
School Superintendent

2020/03/13
Moments in history... (disclaimer: this is about COVID-19)
There are moments in history that bring about unique challenges, while at the same time, many would agree that there is "nothing new under the sun." Indeed, humanity has been faced with outbreaks before of various severity, kinds, and lengths.
Much attention has been drawn to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). This situation has been developing and is continuing to do so at a rapid pace with near minute to minute changes. Most everyone has the best intentions and it can be overwhelming to process all of the known and a great deal of unknown information, while at the same time filtering out those who would spread false information (i.e. there is currently a fake website circulating that is claiming to be John Hopkins and showing a map of the outbreak).
This morning, I, along with follow school administrators and officials, from several of the surrounding counties spent time in a meeting with the Illinois Department of Public Health. We have also been in contact with other local and state officials and agencies. As of my last count the states of Ohio, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico, Michigan and West Virginia have ordered all schools closed, and the Kentucky governor has recommended closing schools.
At this moment that has not officially occurred in Illinois, but as things progress it seems to be a possible outcome. Governor Pritzker is expected to hold a press conference at 4:00pm today.
If the governor were to close school we will likely start off by using what is known as "emergency days," which are much like snow days (use a day and make it up at the end of the year for up to five days, which in our situation could be up to four at this point because we have already had one emergency day used for weather). During the usage of the emergency days we would be working with state officials to develop a more concrete plan as how to best continue the delivery instruction to students and also aid in providing for basic student needs to ensure the maximum safety and well-being of everyone. Many of the classes already have strong online components and the state is making allowances for E-Learning Days.
Global, federal, state, and local agencies are providing various guidance, however they would each indicate that there are not a one size fits all answer. Locally we have not been faced directly with any known cases, but we are working to be proactive with all of the basics, such as sanitizing, cleaning, hand washing, etc., and make reasonable preparation for the possibilities.
In the meantime, please reach out with any questions or concerns that you might have and also know that, as is always our practice, as details change we will continue to communicate.
Sincerely,
Joshua W. Stafford
School Superintendent