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  • Dear Donovan School Community, 

    The purpose of this letter is to give you a preview of the school year that is ahead of us. As I’ve previously stated, the State Board of Education released guidance for schools to open for the start of the new school year. I want to be very clear, at this time, Donovan CUSD 3 is committed to in-person normal school days and confident in our ability to provide an environment that is as safe as possible for students and staff. To do this, we will all need to work together and all of us will be inconvenienced. Kids need to be in school with their friends and professional teachers. Inconvenience is a small price to pay to keep our kids and the adults that serve them safe and healthy. In-person learning this fall will look a lot different than years past. As of July 1, 2020, the following guidelines will need to be followed:

     

    [Donovan CUSD #3 DOES NOT have the authority to waive any of these State requirements]

    1. Face coverings will be required for ALL students, staff, and visitors. 
      1. Face masks are required at all times when indoors, as well as when individuals are within 6 feet of others outdoors. 
      2. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has communicated that face shields have not been deemed effective for source control and are only to be used when other methods of protection are not available or appropriate. 
    2. No more than 50 individuals can gather in one single space within the school. 
    3. Schools must conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks….OR...require that individuals self-certify that they are symptom free before entering schools
      1. Students must be COVID19 symptom free and not have a temperature over 100.4 in order to attend school and we will check temperatures at school throughout the day.
      2. We are still awaiting  guidance on how self-certification can be accomplished
    4. School buses are limited to no more than 50 people. 
      1. All 3 daily routes have more than 50 students riding. 
      2. Parents are encouraged to transport their child(ren) to and from school. You will be asked at registration on July 22 if your child(ren) intends to ride the bus. 
      3. Routes will be altered and possibly added based on the number of students needing daily transportation.
    5. Donovan staff will be increasing schoolwide cleaning and disinfection

    Perhaps the most important concept will be that sick kids and sick adults cannot come to school. We are making arrangements for staffing issues. Parents, please start planning on how you will handle illness situations in your families. 

    If remote learning becomes necessary, expectations for students and teachers will be clear to all involved. State guidance for remote learning this school year will be more demanding on students and teachers than last spring and more aligned to day to day learning. Daily work will be assigned and letter grades will be earned. 

    More details will be available at Registration on July 22, 2020 from 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Donovan High School

    Thank you, 

    Toby Coates, District Superintendent

    Please click here for a pdf version

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  • Community Announcement

     

    June 23, 2020

    Dear Donovan School Community,

    I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools on the 2020-21 school year.

    This 60-page document has been much anticipated and will go a long way toward answering critical questions all of us share about what the 2020-21 school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.

    Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.

    We are keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families and staff members about what to expect next school year and anticipate releasing our own transition plan prior to registration on July 22.

    As you may know, our district has already been discussing options. This guidance will accelerate those conversations, and I’m confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

    Thank you again for your patience, understanding, and flexibility as our entire district navigated a situation together that none of us could have imagined.

    I will be in touch soon. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your summer.

    Toby Coates

    District Superintendent

      

     Click here for the pdf version of this document.

     

     


     

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    Donovan High School Class of 2020 Senior Video

     


     

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  • Attention Parents & Caregivers: 

     

    2020-2021 School Calendar Highlights

     

    The Donovan Community Unit School District will dismiss students every 2nd Wednesday of the month to allow all staff time for district training, staff meetings, and professional development. The Elementary school students will dismiss at 1:22 and the Jr/Sr high school students will dismiss at 1:30 on these days.

    Please contact the Elementary School (815) 486-7321 or the Jr. / Sr. High School (815) 486-7395 with questions or concerns.  
    We look forward to providing the best education possible to your child(ren). 


     

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  • Website HELP!

    Helpful Navigation Tips


    In an effort to better serve our viewers we have implemented some redundancy thoughout our website. For instance; When you select any Board of Education webpage you will be re-directed to the Board of Education portion of the district website. We have added this feature to ensure that no matter what building site you are visiting you always have access to the district level information you require. Here are some other helful website tips that may come in handy.

    Tip #1: All of our district websites are color coded for ease of identification. 

                1.  Grey & Burgandy=District Level
                2.  Red & White=Elementary School
                3.  Red & White/Black=Junior High School
                4.  Black & Gold/White=High School

    Tip#2: When selected, the following menu items will re-direct you back to the district website.
    These sections are part of the redundancy feature of the websites. All menus items and content are       identical on all of the school district websites. About Us, Board of Education, Parents, Public, and Staff

    Tip #3: Use the global icons bar on the right-hand side of each homepage for quick access to: District       Calender, Lunch Menus, Administration & Staff Directory Information, Classrooms, I-NOW Parent Porrtal, Local Weather, One Call Now and Google Classroom.

    Tip #4: You can always use the "Select a School" button at the top of all pages to get to where you want to go within the district.

    Tip #5: You the colorful interactive shortcut buttons to the right side of any homepage for quick access to the most frequently used webpage.


     

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    School Closings Information

    In the event of a school closing for inclement weather or in case of an emergency, the Donovan School District will utilize the One Call Now automated telephone alert system to contact parents via a phone call or text to inform parents of school closings information as soon as possible.
    Listen to WGFA radio (94.1 FM), WVLI radio (92.7 FM or 101.7) or WKAN radio (1320 AM) to announce school closings as they occur. 

    Parents: Please DO NOT call the school for school closings information.
    If you are not receiving One Call Now alerts please contact Mrs. Legan at leganj@donovanschools.org to sign-up for the automated alert system.


     

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