COVID-19 School Closing Information

March 27, 2020 Update

With only two weeks of the school closure behind us, it seems without an official word from Governor Pritzker, that schools will remain closed until the spread of Covid-19 is under control and experts in the field deem it safe to go back to school.  Until we are reopened, Triad will continue to engage and support students remotely and to deliver breakfast and lunch to neighborhoods, as well as, be available for pick-up at C. A. Henning, St. Jacob Elementary and Marine Elementary.  Check the district website for more detailed information.

With the closure being extended from March 30th to April 7th, the Illinois State Board of Education will release guidelines to districts on how teaching, learning and assessing students might look in the weeks ahead.  We are confident that our staff is ready to meet the challenges of serving students and families very differently.  We appreciate your patience and support as we navigate our way through the school closure.   

Tech Support

With our student Chromebooks going home for the first time for some of our students, we know that there are going to be some technical issues.  Please visit our tech support website at TriadTSI.org or use the link from any school building website which will direct you to a web-based form. We are addressing these issues as quickly as we can and hope we can continue to support your needs at home. 

Triad Elementary Building News
Beyond the Bell Program - While Beyond the Bell is not able to provide child care during this mandated school closure, a credit has been issued to your account for non-attendance days between March 17th and March 30th.  At this time, if you are current with your Beyond the Bell payment (i.e., paid for March services), please hold off on making April's payment (due April 1st). Stay connected with Triad for further communication regarding the closure of our schools.

Kindergarten Registration - Depending on the status of the school closure, we will announce a future date in April or release an online presentation that will include an initial registration process for parents to complete.  It is important that we collect this information during mid-April as we make plans for programs and staff for the 2020-21 school year.  Please assist us in passing this information along to families with Kindergarten age students. 

Report Cards -  Elementary report cards were mailed today, Friday, March 27th. Progress summaries from IEPs are either included in the mailing or were sent in as a PDF through email.

School Staff Video Messages to Students
* Silver Creek (https://youtu.be/lV_OccRzkSI)
* C.A. Henning (https://youtu.be/oE7alcD0sEg)
* Marine (https://youtu.be/uil861rxNvs)
* St. Jacob (https://youtu.be/AeqBVBFSVx4)


Triad Middle School
Report Cards
Third-quarter report cards have been posted through the PlusPortals website.   

TMS Staff Video Message to students - https://youtu.be/h1ZFCHZlv28


Triad High School News
Report Cards
Third-quarter report cards have been posted through the PlusPortals website.   A traditional report card may be printed out in a PDF format by accessing the E-Locker, which is towards the top of PlusPortals.  Within the E-Locker, access the E-Portfolio tab for a traditional view of a report card.  Parents may want to use this form in certification of student grades for auto insurance, etc. Other items on the top of the report card tab are the cumulative grade point average (GPA) labeled as, adjusted GPA (weighted), simple GPA (unweighted), and cumulative credits earned.

Student Schedule Changes for 20-21

Students for the coming school year need to have their schedules finalized by 4/1/20.  If there is a question about schedules next year, please email your counselor. 
College/University/Scholarship Applications  Seniors should have completed all college applications and financial aid forms by this time.  If you have not completed this, please email your counselor.  Students should also inform colleges by May 1st as to whether or not they will be attending their school.   You do not need to let them know until this date, so please take the time to think about which school best fits your needs.  Once you decide on a school, please send in the deposit to your school by May 1st. Seniors will be asked where they would like a copy of their final transcript sent to after graduation.  Final transcripts will be sent in early June.  Seniors can check scholarship availability at the THS Guidance webpage.  Many local scholarships are now available.  Scholarships are added on a continuous basis, so check back often!  Additionally, colleges that you are applying to will have scholarships available on their financial page. 


THS staff video message to students - https://youtu.be/IwVBTl7DKSk


March 20, 2020 Update

Today, State officials announced a ‘stay-at-home’ order.. The details of this announcement will be available at https://www2.illinois.gov/sites/coronavirus/Pages/default.aspx.

In addition to the ‘stay-at-home’ order, the public school closure will be extended for an additional week - as a precaution for the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure for all Illinois schools will now continue through April 7th. This includes students who attend special education schools outside of the district. All events and activities will continue to be postponed until further notice. 

As this is not our first communication over the closure, we hope you understand our goals for providing services to our communities during this time.  The Triad District continues to feel it is important that we focus on providing student services and learning activities.  This includes…
  * provide families with national school lunch meals 
  * engage students mentally and socially through e-Learning activities
  * communicate accurate information with families on a regular basis

Meals
Triad is committed to continuing to provide school lunches Monday - Friday.  As of Monday, March 23rd the lunch pickup sites and times will be the following:
  * CA Henning Elementary (Noon-1:30pm)
  * St. Jacob Elementary (Noon-1pm)
  * Marine Elementary (Noon-1pm) 

We will no longer offer meal pickup service from Silver Creek Elementary. We will continue Brown-bag lunches delivery to typical bus stop locations starting at 11am Monday through Friday.   We encourage families to take what is needed for children as we try to manage resources for the duration of the closure. 

E-Learning
We feel it is important that we continue to focus on providing student services and learning activities.  Triad District staff will continue to communicate with parents and students regarding the implementation of our e-learning plans. 

Communication
District-wide and building procedures will continue to be conveyed through email (Triad.News@triadunit2.org) and the district website (www.tcusd2.org). We will continue to provide you with regular updates as the situation develops.

While this may be a time for staying apart, we hope the services and activities we provide will help pull our families, students, and staff closer together. #TriadProud


March 19, 2020 Update

E-Learning 
Student attendance has been simply outstanding!  Thanks to all of our Triad families for your support as we explore this new method of learning. Our teachers continue to collaborate and use video-conferencing to discuss effective strategies to use during this alternative/e-Learning time.  Teachers are impressed with what has been occurring in the first few days and are ecstatic about the levels of participation and student engagement.  #KeepLearning #TriadProud

Student Meals
We have heard so many wonderful stories about the meals program and are very appreciative of the staff and volunteers who have stepped up to make this possible.  Our kitchen staff is working hard and each day we are getting a better gauge as to the number of students that would like a grab & go lunch and breakfast. We encourage families to take what is needed for school-age children as we try to manage resources for the duration of the closure. 
 
Kindergarten Registration
At this time, we are postponing the Thursday, March 26th Kindergarten registration program that is held at each elementary school.  Depending on the status of state closure, we will look to announce a future date in April or release an online presentation that will include an initial registration process for parents to complete.  It is important that we collect this information during mid-April as we make plans for programs and staff for the 2020-21 school year.  Please assist us in passing this information along to families with Kindergarten age students.

 

March 17, 2020 Update

Tomorrow is the launch of our District’s 1st e-Learning day.  Attached to this message are three checklists: Parent Checklist, Elementary Student Checklist, and Secondary Student Checklist.  Also attached is a list of resources and helpful tips. These are just a few things to consider before you get started “e-Learning” in your home.  We hope you have a great day! #KeepLearning #TriadProud 

Student Meals

As mentioned yesterday, a FREE student meal service will be provided to ALL students during the closure.  We encourage all families to take advantage of this offer to ensure all of our children are fed. On Tuesday, we will begin providing a brown-bag lunch service via drive-thru pick up at selected school sites and bus delivery routes.  This brown-bag lunch program will contain two meals; one student lunch and a grab & go breakfast item for the following morning.  


Listed below are the lunch pickup sites and times:

  • CA Henning Elementary (Noon-1:30pm)

  • Silver Creek Elementary (Noon-1:30pm

  • St. Jacob Elementary (Noon-1pm)

  • Marine Elementary (Noon-1pm) 


Brown-bag lunches will also be delivered to your typical bus stop location starting at 11am on Tuesday, March 17th.   It is anticipated that bus stop times will vary as much as 15 min as a result of the delivery of food. If you need assistance locating a bus stop to receive a lunch, please call 667-5400.


Parents Overview for Navigating E-Learning

We would like to encourage all parents to take five minutes to view an overview video on navigating and supporting e-Learning as a parent. The video will briefly introduce concepts of recording online student attendance, locating classroom e-learning activities and some best practices to support your child in the home. (http://bit.ly/triadelearningvideo).


School Building Access

We are implementing procedures to limit access to our buildings. Starting on Tuesday, March 17th school offices will be open from 9am-2pm for issues that might arise. We encourage you to call the building prior to attempting to visit any school (Contact Information).



March 15, 2020 Update

Good evening Triad Families.  This is one of many email communications that you should expect over the next few weeks.  In an effort to be sure you are not inundated with messages during the school closure, we will make every effort to consolidate district and school building communications.  In summary, below are a few important topics highlighted as well as links to more detailed information…

 

Communications

District-wide and building procedures will continue to be conveyed through email (Triad.News@triadunit2.org) and the district website (www.tcusd2.org).  Please know that our decisions are going to be made with the safety and best interest of everyone in mind. This will require decisive action and the ability for all of us to be adaptable. Moving forward we will communicate with you regularly via all of our communication platforms. It is imperative that you regularly check your messages and the district websites for information as we obtain new guidance from state and local government services.


District Calendar

To clarify, the key dates on the district calendar will now be the following:

  • Monday, March 16th:  This will be a normal school day. Buses will run as usual and Beyond the Bell, services will be available.  Students should plan to take all necessary items home at the end of this day.

  • Tuesday, March 17 - Monday, March 30: All Illinois schools will be closed. All activities and events will be canceled.  

  • Tuesday, March 31: Students and staff will return. (This return date will be re-evaluated as needed).  


Student Health

If your child has medicine at school, please make arrangements to pick it up with the school nurse.


Student Meals

Our district will continue to provide student meal services at no cost to all students during the closure. We hope that all families consider using this free service. We will offer both pickup and delivery services starting on Tuesday, March 17th.  This brown-bag lunch program will contain two meals; one student lunch and a grab & go breakfast item for the following morning.   


We are planning to provide locations and our method for meal distribution through delivery.  Specific details for the locations and delivery methods will be posted on the website once we have the specific details finalized. 


School Building Hours

Our schools will be open for normal school hours on Monday, March 16th.  As an additional precaution, and following the example of other institutions, we are implementing procedures to limit access to our buildings. Starting on Tuesday, March 17th school offices will open from 9am - 2pm for parents to pick up their children’s medications and other necessary items. All building administration and school nurses will be on hand. 


e-Learning Opportunities for Students

Monday is an important day for all students!  Teachers will be using this time to ensure that students are set up and ready to participate in completing the e-Learning classroom activities that have been developed for this closure.  The State Superintendent has stated that it is important that all schools continue to provide learning activities for the educational continuity for all students. 


Chromebooks will be sent home for all grades 2 through 12 students and are the responsibility of the parents and students. Chromebook Usage Form will be sent home with each device. Our technology department is creating a help desk if problems arise during the closure. All teachers will be available through email during the hours of 9am-2pm.  Teachers will provide an assortment of learning activities through their websites and or through Google Classroom. Work done at this time will not count toward a student’s overall grade. Assignments will be designed to keep students engaged and to prepare them for their return to the classroom. 


We will continue to provide you with regular updates as the situation develops.




March 13, 2020 Update

Today, State officials announced that all public schools will close Tuesday, March 17th, as a precaution for the COVID-19 pandemic. The closure for all Illinois schools will continue through March 30th. This includes students who attend special education schools outside of the district. All events and activities have been canceled until further notice.

Because there are no confirmed cases in our area, schools will be open Monday, March 16th and will operate on a normal schedule.

An introduction to e-Learning will be available on the District website starting at 9:00 am on Wednesday, March 18th. Expectations for recording online attendance and e-Learning activities will begin at that point. E-Learning will consist of digital activities for grades 2-12 and non-digital activities for Pre-K-1st grade. 

We feel it is important that we continue to focus on providing student services and learning activities. As a result, we will continue to communicate with parents for obtaining meals through the National School Lunch Program and the implementation of our e-Learning plans. The district and staff will continue to use the Triad District website (tcusd2.org) as the primary method to communicate updates.

This is a stressful and unprecedented situation for our schools, our families, our local and global community. We know there will be “bumps in the road” along the way, but together we will support our students and do what is best for them. We are all proud to be part of a community with a strong history of support for education. #TriadProud!

We will continue to provide you with regular updates as the situation develops.


March 11, 2020 Update

Today, Madison County Superintendents and the Regional Superintendent of Schools met with the Director of the Madison County Health Department, Toni Corona, to hear recommendations from the Health Department regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Superintendents collaborated and shared information regarding our approaches to addressing the potential spread of COVID-19 in our districts.

Triad will continue to monitor the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) news releases and guidelines regarding measures to prevent the spread of communicable diseases, such as COVID-19. Triad is increasing our disinfecting efforts in both resources and frequency, giving special attention to high-touch areas. Our staff will continue to encourage students to wash hands frequently, not touch their faces or mouths, and to cover coughs and sneezes.  We are following the recommendations shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We are asking parents to please keep your children out of school if they exhibit any signs of illness, such as cough, fever, breathing problems, etc.  Please follow the district's typical procedures for reporting your child absent from school. Additionally, please anticipate that school personnel may be asking about your child's specific symptoms and diagnosis, if they have been seen by a doctor, we will be tracking information and working closely with the Madison County Health Department, as we work to determine next steps.

Director Toni Corona stated, “As of today there are no confirmed cases in Madison County of COVID-19.” Madison County Health Department will continue advising individual school districts in the event of a confirmed case. The Health Department shared COVID-19 doesn’t seem to be targeting school-age children at this time.

Resources are available for families through the Madison County Health Department website at www.madisonchd.org.

As this situation continues to remain fluid, districts are exploring options to meet students’ individual needs to ensure a continuity of education.  We encourage everyone to continue to actively follow official district communications through our parent email notifications, the District website (triadunit2.org) or the Triad CUSD2 Mobile App.