COVID-19

This page includes the latest updates from Huntley 158 regarding our response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Last updated: July 31, 2020 @ 2:04 pm

The District has revised its initial reopening plan and will begin the 2020-21 school year in a modified remote learning model for all students. Please click here for details.


INFORMATION FOR SUMMER 2020: 

  • Food Services pickup line continues at Marlowe Middle School throughout the summer.
  • Summer School 2020 is being conducted via remote learning.
  • Public access to all District buildings is limited. Please call ahead to ensure staff are available and able to assist you prior to visiting.
  • Public use of District properties, including rentals, is closed unless otherwise noted.
  • Kindergarten Registration: All new, incoming kindergarten families should register online.

Messages to Families (also sent via email)

  • Revised Reopening Plan: Fall 2020 to Begin with Modified Remote Learning for All Students
    The District has made the difficult decision to revise our initial plans and begin school in Fall 2020 in a modified remote learning model for all students. Please note the following details: All students will begin the school year in … read more
    Huntley 158 - July 31, 2020
  • Huntley 158 Reopening Plan, Learning Model and Transportation Selection, and FAQ
    Note: This message was emailed July 16, 2020 to all families registered for the 2020-21 school year as of July 15, 2020. Since it was released, we have received a number of followup questions. An FAQ document is available here, … read more
    Huntley 158 - July 16, 2020
  • Return to School Family Survey
    UPDATE July 15, 2020: The survey is now closed. Thank you to all who participated in providing input. This data will inform the District’s reopening plan, which will be presented to the Board of Education on July 16 and distributed … read more
    Huntley 158 - July 6, 2020
  • Update to Families June 23, 2020: ISBE Guidance Released
    Dear Huntley 158 Staff and Community, I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for schools regarding the 2020-21 school year.  This 60-page document has been much … read more
    Huntley 158 - June 23, 2020
  • Complete Our Parent/Guardian Survey for a Chance to Win a Prize
    Dear parent/guardian, To help us plan for the unknowns we face in preparation for next school year, we ask that you take few minutes to fill out a survey reflecting the experiences of your child and family over the past school year. *Please complete … read more
    Huntley 158 - May 27, 2020
  • Update to Families May 22, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, We’ve officially reached the last day of school! While there are likely many breathing a sigh of relief that the demands of educating our students are taking a much-needed break, I am acutely aware that there are … read more
    Huntley 158 - May 22, 2020
  • Update to Families May 15, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, This is a time of both gratitude and sadness for many of us. Under normal circumstances, tomorrow evening we would be celebrating our graduates with a ceremony that they have envisioned for years, and that they have … read more
    Huntley 158 - May 15, 2020
  • Update to Families May 8, 2020
    As we wind down the unexpected end of our 2019-20 school year, we still have much to look forward to and much to celebrate. read more
    Huntley 158 - May 8, 2020
  • Update to Families May 1, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, Please see the important updates below! End of School Year New remote learning instruction will continue through May 14. That will be the last date on which new, graded assignments will be posted. The remainder of the … read more
    Huntley 158 - May 1, 2020
  • Update to Families April 24, 2020
    We’ve launched a ThoughtExchange forum for our families to submit thoughts and rate those of others. We encourage you to contribute to this exchange to help us craft FAQs and plans as we move forward. read more
    Huntley 158 - April 24, 2020
  • Message to the Community: Seeking Your Donations and Feedback
    Members of the Huntley 158 community who have spare baby monitors are encouraged to donate them to Northwestern Hospital Huntley in support of the ongoing COVID-19 response. read more
    Huntley 158 - April 21, 2020
  • Update to Families April 17, 2020: Schools Closed For Remainder of School Year
    Governor Pritzker earlier today announced the cancellation of face-to-face instruction for the remainder of the academic year for all Illinois schools. read more
    Huntley 158 - April 17, 2020
  • Update to Families: April 9, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, Please remember that tomorrow, Friday, April 10 remains a day of non-attendance, and our scheduled April 24 Institute Day will remain devoted to staff professional development activities. No new e-Learning assignments will be pushed out on either … read more
    Huntley 158 - April 9, 2020
  • Update to Families April 3, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, We have completed another week on our e-Learning journey. Earlier this week I shared with District staff how proud I am of our entire team, who continue to step up in creative and ingenious ways for our … read more
    Huntley 158 - April 3, 2020
  • A Message to the Huntley 158 Community from Superintendent Rowe (VIDEO)
    Members of the Huntley 158 community: Please see the personal video message from Dr. Rowe, regarding the announcement that Illinois schools will remain closed for face-to-face instruction through April 30, 2020. read more
    Huntley 158 - April 1, 2020
  • Update to Families March 31, 2020: e-Learning Through April 30
    Governor Pritzker has extended his order that schools remain closed for face-to-face instruction through at least April 30. We will continue to use e-Learning as outlined in our Remote Learning Plan for affected school days. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 31, 2020
  • Special Services Family Update March 31, 2020
    Dear Families, We want to inform you that there have been a few glitches with our ability to share out some of the E-Learning Student Individualized Plans. While we have diligently worked to find a solution, there may be a … read more
    Huntley 158 - March 31, 2020
  • Update to Families March 30, 2020: Remote Learning Plan (Through April 7)
    Huntley 158 families, On behalf of Huntley 158 and our respective employee unions, the Huntley Education Association and the Huntley Education Support Personnel Association, we want to provide you an update as we head into the State’s officially designated “Remote … read more
    Huntley 158 - March 30, 2020
  • D158 Special Services Update March 30, 2020
    Special Services families: Please see this update for information on how we will continue providing special education supports during future e-Learning Days. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 30, 2020
  • Update to Families: March 27, 2020
    While we continue to await guidance from the State on many topics, we, along with all schools in Illinois, will remain closed for face-to-face instruction through at least April 7. We will continue to use e-Learning to keep learning forward on these dates. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 27, 2020
  • Update to Families: March 25, 2020
    As announced by Governor Pritzker before we “departed” for break, all schools in Illinois will remain closed for face-to-face instruction through at least April 7. In Huntley 158, we will continue to use e-Learning to keep learning forward on these dates. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 25, 2020
  • Update to Families March 20, 2020: E-Learning Days to Resume March 30-April 7
    E-Learning will resume on Monday, March 30, the day we “return” from Spring Break. The State has mandated school closures to remain in place at least through April 7. Unless otherwise communicated, please plan for e-Learning to continue until at least that date. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 20, 2020
  • Update to Families March 19, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, As we continue our e-Learning journey, we are expanding the tools available to staff and students to help enrich the learning experience. We’re looking to continue our successes, shore up any missing pieces, and serve our students … read more
    Huntley 158 - March 19, 2020
  • Update to Families March 18, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, We are through Day 3 of our unexpected e-Learning journey, and while there has been much to celebrate, many of us are also starting to adjust to the idea that this is, potentially, our new normal. I’ve … read more
    Huntley 158 - March 18, 2020
  • Update to Families March 17, 2020
    Huntley 158 families, We are very pleased with much of the positive feedback we have received from students, staff, and families as we continue on our e-Learning journey. Many of our schools have been sharing on social media examples of … read more
    Huntley 158 - March 17, 2020

Information

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST

The District will continue to offer food services to meet the nutrition needs of students throughout the summer. Free lunch and breakfast packs will be available for pickup daily between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and noon at Marlowe Middle School. This service will be available to all children in the district regardless of free/reduced/full pay status or enrollment in school.

If you want to participate in this service and are unable to accommodate these hours, please call the District at (847) 659-6158.

Additional resources are available in the community for families facing food insecurity. Please view the resource packet (English/español) for additional information on available nutrition benefits and resources.

INTERNET ACCESS

The District has a number of hot spots available for families lacking home internet access. Please contact your principal to help arrange for the procurement of a hot spot. In addition, there are a number of free internet options being offered by providers. Information can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education website, under the header of “Free Internet Access Resources” (https://www.isbe.net/keeplearning)

If you experience other unmet needs that are barriers to successful learning during this period, please contact your principal, and the District will work to accommodate your needs.

GRADUATION AND 8TH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONIES

Please click here for information on the high school’s plans to recognize graduates of the Class of 2020.

8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies for Marlowe and Heineman were originally re-scheduled for July 23 and July 24 (Heineman Middle School). Unfortunately, we have been forced to cancel those dates. Please see the Marlowe and Heineman websites for information on their plans to celebrate 8th grade promotion.

PUBLIC HEALTH INFORMATION

In an effort to provide families with the most up to date guidance regarding COVID-19, we’re sharing the McHenry County Department of Health Resource Guide. This tool will provide guidance on seeking medical care along with recommendations on staying safe during this time. While this tool will not diagnose or treat COVID-19, it is a resource to help you make the best medical decision.

As recommended by public health agencies, please continue to practice proper handwashing and hygiene and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. As this crisis continues, we also urge students, staff, and families to be aware of mental health concerns. Please see the links below for more information.

Health Information in Multiple Languages:
(Français, 中文, اردو, বাংলা, Filipino, Tiếng Việt, Bahasa Indonesia, فارسی, हिन्दी, తెలుగు, سنڌي, Português)

https://en.hesperian.org/hhg/Coronavirus

Informational Flyers:

Websites:

MENTAL HEALTH AND SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) RESOURCES

If your child is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911. The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-622-5990 -OR- text TalkWithUs to 66746) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provide immediate crisis counseling; providers are available through these hotlines 24/7, 365 days per year. For community-based mental health resources, as well as COVID-19 specific resources, please see below for additional information.

Family Resource Center for Mental Health Support

SEL Anytime Resources for District 158 Families

From Crisis to Calm: Free parenting classes from McHenry County College to help you and your child navigate COVID-19

The Three C’s of Wellness: A Short Video on Wellness during times of stress from Allison Kranich, LCPC, a licensed clinical professional counselor at Northwestern Medicine.

Free, social educational and process-oriented groups are available through Samaritan Counseling Center Northwest’s secure telehealth platform. Groups for senior students and for educators are available on Saturdays. Contact SCCNW to learn more.

Rosecrance Virtual Parent Cafe: Navigating Summer Vacation with your Teen During COVID-19

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are buildings accessible?
During the Summer, our buildings will be minimally accessible to the public. There is no general public access to school buildings, including rental events. If you have need to visit a building, please call ahead to ensure staff are available and able to assist you.

How can I help families in need?
Please reach out to families in need if you are able to provide assistance with childcare or other needs. In addition, the District is asking individuals to contribute to the Grafton Food Pantry to assist families who might face hardship during this time. As grocery stores attempt to meet demand from customers, they have cut back on their typical donations to the food pantry, and individual contributions are desperately needed.


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