COVID-19

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

Last updated: May 22, 2020 @ 12:26 pm

QUICK INFO: 

  • Schools closed (using e-Learning days) for the remainder of the school year. View remote learning plan »
  • All activities cancelled for the remainder of the school year.
  • More details below. Information will be sent to families as it becomes available.

Messages to Families (also sent via email)

  • 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
  • Update to Families March 16, 2020
    As previously communicated, we will use e-Learning days and cancel all extracurricular activities for our announced closure period of March 16-20. This will extend at least through the Monday after Spring Break, March 30, as mandated by the State. We are awaiting guidance from the State on potential further closures, but we strongly encourage families to plan for potential closures far into the future.  read more
    Huntley 158 - March 16, 2020
  • Huntley 158 Schools to Utilize e-Learning Days March 16-20, 30
    UPDATE 3/16/20, 8:30 a.m.: Due to Gov. Pritzker's orders that schools close thru March 30, we will continue e-Learning on March 30 in addition to the previously announced period of March 16-20. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 13, 2020
  • Huntley 158 Update on Coronavirus Preparations: March 12, 2020
    Posted 3/12/20 3:30 p.m. :: At this time there have been no recommendations for closing school. However, we are following closely updates from the State and making plans in the event of an order to close. Specific information about plans for e-learning days can be found at the end of this letter. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 12, 2020
  • Update: Information and Guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
    Overall, IDPH has advised schools that the current health risk to the general public from 2019-nCoV remains low, both in the U.S. and in Illinois. Our health services staff is aware of this guidance and will continue to act in accordance with best practices as recommended by our public health agencies. read more
    Huntley 158 - March 2, 2020

Information

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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 school year (through May 22) will focus on remediation, completion of missing assignments, and ongoing, non-graded engagement with students at the discretion of your teacher.

Our aim is to keep all students engaged while giving primary focus to students who will benefit from remediation work, time to “catch up,” and raise final grades through additional work. Please look for additional details to come from your teacher(s).

E-LEARNING (REMOTE LEARNING) INFORMATION

For Remote Learning Days as designated by the State of Illinois, Huntley 158 will follow procedures as outlined in our Remote Learning Plan. This document outlines details for instruction, attendance, grading, staff and student expectations, and more.

CANCELLATIONS

  • All extracurricular activities are cancelled
  • All school-based activities and rental events cancelled
  • Kindergarten Registration events June 2, 3, 4 are cancelled and may be rescheduled for late summer. All new, incoming kindergarten families should register online.
  • Prom and our traditional graduation and 8th-grade promotion events are cancelled. Please see the FAQ section below for detailed information on our middle schools’ and high school’s plans to celebrate graduates/promoting 8th graders.

“ACT OF GOD” DESIGNATION

The State of Illinois designated March 16-30 as “Act of God” Days. Among other effects, this designation means that:

  • These dates (March 17-20 and March 30) will NOT need to be made up at the end of the school year
  • Assignments given during this time period cannot negatively affect a student’s final grade or academic standing. However, student work can count to increase a student’s academic standing.

Further dates have been designated as Remote Learning Days and will count as normal school days.

RETRIEVING STUDENT BELONGINGS FROM SCHOOL/LOCKER CLEAN OUT

Our schools have each created processes and schedules for families to retrieve student belongings from lockers and classrooms and to return any school property still in student possession.

Please click here to find information on schedules and signups for your school(s).

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST

The District will continue to offer food services to meet the nutrition needs of students throughout the e-Learning period. 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 students regardless of free/reduced/full pay status through the duration of the school closure period, including the April 10 day of non attendance and April Institute Day.

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

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.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

The Health Department is no longer requesting that we collect information from families who have recently traveled internationally. If you have concerns about your travel plans, please consult the CDC travelers website for updated information.

CHILDCARE

The District understands the burden that extended school closures place on many families to find alternative childcare arrangements. Unfortunately, mandated school closures make us unable to accommodate childcare at our schools. If you are in extreme hardship and unable to arrange for childcare during the school closure period, please contact the District at (847) 659-6158.

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.

In addition, as we continue to work with our public health agencies, McHenry County Department of Health has asked us to monitor students and staff that meet criteria for isolation and quarantine, or who have been told to isolate or quarantine from their physicians or health department. We ask that staff and students who exhibit symptoms as outlined by Illinois DPH call or email their school nurse to notify them of their or their student’s symptoms or isolation/quarantine status. (Contact information can be found on the school’s website under Resources or Support Services.) The nurses may contact you with further questions, guidance and/or will then share information as appropriate with MCDH.

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

Will the District need to make up days at the end of the school year?
With the State’s designation of March 16-30 as “Act of God” Days, these days will not need to be made up at the end of the year. Additional closure days will be Remote Learning Days and will count as normal school days.

Are staff being paid?
Yes, staff are being paid in accordance with the terms of our collective bargaining agreements. All staff will be engaged in a variety of professional duties, most working remotely/from home.

Are buildings accessible?
The only building “open” is District Office, which is operating with minimal staffing. There is no public access to school buildings, including rental events, which have all been cancelled. If you have need to pick up something from a building, please contact your principal to make arrangements.

Will Prom and Graduation still be held?

  • Prom has been cancelled. Both the original and alternate dates have been cancelled due to public health guidelines.
  • Both the original (May 16) and rescheduled (July 20) dates for Graduation have been cancelled. Please click here for information on the school’s plans to recognize graduates of the Class of 2020.

How about 8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies?

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.

How will you handle testing requirements?
The State of Illinois has waived the requirements for generalized standardized assessments. Students will not be taking the state accountability assessments for the 2019-20 school year, including the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (grades 3-8) and the SAT (grade 11). The College Board is currently in discussions with the Illinois State Board of Education to determine how the juniors from 2019-20 may be able to take the SAT in lieu of the spring SAT administration that will be waived.

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.

Who can I contact?
Most learning, technology, and “school” related inquiries should first be directed to your teacher or principal. Teachers will be sharing their contact information and schedules with students and families. Individual staff members may otherwise be contacted by email. If you have need to speak with someone, call the District Office at (847) 659-6158 for assistance. When calling this number, you will be prompted to leave a voicemail. Please leave a detailed message regarding your question or concern, and a staff member will get back to you promptly. Please stay tuned to your email for additional updates from the District.


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