June 24 Letter from Dr. Wade: Recent Guidance for Schools

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NOTE: Superintendent Dr. Nicolas D. Wade sent the following letter to the District 401 community on June 24, 2020. To translate the letter into a language of your choice, go to the top right corner of this page where the Google Translate button ("Select Language") is located, and choose from the menu of available languages. Links to all of Dr. Wade's letters and other District 401 COVID-19 communications can be found at our Update Center.

To: All Stakeholders of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401
Re: Recent Guidance for Schools

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.

District 401 is keenly aware of the urgent need to communicate to families about what to expect next school year and anticipate releasing our own transition plan in July. Stakeholders are already aware of the 90+ employees working on figuring out learning and logistics for both remote learning and returning to in-person instruction, and it is still anticipated that the District Office will be reaching out to the community for feedback on these tentative plans throughout the month of July.

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.


Dr. Nicolas D. Wade
Superintendent of Schools

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