This page will archive all official communication from OCUSD during the Corona Virus (COVID-19) pandemic. Messages posted here will also be shared via Facebook and Twitter. We are doing the best we can with e-mail, but our emergency messaging provider has not been able to keep up with demand. Phone calls and text messages will not be used.
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We are looking forward to seeing your children and starting the second semester of the school year. I want to share some changes in the second-semester schedule at DLR and OHS and the rationale behind these changes.
We are experiencing the highest failure rates at OHS and DLR in my 14 years at the District. This is not a local phenomenon, nationally there are numerous reports of districts facing historical failure rates as a result of the pandemic and, in many cases, remote learning. To provide additional support to our struggling learners, DLR and OHS will be moving to asynchronous learning on Wednesdays during the second semester. On those days, each school will bring in students who need additional supports for more intensive instruction. We believe that providing these learners these additional resources will result in more students mastering their courses' content.
OES will continue to provide targeted support to students who need additional help. At this time, there is no schedule change for our OES students.
Additionally, our principals met with the principals of schools in the surrounding area (Rochelle, Byron, Polo, Meridian) over the break. During this initial meeting, the administrators shared how they were dealing with their high failure rates and began planning a coordinated summer school. This work is in the initial stages, but we hope to have a robust summer school plan to support those students in need.
I regret to inform you that we will be closing all schools for the remainder of the first semester beginning tomorrow. This decision is based on our quarantine numbers and information from the Ogle County Health Department that indicate they have a clear picture that there is spread of the virus occurring among students in the District. Since Monday, we have had to quarantine 68 students and nine adults.
Students will again engage in synchronous remote learning starting tomorrow.
Currently, we still plan on returning to in-person learning on January 4th.
I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy some of the warmer than usual weather we have experienced. Please find below our COVID data for this week and information regarding the second semester.
OES – 42 students under quarantine / 3 positives
DLR - 3 students under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 8 students under quarantine / 1 positive
OES – 8 adults under quarantine / no positives
DLR – 0
OHS – 2 adults under quarantine / no positives
As we look forward to next semester, families can move their students from Remote Learning to In-Person Learning or vice versa. If you would like to change your student's learning format, please contact your student's principal by December 18th.
As a precaution, we will be sending devices home with students if we are forced to move to remote learning to begin the second semester. This is only a precaution. I do not know of any plan for the Governor to move schools to full remote learning.
Finally, on behalf of our staff and the Board of Education, I want to thank you for your patience, flexibility, support, and resilience. We are proud to serve our community, a community that values both education and educators!
As I will not be sending an update next week, I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
We were excited to see students back in school yesterday and today. I hope the transition from synchronous remote learning has been smooth for your family. Please find below an update on our COVID numbers and information regarding the CDC quarantine guidelines.
OES – 37 under quarantine / 2 positives
DLR – 8 under quarantine / no positives
OHS – 22 under quarantine / 3 positives
OES – 8 adults under quarantine / 1 probable positive
DLR – 1 adult under quarantine / not positive
OHS – 1 adult under quarantine / not positive
Bus garage – 1 adult under quarantine / not positive
Central office – 1 adult under quarantine / not positive
CDC - You may have read, or seen on the news, that the CDC has changed the quarantine to ten (10) days for close contacts of a COVID-19 case and seven (7) days for close contacts of COVID-19 cases from the date of the last contact with the COVID-19 case . Currently, the Illinois Department of Public Health (“IDPH”) has not adopted the reduced quarantine time frame and continues to recommend a fourteen (14) day quarantine for close contacts of a COVID-19 case. We will not change our quarantine time until the IDPH adopts the new guidelines and issues further guidance.