Happenings with local schools

Happenings with local schools

Special to The Source Newspaper

The information being shared within the community about returning to school is confusing. Social Media has made it nearly impossible to know what is accurate. Like many other things, COVID-19 has made the accuracy of information change on a daily basis. Attached is some information we have gathered to share with our readers. It was accurate as of August 4, 2020.

Jacksonville School District 117
There is a board meeting scheduled for August 5. At the conclusion of this meeting it is believed a calendar will be approved for the school year by the Board of Education and the first day of school will be Monday, August 24. (at this reading, you should be able to confirm the first day of school on the JSD 117 website). Another issue for the board meeting is to finalize the eLearning Plan and the offerings available to JSD 117 families for school attendance.

Register your kids for school, even if you are unsure if you are allowing them to return. You can either make an appointment with your building secretary or complete online registration from home until August 10th. Click on Skyward Family and Student Access to complete online registration. If you have a returning student and have completed online registration, you do not need to make an appointment for school registration.”

The home page also has a link to the kindergarten registration form for those children who will be incoming kindergartners. Additionally, the list of medical forms (with hyperlinks to forms) is just below on the page.

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This text message is a scam, warns Ptacek.

Superintendent Steve Ptacek used his personal Facebook page to debunk a scam that is going around. Ptacek wrote, “Wow… new scam alert!! If you get this, it is not from me.” Along with that text, he attached an image of the scam message, which is shown with this article. A few comments on the post were quick-witted; one by Mary Ellen Taft pointed out the punctuation and capitalization errors, commanding those to “delete!!!!”

Routt Catholic & Our Saviour
Routt Catholic High School (RCHS) and Our Saviour School are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year and can be reached at 217-243-8563 and 217-243-8621 respectively.

They have released a reopening plan so their students can return to in-person learning this fall. Over the past two months, a committee made up of Board members, faculty members, parents, and the RCHS Administration, has met weekly to develop this plan. “The committee also evaluated recommendations from the CDC, state and local health departments, the State Board of Education, and the Diocese of Springfield.” says RCHS principal, Mr. Nick. Roscetti. “In-person learning will present many challenges to our students, faculty/staff, and parents. We have worked to address these challenges and believe we have a plan that will give our students the best opportunity for learning.” There is a modified schedule available but students in the 9th grade (and also transfer students) will be starting school on Friday, August 14. All students will be in school on Tuesday, August 18, with in-person instruction five (5) full days per week. Students are able to enter the building at 7:45 a.m. each day.

Routt Catholic Development/Enrollment Director, Colleen Doyle, encourages any interested students or families to contact Routt immediately to learn more about their enrollment process. “A lot of time and effort has gone in to providing a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff”, says Doyle. “While some aspects may look different this year, our families and students can still expect to receive the same high level of education in a faith-based environment to which they have grown accustomed, and that’s in large part to the dedication shown by our teachers and administrators.” Doyle says that while there are steps to the admission process, there is still time to do so. “I’m a graduate so I obviously have a deep appreciation for the school, but witnessing firsthand how the teachers, students, and administration have responded to this crisis has been extremely admirable. If you have even the slightest interest of attending Routt this fall, give me a call and let me tell you more about this school that I love.” Colleen Doyle can be reached at cdoyle@routtcatholic.com or 217-243-8563 ext. 6.

Westfair Christian Adademy
Westfair Christian Academy is now enrolling for preschool through high school. Call 217-243-7100 for more information.

Salem Lutheran School
Salem Lutheran School can be contacted at 217-243-3419 for registration questions.

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