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Superintendent’s Blog – Remote Engagement Update

April 1, 2020
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Governor Pritzker has extended Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order through April 30th. This means that Beecher 200U will remain closed through at least April 30th. As for our upcoming Spring Break, it will take place as planned. There will be no school lessons for Good Friday, April 10th or the entire week of April 13th – April 17th. To ensure connectivity, giving all students the opportunity to be engaged and learn – the school has delivered internet hot spots (free of charge) to the few families in our District with no internet connection. If you (or someone you know) has no internet, …

Elementary School Materials

March 28, 2020
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As always, we feel that it is important to be transparent in our school activities. I would like to address Friday’s delivery rescheduling of educational materials. Earlier in the week, Elementary school employees were diligently compiling next week’s resources. One of these employees has since learned that they were in brief contact last weekend with two people who have tested positive for COVID-19. This employee is currently not displaying any symptoms, but has self-quarantined nonetheless. We immediately contacted the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as they are the experts in these matters. IDPH directed us to quarantine the materials …

Superintendent’s Blog – Shelter in Place

March 23, 2020
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With Illinois being sheltered in place, the Beecher 200U District Office will be the only office open on campus moving forward. If you have questions about anything, call 708-946-2266, and we will get you connected. Speaking of connected, if you or someone that you know is having trouble with their internet or accessing online materials, give us a call. Today is the beginning of the 4th quarter, so your kids should begin having new grades in the gradebook, if they haven’t already. Please go online, as your child’s third quarter grades should be posted. Since the Governor put us out …

General Update on Remote Engagement

March 17, 2020
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As we head into the uncharted waters of remote engagement, our teachers have worked very diligently to provide a challenging experience for your children. Please make sure to stay in contact with your child’s teacher over the next few weeks. The main offices for each building will remain open each day from 8 am – 3 pm. Any student having Chromebook or iPad hardware issues should bring their device (and case) to the High School office also between the hours of 8 am – 3 pm or call (708) 946-2266 and press 8. For those families without internet access, we …

Free Internet Access for Qualifying Households for 60 days

March 15, 2020
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Internet access will be an important component of our classroom environment over the next few months, now more than ever. If you don’t currently have Internet access at home, this resource will provide free Internet access for qualifying households for 60 days. Although it’s not available everywhere in rural areas, it’s a great option if you live in a Comcast service area. If you have a student in Beecher School District 200U or know someone who does, this may be a good opportunity to help stay connected over the next few months. https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19 Staying Connected During the Coronavirus Situation As …

COVID School Closures March 17th- March 30th, 2020

March 13, 2020
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Beecher 200U March 13, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statewide School Closings At 4 p.m. today, Governor Pritzker ordered all schools in Illinois closed from March 17th – March 30th.  Since our schools will be closed on Tuesday, it is extremely important that all of our children attend school on Monday morning. This time will be used to pass out materials for the upcoming weeks.  Furthermore, we are creating a series of ways for students to get and return materials/assignments/projects during this time apart. Please understand that during these next few weeks, we (as parents) need to consistently engage our students using …

Beecher 200U Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

March 13, 2020
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In an effort to keep you updated on school-related matters associated with Coronavirus (COVID-19): Beecher 200U continues to monitor the current status of COVID-19. There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Will County or Beecher itself. We receive constant updates on status and best practice from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), while reviewing the information being updated daily from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). As the number of COVID-19 confirmed cases is likely to continue to grow across Illinois, please be assured that we will continue our efforts …

Beecher 200U Early Dismissal Monday, March 16th

March 12, 2020
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In light of recent University closings in connection with COVID-19, Beecher Schools will be utilizing a School Improvement Early Dismissal at 12:30 PM on Monday, March 16th. As a District, we will be using this time to plan for any possible school closings that may be imposed by the Will County Health Department or Illinois Department of Public Health. We apologize for the late notice, but we want to be prepared for any eventuality. -K. Bradley Cox Superintendent of Schools