Dear Warrior Family,
As you know, we have been working all summer long with our transition team and other stakeholders to develop our “Return to School Plan” based on the guidance provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) requirements. Our goal from the moment the ISBE guidance document was released was to balance the importance of reopening our schools with our responsibility to ensure we could comply with the ISBE guidelines and IDPH requirements to keep our students and staff safe during this ongoing pandemic.
I would like to provide you with a general overview of our initial plan to return to school in the fall based on a Hybrid Instructional Model. This model will allow us to preserve the vitally important face-to-face instruction, hands-on lab experiences, and connection students have with their teachers while also allowing for the physical space necessary to keep everyone safe and comply with all IDPH requirements. A digital learning alternative will also be available for students who are unable to return to school for in-person instruction in the fall.
The District will send out regular communications to families and update our MCHS Return to School Plan when necessary. Principals will be sending students and families building-specific East and West Campus - Return to School information in the coming weeks that will focus on student expectations, operational logistics, health and wellness procedures, school events, student activities, and department or course-specific information in greater detail.
After reviewing the plan I would also encourage you to fill out our MCHS Community Feedback Form. Please provide any comments or questions you may have regarding the plan. We will also develop a FAQ document for families based on your feedback. We’ll also send out an MCHS Return to School Survey next week.
I’m confident that we will continue to provide a quality academic experience and social-emotional support for our students and their families no matter the circumstance. Nothing is more important than the safety of our school community, and we continue to gather the necessary supplies and equipment while reviewing our logistical operations to ensure we comply with the Illinois Department of Public Health requirements in order to mitigate potential risks associated with returning to school in the fall.
As I have stated countless times we are always stronger together, meeting every challenge or adversity as ONE. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and understanding during this difficult time.
Take Good Care,
Ryan McTague, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools