Superintendent's Message

Update on Return to In-Person Learning 1.18.22

January 14, 2022

Dear District 215 Families,

Thank you for all you have done to support your student(s) during the district’s temporary shift to remote learning these past couple of weeks. We look forward to welcoming staff and students back to school buildings on Tuesday, January 18th.

As students return to in-person learning, it is imperative that we work together as a community to protect our staff and students from COVID-19. It will take commitment and cooperation from all to protect our school from outbreaks that may cause staff shortages and significant positivity rates that would dictate another shift to remote learning. Here’s how you can help:

  • If your child is not yet vaccinated and boosted, this is the most important tool at our disposal to combat the spread of this virus. There is no cost. (Vaccine info and appointments)
  • If your child is not opted in for our free, onsite, weekly COVID-19 testing, you can opt in by completing the online form .
  • Please talk with your child about the importance of properly wearing their mask over their mouth and nose at all times and check to be sure that your child’s mask fits properly so that it doesn’t slip below their nose. (View CDC guidance on masks)
  • Keep your child home and get them tested if they have COVID symptoms.
  • Review additional and updated District 215 COVID protocols on the district website.

The Illinois State Board of Education guidance has updated mandatory quarantine times for positive COVID cases to five days (as long as symptoms subside). Additional guidance notes that remote instruction will be provided for quarantined students.  Quarantined students may log into their classes using the unique Zoom links provided by each of their teachers.  However, teachers will not be actively monitoring Zoom chat during class time, so distribution of assignments and communication with remote students will occur outside of live classes via email, Google Classroom, or Microsoft Teams.

Enjoy the long weekend as we commemorate the tremendous life and impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and we look forward to welcoming students back to buildings on Tuesday.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond

Superintendent

Adaptive Pause (E-Learning) Update

Jan. 7, 2022

Dear District 215 Families,

Thank you for your cooperation, support, and perseverance as we quickly moved to remote learning for Jan. 4-14, 2022 due to significant COVID-19 cases in our school community. As of today, we are still planning to have students back in the classrooms on Tuesday, January 18th (following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on the 17th). Please note the following:

  • ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIES- Winter season athletics and competitive activities teams will resume in-person practices and competitions on Monday, Jan. 10th. Please watch for correspondence from coaches and sponsors regarding specifics and schedules. Other activities are encouraged to meet virtually. Effective immediately, athletes may have only two spectators in attendance and no spectators from opposing teams will be permitted.
  • ALL SCHOOL TESTING DAY- Please be advised that all students and staff will follow the e-learning bell schedule for Friday, January 14th.  Originally, this date was scheduled to be an ‘All School Testing’ day; however, with the decision to move to a remote learning format we will not be able to conduct student testing.  All students are expected to attend classes remotely on Friday, January 14th.
  • STUDENT SUPPORT-Students will have the opportunity to participate in support groups offered by deans, counselors, social workers, and/or other staff on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 2:00 – 3:15 pm.  Information on how to participate will be sent via District e-mail.
  • STUDENT ATTENDANCE-Student attendance is mandatory and teachers will take attendance every period.  If a student is ill, parents must still report the absence using the Attendance line for each respective campus. (TF South-708-585-2040, TF North-708-585-1007, TF Center- 708-585-9401)
  • TECHNOLOGY ISSUES- I.T. issues can be directed to elearning@tfd215.org or call your school’s main office (TF South-708-585-2000, TF North-708-585-1000, TF Center- 708-585-2378).
  • MEALS- Breakfast and lunch will be offered as a grab-and-go at TF North, TF South and TF Center for all District 215 students from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.  Students must bring their School ID or be prepared to provide their name to pick up meals.  Students needing delivery service should email mealdelivery@tfd215.org.

Please stay safe and be well.  We look forward to having students and staff back on our campuses on Tuesday, January 18th.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond

Superintendent

Superintendent's End of Semester Message

December 16, 2021

Dear District 215 Families and Staff,

We have made it to the end of the first semester of the 2021-22 school year, and I want to thank you for your role in helping your student(s) make it halfway through the school year. I am looking forward to the break, and I know our families, students, and staff are anxious for some rest as well!

I want to wish you health and happiness in the upcoming year and encourage you to continue to be vigilant and cautious when it comes to COVID-19. I am so thankful we were able to keep school open for the first semester, but with numbers rising each day and holiday gatherings on the horizon, we are dependent on one another for keeping our school community safe and healthy and remaining in our school buildings. It is my hope that in the second semester we will have a higher percentage of students and staff vaccinated and opted in for our weekly testing. Please consider helping our community by getting vaccinated if you haven’t already.

I hope that you will use this break to spend quality time with your family and that our students and staff will return excited and focused for all that second semester has to offer. I look forward to continuing to partner with you in the new year!

Sincerely,

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Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond

Superintendent