Superintendent's Message

New Year's Message 2021

Jan. 11, 2021

Dear District 215 Students, Families, Staff, and Communities,

Happy New Year! I hope that you were able to rest and recharge over the holiday break, and I trust that you are looking ahead to the new semester with hope and anticipation. While 2020 was an incredibly challenging year, there are many reassuring signs promising a brighter 2021!

Our healthcare workers and first responders have already begun to be vaccinated against Covid-19, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has indicated that teachers will soon have access to the vaccines as well. We have reached out to IDPH to communicate that we are willing to host a vaccination site for our area. The district has tentatively planned to bring teachers back to the buildings mid-February, with the hopes of beginning to bring some students back in a limited capacity in early March. I continue to remain in close contact with the Illinois High School Association and the athletic directors of our schools in hopes of resuming in-person athletics and activities in some capacity this spring.

In addition, I have encouraged our staff to dialogue with students regarding the historical current events happening in our nation. As educators and support staff, we cannot take a political stance with our students, but when difficult conversations come up or questions arise, we listen to our students' questions and have conversations. Our faculty and staff are showing students compassion and empathy and continue to make sure students feel safe in the virtual classroom. We will continue to take advantage of age appropriate "teachable moments" in the days and weeks ahead. 

I am greatly looking forward to the time that we can once again gather in person to support and celebrate our students for their academic, athletic, and extracurricular endeavors and achievements. Until then, please be safe, stay healthy, and be well!

Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond