Wethersfield Superintendent Shane Kazubowski sent a letter to parents in the district on Wednesday. In the letter, the Superintendent discusses what the end of the school will look like. Governor J.B Pritzker called an end to in-person schooling for this school year last Friday. E-Learning at Wethersfield will continue for most students through mid-May. Prom, 8th Grade Promotion and Graduation have been rescheduled for June with Prom planned for June 13th at The Stables. The 8th Grade Promotion event will take place June 23rd in the High School Gym. And finally, graduation will be held June 25th at Wethersfield Memorial Stadium. Each of those dates is tentative and subject to change depending on the circumstances imposed by the Governor of Illinois to prevent the spread of COVID-19. You can read the full text of the Superintendent’s letter to Wethersfield parents below…
April 21, 2020
I hope this message finds you and your family safe and well. Last Friday, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced the mandatory school closure would continue through the end of the school year. Therefore, we will continue engaging our students through our E-learning platform until the school year comes to an end. Our last day of E-learning/end of the school year will be Tuesday, May 12. For high school seniors- your last day of E-learning will be Friday, May 8 as was originally scheduled. NOTE: High school students will NOT take final exams this year.
Although in-person learning has been suspended, I can assure you our entire staff remains committed to providing your child with a quality educational experience from now until our May 12 last day of E-learning. We ask parents to continue being active partners with our staff members so your child can maximize their E-learning experience. We will also continue to provide FREE meal service until Friday, May 29 (we will provide meals for May 30 and 31 on our last service day as well). Please contact our cafeteria staff at 883-7266 or [email protected] for additional information on signing up for our meal service.
Like you, we are saddened by the reality our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. So many of our students have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities. The extended school closure announcement may feel like a step back to many.
The past few weeks have proven the Wethersfield School Community is more resilient, more capable, and more compassionate than what we previously realized. I have witnessed our staff members providing direct support to our students through electronic communication, finding new ways to educationally engage our students, reaching out to our students making sure they are doing alright, and making sure our students were properly fed seven days a week. I have also witnessed our students engaging with their classmates through electronic means, and our students using electronic means to support each other with their E-learning lessons. We have had parents go above and beyond in partnering with our staff members to ensure their children are getting the most out of the E-learning experience. I’m confident our collective strength will shine through as we continue with E-lessons during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger when we come together next school year.
From the very first school closure announcement to the present, we have provided factual and accurate information as it became available to us. We will continue to do so as we close out our E-learning School Year on May 12. Having said that, the Governor’s announcement resulted in significant scheduling changes for our district. All extra-curricular activities, class trips, and the high school Honors Breakfast have been cancelled. Plans are already underway for our staff members to provide closure to the end of the school year (May 12) for our students. Our staff members will be reaching out to students and parents to provide guidance on how the end of the year will come to a close. You can expect this communication from our staff members the first part of May. The information will include things like picking up supplies from lockers/desks, final grades/report cards, returning borrowed Chromebooks and Hot Spots, and goodbye messages to students.
The Wethersfield Board of Education has already developed contingency plans for Prom, High School Graduation and 8th Grade Promotion. Although these events WILL NOT take place on the originally scheduled dates, our School Board has directed us to do everything within the Governor’s Executive Orders and the advice of Health Care Experts to reschedule these events if at all possible. The Wethersfield School Board provided us with the leeway to reschedule these events up to June 30 if needed. If circumstances beyond our control do not allow us to reschedule these events prior to June 30: 1) High School Prom will be canceled 2) 8th Grade Promotion will be canceled 3) High School Graduation will take place in a virtual format.
The Governor’s orders will continue to be fluid from week to week and from month to month, and his orders will be dictated by how the exposure rates of the virus progress. Due to the unknown of how things may change, the following rescheduled dates are TENTATIVE. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee the Governor’s Executive Orders or Health Care Experts advice will allow the events to take place on the tentatively rescheduled dates.
Prom- Prom Premiere is canceled and will not be rescheduled. Prom has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 13 from 8:00pm-11:00pm at The Stables. Prom dress attire will be “attendee’s choice” meaning those in attendance can come in casual dress attire all the way up to traditional Prom dress attire. More information will be provided later in May. If circumstances beyond our control do not allow Prom to take place on June 13- Prom will be canceled.
8th Grade Promotion- 8th grade promotion has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 23 at 6:00pm in the high school gym. More information will be provided to 8th grade students/parents a few weeks prior to the event. If circumstances beyond our control do not allow 8th grade promotion to take place on June 23- 8th Grade Promotion will be canceled and Promotion Certificates will be mailed home.
High School Graduation- High School Graduation has been rescheduled for Thursday, June 25 at 6:00pm. If weather permits, graduation will take place outside in Wethersfield Memorial Stadium. If weather does not permit, graduation will take place in the high school gym. If circumstances beyond our control do not allow High School Graduation to take place on June 25: High School Graduation will be changed to a Virtual Ceremony. More information about High School Graduation will be provided to students/parents towards the beginning of June. If High School Graduation is forced to become a virtual event, additional information will be provided in mid-June. Project Graduation is still being planned by a parent group. The event may look different than the traditional format with more details about the event will follow.
I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. It is important that we continue to work together and support our students. I cannot thank you enough for all you are doing as we all work together through this.
Please contact me at 853-4860 or [email protected] if you have any questions.
Wethersfield Superintendent of Schools