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School Closed Beginning Tuesday March 17
Update: Friday April 17, 2020

It is with great sadness that I provide this update informing students, parents and staff that Governor J.B. Pritzker has officially extended the stay at home order through the remainder of the school year effectively eliminating the opportunity for us to return to in person instruction at our school. We will continue remote learning through Tuesday, May 12th with the 12th being the last official day of student remote attendance. This is certainly disappointing news for all of us. I speak daily with teachers and staff who are missing our students. Thank you to all parents and students for your continued support of our teachers. I am extremely proud of the work our teachers and staff have done. Our kitchen staff continues to feed close to 50% of our students with the help of all of our district volunteers. At a minimum, we plan to continue the lunch program through the end of the school year. I’m grateful to our parents for the outstanding support we have received to help our students continue to learn and I am proud of our kids for persevering through this difficult time.

Anyone whose income has been affected through this difficult time should contact the school so that we can update our records to reflect an accurate count of Free and Reduced Lunch students. The state of Illinois has informed us that they will utilize our record for free and reduced lunch to provide additional financial support to families who qualify. I have attached a picture(see Facebook post) to this post that will let you know if you need to reach out to us. If you believe you now qualify based on these numbers, please contact Amy Mowrer by email amowrer@sgs79.org as soon as possible to avoid losing the opportunity from these P-EBT benefits.


Update: Wednesday, April 1, 2020

After consultation with the Summersville Board of Education, the Teachers, and Staff, Summersville Grade School has decided to forego our scheduled spring break next week and take the days off the end of the school year. With this change, "remote learning" will continue next week; our students' last day of school will now be May 12.

Under the current circumstances with shelter in place requirements and just getting started with required "remote learning" days, a 10-day lay-off from the very newly started educational approach would take students out of the newly developed "rhythm" making it harder for both teachers and our new partner, homeschool teachers to get students back on track after a long layoff.

Thank you for your patience, perseverance, support, and understanding as we continue to remain flexible and adaptive with the ever-changing circumstances COVID-19 continues to throw at us. We are so grateful for the support we have received from the amazing community of Summersville. Take care and stay safe.

Update: Friday, March 27, 2020

This update is mostly regarding changes to the Grab and Go Meal system. In an effort to balance the exposure of our employees and continue to feed our kids, SGS #79 will begin providing meals for multiple days on Mondays and Thursdays. Monday's meal pick up will provide breakfast items for Tuesday through Thursday and Lunch for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday's meal pick up will provide breakfast for Friday and Monday and lunch for Thursday and Friday. Families will need to order by Monday at 9 AM and again by Thursday at 9 AM. This is further spelled out on the Weekly menu.

Also, SGS #79 does plan to continue to provide meals for the week of spring break (April 6-13). All meals for these days will be provided on Monday the 6th. We will be asking families to sign up for these 6 days of lunch by 9 AM on Monday, April 6.


Update: Sunday, March 22, 2020

In light of the governor's executive order late last week, Summersville Grade School will extend the mandatory closing of our school into the week of our scheduled spring break which is scheduled from April 6 to April 13. Therefore as of today, tentatively plan to return to school on Tuesday, April 14.

The executive order does allow for SD 79 to continue to serve meals to children from 0-18 just as we did this past week. Please see the bottom of the main page at www.summersville79.org to sign up for those meals daily.

Teachers are continuing to plan and deliver learning opportunities for our students via a variety of online and hard copy instructional materials to enhance your student’s learning.

Finally, on behalf of our school, I want to wish everyone peace and safety. These are trying and uncertain times for all of us. I want to thank our staff as they continue to rise to the challenge for our students and families.


Update: Monday March 16, 2020 12:45 PM

Summersville SD 79 will be providing grab and go meals at 6 locations throughout the Summersville Community. Locations will include Hucks, Meadowbrook Church, Summersville Grade School, The Old Snow Cone Stand and Across the road from Green Hills Country Club. All children from ages 0-18 are eligible for meals during the mandatory shutdown. Families will receive lunches and the next morning's breakfast daily at pickup. Families must order daily in an effort to avoid waste. More information can be found at our website or by clicking here: Grab and Go Meals


Update: Sunday March 15, 2020

First Summersville SD 79 will be in attendance a full day tomorrow (Monday). Latchkey services will be provided tomorrow (Monday) after school. The shutdown begins Tuesday, March 17 extending through Monday, March 30 with students returning on Tuesday, March 31st. The evaluation of the return date is ongoing and could extend beyond March 30th.

Summersville Grade School will provide meals for ALL school-aged children that reside in our school district. This would include all kids up to 18 years old. We are arranging grab and go meals to be handed out at various points throughout our community between 8:30 and 9 AM and again from 11:30 to noon. Those locations will be provided in tomorrow evening's update as soon as we get permission from owners of those locations.

Finally, information related to E-Learning will go home tomorrow with your student or be sent digitally by your student's teacher. I have worked with each group to try and provide a meaningful but simple approach to provide students of all grade levels with the appropriate amount and level of activities. These activities are meant to enhance your students learning, not to place an undue burden on students, parents or teachers.

Please visit the school website summersville79.org or the parents of Summersville or my personal Facebook page for continued updates throughout the shutdown. As information changes at the state and local level, I will continue to update these places. Please let us know if we can be of assistance in any way. Take care and enjoy this extended time with your children.


Saturday March 14, 2020

We will have a full day of school on Monday. Teachers will utilize this time to help get students familiar with their e-learning during the shutdown. Summersville will be offering meals for pick up and possibly delivery to locations throughout the community twice a day. I am working with the kitchen staff to create a schedule for pick-up. That will be available on Monday afternoon at the latest. Breakfast will be simple with cereal, pop-tarts etc. so families do not have to order ahead. We will be asking families to let us know if they desire a lunch for their student and where it will be picked up.

Alert: Friday March 13, 4:15 PM

As a school district, we have been closely monitoring the news and best practices regarding the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As mandated by Governor J.B. Pritzker, we have decided to close the Summersville Grade School for the next Two weeks beginning Tuesday March 17 with students returning to school on Tuesday, March 31st. Students will be in attendance on Monday, March 16.

The closure affects all school programming, including before- and after-school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and all weekend events.

District teachers and staff have been preparing e-learning plans for our students. Your teachers will be providing more information soon. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal.

The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.
Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.
As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people with coronavirus have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. It is believed the seasonal influenza vaccine does not provide protection against coronavirus.