School moves to Remote Learning 11-23-2020

School moves to Remote Learning 11-23-2020
Posted on 11/16/2020

Dear East Prairie Families, 

Our staff, students, and community have successfully navigated in-person and remote learning since the beginning of the year. We are so grateful for your support as we have worked together to ensure our students receive the best education possible given the circumstances.  

Tonight at our Board of Education Meeting, we made the difficult decision to pause in-person learning at the conclusion of this week. Although we hoped this day would not come, it is necessary for East Prairie to take an Adaptive Pause and close school beginning Monday, November 23, 2020 through at least our Winter Break, which concludes on Sunday, January 3rd, 2021.  Adaptive Pause is a term that was put in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and is a strategy that allows for movement into any level of remote learning to prevent disease transmission during a pandemic. The Cook County Department of Public Health recently stated that our schools should “strongly consider remote learning given the presence of sustained community transmission.”  

East Prairie 73 has considered a number of factors in making this decision:
• A drastic i
ncrease in community transmission in Skokie and in regions where our staff reside.

• Workplace considerations including absences and substitute challenges due to isolations, quarantines, and other factors created by the increasing community spread of COVID-19. • Holiday considerations including, travel and social gatherings with others outside of the immediate family.
We know this is very frustrating for our families and it is difficult for our students.  However, we remain committed to making decisions that are in the best interest of our students’ education and prioritize the health and safety of our community. As a school superintendent, I know students need to be in school, and it is our goal to get everyone back as soon as it is safe to do so. We will make a determination in mid to late December about our targeted return date. Dr. Schmeisser and our classroom teachers will be in touch regarding specifics related to remote learning for students in grades preschool through third grade. Students in grades four through eight will continue with their remote learning programming and schedules.  Our goal is to provide an in-person and remote option for our families as soon as it is safe to do so after the New Year.

As I have said before, thank you for partnering with us and trusting us.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or one of the members of our team. 


Paul Goldberg