Robinson Schools

Notice

Community Unit School District #2 schools will be closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.


Gmail Accounts: Students should be checking their Gmail accounts on a regular basis.  See our Login Guides or contact the Help Desk for additional help.

Remote Learning (updated April 15, 2020): Please see the Remote Learning Information page for important information about the district's remote learning plan and instructions on picking up materials.

Online Resources (updated April 15, 2020): We have compiled a list of Online Resources to use while schools are closed.
 
Food Service (updated March 23, 2020)See our Food Service During Closure page for important information about meal pick-up.

Read Aloud: Special guest readers dropped by for our Read Aloud series during the school closure.

Coping: Several staff members from Lincoln Grade School remind students of some coping strategies they can use.

COVID-19 News & Updates

Updated on March 30, 2020

Good morning Robinson CUSD#2 Families, 

I want to first say that all of us at the Robinson CUSD#2 schools miss our students very much and are saddened that their school experience has been interrupted in this way.  We know that this is a challenging time for all families in our community and our schools want to support you anyway we can. Above all, we want everyone to stay healthy and safe. That will remain our highest priority and a goal I know we share with all of you as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation.  Thank you to all of you for the creative, compassionate, and kind ways that you are responding to this crisis in support of our children and our community.  

There have been several new developments from the Governor’s office and from the Illinois State Board of Education starting Friday evening and throughout the weekend. The primary change is the establishment of “Remote Instructional Days” which will be addressed later in this message. 

As a quick review, the school closure dates from March 17 through today, March 30 will be counted as “Act of God” days for all Illinois schools.  These days count toward our mandatory attendance days and do not need to be made up. However, at the time of my last message, school closure dates from March 31-April 7 (and potentially beyond) had not yet been addressed in terms of how they would be counted on the school calendar. 

On Friday evening, the Governor issued Executive Order 2020-15 which in part created “Remote Learning Days” and “Remote Learning Planning Days” and authorized ISBE to create rules and guidance to implement these days.  Later Friday evening, ISBE pushed out emergency administrative rules which provided additional detail. Here are some key points:

  • Each district must create a Remote Learning Plan

  • Remote Learning Days begin on Tuesday, March 31 and will continue for the duration of the mandatory closure

  • Up to 5 Remote Learning Days (either consecutive or in increments) may be used for Remote Learning Planning [Unit 2 will utilize planning days March 31-April 2]

  • Remote Learning Days and Remote Learning Planning Days will count toward the required 176 attendance days in the school calendar

  • There are 5 areas which are required to be addressed in the Remote Learning Plan, but beyond that districts are given maximum flexibility to create a plan which best fits the needs of their community

In response to these new rules, a Remote Learning Planning Committee was established on Saturday, reviewed relevant resources and guidance, and met via video conference Sunday afternoon to begin putting together the Remote Learning Plan for Robinson CUSD#2. Please keep in mind that we do not have a lot of detail to share yet, but our goal is to have a draft plan established and shared by the middle of this week. Here are some of the guiding principles that we are using as we develop our plan:

  • We are not seeking to replicate the in-person classroom experience and we recognize the limitations of not having access to all of the supports and resources within our schools

  • We need to account for the physical and emotional needs of families first and these will take precedence over academic concerns

  • We need to create a plan that is accessible for all students which means that we will need to account for varying access to technology, Internet access, availability of parental support, etc. Our plan will have both digital and non-digital components

  • We want to ensure some type of direct contact with students on a regular basis and ensure that students have some means to communicate directly with their teacher(s)

  • We will have modest, age-appropriate time expectations for remote learning ranging from 20-30 minutes/day for PreK to 20-45 minutes per subject/class per day at the high school level (more detail will be specified in our plan)

  • Our assessment and grading practices will be substantially modified – no educational harm can result from assessment and grading during remote learning days

  • Teachers will be encouraged to discuss and prepare across grade level or subject area teams

  • Teachers will be given maximum flexibility to use materials, platforms, apps, and  programs, both digital and non-digital with which they (and their students) are already familiar

Our Remote Learning Planning Committee came to consensus on the following schedule:

  • Tuesday, March 31- Thursday, April 2 will be Remote Learning Planning Days – these days will serve both to allow the committee to develop our formal plan and for teachers to prepare materials to begin implementation.  

  • Friday, April 3 will be a material pick up day as necessary.  This will vary by grade level and we will give families as much notice as possible on how and when to pick up or otherwise access materials in a safe way. Families will also be able to drop off library books at this time. Friday will also be the first day of remote instruction and we have suggested to teachers that this will be a very simple and short activity just to engage with students. 

  • April 3, 6, & 7 - will be remote learning days.

As you know, at this point the statewide school closure extends through April 7.  At this time, we have no information on whether the closure will be extended, but we feel it is prudent to assume and plan for at least one more extension of the closure.  Therefore, teachers are being asked to prepare remote learning materials for April 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, and 17 as well.  Note that April 10 and 13 are on our school calendar as Easter Break and these will remain non-instructional days. If the closure is extended, we will notify you of updates to our remote learning schedule. 

In closing, I want to reiterate that our primary objective is for your family to stay safe and healthy.  While these new directives from the state require us to formalize our plans to provide for continuation of learning during the school closure, we absolutely do not want this to create any additional anxiety among our families. We completely understand that all of us are in different situations and dealing with different challenges.  Your child’s teachers and administrators understand this and will partner with you. Please help us stay in touch by monitoring your e-mail, the school district website www.robinsonschools.com, and any apps that your child’s teacher may use for communication such as Bloomz and Remind.  

Sincerely,

Josh Quick

Superintendent


Published on March 20, 2020

Dear Robinson CUSD2 Families,

On Friday, March 20th, Governor Pritzker issued an executive order requiring residents to “stay at home” effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm, through the end of April 7. As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that school will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. We recognize that this development may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. We anticipate further guidance and details from the Illinois State Board of Education next week.

During this stay at home order, essential school personnel may still report to work as long as they are practicing social distancing. We want you to know the governor’s office has assured school districts that school personnel involved in providing meals will not be in violation of the governor’s executive order and that we can, and should, continue with our program, which has had a tremendous impact in making sure our students are not going hungry while school is closed.  We may need to make some adjustments to our distribution program at some point next week but please know that it will continue.

In addition, the governor has made it clear that, while he’s serious about using social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19, he wants residents to still be able to work, shop at grocery stores, put gas in their cars, take walks outside and get medication from the pharmacy.

Please use this opportunity to focus on staying safe and helping to slow the spread of the virus.  As always, thank you for your patience and support as we all work through the COVID-19 Pandemic. As you have seen, this situation is evolving rapidly. As events unfold, we will continue to provide updates.

Sincerely,

Josh Quick

Superintendent

Robinson High School
2000 North Cross Street
Phone: (618) 544-9510
Fax: (618) 544-7921
Principal: Victoria McDonald

Nuttall Middle School
400 West Rustic Street
Phone: (618) 544-8618
Fax: (618) 544-5304
Principal: Craig Beals

Lincoln Grade School
301 East Poplar Street
Phone: (618) 544-3315
Fax: (618) 544-4136
Principal: Kathy Bemont

Washington Elem. School
507 West Condit Street
Phone: (618) 544-2233
Fax: (618) 544-5502
Principal: Jason Stark

Community Unit #2
1301 North Allen Street
Phone: (618) 544-7781
Fax: (618) 544-9284
Superintendent: Josh Quick
Community Unit School District #2 

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