March 13, 2020
Governor Pritzker announced this afternoon that ALL Illinois schools, public and private, must officially close from Tuesday 3/17 through Monday 3/30. Both Aurora Christian PreK-12 and Cornerstone PreK-8 will begin an extended campus closure this Tuesday. Campuses will be closed from Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30, at which time additional guidance will be given by the State of Illinois. All school activities including athletics are also cancelled from now through at least Monday, March 30.
The iFly fieldtrip has been cancelled, but we are working on a refund or voucher for students to use at their convenience. We are attempting to reschedule the 7th/8th grade Ark Encounter trip for late April. A decision regarding Mission Impossible has not yet been made, as we are hoping the situation calms down in the next few weeks allowing the trip to occur! Dr. Beebe will communicate further details about these events next week. Our administration will also review the spring calendar in an effort to reschedule music concerts and the Sports Boosters Trivia Night.
Our faculty had an excellent professional development day focused on e-learning! I am confident that our students will receive excellent education during this extended closure. I am also very excited about the personal connections that will be made during this digital adventure! On Monday, all students will be instructed in the e-learning methods which will be implemented in their classrooms. We will also send home digital and printed (for elementary) copies of our ACS district-wide e-Learning Plan. Tuesday will be an emergency day (similar to a snow day) during which teachers will practice and confirm digital connection with students. This day of "no pressure" digital practice should help reduce anxiety for students. On Wednesday, e-learning protocols will commence. Please remember that we are NOT creating "online coursework." Our goal is to continue our curriculum and teacher-student interaction simply using technology as a tool. We'll send out more detailed information on Monday.
During his press conference today, Governor Pritzker also urged Illinoisans to stay "in" as much as possible to protect all in our communities. "Remind believers to submit to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, and to be ready to do any honorable kind of work." Titus 3:1 Have a wonderful weekend at home spending time with family!
Collette R. House, Ed.D.