COVID-19 / Coronavirus
July 3, 2020 - Return to Learn Plan Timeline
Parents and guardians,
I hope you are all doing well. I wanted to provide a brief update as I know many of you have concerns for your students and questions about Moline-Coal Valley’s Return to Learn Plans. We are taking some important time right now to collect input from our stakeholders. We have sent a survey to parents and to all staff. The parent survey link is available on the district website under “District News” and is still open for responses. Please take the time to complete it, if you have not already. We appreciate your feedback! We have also had two virtual Community Conversations via Zoom and have another one scheduled for July 7th from 6:30-7:30pm. Please join us. This is a chance for parents and community members to listen to others and share any questions or concerns. Here is the timeline you can count on from MCV#40:
Week of July 6th - Synthesize all stakeholder survey data, State of Illinois Dept. of Ed and Dept. of Health guidance, and input from community conversations and use that to write the MCV#40 draft Return to Learn plan
Week of July 13th - Share our draft Return to Learn plan with employee groups, administrators, nurses, and Board Members for final input and any needed plan adjustment. We will also share our plan with the Regional Office of Education and the Rock Island County Department of Health for any final adjustments
Week of 20th - Begin communication/publication of our plan to parents, staff, and members of the community
We know this is a challenging time as we strive to find the balance between what is best for students to learn and grow with how to keep them safe and healthy. Stay tuned for important information coming soon regarding Registration at Wilson on July 28th and 29th. Also, please complete the online registration for your returning student, if you have not done so already. The link is on the district website under “Parents and Students”. Thank you for your patience. This is a new situation for us all and one that is ever-changing. Take care and stay safe!
Dr. Rachel Savage
Superintendent of Schools
June 25, 2020 - Virtual Community Conversation
Please join Superintendent Savage and School Board Members for a Virtual Community Conversation event. The virtual meetings will be held via Zoom on July 2 from 11am – 12pm, and on July 7 from 6:30-7:30 pm. The District has expanded its Zoom capabilities to accommodate a large number of participants. As we begin the process of planning to return to school in the fall, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past spring, as well as collect some input from you regarding the fall. We would like to hear from you regarding what worked well during Remote Learning and what issues or challenges you faced during that time.
While we hope for, as close to normal, in-person instruction this August, we want to be prepared for Remote Learning or even a Blended Learning plan (some remote and some in-person) if needed and we want to have your important input during the planning process. As a reminder, please take a moment to complete the return to learn parent survey Link to Spanish survey: https://forms.gle/aXuc3ANSaMkqXVth9
Instructions to join the July 7th conversation will be posted soon.
June 11, 2020 - Virtual Community Conversation
As we begin the process of planning to return to school in the fall, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on this past spring, as well as collect some input from you regarding the fall. Please feel free to log into this virtual event next Tuesday evening, June 16th, from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. We would like to hear from you regarding what worked well during Remote Learning and what issues or challenges you faced during that time. While we hope for, as close to normal, in-person instruction this August, we want to be prepared for Remote Learning or even a Blended Learning plan (some remote and some in-person) if needed and we want to have your important input during the planning process. We also plan to send out a parent survey in the coming weeks to collect additional input. Please join our Virtual Community Conversation as you are able, we appreciate your feedback! Login info.
June 3, 2020 - Registration for 2020-21 and Summer Food Supplemental Program
Congratulations on making it to the end of the 2019-2020 school year! It was definitely one for the record books. As we look into summer, I wanted to remind you to register your student for the 2020-2021 school year. The registration portal is now open on the MCV#40 District webpage under the “Parents and Students” tab. Also, I wanted to share some exciting news about summer food distribution. During the 11 weeks that all schools were mandated to close, the Moline-Coal Valley School District served over 84,000 meals! We know how important this resource was for so many of our students and families. With that, we are excited to announce that we will be able to continue with a once per week free summer 2020 food supplemental program. This free “grab and go” program is a partnership between the USDA, River Bend Food Bank, and the Moline-Coal Valley School District. Here are the other details:
Summer 2020 Grab & Go Supplemental Food Distribution
When: Wednesdays, June 10-Aug 12, at 10:00am (until all boxes are distributed)
Where: John Deere Middle School large parking lot
What: 1 large fresh USDA produce box and 1 large dairy box
Who: Anyone in Moline, not just MCV#40 students
How: Families remain in their cars and simply drive through the grab and go line.
Staff/volunteers will place the boxes in the vehicles.
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View a List of Community Food Resources
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Call4Calm Mental Health Resource
The Illinois Department of Human has launched Call4Calm, a free emotional-support text line for residents experiencing stress and mental health issues related to COVID-19. This service is easy to use and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents seeking assistance will remain anonymous and will provide only their first name and zip code, which enables the service to link you to a local counselor who is knowledgeable about available local resources. View informational flyer
MCV provides meal distribution on Monday, Wednesday and Friday while school is closed. The last day for meal distribution will be Monday, June 1st. All students in the MCV district are eligible to pick up meals. Weekend bags will be provided on Fridays. Both students and parents can pick up meals and the student does not need to be present with the parent.
Meal Distribution Sites: (10 am-12:30 pm, Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
*John Deere Middle School – Cafeteria door
*Bicentennial Elementary – Northeast parking lot door
May 21, 2020 - Memorial Day Holiday Update
Attention Families, this coming Monday, May 25th, is a holiday per the district calendar. In honor of Memorial Day, there will be no Remote Learning and no meal distribution on this day. Please keep in mind the last day of Remote Learning for the year will be Monday, June 1st. That will also be the last day of meal distribution. Spanish version French version
May 11, 2020 - End of the School Year
This communication is to share some important information for the remainder of the school year. Thank you for all of your hard work to date in helping our students be able to finish as strong as possible.
- The last day of official Remote Learning will be Monday, June 1st.
- The last day of meal distribution at Deere, Wilson, and Bicentennial will be Monday, June 1st.
- Tuesday, June 2nd will be a final day of professional learning for teachers and staff. We will need to plan and prepare for the start of the new year in August.
- There is now a plan for students to be able to pick up any remaining materials, including medications, which have been left at school. Principals will be sharing out the schedule with assigned windows of time, in the coming days, if they have not done so already.
- We are planning for summer school to be Virtual/Remote Learning for this year. We are, however, still holding out for a possible “in-person” Jump Start program for students in August, if we are allowed. Stay tuned for more details.
- Regarding graduation, summer camps, and other summer activities, we are following the Governor’s phase-in plan very closely. The plan is called Restore Illinois and can be found at https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/ All regions in the state are currently in Phase 2. If our region enters Phase 4 by end of June or early July, we could still host some summer camps and other activities on a small scale and following health and safety rules. The timeline of phases will also dictate which of our 3 versions of graduation ceremonies we will be able to have.
- We have learned during this public health crisis how important communication really is. We are excited to launch district-wide texting capabilities for parents beginning this August. We will use the program Remind, which many teachers and coaches are already using. This will allow us to send clear and concise messages to families without the troubles associated with the Sky Alert phone calls. We will still use Sky Alert calls occasionally or when necessary, but hope texting will provide more effective communication for our district.
- Lastly, if you have not had a chance to complete the 2020 Census, please remember to do so at https://2020census.gov/ This is so important to our schools and community, especially for our ability to meet the needs of all Moline-Coal Valley students. Our census count is what determines the funding for important programs such as Title I, which helps us serve underprivileged students, Special Education grants, SNAP food program, Head Start, and so much more.
For families needing transportation to the Wilson and John Deere Middle School meal sites, MetroLINK is offering free rides on their fixed routes. For information on routes and schedule, contact MetroLINK at 309-788-3360 or visit their website: http://bit.ly/2QnoDI4
As we have now completed week four of official remote learning, we wanted to stop and say Bravo! Thank you for all of the ways you are assisting your kids at home with online learning. We know it is a big responsibility and we are happy to have our parents as partners during this challenging time.
With that in mind, I wanted to share one change for the month of May. Beginning this Wednesday, May 6th, and the three remaining Wednesdays in the month of May, we will move to Wednesday Independent Learning Days. This change will take place for two reasons: first, we want our parents and students to have some additional time in the week to process all of the learning that is taking place and also extra time to complete all of the learning tasks and assignments they have received. Every Wednesday in May, students are invited to get caught up on their current assignments or choose to explore something new to independently learn. Some service providers may continue to reach out to students on Wednesdays such as counselors, social workers, etc. as needed to maintain the needs of those students, but all other teachers and staff will be using that time for professional development. This time on Wednesdays will allow teachers some much needed collaborative planning time with their teaching teams and will allow Principals time to connect with teachers on best practices. Please check the district website under the “Remote Learning” tab and “Online Resources” for more ideas for kids during Wednesday Independent Learning Days.
Lastly, the link for registration for the new school year, is now up and ready to go. The registration link for the 2020-2021 school year can be found on the district website under the “Parents and Students” tab. This link will also be used for new Kindergarten students to register. We will still plan to host our in-person registration event at the end of July but for now, returning students and new Kindergarten students are encouraged to complete their registrations online. Thank you again for all you are doing and remember to stay safe and healthy! Spanish Version French Version
April 17, 2020
Governor Pritzker has officially closed schools for the remainder of the school year. The District will begin immediately planning and preparing with this new information in mind. It is understandable that you will have many questions and we will do our best to communicate information as soon as possible. Please stay tuned for more details. For now, please know that we will continue with Remote Learning each weekday and continue to distribute grab and go meals on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at John Deere, Wilson, and Bicentennial. Remember, grab and go meals are for all students in the district. Thank you for taking care of yourselves and for being safe during this most difficult time. We miss you and look forward to seeing you soon. Spanish Version French Version
April 9, 2020
MCV Families: We hope you are healthy and safe as you shelter in place at home. This is just a quick reminder, that per our district calendar, we will not offer remote learning or meal distribution for tomorrow, Friday, April 10th or Monday, April 13th. Remote Learning will resume next Tuesday (April 14th) and meal distribution will resume next Wednesday (April 15th). Please know our hearts are with our entire district family during this challenging time and we look forward to seeing you all again soon.
April 5, 2020
Remote Learning will begin on Monday, April 6th at 9 am for all Moline-Coal Valley students. Parents and students can access their school's E-Learning Hub from the “Remote Learning” tab on the district’s homepage. Please note that the E-Learning Hub will not be active until 9 am on April 6th. Contact your building principal or your child’s teacher by email with questions. You may also call the school office and leave a message. (Messages will be checked remotely). Also, per our calendar, we will NOT offer Remote Learning or Meal Distribution on April 10th and 13th due to the Easter holiday. The list of online resources for students and their families to utilize will continue to be available on the Remote Learning tab.
Pick up meals from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at these sites:
*Wilson Middle School – Cafeteria door
*John Deere Middle School – Cafeteria door
*Bicentennial Elementary – Northeast parking lot door
Both students and parents can pick up meals each day and the student does not need to be present with the parent.
During the school closure dates, students may be in need of their medications that are stored at school. If you need to pick up your child’s medication, try to do so today at their school. If you need to pick up your child’s medication during the dates of closure, please call the Allendale Administration building to coordinate the pick up of any student medication.
Important Update from Superintendent - March 15, 2020 at 7:30pm
Attention Parents of Moline-Coal Valley School District #40,
At approximately 3:30pm today, March 13th, Governor Pritzker closed all public and private schools in the state of Illinois from Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th. School will be in session on Monday, March 16th. At this time, school is scheduled to resume on Tuesday, March 31st unless the state of Illinois determines otherwise. This is in response to the coronavirus/COVID-19 public health crisis. The closure also includes the cancellation of all extra-curricular activities, practices, and scheduled community and parent engagement events in our schools. We will communicate any new information as it becomes available. Thank you.
Dear Moline-Coal Valley School District #40 Families and Staff:
Over the next few weeks more communities will be affected in some way by the coronavirus. As a school district, our efforts and goals will be to:
1. Keep families informed. As this is a fluid situation, we will be sending out more frequent
information as it becomes available.
2. Spend extra time daily disinfecting classrooms, office spaces, bathrooms, and other
general gathering places in our schools, including the purchase of foggers.
3. Remind students of the proper way to wash hands, sanitize, and protect themselves.
4. Encourage families to monitor their health and report illness especially after any travel.
5. Keep in communication with neighboring districts in the QC for unified decisions.
6. Monitor attendance weekly- we are currently at approx. 7.5% absent district-wide for all
types of absences, not just illness. The normal threshold (outside of a pandemic) would
be 20-25% absent district-wide for illness to initiate a closure by the Dept. of Health.
7. Follow Board of Education Policy 4:180 for Pandemic Preparedness.
8. Follow guidance from the CDC, ISBE, and IDPH.
9. Develop an emergency plan in the event the District is compelled to close. (Closure
decisions are made collaboratively by the Superintendent, regional health department,
regional emergency management agencies, and the ROE). In the event of a closure:
- District mayutilize the 5 emergency days already built into the calendar first. Such as would be done for winter weather closures. If all days would be used, the last day of school would be Tuesday, June 9th
- Keep Spring Break scheduled for the week of March 23rd
- Respect parent decisions to manage their child’s health and safety. If schools stay open, parents still need to call daily regarding absent students and provide the reason for the absence. This allows the district a way to monitor overall absenteeism. The high school finals exam attendance incentive has been modified to support these concerns.
- Develop a plan for remote instruction or e-learning over the long term should any closure be extended beyond a few weeks. The district is pursuing state approval for e-learning.
The IDPH also strongly recommends the following best practices to protect against coronavirus:
● Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
● Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
● Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
● Staying home when you are sick.
● Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
● Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.
The health and safety of our students is our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus and will update you as soon as there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Please check our district webpage for updates on the outbreak. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.
Superintendent, Moline-Coal Valley School District #40
website dedicated to resources and info. on COVID-19 for the QC community
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What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
If you have questions specific to the MCV District, contact the District Administration office at 309-743-1600.