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COVID-19

 
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. 

March 31, 2020
Illinois Governor Pritzker has extended the mandatory school closures to April 30th and the shelter in place order will continue. Our primary concern remains the safety and well-being of our students and staff. Our schedule for Remote Learning is set and will not change. Please note, that per our calendar, we will NOT offer Remote Learning or Meal Distribution on April 10th and 13th due to the Easter holiday. Thank you for taking this public health crisis seriously. We care about you and want you to be safe. Your building principals can answer any additional questions you may have. 
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March 30, 2020
Dr. Savage's letter to families regarding school closure, remote learning plan, meal distribution and electronic devices can be viewed by clicking here. 

March 20, 2020
On Friday, March 20, Governor Pritzker announced a stay at home order for the State of Illinois effective Saturday, March 21 at 5:00 pm through the end of the day Tuesday, April 7. All MCV school buildings and Allendale administration office are now closed.  All extracurricular activities, practices, games, and parent engagement events are canceled until further notice.
 
For assistance, please contact Allendale Administration at 309-743-1600 and leave a message. Messages will be checked remotely Monday-Friday. 
 
Grab and Go Meals
MCV District will continue to provide meals on  Monday, Wednesday and Friday while school is closed. (No Meal distribution on April 10th and 13th due to the Easter holiday). 
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) 
          *Wilson Middle School – Cafeteria door
          *John Deere Middle School – Cafeteria door
          *Bicentennial Elementary – Northeast parking lot door 
 
 
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 during the dates of closure, please call the Allendale Administration building to coordinate the pick up of any student medication.
 
MetroLINK is offering free rides for residents on their fixed bus routes (March 20, 2020, 11:00 am)
This is helpful for families who need transportation to Wilson MIddle and John Deere Middle Schools for the Grab and Go meal pick-up. For information on bus route and schedule, contact 309-788-3360 or visit MetroLINK’s website:
http://bit.ly/2QnoDI4
  
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Online Resources 
Our school district teachers have compiled a list of online resources for students and their families to utilize while school is closed. To access these resources, please click this link.   
Grab & Go Meals  - March 16, 2020 4:41 pm
Grab and Go meals will be available to students while school is closed. All students in the MCV district are eligible to pick up a meal each weekday beginning Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th. 
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.
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Student Medication - March 16, 2020 at 8:50 am

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.

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Important Update from Superintendent - March 15, 2020 at 7:30pm

Dr. Savage's letter to families regarding the school closings and the latest developments can be found by clicking the link below. 
 
Update - March 13, 2020 5:22 pm
Upon completion of Governor Pritzker’s 4:00pm press conference and hearing from the Director of Illinois Public Health, it has become clear that we can no longer hold the Moline High School Musical this evening and tomorrow evening. We apologize for the last minute decision but feel this is in the best interest of public health. We will offer a full refund for those guests with already purchased tickets. Thank you for your understanding.
 
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Update - March 13, 2020, 4:42 pm

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. 

 
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Update - March 13, 2020, 2:43 pm
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:
 
    1. 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
    2. Keep Spring Break scheduled for the week of March 23rd
    3. 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.
    4. 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. 
 
At this time the health risk to the general public in our area from coronavirus remains low and the IDPH continues to recommend that schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures. We are aware that this recommendation could change at any time and would inform staff and families as soon as possible regarding any changes.

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.

Sincerely,

Rachel Savage, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Moline-Coal Valley School District #40

Questions about COVID-19? Contact  IDPH’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) at (800) 362-2736.

If you have questions specific to the MCV District, contact the District Administration office at 309-743-1600.