Return to Learn Parent Updates
September 26, 2020 Moline High School to Temporarily Close for Two Weeks-Sept. 28-Oct.9
September 16, 2020 Remote Learning Updates, School Health Requirements & Last Friday for Food Supplemental Boxes & Calendar Update
I hope this finds you well and that your family is safe and healthy. Please see the following parent updates below. We want to communicate as much as possible during this challenging time. Please never hesitate to reach out if you have a question. We are here for you!
1. US Census - This is a final reminder to any family that has not yet completed their 2020 Census. The deadline is September 30th. Schools receive critical funding based on Census counts in their region. Please remember to count every person, even the babies! This important funding is used to support many programs that are essential for our students such as Title 1, programs to support kids that qualify for Free and Reduced lunch, special education, Head Start, SNAP, WIC, classroom technology, after-school programs, teacher training, and so much more. This funding will be in place for the next 10 years! Please check with your neighbors, especially any living in hard to count areas!
3. School Health Requirements - I wanted to remind families of the Illinois school code making it mandatory to comply with state requirements for student health physicals and immunizations. Each year, by law, students need to meet the state requirements by October 15th in order to not be excluded from school. Although we are in the midst of a global pandemic, Illinois has not pulled back on any of these requirements. This means, any student that has not yet verified they have met the requirements for immunizations or physicals will have to be excluded by the normal date of October 15th. Unfortunately, this also includes the students that have chosen full time remote instruction, as the risk of community spread still exists. We still have about 20% of students that have not yet verified. Those families should be receiving a letter in the mail. Some may be wondering what the October 15th exclusion date will look like this year. For students attending in person, they will no longer be allowed to attend to access their Molineschools.org account, and those home in total remote learning will also have to be locked out of their Molineschools.org account. This will disable them from accessing any of their courses, assignments, lessons, etc. This is not what we want! We are hoping to host a clinic for families to help them meet the requirements. We will get that information out soon.
4. Last Friday for Farmers to Families - This Friday, is the last confirmed date we have for the Farmers to Families food supplement box distribution. We will distribute these boxes in the John Deere parking lot this Friday beginning at approximately 10:30am until supplies last. Keep in mind we only receive 300 dairy boxes and 300 produce boxes from the River Bend Food Bank to distribute. Also, please keep in mind that all student breakfasts and lunches are free now and those can also be picked up at Deere and Wilson Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students do not need to be present.
5. Calendar Update - The Board of Education has recently approved the amended 2020-2021 school year calendar as recommended by the Illinois State Board of Education. The amended calendar now reflects the November 3, 2020, Election Day, as a mandated State of Illinois holiday per SB 1863. There will be no school on Tuesday, November 3rd. Please note that school will be in session on Friday, April 2 as a replacement for the November 3rd mandated holiday. View the amended calendar.
Rachel Savage, Ed.D
Superintendent, Moline-Coal Valley Schools
September 6, 2020 Free Student Meals and New Grab & Go Meal Service
We have great news! The USDA has finally granted the meal waivers to school districts that were in place last spring. This means we can now provide ALL meals to ALL students for FREE! This waiver will expire in December. Beginning next week through December 18th, all meals will be free. If your child is attending school in-person, we encourage them to either stay and eat a free hot lunch or grab a sack lunch as they are dismissed to take with them. We will also offer a third option for parents where they can come through a grab & go line in the new service we are offering (see below). We are especially encouraging families with remote learners at home to take advantage of this new free grab & go meal distribution service.
(starting Wednesday, Sept. 9th due to Labor Day holiday)
What: On Mondays and Wednesdays, students will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches; on Fridays, students will receive 1 breakfast and 1 lunch
Where: We will have 2 locations: Wilson Middle and John Deere Middle. Since this is now a free program for ALL district students, any family can go to either location. Student IDs are no longer needed. Families can receive meals for any children in the household 18 and under. Also, since school will be in session, families are now asked to remain in their cars for the grab & go service.
Who: Any district student is eligible regardless of whether on full-time remote learning at home OR attending school on A/B days.
August 31, 2020 Remind Communication App and Food Supplemental Boxes
Good evening Parents, here are two updates for your information:
- Remind Communication App- We are excited to use the free communication program called Remind with new district-wide texting capabilities, for improved parent communication. You may have already been receiving messages from classroom teachers and coaches but will now be able to receive District messages including weather alerts, calendar updates, and other important District information. All you need to do is to go into your Skyward account in the Family Access portal to be sure you have an updated email address and/or cell phone number included so you can receive these messages. Remind messages cannot be delivered to a land-line. You can also choose to download the Remind app to your smartphone. It is not necessary to have the app to receive messages but the information is more easily viewed through the app and can be better organized, especially if you have more than one student for whom you are receiving messages. Click here for some additional Remind resources.
- Farmers to Families Food Supplemental Boxes - For a limited time only, we will be able to distribute the amazing Farmers to Families food supplemental boxes from River Bend Food Bank. These are the same boxes we distributed over the summer. Here are the details:
What : We will distribute on a first-come, first-served basis, 2 large boxes (1 fresh produce box containing a beautiful selection of fresh fruits and vegetables and 1 fresh dairy box that contains milk, cheese, sour cream, cottage cheese, etc) at no cost to families
When: We only have three dates at this time: Friday, September 4th, Friday, September 11th, and Friday, September 18th from 10:30-12:30 pm or while supplies last ( we will only receive 300 of each box so once they are gone, we will not get more until the next Friday). We hope to get more dates in October but have only been given the 3 dates in September for now.
Where: John Deere Middle School only - because of the refrigerated truck we can only have one location to distribute these boxes. We chose Deere because families are used to going Deere for the summer food supplemental box distribution.
Who: Any Moline-Coal Valley school district family (attending any district school) is eligible for this free supplemental food box. This is from the Food Bank and not the National School Lunch program so no student ID number is needed for these boxes. Because of the limited supply we will receive, we can only give 1 produce box and 1 dairy box to each family that comes.
The food supplement box program through RiverBend is a grab and go offering so families can technically stay in their cars, however, we encourage families to also park and go into the cafeteria to pick up a school breakfast and school lunch for each of their students through the National School Lunch program. Student IDs are needed for this school meal service. Students do not need to be present and a Food Service employee can look up your child’s ID number if you do not have it. Thanks for your patience last week. As it was our first time for this school year, we will monitor and adjust this meal service to better meet family needs.
August 27, 2020: Remote Learning Fridays and Grab & Go Meals
Attention Families, Tomorrow is Remote Learning Friday. All students will be home doing Remote Learning each Friday. To support our families, we will be doing a meal distribution each Friday, beginning tomorrow, Friday, August 28th. We will distribute at John Deere Middle and Wilson Middle in their cafeterias, and MHS out of the Bartlett Performing Arts Lobby. Meal distribution time will be from 10:30 am-12:30 pm and students will receive a breakfast and a lunch. Students do not need to be present but parents will have to come in for the grab & go meal service. If parents do not know their student’s ID number, a member of Food Service Staff can look it up.
August 24, 2020: Keeping you informed as we start the school year
Greetings, MCV#40 Families, Spanish version
I hope you are well and staying safe. I wanted to provide another update to help you feel better informed as we start the year. I hope you have a great first week of school!
- What’s new this year - We have made an investment in really listening to our parents and are proud to share the changes and improvements we are making based on that direct feedback. The document will be shared with the Board of Education on Aug. 24th and then will be shared out with parents.
- Teacher availability during the day - We worked hard to make sure our awesome teachers had separate times to focus on the kids in the classroom and the kids at home in remote learning. Please keep in mind that for kids at home in remote learning, teachers may not be available to respond to questions until after 1:00pm Mondays-Thursdays. They will have those afternoons and then all day on Friday to connect with Remote Learners. Technology questions throughout the day can be addressed by calling the school or calling the Ed Tech Dept.
- Attendance- We know tracking student attendance was a challenge in the spring. This year, attendance is mandatory and traditional grading practices are reinstated, that should help with student motivation!. Each school day is a traditional instructional day. Students are required to check in daily to verify their attendance and are expected to stay on track with engaging in their classes daily. We want to simplify the attendance process so it is the same for ALL students every day, no matter their learning plan.
- Internet Connectivity - At MCV#40, we want to ensure that every student has a device AND a reliable internet connection. If your family does not currently have internet connectivity, we can help. Please notify your child’s school if you need assistance with an internet connection for your child to be able to facilitate remote learning. We can provide an internet hotspot for use with the child’s chromebook at home, and we also have a free program for families that qualify through a partnership with the City of Moline.
- Health and Safety - We have reviewed all of the guidance. Collected stakeholder feedback, developed a plan based on that feedback, and are now ready to implement our plans with students. As this is a very fluid situation, we anticipate details of our plans to fluctuate. We will monitor closely and not hesitate to make any changes that will keep our students and staff safe. Thank you in advance for your flexibility and understanding. We will do our best to communicate new information as it becomes available. We will watch our region and follow any new recommendations we are given by either the Rock Island County Health Dept. or the State of Illinois.
- Remind texting program parent resources- Parents that are not familiar with the Remind communication program can find resources on the district webpage,
- Meal Distribution this fall- Here are the details regarding meal and food supplement distribution for Moline Coal Valley students this fall:
- Fall Grab/Go Meal Program- We are planning for a grab and go meal distribution program on Fridays. We will have 3 sites (Deere, Wilson, MHS) from 10:30-12:30pm. Students will get a breakfast and a lunch. Students do not need to be present, however, because school districts in Illinois have not been given the waiver from the USDA, we will have to collect student names for each meal. We will be able to look up student ID numbers if parents do not have them. Parents will likely need to park and enter to retrieve the meals. The middle schools will use the cafeterias. The high school will use the lobby of the Bartlett Performing Arts Center. We will begin next Friday, August 28th.
- We will provide details for weekend supplement bags from River Bend and the Farmers to Families supplemental food boxes soon.
- Next Virtual Community Conversation - We want to offer up a date for our next Virtual Community Conversation. This has been a great way to hear directly from parents on what is working and what needs attention. Our next event will be September 9th from 6:30-7:30pm. Our Zoom membership allows for 500 participants. We are hoping you can join. Until then, thanks for your partnership.
I hope this information is helpful. I plan to send out another update as soon as possible. Until then, please never hesitate to reach out. We are here for you and in this together! Whether you will be in our schools or in our hearts, go Maroons!
August 19, 2020: Virtual Parent YOUniversity Meeting-Technology Support & Virtual Back to School Meetings
There will be a Virtual Parent YOUniversity meeting this Friday, August 21st. Parents are invited to join via zoom for a session on how to navigate the digital learning platforms and to ask technology questions. The times are: 2:15 – 2:45 pm for elementary schools and 3:00-3:30 pm for middle and high school. Information on how to join the zoom meeting will be available on the district's website Keep in mind our zoom license allows for 500 participants. If you are unable to join, please know we will record the sessions and upload them soon after to the website.
Finally, our schools will be holding Virtual Back to School meetings for parents toward the end of this week. Watch for communication coming directly from your child’s school for this opportunity.
August 19, 2020: Free Internet Connectivity for a Year for Qualifying Families
Through the generous donation of a portion of the City of Moline’s Emergency Cares Act funds, up to 500 qualifying District #40 families will receive free internet connectivity in their homes for a year and free rental of the Mediacom hardware needed to establish connection. This program is a unique partnership between the City of Moline, Mediacom, and Moline-Coal Valley District designed to help those families that do not currently have an internet connection at home. Please keep in mind, this will be a basic internet service that can be used for things such as remote learning. We know these are difficult times and many families are struggling with basic needs. An internet connection can be costly but so important, especially for remote learning needs.
This program has strict qualifications and only those meeting them will qualify for this program. (We have other options for families that need help with an internet connection but do not meet all of these requirements while quantities last, please contact your school principal).
For this offer:
- Student must have registration completed for 2020-2021 school year
- Student must live in the city limits of Moline (For students living in Coal Valley, please contact your Principal if in need of internet connectivity assistance)
- Student must qualify for Free/Reduced lunch
- Student must not already have an internet connection with Mediacom (This program cannot replace a current internet service contract)
Qualifying families will not see a bill! If you want to see if you qualify for this assistance, please do the following:
- Contact [email protected] or you can call Carrie in the Ed Tech Department at 309-743-8989
- Once Mediacom has established that you do not already have service and their services can reach your home, they will install your connection. You will be asked to sign off saying you have received your connection
- Lastly, we ask that you notify us if you move out of the City of Moline by emailing [email protected] or you can call Carrie in the Ed Tech Department at 309-743-8989
Once you are approved, please know it may take a number of weeks to get connected due to the high volume at Mediacom. If you are in need of a temporary internet hotspot until your home is connected, please ask. We can help while quantities last.
Please respond right away to reserve this offer for your family. Once we hear back from you, Mediacom will reach out to establish connectivity. Should for some reason, Mediacom is unable to establish a connection in your home due to location or some other barrier, we may be able to provide your student with an internet hotspot, so their chromebook can be used at home, especially during times of remote learning. Thank you and stay safe!
Rachel Savage, Superintendent, MCV District 40
Stephanie Acri, Mayor of Moline
August 14, 2020: Start of the new year
Greetings MCV Families, Spanish version
I hope you are well as we gear up for the start of the new year. I wanted to provide a weekly update as I know we are still managing uncertain times. I want you to know that we are working diligently through each and every detail to be as prepared as possible. To that end, we will do our best to communicate as often and as clearly as we can. We want to open our doors for those that are able to come in a safe and controlled manner. I certainly wish we could do more and I look forward to the time when we can add back more in-person learning for ALL students, as soon as it is safe to do so.
- Starting the new Year - The first day of official classes is Monday, August 24th. Students with the last name A-L will attend Mondays-Tuesdays and the last name M-Z will attend Wednesdays and Thursdays. All students will be remote on Fridays. For students choosing full time remote learning for Quarter 1, you will be able to access your teacher’s materials on the HUB, located on the district website under the Return to Learn tab. The HUB will be live on August 24th.
- Remote Learning 2.0 and Parent Feedback- We invested a significant amount of time this spring and early summer collecting as much input as possible. We especially documented parent feedback regarding lessons learned from last spring’s remote learning. Much of our planning for this year has been based on direct parent feedback. Here are some of the examples of improved programming based on parent input:
- Every child gets their own device, no more sharing, and help with internet connectivity is available, if needed
- Traditional grading and attendance reinstated for student motivation
- Teachers will now use only one digital platform: for grades 2-12 teachers will use Google Classroom and K-1 teachers will use Seesaw. All other learning resources and links will be available on these platforms.
- “Google Meets” will be the district wide platform for virtual face to face meetings and check-ins
- Kids learning at home will see their teachers virtually every week
- A preview of the week’s work will be uploaded to the HUB (on the district website under the Remote Learning Tab) by 8:00am Monday mornings- the HUB will go live on the first day of school
- We ensured parent choice in our planning by offering a full remote option. We also know many students found success in this new learning model.
- We will have recorded parent tutorials available soon to help families understand remote learning platforms and protocols and plan to offer more virtual parent meetings to answer questions and gather input.
- We are providing teachers more professional learning on Remote Learning strategies for enhanced student learning experiences.
- Daily Attendance Check-Ins - Keep in mind that no matter a student’s learning plan, each school day is a mandatory day of instruction. All students, regardless of in-person blended or full remote, will have to record their attendance regularly and will have to meet expectations for academic progress. Students in grades 2-12 will record their attendance through Google Classroom associated with their classes. K-1 students will record their attendance through Seesaw. More details will be coming from schools and teachers.
- Safety Protocols- We are finalizing the health and safety procedures for the opening of our schools. Information can be found on the district website regarding this information under the Return to Learn tab/ Student and Family Health and Safety Guidelines.
- Remind - We know how important communication is and are excited to expand the ways we communicate using the new district-wide texting program “Remind”. Many of you are already familiar with this tool as many teachers have been using it for some time. It is useful for both small and large group communication and can be 1-way or 2-way. There will be training available for staff coming soon as well as parent resources for those new to the program.
- Meal Distribution this fall- We are finalizing details for fall meal distribution. We will likely have a grab and go program on Fridays, similar to what we had 4th quarter last year. The one difference as of now, is we will have to collect student ID numbers for each meal, similar to during the school day. Districts no longer have the flexibility that we were given in the spring. Stay tuned for more details.
- Easing Parent Financial Burden- We understand many of our families are facing difficult burdens during this pandemic. As a response, we have made the following changes to assist with the start of the year and will continue to seek new ways to help as the year progresses.
- Credit on some school fees- We provided a school fee credit on a number of different fees for returning students this year
- The transaction fee was eliminated previously associated with paying school fees online
- We have revisited individual school supply lists and condensed them to essential learning needs only. We understand students, regardless of their learning plan, will be spending much of their learning time at home. In addition, many of the supplies on the original lists are now hard to find. At the district and building levels, we are prepared to support individual classrooms and teacher needs with the emergency funds we received this summer: Elem; Middle; high
- Positive Progress on Facilities- We are excited to see the progress of both the Moline High School PE facility as well as the advancements ahead of schedule for the Moline High School HVAC renovations! Check out the promotional video if you have not seen it!
I hope this information is helpful. I plan to send out another update next week to provide information on additional topics. Until then, please feel free to reach out and have a great weekend.
Rachel Savage, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Moline-Coal Valley Schools
July 31, 2020: Opt Out Form and Attendance Group Change Requests
To: Parents/Guardians of the Moline Coal Valley School District
Re: Opt Out Form and Attendance Group Change Requests
Date: July 31st, 2020
We are looking forward to opening our doors on August 24th, in a safe and controlled way, to begin interacting with our students who we have missed so much. Since our Return to Learn plans were released on July 21st, we have continued to work diligently and fine-tune many details. As you know, we have two learning plan choices for Fall 2020. ALL students will be registered for Option 1. If you are choosing Option 2, you must complete an electronic opt out form through Skyward by August 10th.
- Option 1- Blended Learning Plan students attend school 2 days per week, according to their last name, and home the other 3 days in remote learning
- Option 2- Full-time Remote Learning Plan students are home all 5 days
Full-time Remote Learning Opt Out Form August 1-10th: To choose Option 2, families must complete an electronic form through Skyward between August 1-10th. This evening, families can go to the District Website to see a video and instructions in English and Spanish. Only families choosing Option 2 must complete the form. The Opt Out form will apply to the first nine weeks (quarter 1). Families can make a new choice for quarter 2 to begin attending 2 days/week or continue to stay home for the remainder of the semester.
Change Requests for Attendance Group Days by Aug. 10th: Students choosing Option 1 will attend school according to their last name: A-L, students attend school Monday and Tuesday; M-Z, students attend Wednesday and Thursday. All students are home in remote learning on Friday. If you need to request a change for your child’s attendance group, you must contact your principal and make the requested change by August 10th. Change requests will likely be approved for the following reasons only: keeping the family unit together, transportation and childcare needs.
We will continue to share updates as more details are finalized. Until then, please do not hesitate to reach out by phone or email.
Take care and be safe!
Rachel Savage, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Moline-Coal Valley Schools