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District 163 School Closure Information Updated April 17, 2020

April 17, 2020

Dear District 163 Parents/Guardians,

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Governor Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Although District 163 in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, I assure you that our commitment to learning and education will not waiver. Our administrators, teachers and staff are committed to continuing meaningful and engaging remote learning activities for all students and families. We will also continue our Curbside Grab and Go meal distribution program. I imagine that you and your children, like us, are saddened to learn that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis. We have worked together this year to learn, grow and build relationships and now we are apart from each other. However, this new reality will allow us to realize new relationships and experiences that support the potential within us. These past few weeks have shown that our school community is compassionate, strong, and resilient. We have connected in new and exciting ways and will continue to remain focused on learning  together and staying connected.

Today’s announcement will result in significant changes in our school district. Please be patient as we work to plan details and schedules for important end of the year events. We will provide detailed information as soon as possible regarding spring registration, school choice, graduation and other important activities that have been affected by today’s announcement. We appreciate all that you are doing at home and your flexibility and understanding as we continue to plan. I am confident that the Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 community will emerge even stronger as we navigate this unprecedented situation together. We look forward to our return to in-person learning next school year. We will continue to communicate information and updates throughout the school closure. Thank you for your patience and partnership! Stay well!

Sincerely,

Dr. Caletha White

Caletha White, Ed. D.