DeKalb Schools Update And Meal Location Sites

Please read the following update from Superintendent Craven (4/5/20):
DeKalb 428 Families:

I hope on this beautiful spring day that your family and extended families are doing well. While our current situation is certainly not what we envisioned for Spring 2020, there are some visible silver linings. I’ve seen on social media the creative ways that families are bonding together including board games, sidewalk chalk, family challenges, bike rides, movie nights, and simply taking walks. It may be my own optimism, but people I’ve encountered at the grocery store seem more cordial and considerate. The inherent humanity of our community is showing itself. A sentiment that we really are in this together.

I want to thank our Food Service Manager, Mike Chamness, our Food Service vendor, Aramark, and all their staff who have continued to come to work everyday to prepare meals for our students. Additionally, thank you to First Student for providing the buses for our mobile sites. As of Friday, they have served almost 28,000 meals since March 17. I also wish to acknowledge our volunteers who continue to work our distribution sites. We would not be able to accomplish this without their assistance.

There continues to be questions regarding E-learning and grades. The consistent message that we are getting from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is that work during this time cannot negatively impact a student’s grade. Student work not completed during this time shall be recorded as Incomplete. We are awaiting further guidance from ISBE on what the make-up timeline will be once we return to regular attendance. When we receive ISBE guidance, we will share it with parents. I again strongly encourage you to have your students actively engaged with us as E-learning will continue though April 30th.

We all know that this is our new reality through at least the end of April. As I’ve shared before, I feel horrible for our students who are missing important milestones in their school experience. Even if we do return in early May, we will not be able to reschedule all events. Please know that we continue to make contingency plans in the chance that we will resume attendance before our school year expires.

Finally, thank you to all of our teachers and support staff who have continued to work tirelessly to make sure that our students have a positive educational experience during this distance learning time. Our staff has done an amazing job of transitioning to this E-learning platform trying to keep our student experience as authentic as possible. If your child is experiencing difficulty, I encourage you to reach out to us.

“Grab and Go” meals will continue Monday, April 6th from 11:00am -1:00pm at the following sites.

Meals will not be provided on Friday, April 10th.

DeKalb Sites:

Huntley Middle School – 1515 S. Fourth Street (Parking Lot near Door 1)

Clinton Rosette Middle School – 650 N. First Street (Parking Lot near Door 1)

Littlejohn Elementary School – 1121 School Street (Parking Lot near Door 1)

University Village – 722 North Annie Glidden Road (By the Basketball Courts)

NIU School of Nursing – 1240 Normal Road (Parking Lot)

Edgebrook Lane Church of Christ – 2315 Edgebrook Lane (Parking Lot)

New Hope Missionary Baptist Church – 1201 Twombly Road (Parking Lot)

NEW LOCATION: Fatty’s Pub & Grill – 1312 W. Lincoln Hwy (East Parking Lot – Between Fatty’s and Culvers)

Cortland Site:

Cortland Fire Department, 30 West North Street (Parking Lot)

Malta Site:

Malta Historical Society – 127 N 3rd Street (Parking Lot across the street)

Again, thank you for your patience and flexibility as we all work through these unique times. Stay safe and please encourage your family and children to exercise recommended social distancing efforts even when engaging in outside activities.

Please contact us with questions and concerns.

Sincerely,

Jamie Craven