April 1st, 2020 Update

Dear Roanoke-Benson Parents,

I hope today’s message finds you and your families safe and well. Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30 in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

During this time, on-site learning will remain suspended but our schools’ commitment to learning and education will remain open and learning will continue for all students through our Remote E-Learning 1.0 format that began this week.

While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that at Roanoke-Benson CUSD 60, our teachers and staff are fully engaged and willing to take on this new challenge and push forward with remote learning, engaging with students and continuing with our lunch distribution program.

Since the governor’s announcement yesterday, we have made the following decisions about upcoming district events:

Athletics
All athletic practices are canceled for April. All games and meets are either canceled or postponed until the month of May. At this time the IHSA and IESA have not made any announcements about the Spring State Series in baseball, softball, or track.

Musical
The high school musical performance was scheduled to be the weekend of April 3-5, 2020. Because of the mandated closures the performances will not be able to occur. Our plan is to present elements of the musical at the high school spring concert on May 5, 2020.

Spring Music Concerts
The RBHS concert is scheduled for May 5, 2020 at 7:30. At this time, this date has not changed. Unfortunately, the RBJH concert scheduled for May 7 is canceled due to insufficient time to prepare our junior high musicians.

National Honor Society
The National Honor Society Banquet and Induction was scheduled for Tuesday, April 7, 2020. That event is being rescheduled to Monday, May 11, 2020 at 7:30 PM.

Prom/Post Prom
Prom and Post Prom was originally scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2020 and Sunday April 19, 2020. Prom and Post Prom will be combined into one event and is being scheduled for Saturday May 9, 2020 from 6:00 to 11:00 in the high school commons. There will be formal dinner and dance followed by drawings for gift baskets and other prizes.

RBHS Graduation & RBJH 8th Grade Promotion
At this time the date for high school graduation and 8th grade promotion has not changed.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together.

Our priorities will continue to be providing lunch to our students in need, communication with our families and staff, and provide for the continuity of learning.

Thank you,

Thomas Welsh
Superintendent
Roanoke-Benson CUSD 60