MCHS School Closure and E-Learning Days

Dear MCHS Families,

As we move forward with the school closure, we will continue to use e-learning days.  Teachers will assign and grade work, and we will use letter grades as usual.  Students must participate in order to improve or maintain their grades and to avoid Incomplete grades.  Students starting new fourth quarter classes will need to establish their grades, as they had none to begin with.  ISBE has made it clear that grading is a district-level decision, and we will grade work.
 
Students who were failing before the closure must participate and submit work in order to raise their grade and avoid an Incomplete for the semester.  Students who cannot resolve Incomplete grades in a timely manner will have to repeat such courses, and our goal is to help everyone pass.  We do not know with certainty when this closure may end.
 
If your family is experiencing a hardship that makes participation impossible, please reach out to the appropriate teachers, counselors, nurse, and/or social workers for support.  All of our staff can be reached via e-mail (preferred) or voicemail.
 
If your student did not previously check out a Chromebook but still needs one, we are providing another opportunity on Tuesday, March 31 from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. in the main gym lobby.  However, we must have a completed online form in order to have a Chromebook ready.  Please submit this form no later than 2:00 P.M. Monday (tomorrow) to reserve a Chromebook.
 
To pick up a reserved Chromebook and charger, students will enter the gym lobby door (circle drive), sign a form, and then immediately leave.  No other doors will be open, and no other building access is permitted.
 
Also, the free lunch pick-up provided by District 54 will continue March 31 and beyond.  Please complete this form to reserve your child's lunch, or call District 54's office at (815) 942-0056 by 10:00 A.M. each morning to place your order.
 
Finally, per my previous e-mail, none of our end-of-year activities have been rescheduled or cancelled at this time.  Should that occur, we will notify you.
 
Thank you for your patience and support!
 
Sincerely,
Craig R. Ortiz, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Morris Community High School District 101