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Attention Crab Orchard Students

The school administrative teams from Carterville, Crab Orchard, Herrin, Johnston City, and Marion have been meeting and coordinating answers to many questions that our community will be faced with during this time. While we have worked to make this FAQ (frequently asked questions) sheet as comprehensive as possible we welcome any additional or clarifying questions that you might have.

Q: When and why are schools closed?
A: Per a directive from Governor Pritzker, schools in Illinois will be closed starting on Tuesday, March 17th, through at least Monday, March 30th, with plans to reopen on Tuesday, March 31st.

Q: Is school in session this Monday, March 16th?
A: No.  We will have at Teacher’s In-service on Monday, March 16th, in order to make needed arrangements for continued instruction to the best of our ability.

Q: How can my child access meals during this closure?
A: We are making meals available via a Grab and Go sack style option at various locations. We are working out the details and will make them available as soon as possible.

Q: What if my child needs to pick up items at school, such as their Chromebook?
A: We are asking that all students come to the school on Monday, March 16, 2020 only to pick up items that they may need.  The doors to the building will be open from 7 AM until 8 PM.

Q: Will graduation dates change?
A: All graduation dates will be set at the next scheduled board meeting and will be announced at that time.

Q: What will happen with school events, athletics, and extracurriculars during the closure?
A: All school events and mandatory practices are canceled during this closure.

Q: What will happen with events, athletics, and extracurriculars scheduled on or after Tuesday, March 31st?
A: At this time, following the state mandated closure, all events, athletics, and extracurriculars will continue as they are currently scheduled.

Q: Will the end of the year teacher in-service be rescheduled to a date during the mandated school closure?
A: No, it has been rescheduled for today, March 16, 2020.  

Q: What will the last day of school be?
A: All days missed due to COVID-19 shall be considered Act of God days and are not required to be made up. The last day for teachers and students both will not go past Tuesday, May 19th, 2020,  if we use no emergency days related to other issues.

Q: How do we get medicine that might be stored at school that we will need during the closure?
A: Please contact your respective school office on Monday to make arrangements.

Q: How will the schools be working to continue education?
A: While student and community health and safety are the first priority, we are also working to do our best to ensure the continuance of education. This will vary from teacher to teacher.  Some will be sending home packets, while others will be providing books, computers/laptops, and e-learning opportunities. Each student will be instructed as to what this will look like from their teachers. We would also encourage the use of the many educational resources that are accessible online.

Q: Will this affect my dual credit courses thru John A. Logan College?
A: Instructors will do their best to maintain a continuance of instruction for dual credit college courses. Those enrolled in dual credit through Crab Orchard HS teachers will be hearing from them individually.

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