Sue Handy Scholarship 2021: Deadline Extended to April 12

The Springfield Education Association announces the application availability of the SEA/Sue Handy Scholarship. The scholarship is open to District #186 students and the children of SEA members who are pursuing a career in public school teaching. The scholarship was instituted in honor of Sue Handy, a Springfield educator who taught at Butler Elementary for many … Read more Sue Handy Scholarship 2021: Deadline Extended to April 12

186 School Board to vote on 2020-21 Student and Family Handbook

At the Monday August 3rd District 186 school board meeting, board members will be voting to approve the 2020–2021 Student and Family Handbook. Sections of this handbook have been revised to address Covid-19 health concerns. Here are some of these revisions: Students Enrolled in Remote Learning: Will attend all video class in their entirety (unless … Read more 186 School Board to vote on 2020-21 Student and Family Handbook

SEA Back to School Preference Survey #2: Live Results & Member Comments

In our recent SEA survey, members were asked to respond to the following question: The District 186 Board of Education will be meeting on Monday August 3rd. The seven board members will vote on a ‘Return to Learn’ plan for the 2020-21 school year. How do you want District 186 schools to start the 2020-21 … Read more SEA Back to School Preference Survey #2: Live Results & Member Comments

FAQ #1: Face Mask Requirements in District 186 Schools

(SEA Members: Feel free to leave any comments below.) A. SEA ‘FACE MASK SUPPLY & MANAGEMENT’ QUESTIONS Who will be providing masks for students? (answered) Is there a solid plan for issuing masks? (addressed/no specifics) Will GOOD masks be provided? (not addressed) Will students be allowed to wear personal masks? (not addressed) How will we … Read more FAQ #1: Face Mask Requirements in District 186 Schools

Q: How many District 186 students can safely ride on a First Student school bus?

From 186 Return To Learn Plan: The District is working with First Student to develop policies that meet ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) and IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) guidelines. Students will be required to wear masks on buses. A plan of action that will include either self screening or temperature checks prior … Read more Q: How many District 186 students can safely ride on a First Student school bus?

CDC Guidance for the Use of Face Masks in K-12 Schools

Appropriate and consistent use of cloth face coverings may be challenging for some students, teachers, and staff, including: Younger students, such as those in early elementary school. Students, teachers, and staff with severe asthma or other breathing difficulties. Students, teachers, and staff with special educational or healthcare needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health … Read more CDC Guidance for the Use of Face Masks in K-12 Schools

“I will only vote for remote” – Mike Zimmers, 186 Board Member

“Teachers, your job is stressful enough just teaching students.. year-in year-out. It is extremely stressful. You did not go to school to come back this year to be a healthcare professional, or social worker, or a mental health specialist.. and you weren’t trained to be in law enforcement. So I really have some concerns for … Read more “I will only vote for remote” – Mike Zimmers, 186 Board Member