After dealing with COVID-19, Springfield teachers find ‘blessings’ in life

Author: Steven Spearie – State Journal Register Date: November 25, 2020 Corina Ousley said it was “a blessing” how she and her family got through bouts with COVID-19 this summer. There were for Ousley, a fifth-grade teacher at Dubois Elementary School, days of agony, including chronic fatigue and a precarious loss of taste and smell. … Read more After dealing with COVID-19, Springfield teachers find ‘blessings’ in life

As district takes ‘test run,’ working parents search alternative places for students

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Aug 31, 2020 at 6:51 PM Tiffany Mathis acknowledged that parents are having to make tough decisions, especially since the School District 186 board of education voted to start with an all-remote model, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. “We knew there would be a huge need for … Read more As district takes ‘test run,’ working parents search alternative places for students

Commentary: Remote learning expectations rigid, unrealistic

By Emelie Cherrone Posted at 1:30 PM I write to you as a teacher with District 186, a family with a student in district, and a concerned citizen. The last semester was stressful and frustrating at times for everyone involved. We were (and still are) learning the ins-and-outs of “Remote Learning” together. Now, as we … Read more Commentary: Remote learning expectations rigid, unrealistic

Teachers, families prepare for remote learning with creativity; urge ‘latitude and grace’

Written by Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Photo by Justin Fowler Posted at August 30, 2020 9:08 AM Allison Acker delivered Aaliyah Sanders her brand new car Wednesday. Sanders hasn’t even started first grade yet. The “smart car” was really a souped-up U-Haul box that Acker fashioned with headlights made from paper plates. It included … Read more Teachers, families prepare for remote learning with creativity; urge ‘latitude and grace’

Schools Shapeshift

Schools Shapeshift Families adjust to ever-changing plans By Rachel Otwell Illinois Times Published August 20, 2020 Painting by Felicia Onen John Freml never anticipated squaring off with the Springfield public school district over pajamas. Among the details to work out for the coming school year, District 186 updated its student handbook. Per the guidelines, students … Read more Schools Shapeshift

‘Giving it a shot is the best plan’: Teachers, parents react to District 186′s in-person model

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Aug 8, 2020 at 5:29 PM At some points last spring when Springfield School District 186 was forced to go to remote learning by the directive of Gov. JB Pritzker as safety issues swirled around the COVID-19 outbreak, Diana Stewart of Springfield had seven students in her house … Read more ‘Giving it a shot is the best plan’: Teachers, parents react to District 186′s in-person model

SEA: District 186 needs to have comprehensive plan in place “for safe return” of students, teachers

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Aug 5, 2020 at 10:29 AM Updated at 7:36 AM The head of the Springfield Education Association said he doesn’t think School District 186 has put into place a complete plan “for the safe return of students and staff.” Wednesday’s statement from President Aaron Graves on behalf of … Read more SEA: District 186 needs to have comprehensive plan in place “for safe return” of students, teachers

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