District 186 rolls out Return to Learn plan (SJ-R.com, 7/21/20)

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Springfield School District 186 will offer to families two plans–hybrid/blended in-person and remote learning only–as part of its 33-page “Return to Learn” document. The document, put together by 100 teacher leaders from the district, the Springfield Education Association and the Illinois Education Association, was rolled out District 186 Superintendent … Read more District 186 rolls out Return to Learn plan (SJ-R.com, 7/21/20)

“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

Safe Passage

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore It has been over four months since we have come to grips with the realities of COVID-19 and the profound effects it has had on our … Read more Safe Passage

School board members will weigh plans but contend safety is paramount (SJ-R.com, 7/19/20)

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register @stevenspearie The public will hear about fall plans for Springfield School District 186 at the school board’s regularly scheduled Monday meeting. One of the options will include a hybrid blend of in-person and remote learning, said school board President Scott McFarland. The 186 Learns Task Force, a joint effort … Read more School board members will weigh plans but contend safety is paramount (SJ-R.com, 7/19/20)

186 ‘Return to Learn’ SEA Member Questions

This week, SEA members submitted a combined total of over a thousand questions about returning to work next month. These questions have been whittled down to 651 after removing duplicates: Click to access SEA-Member-Return-to-Work-Questions-Responses-Master-List.pdf Hopefully, the answers to many of your questions will be provided in the District 186 2020-2012 Return to Learn Plan to … Read more 186 ‘Return to Learn’ SEA Member Questions

COVID-19 case at Matheny-Withrow causes concern, but also provides ‘a path forward’

https://www.sj-r.com/news/20200710/covid-19-case-at-matheny-withrow-causes-concern-but-also-provides-lsquoa-path-forwardrsquo By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Jul 10, 2020 at 3:48 PM Teachers and staff members from Matheny-Withrow Elementary School are expressing concern to Springfield School District 186 Superintendent Jennifer Gill and school board members about how a positive COVID-19 case was handled at the school recently. Some staff members who had come … Read more COVID-19 case at Matheny-Withrow causes concern, but also provides ‘a path forward’

Teachers have their own concerns as District 186 grapples with in-person learning

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Jul 6, 2020 at 5:51 PM Updated Jul 7, 2020 at 3:07 PM Jill Friday spent 10 years teaching for Illinois Virtual High School. Among her students were a U.S. Olympic athlete and a terminally ill teenager. Friday, who begins teaching Spanish at Southeast High School in the … Read more Teachers have their own concerns as District 186 grapples with in-person learning

Teachers will miss camaraderie, routines of school, but most of all, students

Teachers will miss camaraderie, routines of school, but most of all, students By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted May 24, 2020 at 8:37 PM Updated May 24, 2020 at 8:38 PM Becky Martin was known for her mobile pantry during her teaching career at Lanphier High School. Fruit snacks, granola bars, Pop Tarts. The … Read more Teachers will miss camaraderie, routines of school, but most of all, students

Teachers union president “disappointed” about health insurance vote (4/20/20)

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Posted Apr 22, 2020 at 8:13 AM Updated Apr 24, 2020 at 6:26 PM Springfield Education Association leaders and District 186 teachers are fuming after the board of education approved a new health insurance plan at Monday’s meeting. The approval will boost deductibles for singles and families under the … Read more Teachers union president “disappointed” about health insurance vote (4/20/20)

Improve Your Health and Call Your Board Members

SEA Members, After Monday night’s District 186 School Board Meeting, I have heard from nearly one hundred people who were severely disheartened in the manner in which our Insurance Committee’s recommendation’s were blatantly ignored and our individual and family’s District Health Insurance was minimized. First, I want to apologize for any additional stress this has … Read more Improve Your Health and Call Your Board Members