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SCPHS Closure Q&A 03-15-2020

Southland College Prep School Closure Information as of March 15, 2020

Southland is committed to following Governor Pritzker’s order to close schools from Tuesday, March 17th through Monday, March 30th while still providing opportunities for our students to learn through alternative means. More information will be provided to you and your child on Monday, March 16th regarding alternative learning opportunities at home during this time. During this time all student activities and sports are cancelled. We understand that you may have many questions so we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions below to, hopefully, answer most of them.

Q. Will there be school on Monday, March 16, 2020?
A. Yes, the Governor’s order to close schools begins Tuesday, March 17, 2020 so there will be school on Monday, March 16, 2020. However, Southland will dismiss at 3:00 p.m. and all after-school activities are cancelled.

Q. Will Southland be making-up these days?
A. The State of Illinois has declared that these days are considered “Act of God Days” which, by law, are not required to be made-up. Therefore, Southland will not be making up these days. However, we want to be sure that students do not miss out on instruction during this time. Accordingly, all teachers at Southland will be sending home instructional materials that can be done online or in paper form. Teachers will be providing those materials on Monday, March 16, 2020 for this week. Additional materials will be mailed to families later this week. Additionally, teachers will be reaching out to students throughout the day during the closure period to offer any assistance with the learning materials.

Q. Is Southland looking at changing its Spring Break Schedule?
A. At this time Southland plans to maintain its current Spring Break Schedule beginning Friday, April 10, 2020 with students returning on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Q. Will Southland be providing meals to students during this time?
A. Southland has made arrangements with its food service provider, Preferred Meal Systems, to provide a “grab and go” type breakfast and lunch to all students Monday through Friday during the statewide school closure period. Students DO NOT need to qualify for the Free or Reduced price meals program to receive the meals. Students may go to Southland or the nearest District 162 school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. each day to pick-up the meals and take them home. Southland is not allowed to open its lunchroom facilities for the meals to be consumed on-site.

Q. Will Southland’s offices be open or will there be any staff at the building?
A. Southland offices will be open each day from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. At least one administrator will also be in attendance at the building during these hours for the duration of the mandated closing.

Q. Will the enrollment lottery for the class of 2024 still be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2020?
A. The lottery for admittance to the Freshman class for the 2020-2021 school year has been postponed to April 2, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. Letters regarding this change were mailed to all applicants on Friday evening.

Q. Is Southland still planning to hold IEP meetings during the closure period?
A. District staff will be contacting families of students with scheduled IEP meetings to discuss various options for holding those meetings.

Q. What is Southland doing to prepare for the safe return of students on March 31st?
A. Southland has additional custodians assigned to work alongside existing building maintenance staff to perform a comprehensive deep clean and sanitization of the school prior to the planned reopening on March 31st. Southland recently installed hand sanitizing dispensers in strategic areas throughout the school and has a good stock of disinfectant wipes for use on shared computers between uses with replacement products on order. School personnel and the school nurse will continue to monitor absences of both students and staff and instruct students on proper hygiene techniques including handwashing, not touch faces, etc.
This is an unprecedented situation and we recognize that you may have more questions. Administrators will be available at Southland from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday to answer any other questions that you may have. As always we will update you as we learn any new information.


Dr. Blondean Y. Davis, Superintendent