Friday, April 3, at approximately 5:40 p.m., Oswego High School Principal Mr. Mike Wayne sent emails out to students and parents of OHS. Freshman, sophomores and juniors received one version of the email, while seniors received another version. The emails confirmed that all school events, including sports and activities, have been canceled through April 30.
Within the email sent to grades 9-11, Mr. Wayne went over the state of the school and the district as it pertains to events canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as expectations going forward with the new remote learning platform the district shifted to this week. The email which was received by the seniors discussed how Mr. Wayne and the rest of the district and administration was going to attempt to reschedule any activities or events that help to define a senior year.
These emails come after Governor JB Pritzker extended the Stay at Home order on March 31 through the end of April. As a result, all school buildings will have to remain closed until April 30. Many events, including spring sports and prom were slated to take place over the next month, but the closure of schools has forced their cancelations.
“At this time we don’t know which events may be rescheduled,” Mr. Wayne said in his email addressed to the class of 2020. ¨But I want you to know that I am meeting often with our district administration, as well as Principal Bankowski from Oswego East, to review updated information from the governor and the Illinois State Board of Education as we look to creatively plan the remainder of the school year; including how to address the major end of the year events, such as Prom, Graduation, Senior Awards Night, etc.”
Mr. Wayne also promised to keep students and parents updated to changes in scheduling as they become available.
“Information on any new dates, revised programs or cancellations will be communicated by the school district/OHS when we have additional information,” both emails said.
Mr. Wayne made clear that he knows how important many of these events are to the student body, and that he and the district will do “everything possible” to reschedule.
However, Mr. Wayne also made a point to say that health and safety of the community comes first.
“Our number one priority must be ensuring your safety and doing our collective best in helping to slow and eventually stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” the emails stated.
This week, OHS and the rest of Community Unit School District 308 moved to a remote learning platform. In the emails home, Wayne went over some of the expectations going forward.
Teachers are to post on Google Classroom at least three times per week. Unlike the week of March 16-20, it is now a requirement that students log on to Google Classroom “for each of their academic classes and participate in the instruction that is presented.”
Mr. Wayne also said that teachers will be taking “attendance” over this period of remote learning. Attendance will be based on “student participation in the Google classrooms and other interactions that students have with their teacher.”
In the event a student is marked “absent” for not participating in the activities provided by the instructor on a regular basis, parents will be contacted.
“We all need to be safe and make smart choices that help to slow and eventually stop the spread of the virus,” Mr. Wayne said in both emails. “We are all in this together. Stay Safe and Stay Strong!”
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This is my third year as a part of 42Fifty. I have served as Sports Editor and Managing Editor prior to this year. I am the play by play announcer for underclassmen sports here at OHS, and the color commentator for the varsity football and both varsity basketball teams. I also announce for the NFHS Network throughout the football and basketball playoffs.