Announcement from Dr. Ahlemeyer

April 20, 2020

No more in-school sessions for the 2019-2020 school year.

Dear Parents & Students,

Greetings MTF Families! First and foremost I hope you are doing well both personally and with your family. Now that you know school will not be in session for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, I felt it was important you heard from me even though I do not have a lot of official answers yet on next steps in the coming weeks/months. It is so hard to describe what is going on and/or everyone's reaction to the circumstances. I know I have good days, ho-hum days, and then times filled with anxiety/depression. Acceptance and compassion for myself and then for others has been my go to. While we knew the announcement from the Governor was coming, Friday's official announcement and actual words was a very emotional moment. The sense of loss on so many levels is a punch to the stomach. I especially feel for our Seniors and my heart goes out to them.

What we do know is that we will continue to provide lunches out to the community and we will continue to provide remote learning through the end of the year. When our official last day of lunches/remote learning will be is currently up in the air. We are analyzing our options in terms of meeting expectations from the Illinois State Board of Education and what will make sense for us locally with the varying degree of demands on our students/parents/teachers from the early grades to our high school students. As soon as we have those details we will announce. Thank you for your continued patience and flexibility. Everyone has done an awesome job with remote learning, but I understand the longer it goes on remote learning days present even more challenges. Hang in, do your best, and just keep attempting to make connections with the teachers.

Unrelated to the school closure announcement, soon we will all get another update related to the stay at home order through April 30th. Once those guidelines are released, we will be announcing plans for how and when student locker and desk materials can be picked up. We are also in the early stages of developing a plan to make sure everyone has access to any fee refunds and/or credits. As you know by now, the main challenge for making any sort of plans for the future is that information changes from week to week. Again, I ask for your patience and flexibility and please trust we will let you know something as soon as we know. We have already announced tentative dates for 8th grade promotion, HS graduation, and GS screenings for the end of July. The details of how those will happen are still dependent on guidance from the State.

In closing for now, thank you so much for what you are doing to make the best of it as a student or parent. This is not something any of us signed up for and I'm so appreciative of the connections you are maintaining with your children and with our school staff despite the varied learning results that do not replace in-person school. This is lasting longer than we want but we will pull through it and be together again! Be healthy, stay strong, and think positive thoughts!! These times have me recalling the following - The Grand Essentials of Happiness Are: Something to Do, Something to Love, and Something to Hope For. Continue to rely on each other, your teacher, and your principal, and know I am here for you as well so please contact me if I can be of assistance. We will talk again soon I hope when we have more to share.

With Maroa-Forsyth Trojan Pride,

John


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