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posted Apr 1, 2020, 7:40 AM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Apr 20, 2020, 8:10 AM ]
Dear Parents and Community Members:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.  Friday, April 17, Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the school year, at Orion C.U.S.D. #223, I assure you our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.  Food distribution will continue on Mondays and Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - Noon.  If you are not currently receiving lunches and would like to start, please contact Sheri Schulenberg at 309-526-3388.

Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our school community will not be able to reconvene in person this school year due to this public health crisis.  So many of you have worked so hard to learn and grow in both the classroom and in extracurricular activities that Friday's announcement may feel like a step back.

However, the final chapter of this school year hasn't been written yet.  These past few weeks have proven our school community is more resilient, more capable, and more compassionate than maybe what we previously realized.  I'm confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year.

Having said that, Friday's announcement will result in significant and multiple scheduling changes in our district (Prom, Awards ceremonies, 8th grade promotion, Seniors' last day, High School graduation, Summer School options, etc.).  Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation.  We are looking forward to our students returning in the Fall.  We want to wish our Seniors the best of luck in their futures and thank them for their leadership.  Go Chargers!

Yours in Education,

Joseph A. Blessman, Superintendent