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posted Mar 13, 2020, 12:07 PM by Bobbi Thomsen   [ updated Mar 16, 2020, 9:31 AM ]



Update Message to Families

March 13, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,


In Orion CUSD #223 the health, safety, and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities.  With the recently elevated discussion regarding the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.


As a school district, we are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures.  The CDC offers some tips on its website that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses. 


The State Superintendent has requested that school districts immediately begin working on emergency plans, including research-based E-Learning plans, in the event of a state emergency declaration due to the growing number of Coronavirus/COVID-19 cases.  The district worked on an E-Learning plan this week and submitted it for ROE approval. The purpose of this E-Learning plan is to provide educational opportunities for our students in place of a traditional school day.  This plan attempts to accommodate our students’ needs and their internet/technology access capabilities.  However, we are preparing in the event ISBE and/or the Illinois Department of Public Health requires us to do so.  


Here are some facts in regards to E-Learning days that we want you to be aware of:

·         E-Learning activities do not have to be on the computer.  Think beyond the traditional mindset as activities may include:  1) worksheets, 2) online programs, 3) play-based activities, 4) project-based activities, 5) etc.

·         E-Learning days count as a day of regular student attendance days and do not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

·         Each activity (lesson) should take into account the student’s time, pace, and means of learning.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Joe Blessman at 309-526-3388 or




Mr. Joe Blessman, Superintendent