River Bend Families,
After very careful consideration and planning, the attached document outlines the District's slight change of plans for the week following the Thanksgiving Break.
We wish you all a safe and enjoyable break,
Many have asked what the District’s plan is in response to the increased number of positive Covid cases in our region. As of today, Thursday, November 19, Whiteside County currently has a 25% positivity rate. Fulton and Albany have a 13% positivity rate. Thankfully our district positive student rate remains low around .5 to 1%. The District has tracked student and staff positive and quarantine rates since the beginning of the school year. The spreadsheet is also viewable through this link: River Bend CUSD #2 Weekly Covid Data
River Bend Families,
As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you can safely enjoy your time with family. I am attaching a short return to learn update, as well as a Mercy One survey document, a Schmaling Library informational letter and the IDPH holiday guidance document.
Thank you for your support and continued perseverance as we all do our best to safely navigate through the Covid waters.
The Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors held a virtual update session on November 11, 2020, to review recent developments related to the IHSA basketball season ahead of the Board’s regularly scheduled meeting on November 19, 2020.
The Board announced that they are formally inviting representatives from Governor Pritzker’s Office and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to attend the IHSA Board meeting on November 19. Additionally, the IHSA will also seek representation at the meeting from the Illinois Principals Association (IPA), the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA), and a coalition of nearly 200 school superintendents who recently contacted the Governor regarding school sports during the 2020-21 school year.
The Board also announced that schools who plan to begin basketball practice on November 16 should adhere to the Level 1 mitigations from the IDPH All Sports Policy until at least November 19. The Board cited rising COVID-19 cases in the state and a recent membership survey for this recommendation. The Board plans to provide more direction on basketball practice and games following the meeting on November 19.
Fulton High School will allow boys and girls basketball to begin practice on November 16th, following Level 1 mitigations from the IDPH. We will wait until after the IHSA’s board meeting on November 19th to make any further decisions on boys and girls basketball.
River Bend Families,
With the recent downgrade in Covid Region 1, I wanted to provide an update. Schools are exempt from the additional restrictions. However, we will continue to work very diligently, to keep our spaces clean, continue wearing our masks, socially distance, and wash hands frequently.
Overall, River Bend Schools have had a great first quarter. Our PK-5 buildings have had zero positive student cases. River Bend Middle School has only had 3 positive cases. Fulton High School has averaged about 2 positive student cases per week. We have also only had 2 positive staff cases. On a daily basis we average about 8-12 student quarantines due to family exposure, positive family cases, or symptoms. Staff have needed to quarantine at times as well. Thank you all for informing us as early as possible when your children have symptoms or you have a positive case in your household. Please keep up the great work! As I monitor the 61252 and 61230 zip codes and compare the data to the rest of Whiteside County, we have seen a smaller number of increasing COVID cases compared to the surrounding communities. I am grateful that Fulton and Albany areas remain vigilant with COVID precautions.
Gratefully- Darryl Hogue
Dear River Bend Families,
I am attaching a letter that provides an update on the District's plans to expand on-site learning. As we continue to expand on-site learning please keep in mind the delicate balance we must manage as our two zip codes continue to have higher than average positivity rates and number of cases in Whiteside County.
61252 and 61230 positivity rate=10.4% (number of people tested/number of positive cases)
Percent of Cases in Whiteside County by Communities
Thank you for the continued support as we look to bring back more students.