Weekly superintendent's update

Dear Students, Staff, and Families,

I was so proud to see two of our Huskies featured in the following article from Beyond Hunger’s newsletter!

“When Natalia and Lindsey, both OPRF Seniors, realized that everyone needed a mask to stay safe in public they put their sewing talents to good use. They wanted to honor their graduating class of 2020, show some school spirit and benefit those who have been financially impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. They started selling huskie pride masks—2 for $20.20 with 20% of those sales benefitting Beyond Hunger.  Visit their Facebook page for more information or email them directly for an order: LNmaskco@gmail.com.”

Thank You, Teachers! 
As we conclude our annual Teacher Appreciation Week, I am so very grateful for the dedicated and gifted faculty of Oak Park and River Forest High School. In the best of times, week in and week out, our teachers go above and beyond to make sure students thrive. They spend untold hours outside the classroom meeting with students, not just to help them with assignments but also to listen to their hopes and dreams, find ways to draw out their gifts, support them through the challenges of being a teen. 

And now during this pandemic they have been asked to stretch themselves beyond what any of us could have imagined. They have had to utterly rethink and reconfigure how they teach, while also dealing with the same challenges so many of us face--supporting cooped-up children, coping with a partner’s unemployment, worrying about family and friends with Covid-19. 

Teachers, you are extraordinary. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do.

Restore Illinois
Earlier this week, Gov. JB Pritzker released Restore Illinois, a five-stage plan for reopening the state. All parts of Illinois currently are in stage 2. According to the plan, schools can begin to reopen in stage 4 with the guidance of public health departments and social distancing measures in place.

We can’t predict what stage we’ll be in come August 17, which is scheduled to be our first day of classes. What we can do is imagine and plan for a variety of scenarios. In the next week, administrators and Faculty Senate will begin creating those plans, so that when the 2020-2021 school year arrives, we are fully prepared, no matter what happens. Once we have fleshed out our plans we’ll be sure to share them with you.

Spoken Word Senior Showcase
Our annual event highlighting the tremendous talent of our senior poets is going virtual! At 7 p.m. this Wednesday, May 13, go to our YouTube channel (located here) to see live performances by some of our amazing students. Thank you to our Educational Technology team and Spoken Word teachers Peter Kahn and Christian Robinson for finding a way to make this happen.

Townhall on Disproportionate Effects of Covid-19
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect on black and brown communities. On May 13 and 20, a group of leading academics will hold a public town hall, “Black Center Directors Speak,” to discuss the topic. For more information, click here

To all the moms out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend!

Take care and be well.

Sincerely,

Dr. Joylynn Pruitt-Adams
Superintendent