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Letter to Students and Parents - Governor's Order of 4/17/20

posted Apr 17, 2020, 2:47 PM by John Pearson   [ updated Apr 17, 2020, 2:48 PM ]


April 17, 2020


Dear Parents and Community Members:

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year.  

Although in-person learning has been suspended at East Alton – Wood River Community High School for the remainder of the year, 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.  

Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our Oiler 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 today’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 that our school community is more resilient, more capable and more compassionate than maybe what we previously realized. The Board and staff are confident our collective strength will shine through during the remainder of the school year, and we will emerge even stronger. After all, we are #oilerstrong! 

Having said that, today’s announcement will result in significant and multiple scheduling changes in our district. As this announcement about the end of the school year was just made by Governor Pritzker this afternoon, it will take us a few days as we sort out the many schedule details that are on the books, including Prom, spring concerts, athletics, Graduation, 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 together. Plans will be underway soon for the return to in-person learning next school year and how to make the transition for our underclassmen after missing in-person instruction for the last quarter of this year. 

It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. I can't thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through this.  


Dr. John S. Pearson, Superintendent