Superintendent Updates

  • Occasionally, it is necessary for the Superintendent to contact all staff members and the parent or guardians of all students in the Sherrard School District. The most recent phone calls will be available here along with a revised text of information provided in the phone call.

May 11, 2021

  • The Sherrard Board of Education would like to invite the community to participate in a forum with a consultant from the Illinois Association of School Boards. I will be retiring at the end of the next school year, so the Board is beginning the hiring process now. The forum will be held in the high school auditorium at 6:00 on the evening of May 26. The purpose of the forum is to develop a profile of the ideal superintendent candidate. This information will be used when screening superintendent candidates. Everyone in the community is invited to attend.
    Vaccine for Students Age 12-18
    This next announcement deals with vaccinations. Yesterday afternoon, the FDA authorized the use of the Pfizer vaccine for children 12-15 years of age. The Mercer County Health Department will secure free doses of the vaccine and administer them to the students who want them next Tuesday, May 18. We will bus the students to and from the health department in Aledo.
    An online survey is being sent to all eligible families with children 12-18 years of age. The survey must be completed by Thursday evening of this week. You will need to complete the survey for each of your children who meet the age requirement. In the email, click on the link that will take you to the parent portal and then look for the word “survey.” If you forgot your parent portal log-in information, call the school office. If, for some reason, you cannot get the survey completed, call the unit office and let us know the name of your child and whether he or she will get the vaccine.
    The vaccine is free and it is optional. Students will need to provide a signed consent form from their parents at the time of vaccination. Links to the consent form and a vaccine information document will be included in the survey. This opportunity is also available to the high school students who did not get the vaccine back in April. The second dose of the vaccine will be administered on June 8. We will try to provide some form of transportation for the students on that date.
    Fully vaccinated students will have amnesty from having to be quarantined. That means fully-vaccinated students will be able to attend school, participate in sports and participate in school activities even if they have close contact with another student who tests positive.
     

April 15, 2021

  • All individuals age 16 and older are now allowed to get the COVID vaccine.  Individuals who are 16 and 17 years old must receive the Pfizer vaccine.  You can register online at the Mercer County and Rock Island County health department websites.  You can also make an appointment with a local pharmacy. 
    Having a large number of vaccinated teens will help our country move toward herd immunity, it will thwart mutation of the virus and it will help individuals avoid serious Covid complications and even death.  Getting vaccinated is also a great opportunity for high school students because they will get quarantine amnesty two weeks after the second shot as long as they do not have Covid symptoms.  This means they will not have to miss school if they are a close contact with another person who tests positive.  Athletes will not have to miss games, seniors will not have to miss graduation, and students in extra-curricular activities will not have to miss important events.  Vaccine amnesty will allow families to keep their vacation plans and participate in family gatherings.
    The second announcement deals with Covid symptoms in the home. Students should not come to school if any household family member is having Covid symptoms.  Students should stay home until the family member tests negative or until the quarantine period is finished.  We have noticed that the vast majority of our positive student cases have been transmitted to the students by their household family members.
    Next, I would like to remind the families of current Kindergarten, 2nd grade, 6th grade, and 9th grade students to turn in their completed school dental exam forms no later than May 15.  A copy of the Illinois School Dental Form can be found on our district website.  Exams given prior to November 15 of 2019 cannot be accepted.
    Finally, the district continues to have a shortage of bus drivers.  This is a perfect job for someone who needs a flexible schedule or wants to be on the same work schedule as their school-age children.  Although they must be 21 years old, this would be a perfect job for a college-age student who is still working on their degree.  The district will pay for the training.  All of our school buses have automatic transmissions, air conditioning , and multiple video cameras.  If you or someone you know would like to consider being a driver, call the unit office (309/593-4075).

    Recording


February 23, 2021

  • Hello, this is Alan Boucher. The third quarter ends next week so it is time to notify the schools if your remote learning child is returning to in person learning. Please call your child's school by the end of the day this Friday to let them know your child is returning. Virtual parent teacher conferences will be held Thursday afternoon and evening and again on Friday morning. Contact your child's teachers to set up appointments. Because of the conferences there will be an early dismissal next Thursday with the junior senior high students being dismissed at 1 o'clock and the elementary students being dismissed at 2 o'clock. Lunch will be served that day and there will be no afternoon preschool. Spring break will start for the students on Friday, March 5 and continue through Sunday, March 14. This message will be posted on the district website and Facebook. Have a nice evening.

    Recording


February 15, 2021

  • Good Evening, tomorrow will be an e-learning day for the Sherrard School District. The roads were worse than expected and the snow is supposed to continue until 2:00AM. The low windchill makes matters worse so we're going to have an e-learning day. Thankfully, the elementary schools sent home the computers on Friday so everything should be in place to have a good day of instruction. Don't forget, there is no school on Friday because of the staff vaccinations. Stay warm and safe. Goodnight.

    Recording