Online learning to start March 18


Zainie Qureshi

Dr.Karen Sullivan decided that all schools in IPSD 204 would move to online learning.

Superintendent Karen Sullivan announced that District 204 is closing all schools and implementing online learning starting March 18.  While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the district, Sullivan said she was acting “out of an abundance of caution.”

Sullivan’s statement to parents mentions that the tentative return date for students is April 6. While the traditional class setting is being interrupted, the use of online classes will be implemented. Students should look to their teachers for assignments at the beginning of every school day. 

“Assignments will be posted by the start time of each regular school day,” according to Sullivan’s statement. Additionally, teachers will be available for questions throughout the school days 

Teachers have been instructed to be lenient with assignment due dates as it is understood that some students do not have access to Wi-Fi or other internet signals. Principal Darrell Echols and other members of Metea staff handed out hotspot boxes to students who do not have easy access, so that schooling can continue normally for everyone. 

The e-learning process will take approximately five hours every day, and every class will have assignments to complete. Students are still required to participate in school, and attendence will be taken daily.

Athletic games and practices are canceled until March 27. District administrators will determine whether to continue sports during Spring Break.