November 8, 2020 – Message from Superintendent Steve Wilder

Over the last week, including this weekend, we have been notified of an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among individuals at Sycamore High School. The COVID-19 cases include individuals who have received a positive COVID-19 test result, individuals who are a “close contact” to someone who has COVID-19, and individuals who are showing COVID-19 symptoms and due to related circumstances are considered to be “presumed positive” cases. Our first priority is the health and well-being of those individuals. Our second priority is assessing the impact of the number of these recent COVID-19 cases at Sycamore High School.

The number of recent COVID-19 cases at Sycamore High School has reached a level that we consider it to be an “outbreak.” As a result, we are closing Sycamore High School starting tomorrow, Monday, November 9, 2020. SHS will be closed to all students during this time. Staff will have the option to work from their classroom tomorrow only, or enter the building to retrieve any necessary materials tomorrow only, to teach and work remotely during this closure. Remote learning will proceed as normal. Sycamore High School will reopen on Monday, November 30, 2020, as planned. We will implement our Parallel Hybrid learning model at that time.

Although our schools are cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis and most of the current cases at SHS are not connected, closing SHS for two weeks is a precautionary measure. We are taking this step now to do our part to avoid the potential spread of COVID-19 at SHS any further. We believe this is an important step we can take to help avoid any further spread of COVID-19 among individuals at SHS and our community.

Please note, all other buildings within the District will remain open during this time.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during these difficult times.

Sincerely, 

Steve Wilder
Superintendent
Sycamore Community School District 427