District 214 Supt. Sends Out Letter After Parents Relay Misinformation About Returning To Schools In Fall

Bernie Tafoya
June 17, 2020 - 12:52 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The superintendent of a northwest suburban high school district with more than 12,000 students is trying to correct the record after a parents’ group put out reported misinformation.

District 214 Supt. David Schuler sent out the email after a parents group spread the word that when school resumes, the group believes there’ll only be two-days a week of in-person instruction and that extracurricular activities would be cancelled. 

The group called for in-class learning every day with the option of e-learning from home.

The superintendent said the group’s email has significant inaccurate information.
He said the district’s goal is to have all students in schools every day, as allowed by the Illinois State Board of Education and the willingness of parents to send their teenagers to school.

Dr. Schuler said there have been "zero" discussions about unilaterally canceling extra-curricular activities. He said any limits on extra-curricular activities will align with what's being said by the Illinois High School Association.
Dr. Schuler said more information will be coming out next week on plans for the fall.

District 214 is the state's largest high school district.

Below you can read Supt. Dr. David Schuler's email to parents:
Good Evening District 214 Community,

I hope this note finds you and your family healthy and well. This evening, there was a parent email that was widely circulated throughout the District 214 school community that included significant inaccurate information. The email inferred that the District is planning a return to school plan that included only two days of in-person instruction beginning in August and that extra-curricular activities would be cancelled. That is simply untrue.

Our goal as a District has always been to have all students in school every day as allowed by the Illinois State Board of Education, our county health department, and your family’s willingness to send your students to school. There have been ZERO conversations about the unilateral cancellation of co-curricular activities. Our limitations for co-curricular activities will align with that of the Illinois High School Association (IHSA), but we are not planning on unilaterally cancelling co-curricular activities as a District. We strongly believe in the value of co-curricular activities and we are always looking for ways to enhance opportunities for our students.

We are planning to send out a correspondence next week with more information about our plans for the fall. However, with the inaccurate information that was sent out tonight, I felt compelled to get factual information in your hands as soon as possible. Thank you for your review and consideration.
David R. Schuler, Ph.D.

Below is the email sent from the parents' group:

District 214 Superintendent Dr. David Schuler and the Board of Education have signaled that high school will not be starting this August as normal.

The current thinking appears to be two days of in-school attendance with the remainder being remote learning until a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment is readily available. Most, if not all extracurricular activities may be cancelled. Dr. Schuler and the Board of Education are making decisions that impact the lives of 12,000 students. While Dr. Schuler distributed a survey to all parent via email on June 9, 2020, the survey failed to ask whether or not parents are comfortable sendiNg their child to school for in-class learning and extracurricular activities on a full-time basis. The district should be able to implement a curriculum that provides full time in-class learning with the optiOn of e-learning from home. D214 certainly has the resources to install video cameras and microphones in every classroom to allow live streaming of classes. This approach should ensure that the educational needs of all students will be met regardless of individual health and safety concerns.

Concerned District 214 Parents