Matthew Haug

PKMS Principal’s Message 04-06-20

Dear PKMS Families,

I want to welcome you back from our Spring Break!  Normally, staff would eagerly be anticipating the arrival of our students on Monday morning.  This year is a little bit different as we look for the “chime” and notification that students have logged onto Canvas to complete their remote learning lessons.   If you missed last Friday’s email from Dr. Stirn, Superintendent of Central 301 Schools, please see the information repeated below:

Dear Central 301 Families,

We are excited to offer “remote learning” to families in our community beginning Monday, April 6, 2020. We believe we have a plan that will engage your students in meaningful learning through a new way of providing education. Our staff has been working the last couple of days to continue to prepare for this “new opening day”!  In an effort to provide communication during this unprecedented time, we have developed a Remote Learning Plan Button on our district website. This button will provide you with up-to-date information, answers to your frequently asked questions (FAQ), and will serve as a repository for all documents embedded within this letter, as well as for new information. This button is located on the home page just underneath the district logo. 

Families and students will be able to access our Remote Learning Plan  and a Parents FAQ through these links and through the district remote learning button on the website portal for future updates. We have streamlined the key elements of the plan in this flyer. Some highlights of the updated plan include:

  • The “Act of God” days (March 17 – March 31) and the Remote Learning Days (currently April 1 – April 30) count as actual student attendance days and will not be made up. 
  • Mondays will be used by students to make-up missing assignments from the previous week or to complete work provided prior to spring break.  If a student has no missing assignments, other resources are provided in the plan document for enrichment/skill work.  Teachers are still available to parents and students on these Mondays.
  • Student remote instruction will occur Tuesday – Friday starting the week of April 6th through the week of April 27th. If the closure continues we will have the same schedule for the week of May 4th. The remaining 8 days will be determined later.
  • Daily attendance of students is required by the parents/students. Directions for completing the daily attendance can be found HERE.
  • Assignments will be emailed for early childhood and posted in Canvas for students in Kindergarten – 12th grade by 9:00 am each day.
  • Central 301 schools followed the Remote Learning Recommendations from ISBE and adopted a grading model of pass or incomplete. Please review the grading guidelines in the Remote Learning Plan (linked above).
  • All State assessments for spring 2020 are cancelled, including the Constitution exam. This action officially ends assessment activity statewide for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, Illinois Science Assessment, SAT, and Dynamic Learning Maps-Alternate Assessment for the 2019-20 school year.  ISBE is working with the College Board on developing options to allow current 11th grade students to take the SAT in the fall.
  • Special Education Support Services will be offered as part of the remote learning plan.  Additional information on special education including an FAQ are located in this Parent Special Education Communication On Remote Learning link. 
  • The schedule for Special Education Support Services is included in the Central CUSD 301 Remote Learning Plan (linked above).

I encourage you to use the Remote Learning Plan Button on our website to gain access to the plan, FAQ document, and other resources. This site will be updated as needed.

Times such as this bring about many emotions. We ask that you work in partnership with us as we all learn together. Our staff and administration are working to develop and create meaningful educational opportunities for your students. This is a new way of instruction for them, just as it is a new way of learning for your students. Patience, communication and empathy are vital elements as we all work together in this partnership. To date, we have heard many positive comments about these experiences. Please continue to share any positive feedback and/or concerns you have regarding your child(ren)’s experience as we move forward with this opportunity for remote learning.   

 I hope this email finds your family healthy and safe.

In partnership,

Dr. Todd Stirn

There is a great deal of information contained in the links above.  Please take the time to read through these documents and make sure that your children understand both the resources available to them and the expectations for completion of assignments.  Your best “one-stop shop” for information is the Remote Learning Plan button on the District website.  This button will take you to all of the documents listed in the email above.

Planning Day Schedule for teachers.
In addition to our students being required to learn in ways they have not previously learned, our teachers are planning and implementing instruction in ways that are new as well.  Please note that the next four (4) Mondays (April 06, April 13, April 20 and April 27) will be used by teachers for planning lessons for students, as well as collaborating with grade-level and departmental team members, Intervention teachers, and building administration.  These Mondays are designed for students to make up work that they didn’t get to the previous week, or for enrichment activities.

Resources to assist families.
In addition to the academic and social/emotional resources available to our families through District #301, if you, or someone you know, is struggling and needs assistance, click on the 2-1-1 link on the Remote Learning Plan page for a helpline through Kane County.  Operators are available 24/7.  Finally, if you are struggling with food insecurity, there are food pantries which may be an additional support:

  • PKMS Food Pantry (contact,
  • Burlington-Hampshire Area Food Pantry (847-683-3071),
  • South Elgin Food Pantry (847-931-0563), and
  • Salvation Army St. Charles (630-377-2769).

Until we are able to re-open our schools to students, we wish you to stay healthy and ask that you watch for informational updates.


Matthew E. Haug, Ed.D.
Principal, Prairie Knolls Middle School

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