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Dr. Ehrman , 6 days ago

Dear New Berlin CUSD #16 Families, Students, and Parents: I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well. Today, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through April 30th in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19. During this time, on-site learning will remain suspended but our schools’ commitment to learning and education will remain open and learning will continue for all students - just through a different format. While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that at New Berlin CUSD #16, our administrators, teachers, and support staff are fully engaged and willing to take on this new challenge as we push forward with remote learning, engaging with students and continuing with our food distribution program. I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we deal with this unprecedented situation together. Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, New Berlin CUSD #16 Pretzel Pride!

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Dr. Ehrman

Dr. Ehrman , 7 days ago

Dear New Berlin Families, Late Friday night ISBE released “guidance” for the creation of District “Remote Learning Plans”. This guidance is supposed to assist School Districts with the development of a remote learning plan that meets the requirements of this new classification of a school day. With today (Monday) being the last “Act of God Day” authorized by ISBE and the guidance being released over the weekend, this is a difficult task for School Districts to quickly accomplish. Therefore, ISBE also authorized School Districts to use up to 5 days to develop and/or amend their remote learning plans. Currently, the District is working to develop a remote learning plan that will be mutually agreed upon by District and the collective bargaining unit in the event that schools are closed past the April 8th deadline that is currently in place by the state. Therefore with our Spring Break being next week and the District utilizing 4 of these remote learning plan development days provided by ISBE, April 14th will be our first official remote learning day in the event that schools are still closed by the state. Once we have an agreed upon District Remote Learning Plan, it will be posted on our website. Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, New Berlin CUSD #16 Pretzel Pride!

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Dr. Ehrman , 9 days ago

Dear New Berlin CUSD #16 Families, Last night, March 27, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, declared that Remote Learning Days will begin for schools statewide on ‪March 31‬ and continue until in-person instruction can resume. She further communicated that during Remote Learning Days, schools may implement either an E-Learning Plan or a Remote Learning Day Plan that provides students with instruction and access to educators through whatever means possible. Remote Learning Days, Remote Learning Planning Days, and Act of God Days count as actual student attendance days. All of these days count toward the minimum length of the school year and absolutely do not need to be made up. Friday night’s communication was the first time we have been able to read the Remote Learning Recommendations provided by ISBE. While we are quickly trying to get up to speed with these recommendations, we are aware that these Remote Learning Recommendations strongly encourage that school districts’ local grading policies during Remote Learning Days embrace the principle of “no educational harm to any child” and that school districts adopt grading models of pass or incomplete.     The Recommendations state that “Grading should focus on the continuation of learning and prioritize the connectedness and care for students and staff. All students should have the opportunity to redo, make up, or try again to complete, show progress, or attempt to complete work assigned prior to the remote learning period in that time frame. A focus on keeping children emotionally and physically safe, fed, and engaged in learning should be our first priority during this unprecedented time.”    Additionally, Governor JB Pritzker’s Executive Order 2020-15, issued yesterday, suspends state assessments for spring 2020, 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.   We all recognize that the free SAT provided by the state is the only opportunity many students get to take a college entrance exam. ISBE is working with the College Board on developing options to allow current 11th grade students to take the SAT in the fall.     Lastly, I want to acknowledge a couple of things about this monumental shift in education during this crisis. Remote learning days are not the same as typical school day. Remote learning days are filled with inequities for our children and hardships for our parents. Remote learning days are an attempt to bring normalcy to an abnormal time. As I participate in state level conversations almost daily during this crisis, I will continue to advocate on behalf of our all of our students during these ever changing times. Furthermore, we are very proud of how the District has managed the crisis thus far. We have been able pay all of our employees as if they were working a normal day and will continue to do so. We made that a priority from day 1 of the crisis. Additionally, we have been serving lunches during this crisis and will continue to do so as long as it is safe. Thank you for your patience as we continue to manage this crisis and please stay safe! Sincerely, Dr. Adam Ehrman Superintendent, New Berlin CUSD #16 Pretzel Pride!

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Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore , 13 days ago

New Berlin CUSD #16 is looking for a full time custodian. Interested candidates can apply via pretzelpride.com or contact Matt Brown at mbrown@pretzelpride.com

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Cindy Moore

Cindy Moore , 17 days ago

Due to the Governor's announcement today, the rescheduled board meetings for March 23 and March 24 have been canceled.

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