IBHS held an official Community Hour Kickoff last Friday (9/18). Check out this video to learn more about how our students are actively engaging in building and strengthening their communities: https://youtu.be/n08De6FZbNU #ibtigerpride #globalgoals
Lunch Program Update: Dear Illini Bluffs Families, Previously, we communicated with you regarding a program being sponsored by the USDA in which free lunches are being provided through December 31, 2020 or whenever the money for the program runs out. Now that the program is up and running, and we have a better understanding of what meal preparation we are capable of, we have made some changes. Namely, we are now offering a hot entree to every student. Previously, the entree was a cold item. This change seems to have sparked interest by more students by making the meals more appealing. Here are some other advantages to the program: Why you should take advantage of the free school meals being offered.... *It extends your food budget and saves you time on meal prepping *It's comforting and familiar to your kids to have meals at school or at home *It's confidential and not just for low income families *No forms to fill out *You're helping the district's food service program **The USDA is covering the cost of school meals through December 31st, 2020 or until the money for the program runs out. It is for all students 18 years of age and younger. We recognize that some families might not want the free meal, and we are providing you the opportunity to opt out of the program. If you want to opt out of the program, please contact Trudy Heitzman, cafeteria manager, via email at email@example.com or by calling 309 389-5025 ext. 7.
Remote Learning Families: Through a program made possible by the US Department of Agriculture, we would like to offer you an opportunity to sign your children up for our FREE meal program. -Daily grab-and-go lunch (with breakfast included for the next day) -Must be picked up daily between 12:30pm and 1:00pm at door #1 (main elementary entrance) -The program will continue until federal funding runs out or until December 31, 2020 – whichever comes first. This program starts Monday, September 14th. If you would like to sign your child(ren) up to participate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 309.389.5025 extension 7 by the end of the day this Friday.
We had a great first week! Please click this link to view my letter to IB families - https://5il.co/k8t6
IBHS will be exchanging Chromebooks for Freshmen this Thursday (8/13/2020) from 9:00am-11:00am. If you are an in-coming freshmen - who is also a returning student, please bring your old Chromebook, bag, and charger to Door 10 and the tech department will exchange it for a new device. New students will receive their device on the first day of school. If you are unable to make it on Thursday from 9:00-11, you will receive your Chromebook on the first day of school.
Back to School Message For IB Families Dear Illini Bluffs Families, As the Illini Bluffs District plans for the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are committed to keeping you informed. While there are still some uncertainties regarding what the upcoming school year will look like, we are hard at work to ensure our students continue to have access to a high-quality educational experience, either remotely or in-person. As I reflect on bringing students back for in-person learning, I can’t help but to express my thoughts less from the perspective of a superintendent and more from the perspective of a father of three children that attend Illini Bluffs, and the husband of a spouse that teaches here. As a dad and a husband, I want nothing more than to completely eliminate risk. Unfortunately, that is not how life is, and I also know that risk can only be mitigated. As a superintendent, I realize that I have to keep the safety of my students and staff at the forefront. As a fellow parent, I feel I need to relay information that you would want to know. At this time, we plan to reopen our school buildings, but please understand that the situation surrounding COVID-19 is evolving with time. Regardless of the challenges, we have to be prepared to start the year in-person. We also have to be prepared to start the year remotely. We also have to be prepared to go back and forth between the two. We also have to be prepared to have some grade levels do in-person learning while others do remote learning. We need to be working on childcare options, now, in preparation for all of these options. As we approach the start of school, there will be some modifications to our schedule to prevent large groups of individuals from gathering in any one space. We will also implement physical distancing, enhanced cleaning protocols, health and safety measures, modified meal procedures, and other measures to protect the health and well-being of our students, staff, and families. I hope you also know that things change daily, and sometimes hourly. I believe we are up to 165 pages of guidance now, with more coming. The Centers for Disease Control changes things constantly, as does the Illinois Department of Public Health, as does the Illinois State Board of Education. It is frustrating, as well as difficult, to plan as the target constantly moves, and information becomes contradictory to what had previously been disseminated. Our building principals have been communicating and will continue to do so as plans take shape. You need to be asking questions. We might not have an immediate answer to all questions, and sometimes the answer might not be what you want to hear in all cases. We get it. None of us have been through a pandemic, thankfully. Here are some things relative to mitigation efforts that either have been done or are in the works. There is a tremendous cost associated with most of these safety measures. For anyone that knows me, I am extremely tight with money. I would much rather be spending money on things that benefit us academically. I am relaying the cost to you so that you understand the level of commitment we have to safety: *All employees and students will be asked to self certify that they are symptom free and fever free, daily. More information will follow at a later time as to this process. Temperatures will be taken at primary entryways via machines. *A cloth mask, a transparent mask, and a face shield will be provided to employees. *A cloth mask will be provided to students, but we ask that you have multiple masks available. *Gowns have been purchased for use by the nurse, and as needed in each building. *OSF is being contracted for nursing services, and we are also advertising for nurses within our community who might want to work on their days off. The nursing contract with OSF will be increasing by $21,000 due to additional hours and days worked. We don’t really know what our needs are going to be, and we want to make sure we have subs and additional nurses, as needed. *30 sheets of plexiglass have been purchased at a cost of $6,000 and they are being cut and turned into dividers to be used throughout the complex. *N 95 masks have been purchased to be used by the nurse, and 6 more N 95 masks are being delivered by Seapco, our special education cooperative. *2,000 disposable masks have been ordered. *Touchless hand sanitizer stations have been ordered, and our crew has manufactured 25 hand sanitizer stands to mount them on. The cost for a stand, should we order them, is $150-200 a stand--that is why we made our own. *1 gallon of hand sanitizer per classroom has been ordered at a cost of $1,800. *300 small bottles of hand sanitizer have been ordered at a cost of $1,000. *5 Temperature taking machines have been ordered at a cost of $20,000. *3 backpack electrostatic disinfectant sprayers and 3 handheld disinfecting guns have been ordered at a cost of $7,400. *Sanitizing gel refills and individual bottles for classrooms and offices have been purchased at a cost of $3,400. *Paper towels, spray bottles, and chemicals have all been ordered, beyond what we normally order, at a cost of $3,500. *First aid supplies for classrooms have been ordered at a cost of $500. *Rubber and nitrile gloves have been ordered at a cost of $500. *7 Refillable water fountains have been ordered at a cost of $15,000 (labor and material). *Disinfecting wipes have been ordered at a cost of $2,000. *Signage has been placed throughout the complex promoting social distancing, hand hygiene, mask wearing, etc. *Floors are being marked every 6 feet throughout halls and common areas. 54 rolls of painters tape have been ordered. *35 thermometers, at a cost of $2,100, have been ordered *New classroom furniture is being ordered in some classrooms in order to replace tables with more socially distanced desks, at a cost of $15,000. *Self certification software is being investigated to provide a method of communication and accountability in regards to symptoms and temperature logs. *Return to Work training videos have been ordered by job classification at a cost of $1,600. *Some classrooms have been emptied or moved in order to provide isolation rooms in each building. *Other transparent materials have been ordered or purchased for additional dividers on frames. *Custodial hours are being expanded to provide for more frequent disinfecting and cleaning. Additional employees are being hired for the same purpose. *Excess furniture is being removed from classrooms to provide space. *Each classroom is being provided with cleaning supplies for either employee or student use. *Locker use is either being eliminated or reduced in use, depending on the building. *Lunches are being served as prepackaged items or grab and go items. *The capacity on buses is being reduced to 50. Buses are being equipped with cleaning materials and hand sanitizer. *High touch surfaces in all areas will be cleaned and sanitized with more frequency and consistency. *Some desks are being placed outside for use in outdoor education. *Additional installation of paper towel dispensers in restrooms is being done. *Installation of additional occupancy sensors to reduce or eliminate the need to touch switches is being done. *6 cots (2 per school) have been ordered for the isolation rooms, at a cost of $240. *Elementary classrooms that still had carpeting have had new tile flooring installed which is easier to clean and sanitize. This is a small snapshot of just some of what has been occurring. We look forward to providing a quality education for our students in whatever capacity that might be (in-person or remote), as we move forward. In the last month, I would estimate that I have had 50 community members or more make a comment such as “I would not want your job for anything in the world,” recognizing the magnitude of decisions that I am having to make, the complexity of doing so, and the consternation that those decisions create. I make those decisions, because I want what is best for OUR kids. I appreciate the show of support that has been demonstrated by our community. I also appreciate the cooperation you, as parents, have shown. We need to continue to do whatever we can to support our children at home and at school. We will make it through this. We are TIGERS!
High School Cross Country practice starts Tuesday at 2:30. Meet at the track. Students check your email for more information.
Good Morning, Late yesterday the IESA reversed its decision and will now allow fall sports including Softball and Baseball to happen. That means Illini Bluffs will have both sports and the tryout schedule is as follows: Softball: Tuesday and Wednesday 9-11 at the Illini Bluffs Softball Diamond. Baseball: Tuesday and Wednesday 4-6 at the Illini Buffs MS Baseball diamond. All students will need a physical on file or bring it with you to the tryouts. Students will also need a mask for those times when they cannot social distance from one another. Each student will have a COVID-19 symptom check including a temperature scan. Also all remote learners will be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities as per ISBE guidelines. If you have any questions please contact the appropriate coach: Softball Coach Jenifer Schafer email@example.com Baseball Coach Steve Schafer firstname.lastname@example.org
The IESA Board of Directors has now reversed their decision and will allow fall sports following Governor Pritzker’s guidelines. IB is planning on having MIddle School Softball and Baseball. Tentatively we will be scheduling tryouts starting Tuesday. More to come tomorrow
Friendly reminder - we would like all families of returning students to register online via TeacherEase by tomorrow. If you plan to home school your child, please let your child's school office know. New students can register at a school office starting August 5th. Registration information website: https://www.illinibluffs.com/o/illinibluffsdistrict/page/school-registration--8
IBES is looking for a Bright Futures Teacher. Come and join our team! Check out the job posting at https://5il.co/iqtl
The Illini Bluffs Food Pantry will be closing this Friday in preparation for the upcoming school year. We would like to thank the community for their overwhelming support of donations for the pantry since it’s inception several months ago.
Sad to report that the Illinois Elementary School Association has decided to cancel fall sports which includes softball and baseball. Therefore, we will not be holding softball and baseball tryouts.
IBES is looking for a part-time custodian. This would be a great job for a college student and can be job shared with another person. Check you the position at http://illinibluffsil.apptegy.us/o/illinibluffsdistrict/browse/88993
IB families, we are finalizing the return to school plan and details for school registration. Registration for returning students will take place online via TeacherEase. The online registration window will open next Tuesday, July 21 and we would like all of our returning students to be registered by July 31. New student registration will require visiting a school office. We will be sending communications out early next week with more details in regard to both the return to school plan and school registration.
IB Families: A transportation survey was just sent out to all parents by email. Please take a minute to complete one survey for each of your children to provide your input. Please complete the survey by July 14th.
We will be having HS Cheer tryouts this week. All HS students wishing to tryout should check their school email accounts for more information.
Please click on the link to review a letter from Superintendent Alvey in regard to a back to school survey for the fall. Parents are asked to complete this survey by Thursday, July 2nd. https://5il.co/hqkt
Please click on the link to review a letter from Superintendent Alvey in regard to planning for the 2020-2021 school year. https://5il.co/hgzp
We have a middle school special education teacher opening. Please click on the link for more information. https://5il.co/gufj
The need is still there within our community. The IB Food Pantry is in need of these items: Paper towels, toilet paper, size 4,5, or 6 diapers, tampons, canned fruit, canned lunch items like spaghettios, & Ramen noodles. We can’t thank you enough for your continued support!
A message from the IB Christmas HOPE organization: As we round the corner into another month of isolation and uncertainty due to COVID-19, we here at IB Christmas HOPE would like to help those in need within our IB Community in some small way. We will be offering a few household and food supplies for those that need a little help. If this is something you believe would benefit your household, please fill out the COVID-19 relief application on our website at http://www.IBChristmasHOPE.com by Monday, May 11, 2020. If you know of someone who does not have access to the internet, please have them call us at (309) 253-6993 by the deadline of Monday, May 11, 2020. Below are the facts you need to be aware of for participation of the COVID-19 basket: 1) You MUST reside within the Illini Bluffs School District to qualify. 2) This deadline is final – no exceptions - as we will only be purchasing for boxes on those who have completed the online application or called us. *We are at the mercy of the deliveries for the stores who are helping us and additional shopping would not be practicing the best stay-at-home guidelines for our workers. 3) The boxes are for pick-up only. *To ensure the safety of both the recipients and the workers no deliveries will be made. Please be sure you can make the commitment to pick your box up or have someone willing to pick-up your box prior to filling out the application. 4) Our projected pick-up date: *Saturday, May 23, 2020 *Please practice good socializing skills by wearing a mask at the time of pick-up. *Additional information will be communicated to the basket recipients. Website: http://www.IBChristmasHOPE.com Phone number: (309) 253-6993
The last day of school for seniors will be Monday, May 4th and the last day of school for all other students will be Monday, May 11th. We will be utilizing remote learning planning days and our unused emergency days from May 12 to May 22 which will only involve staff, not students. More information specific to senior students and information in regard to picking up of student personal items and returning loaner Chromebooks, wifi hotspots, library books, etc. will be communicated out next week.
Great job IB community! Keep those Micro-Pantry donations coming-specifically soap, shampoo, dish soap, and laundry detergent. https://www.pjstar.com/photogallery/IP/20200423/PHOTOGALLERY/423009998/PH/1. #ibtigerpride
IBHS teachers wanted to send encouragement to our students as we kick off another week of remote learning. Follow this link to watch their message:https://youtu.be/_J6qGPvnxq4. We are proud of you. We miss you. We are in this together. #ibtigerpride #ilschoolsstepup
To all our student athletes, parents, and community members that have always supported our students: The IHSA will have a board meeting next Tuesday, April 21st. At that time they will decide the direction of the spring sport seasons.
The support for the Micro-Food Pantry has been overwhelming. Thank you! Follow this link for a quick video update: https://youtu.be/hXAP9-qtQB8. Spread the word: As the shutdown continues the need grows. #ibtigerpride #ilschoolsstepup
The IESA just released that due to the shelter in place order through 4/30, there will be no JH track season. We are extremely disappointed for our student athletes but respect the IESA for having to make this difficult decision.
All students/staff in the district have access to e-books - for free! Follow this link to learn more: https://youtu.be/mpQioMouToY. Thanks Mrs. Coulter! #ibtigerpride #ilschoolsstepup @ALALibrary
Click here for an update on the Micro Food Pantry Inititiatve: https://youtu.be/cLcIQAmTdPI #ibtigerpride #ilschoolsstepup
The softball team wanted to wish Coach Meyer a Happy Birthday, you can see it here: https://youtu.be/F3mMOjmu-r4 #ibtigerpride #ilschoolsstepup
How do you make roughly 775 student breakfasts & lunches in 30 minutes? A caring staff, great teamwork, and some assembly line ingenuity. Click here to see how it was done: https://youtu.be/ccObS1Ezth0. #ibtigerpride #ilschoolsstepup
Spread the word - the Micro Pantry is officially OPEN! Please do not hesitate to take anything you may need. Keep the donations coming, as the pantry will be utilized for a long time. Here is a list of items we have, and continue to need: https://5il.co/dzkh. #ibtigerpride
Micro Pantry Donations continue to roll in - tremendous outpouring of support! Diapers, baby wipes, and formula are some items that we need more of - Here is a list of other needed items: https://5il.co/dzkh. Please drop all donations at Door 10. #ibtigerpride
Video message from Pastor Ethan Carnes in regard to the Illini Bluffs Community Micro Pantry Initiative - https://youtu.be/8a3EUyyG_Mo
Illini Bluffs Community Micro Pantry Initiative A community partnership to help provide district residents obtain food and staple items during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Please click here for more information - https://5il.co/dzkh #ibtigerpride
Meal Delivery Program - March 16, 2020 Parents and students, Illini Bluffs #327 is offering to deliver meals to all students in need on any SCHOOL DAY during the extended closure period. If you are in need of meal delivery during our extended school closure period, please complete the form via the link below before 9am on Tuesday, March 17. One form needs to be filled out per child once for the duration of the closure. If you already received a phone call from our office staff, you do not need to fill this form out. Meal Delivery Form: https://forms.gle/be26icPHi1FhFD1T8 Meal delivery will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., and will include a cold sack lunch and a breakfast item for the following morning. If you have any questions in regard to meal delivery, please contact our food service department at 309.389.5025 ext. 7 or email@example.com. Also, the Glasford Methodist Church has graciously offered to continue their Tiger Treat program which provides snacks to needy students on weekends. We will be delivering the Tiger Treats on Fridays with the meal delivery program. Thank you for your cooperation and continued support as we navigate this difficult time. Dr. Roger Alvey, Superintendent
School will resume tomorrow, March 6th. Please check your email, or the school website, for more information regarding today's cancellation.
The MS Scholastic Bowl Meet at Farmington is cancelled this afternoon.
At roughly 4:30 this afternoon, during scheduled maintenance, the Illini Bluffs administration was made aware of a concern regarding the water quality in our schools. As a result, the administrative team met with a team of individuals who worked collectively to address the issue. The team also received guidance from the Department of Health, medical professionals, and poison control to ensure our students, staff, and faculty were safe. During our discussions we also contacted Illinois American Water and were assured the water in the community was not affected. Student and staff safety is our top priority. A qualified agency will be conducting testing throughout the schools on Thursday, March 5, to ensure safe and useable water. A decision regarding after school activities Thursday, as well as school on Friday, will be made based on the results of water testing. If you have any questions, please contact the Illini Bluffs District office at (309) 389-2231.
School is cancelled tomorrow, Thursday, March 5th. There will be no school, no before/after care, and no activities before or during normal school hours. We will make decisions regarding Thursday’s after-school activities tomorrow afternoon. This evening, after school hours and during scheduled maintenance, the school began experiencing a water issue. We hope to resolve the issue as soon as possible. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
At the IHSA 1A State Wrestling Tournament in Champaign Paul Ishakawa (113) and Cam Clark (120) won their matches and will wrestle tomorrow at 9 am. If they win they will move into the medal rounds. Good Luck Paul and Cam!
Vote for FCA Wrestler of the Week 2/16/20 | Illinois Matmen https://illinoismatmen.com/2020/02/17/vote-for-fca-wrestler-of-the-week-21620/ Cam Clark is up for the wrestler of the week. Click link and vote for Cam.
Today’s MS Volleyball match with Delavan has been cancelled
On Monday, Mrs. Herrmann's second graders took a trip to the HS library to read with Ms. Gresham's U.S. Issues seniors. Last semester, these seniors wrote CF Industries grant proposals, and one of the proposals that was funded was an environmental bookmobile for the elementary school. This was a great opportunity to take advantage of our K-12 campus; Illini Bluffs is lucky to be able to experience learning together, across grade levels.
IBHS Drama Club Flower Fundraiser - delivery just in time for Mother's Day! Click the link for more information https://5il.co/cv18
IB Stakeholders, Undoubtedly, you have seen media coverage on the Coronavirus. A meeting was recently held with Jason Marks, Director of Emergency Management and Preparedness, from the Peoria City/County Health Department, the Peoria County Regional Office of Education, and superintendents from Peoria County. The purpose of the meeting was to educate the superintendents about this virus and to answer any questions. At this point in time, there are no known cases of Coronavirus in Central Illinois. If it appears in our schools, it will be handled like any other virus has been handled in the past. This includes educating our students on the importance of hand-washing, staying at home when exhibiting signs or symptoms, and appropriate cleaning practices within school. Please click on the link below to review documents from the Peoria City/County Health Department and the Illinois Department of Health. https://5il.co/cswy
NOTICE OF BOARD MEETING CHANGE: The Illini Bluffs CUSD #327 school board meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, February 18, 2020 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Illini Bluffs High School Library.
If you have a current 4th-grade student through current 6th-grade student and would like them to join the IB Volleyball Club please check out the registration form at https://bit.ly/392PCiR. Registration cost is $75. The league will practice mostly on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30 PM and will play games on Saturday mornings
Today’s (1/18/2020) ICAC Boys Basketball Tournament Games have been cancelled due to weather conditions. They have been rescheduled to Tuesday (1/21/2020).
We will be having PTO movie night tonight for K-2 student who turned in their permission slips. It will be over at 5:15.
It’s Kindergarten Round-Up Time! When: Saturday, February 29th, 9am-12pm Where: IBES Commons Bring: Your Child and their certified Birth Certificate Screening times will take 20-30 minutes. If your child will be 5 years or older by Sept 1st, 2020 they are eligible to start Kindergarten. Bright Futures kids already enrolled at IB do not need to attend. They will be screened at school. Any questions call 389-5025.
On behalf of the IB music department, we'd love to invite you to join us on Saturday, December 7th and Sunday, December 8th for an evening of merriment, food, and music. More ticket information can be found at this link: https://forms.gle/qbaodspkpuaNapMw8
We will welcome our Second Place Volleyball Team home starting at 2:45 today at the American Legion and ending with a reception at the High School at 3:00. #ibtigerpride
Tigers take 2nd place in state! We will have a reception at the high school later this afternoon - we will push out an exact time soon. #ibtigerpride
IBMS students attended the HS Volleyball Tournament to cheer our team on. Congratulations Lady Tigers.
Click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02GGJyFH0to to check out the great video IBHS students Sidney Allison and Eden Saunders created for the Veterans Day Ceremony! Thank you Lindsey Lox for your help in producing it! #ibtigerpride