3.19.20 Letter to Parents staff and community

March 20, 2020

Dear Galena parents, students, staff, and community members,

This letter is to provide an update since last Friday on the details being worked on to continue the “continuity of education” for the students of Galena USD #120.  Based on what we know today, March 16th-20th will be honored as spring break and March 23rd-30thwill be “Act of God” days with no student attendance.  The week of March 24th-30th, the teachers will initiate the E-Learning Plan which will provide educational opportunities to students.  We ask for your support and flexibility during this time since it is new to all of us.


Pre-K through 4th grade will push out activities through educational packets or email.  We are asking for parental help at the lower level to deliver the information and provide feedback.  The students are not expected to complete five (5) hours of instruction daily, but there will be a daily sign-in for attendance.  

5th grade through 12th grade will receive information electronically and have the ability to communicate with their teachers from 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Attendance will be taken daily, but it does not eliminate the option of completing work in the afternoon rather than the morning.   Each building principal will send an attendance link daily for secretaries to record the information.  While E-Learning cannot replace daily instruction, it will allow for opportunities to reinforce skills or practice what has been taught.

*If you need hard copies of the daily work, please contact your school principal or classroom teacher.

School Breakfast and Lunch

Starting Tuesday, March 24th the District will provide sack meals in a Grab-N-Go system through the Galena High School Cafeteria from 9:00-10:00 a.m. daily.  These meals will be available for all students each day free of charge.   Meals will be available via a drive-through pick up from the garage entrance in the lower parking lot of the High School.

In order to have some idea on how many meals to prepare, please notify Jamie Schubert at jschubert@gusd120.k12.il.us or leave a message at 815/402-2700.  The meals will meet Federal guidelines on nutrition in order to meet reimbursement guidelines.

Additional Information

  • There will be at least one office open each day for questions, concerns, and daily access.
  • The Pirate School Food Pantry will be open daily from 9:00-10:00 a.m. (or by appointment by contacting Heidi O’Shea at osheaheidi@gusd120.k12.il.us).  Students who receive back-pack distributions can still receive these on Fridays from 9:00-10:00 a.m.   Please note, both the Food Pantry and back-pack distributions will also be available via a drive-through pick up from the garage entrance in the lower parking lot of the High School.
  • All IHSA winter activities have been cancelled.  Spring activities are currently postponed.
  • Student work will be graded to help students increase their grades.

Thank you for your help and understanding during this difficult time.  We will get through this by working together.  Please be looking for additional information from your principals and teachers.

Stay safe,

Steve Bianchetta/Craig Mathers