September 10, 2021
Dear GCSD9 Parents/Guardians,
As another week comes to a close, I would like to take this time to provide an update on the bus crisis in our District. The good news is we have 20 new potential drivers at various stages of the training process. Some of these potential drivers may be available by mid October. However, there are many factors that determine if and when a driver can start for our district.
Over the last few weeks we have averaged around 10 drivers a day who were unavailable for their assigned routes due to quarantine, illness, or other non-health related issues. At this time our bus provider, Illinois Central, is unable to provide transportation to all of our students.
Despite GCSD9 and Illinois Central’s best efforts, at this time we must continue transporting only all K-4th grade students and PreK-12 Special Education door-to-door students through Friday, September 17, 2021.
GCSD9 realizes that this crisis is affecting our students that are unable to attend school in so many ways. To support these students during this challenging time we are taking the following steps:
• Grab and go breakfast and lunches will be available at all school cafeterias from 6:00 - 7:00 a.m. beginning Tuesday, September 14.
• Academic resources such as lesson recordings, assignments, and teacher support are accessible through students’ Google Classrooms. Teachers may be contacted via email.
• The Tech Help Hotline will continue to be available in the evening hours from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. until October 1. Tech Help can be reached at 618-412-4700, through the District website, or through the GCSD9 app.
• Social workers and guidance counselors are available during school hours to students to address student social/emotional health concerns.
• In addition, GCSD9 offers ReThink Ed (a web-based program that promotes student well-being, and includes a curriculum to develop self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness skills).
We will continue to update you weekly on the bus crisis in our district. Thank you for your understanding and support.
Ms. Stephanie M. Cann, Ed.S.
GCSD9 Superintendent of Schools