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Creekside Elementary School fifth grade teacher Jillian Zirbes cheers one of her students during a fifth grade farewell parade on Thursday, May 21, 2020.

Hello, District 202 Education Partners,

We hope you are well!

Here is this week’s selection of D. 202 news and information:

This Week's Highlights


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Households should have received a letter with a personalized, 12-digit Census ID code.

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D. 202 buys 10,000 laptops to help strengthen Remote Learning
May 28, 2020
“Wallin Oaks” is name of 18TH District 202 elementary school
May 27, 2020
Roselle D. 12 finance director is new D. 202 assistant superintendent for business
May 26, 2020
Sixteen District 202 students earn state Seal of Biliteracy
May 26, 2020
JUN 08
Board of Education regular meeting
JUN 17
Board of Education Committees
JUN 22
Board of Education regular meeting
JUN 24
Plainfield Foundation for Excellence
JUL 15
Board of Education Committee meetings
JUL 20
Board of Education regular meeting
Kudos and Congratulations
Week in Review


These District 202 social media posts got the most attention and feedback this week:
facebook image from facebook District 202 will buy 10,000 laptops this summer for $4.05 million to help bolster the district’s Remote Learning system for next school year. The Board of Education approved the purchase at its May 26, 2020 regular meeting. The new laptops will be available for high school students to take home as needed. Or they could be combined with existing classroom computers to also provide enough laptops for middle school students to use at home. “This purchase is a crucial step to help us build up our existing resources for Remote Learning,” said Dr. Glenn Wood, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction. Wood oversaw the district’s work this spring to quickly implement Remote Learning when the state closed schools in mid-March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. District 202 has been building its electronic learning system for a few years, Wood said, but had been focusing on providing adequate classroom technology first. District 202 has bought over 8,000 laptops the past four years to significantly improve the student to device ratio at all levels and to ensure every elementary student can access a computer in the classroom. The district had planned to shift next year to the middle and high schools. Meanwhile the district focused on providing technical guidance, mentoring and professional development to ensure teachers could efficiently and effectively use technology in the classroom. “It didn’t make a lot of sense to give students laptops if their teachers didn’t know how to incorporate them into their teaching,” Wood said. Of course, the coronavirus changed everything for all 852 Illinois school districts. “Even the districts that have given a laptop to all their students were prepared for maybe a couple of snow days of remote learning,” Wood said. “No one was prepared for four to eight weeks of it.” Now the state is encouraging districts to plan for multiple scenarios for re-opening schools, incorporating remote learning to varying degrees. District 202 has surveyed thousands of students, staff, and parents about their Remote Learning experience to help guide planning for next year, Wood said. Along with the 10,000 new laptops, more than 80 District 202 teachers are helping design Remote Learning class plans, Wood said. Likewise, more than 1,000 teachers have already signed up for Remote Learning training this summer. Meanwhile, District 202 administrators are fleshing out plans for three re-opening scenarios: Opening as usual with appropriate social distancing, facemasks, and other health safeguards and facility modifications. Opening schools with a limited number of students and staff in buildings and potentially using split schedules, alternating day schedules or some combination or hybrid. Keeping schools closed and returning to total Remote Learning or distance learning. The district’s eventual decision will depend on state guidelines, said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Lane Abrell. “We will do everything we can to continue teaching, learning and working in a safe environment based on the rules the state gives us,” he said. “Nothing is more important than the safety and well-being of our students and staff.” #202proud

twitter image from twitter District 202 would like to honor Plainfield High School – Central Campus Campus Monitor Doug O’Brien for his 13 years of service to the District. Congratulations on your retirement! #202proud @phsccwildcats

instagram image from instagram Creekside Elementary School graduating fifth graders were treated to a special farewell parade on Thursday, May 21, 2020. Students drove by in small groups as their fifth grade teachers and a few other staff members cheered them on. To adhere to social distancing guidelines, the rest of the Creekside staff watched the parade via a live video stream. Check out more photos here: www.psd202.org/album/19/2188 #202proud


The District 202 Community Relations Department is traveling around the district taking pictures and videos. Check out what our students have been up to!

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Eighth grade gown pick up and send off
Eighth grade gown pick up and send off
Virtual Backpack
Virtual Chess/STEM Summer Camps
Virtual Chess/STEM Summer Camps
Virtual Chess/STEM Summer Camps
Virtual Chess/STEM Summer Camps
Joliet Public Library Summer Reading
Joliet Public Library Summer Reading
Dr Rubin's Mini Medical School Summer Experience
Dr Rubin's Mini Medical School Summer Experience
Thank You

…for your continued support of our students and staff.


Please do everything you can to be safe and stay well, most especially practicing proper hygiene and washing your hands.


Have a good weekend.

Tom Hernandez

Plainfield District 202

Director of Community Relations

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Officer

(815) 577-4008

(815) 514-5409 (cell)

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