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July 27, 2020

URGENT:  A.E.R.O. Programs Begin 2020-21 School Year in Remote Learning

Dear Parent/Guardian:

The health, safety, and well-being of our A.E.R.O. students and staff is the highest priority for the A.E.R.O. Administration. The administration has been examining all the possible “in-person instruction” scenarios for the return to school. In accordance with the ISBE/IDPH guidance documents dated June 23 and July 23, we considered:

  • Staff and student schedules
  • Transportation
  • Students and staff face coverings
  • Symptom screenings and temperature checks
  • 6ft social distancing
  • Enhanced sanitation measures
  • Other accommodations to ensure the safety of students, staff and their families

The well-being of our students, our staff, and their families was paramount as we considered if and how we could return to in-person learning. Due to the persistence of the COVID-19 virus, all A.E.R.O. programs will start the new school year in remote learning. The “A.E.R.O. Remote Learning Framework 2020” will be implemented for the 1st Quarter of the 2020-21 School Year.

Please know that I would have preferred an in-person learning model, but I will always have the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of our educational decisions. Utilizing the “A.E.R.O. Remote Learning Framework 2020”, I am confident that students will be provided routines and structures to ensure they have opportunities to learn along with maintaining the health and safety of students and staff.

If you have any questions about your child’s special education program and/or related services, please call the A.E.R.O. Program Supervisor/Principal at 708 496 3330. If your child is enrolled in the A.E.R.O. PRIDE Program, please call Principal Meehan at 708 496 4380.

We will continue to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and we will continue to update “A.E.R.O. Parents” as this health crisis unfolds. Please be sure to check our website at www.A.E.R.O.sped.org for these updates.

Thank you for your support and understanding during this national health crisis.

Dr. James W. Gunnell Signature
James W. Gunnell, Ed.D
Executive Director of Special Education

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