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April 4, 2020

Dear AERO families,

This announcement is for AERO families whose child or young adult attend an AERO classroom located within a Member District School.

I hope this message finds you and your families safe and well.  As you already know, Governor Pritzker announced that remote learning and shelter-in-place in Illinois will be extended through April 30th in order to slow down the spread of COVID-19.  This will mean that AERO/PRIDE Schools and all AERO Member District Schools’ and offices will remain closed through April 30th.

While it is not ideal, we want to assure you that the AERO teachers and staff are fully engaged and willing to take on this new challenge and push forward with remote learning and engaging with students.  Please be reminded that all member districts are closed on Friday, April 10th.   Also, please check your child’s or young adult’s school calendar because there are several

districts that are closed on Monday, April 13th.

Here are a couple of additional reminders as well:

  • For families who need paper copies, please contact your child’s or young adult’s teacher
  • If your child or young adult will not have access to the internet at home for remote learning days, please let your teacher know as soon as possible

I know this is not the school year that any of us imagined, but I want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we implement the AERO Remote Learning Plan.  We cannot replicate the learning that would happen person-to-person in a classroom setting.  Things will be different but know that our staff is working to make the best of this situation and working to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences.  They miss your child or young adult and miss the energy that a class of students brings to their day!

We realize that each of you has different life circumstances and availability.  Please stay in contact with your child’s teacher(s) if you have questions about instructional work or assignments.  It is likely we will make some modifications as the month progresses.  We will keep you posted on any updates.

During this time, more than ever, it is important that we continue to work together and support our students. Stay healthy and safe.

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


cc: A.E.R.O. Member Districts

Last Revised: April 4, 2020 at 7:54PM

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