Letter to Families and Staff 7.17.2020

Letter to Families and Staff 7.17.2020

Dear Butler D53 Families and Staff,

When I considered the position of Superintendent of Schools at Butler D53, I reflected on the comments about parental involvement, support of the community, and dedication and compassion of our staff. As I look back on the past year, all of these wonderful attributes of a successful school district community rang true. I am proud of the way our district responded to this public health crisis, transition to remote learning, and the hours and days being spent this summer to prepare for the fall.

I have prepared an updated presentation on options to return to school that includes D53 initiatives to ensure that we are in compliance with ISBE and IDPH guidance. The new presentation includes a FAQ’s section that should help to answer questions that you may have in relation to the mandates/guidance given to school districts. Please remember that guidance is continually evolving based on new state recommendations and the health status of our area.

I understand that there are unknowns and perhaps apprehension that lie ahead in our transition to begin the new school year. I would like to reassure you that your safety and the safety of our faculty and staff is my number one priority. With that on the forefront, paired with state and health department guidance, the logistics will fall into place.

We are listening to your feedback. Your input is valued. If you have not had the chance to respond to our family survey, we are asking our families to please complete the survey no later than Monday, July 20, at 9:00 AM.  

The Board of Education met on July 13th; I encourage you to review the published board report which summarizes the discussions and presentations at the meeting. We are continuing to make preparations, physical adjustments, and plans for a successful new school year. As the situation remains fluid, we plan to share our detailed reopening plan at the end of July.

As I have previously mentioned, we think it is important to communicate accurately, rather than rush, and have to alter previously communicated plans.

Stay safe, be well - enjoy the weekend,


Dr. Paul O’Malley
Superintendent of Schools