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  • Free legal counseling and services offered to PPS families on Oct. 16

    Peoria attorney Yolanda Riley will host a free legal workshop for PPS parents on Oct. 16 at the Wraparound Center. Those that qualify receive FREE legal representation in the following areas of law: Family Law, Expungement/Sealing, Orders of Protection, and Landlord/Tenant Negotiations. Call 309-282-1919 to RSVP or click the link for more information.

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  • Applications now available for Richwoods IB Programme; parent meeting on Oct. 12

    Richwoods High School is now accepting applications to the Internationall Baccalaureate (IB) program for 8th grade students. Anyone who is interested should visit the IB website for more detailed information regarding the application process and the IB program itself. A parent meeting will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. October 12 at Richwoods.

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  • Before and After School Programs and Resources for PPS Students

    Peoria Public Schools offers a multitude of before and after care programs and supports for students and families. Below is a listing of these alternative supports and programs for families to reference, broken down by grade level and building. We encourage our families to learn more by calling your principal or the district offices at 672-6512.

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  • PPS Board of Education plan for re-naming school buildings

    The Peoria Public Schools Board of Eduction Building Committee has established a priority in undertaking pertinent projects. First on the agenda is to complete the process of renaming the remaining six schools that were identified and recommended.

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  • Mandated COVID-19 Testing for Unvaccinated Staff Protocol

    Click here to read more information on the state mandated COVID-19 testing protocol for unvaccinated staff members.

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Superintendent's Blog

  • Alternative and Supplemental Supports for PPS Students

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 9/24/2021 11:00:00 AM

     

    Peoria Public Schools offers a multitude of before and after care programs and supports for students and families. Below is a listing of these alternative supports and programs for families to reference, broken down by grade level and building.

    We encourage our families to learn more by calling your principal or the district offices at 672-6512.

    Primary:

    1. Before and After care:

    Northmoor                 7 a.m. Open – 5:30 p.m. Close
    Kellar                        7 a.m. Open -- 5:30 p.m. Close
    Charter Oak              7 a.m. Open -- 5:30 p.m. Close
    Dr. Maude Sanders    7 a.m. Open -- 6 p.m. Close
    Dr. C.T. Vivian           6:30 a.m. Open -- 6 p.m. Close (Programming through YMCA)
    Franklin                    6:30 a.m. Open – 6 p.m. Close
    Whittier                    7 a.m. Open – 5:30 p.m. Close
    Hines                       7 a.m. Open – 6 p.m. Close

    2.  Acellus – Online resource

     

    Middle:  

    1. Justice Advocates
    2. Various clubs (chess, math counts, etc.)
    3. Robotics
    4. Various sports boys and girls (basketball, volleyball, etc.)
    5. Acellus – online resource

    Von Steuben Middle School – Federal Grant – 21st Century
    Before School – 7 a.m. – 8:05 p.m. – Academic support and tutoring only

    After School – 2:50 p.m. – 5:10 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

     

    K-8 buildings:

    Harrison Community Learning Center
    Federal Grant - Ready Set Go after school until 5 p.m.

    Trewyn School
    Federal Grant - 21st Century is offered - 2nd-8th graders (Mon.-Thurs.)

    Unity Point In-School Health Clinic
    Latchkey 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Roosevelt Magnet School
    Federal Grant - Ready Set Go after school until 5 p.m.

    Latchkey – Morning Only

    Lincoln K-8
    Morning Latchkey - 6:30 a.m. Open
    School Within a School
    Federal Grant - 21st Century is offered to 2nd-8th graders until 6 p.m. – Mon.- Thurs.
    Various afterschool programs until 6 p.m.

    Glen Oak Community Learning Center
    Federal Grant - 21st Century is offered to 5th-8th graders – after school until 5:30 p.m., Mon.-Thurs. Potentially Boys & Girls Club (parents need to check BGCA offerings)

    1. Various clubs (chess, math counts, etc.)
    2. Various sports boys and girls (basketball, volleyball, etc.)

     

    High School:

    1. Federal Grant - Lights On, Peoria (MHS and PHS)
    2. Robotics
    3. Justice Advocates (MHS, PHS)
    4. Knoxville Center for School Success – weekdays (8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) Weekends (9th-12th grade) (Noon – 5 p.m.)
    5. Knoxville Center Evening at Manual (3 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
    6. Knoxville Center Evening at Peoria High (3 p.m.– 6 p.m.)
    7. Peoria High North – Options program
    8. Edgenuity – online resource
    9. Unity Point In-School Health Clinics (MHS & PHS)

    Other:

    1. Wraparound Center:

    • Food assistance - Hand-up Food Pantry
    • Student assistance - Family Core Respite Services, anger management program, justice advocates, and probation services
    • Case management -Family Core Caseworker when available
    • Legal services -Attorney Yolanda Riley in-house and when applicable PSLS for referrals
    • Employment and job training programs- Jobs Partnership & Goodwill
    • Counseling & Case management - OSF Trauma Services
    • Drug evaluation & counseling services - Chestnut Health services
    • Heartland Health - available for referrals

    2. SEL Supports (Number of staff):

    • Elite (Lincoln & Glen Oak) – 7 staff members
    • Family Core – 15 staff
    • Children’s Home – 11
    • SEL aides – 19
    • SROs - 25
    • Counselors (2 for K-8, 5-8, HS) - 28
    • Social Workers - 24
    • Psychologists – 14.5
    • Home School Facilitator - 2
    • ISS/Calming Room Facilitator
    • Behavior Specialist (K-8)
    • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (K-8)

    3. Nurses – 23
    4. Day Treatment (ED Special Education Students (3rd -12th) – 8:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.
    5. Day Treatment Evening – 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    6. Family Core Respite (1-3 days ages 8 and up)
    7. Game Changers (5th – 9th) – 36 students currently
    8. Parents as Advocates
    9. Career Coaches – currently working with 90 students
    10. Internships -- Lights On, Peoria – 15 (12 lifeguard training, 3 clerical training for our schools)
    11. Hult - Youth Health Education (i.e., sexual health programming, healthy heroes, peer pressure/decision making related to drug use, etc.)
    12. Center for Prevention of Abuse - age-appropriate programming on "keeping my body safe”
    13. Music Therapy – Dr. C.T. Vivian Primary School in the round, Rolling Acres Developmental Center and Jamieson School.

     

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  • COVID-19 tests for PPS staff

    Posted by Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat on 9/16/2021 5:00:00 PM

    In the past three weeks, our Peoria Public Schools team has devised and implemented a plan to adhere to Governor Pritzker’s executive order mandating that all educational personnel receive the COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly COVID-19 testing.

     

    As of today, more than 61% of our staff are either fully or partially vaccinated against COVID-19. We are also happy to report that more than 50 staff members have begun the vaccination process since the Governor’s announcement last month.

    Beginning Monday, Sept. 20, 2021, unvaccinated staff must complete a COVID-19 test conducted by Reditus Labs every week at any of our district's designated locations:  

    days, times COVID-19 testing

    In the meantime, we strongly encourage all Peoria Public Schools staff to seek out the COVID-19 vaccine. You can find a list of locations and dates for upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics by clicking here.

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