When is Illinois’ high school closure the most important?

When Illinois school closures are at the forefront of the news cycle, the focus is usually on the immediate impacts.

But this isn’t the case for a high school in southern Illinois that has been closing for over a year. 

It’s only when things are relatively calm that it becomes an issue, says Elizabeth Taylor, executive director of the Association of Southern School Administrators (ASSA). 

“That’s when we really have to start thinking about how to get kids back in school,” Taylor says.

“We don’t have to have every classroom back open or every student in the school back in class, because we are not dealing with that situation at the moment.”

What’s going on with this high school?

What’s happening at the Southwestern Illinois High School?

This high school was once one of the state’s largest and most prestigious.

It was a part of the high school system for nearly 50 years, with students graduating from high school every year, graduating at age 16, and graduating from college at age 21. 

But the school’s closure began in October 2016, and the closure was so severe that nearly 50 students had to be moved to other campuses, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The closure of Southwestern High School came as a blow to students and their families.

The school is a part-time program, meaning students are only allowed to stay at the school for four to six weeks at a time. 

The closure, which occurred during the height of the school year, has impacted students in the classroom, said Taylor. 

Students who attend the school must be on their own and cannot work at the campus.

The district is working to find new locations for students.

In May, the district said it would start offering students who have moved to new schools in the future a place to stay.

The district also is trying to reopen the school to students who left for another school or university.

But Taylor says the school isn’t going anywhere, and she believes the closure will likely continue for the foreseeable future.

“It’s not going to be a permanent closure, but it’s going to keep people away,” she says. 

What are the impacts?

In a news release announcing the closure, ASSA noted that the school was closed because of structural damage to the school.

It was not a structural problem, but structural damage that is the cause of the closure. 

“These structural damage is caused by structural failures that have occurred at the site since the closure,” ASSA wrote.

“In addition, the closure of this high-performing, state-of-the-art facility has had a significant impact on students, families, and community members, including impacts on the physical, mental, and emotional health of students, their families, students, and school staff.” 

What will happen to students?

The high school’s students will be offered a spot at another school, but they won’t be able to return to the Southwest High School. 

However, the school will be able resume the classes for the students who were not able to attend the Southwest High School, Taylor says, and those students will also be able return to school for the 2017-18 school year.

“We know the students and families are devastated,” Taylor said.

“But this is a community school.

They’re going to have a new high school to come to.

And they’re going.

We hope to make sure they have the same quality of life and they have a safe environment for their future.”

The district says it plans to work with students to re-open Southwestern and that it’s looking for additional locations to rehouse students, Taylor said, so they can continue to provide a high-quality education.

How are parents affected?

Parents are also concerned about the school being closed.

Taylor says parents need to understand that students at Southwestern are at high risk for violence, and that the community at large is responsible for what happens at Southwester.

“The kids who have left are not safe, and it’s not a safe place to raise a child,” Taylor tells ABC News.

“There is no safe place for a child to come into the world.

If we don’t get kids into schools that are safe and conducive to learning, we are really at risk of a lot of problems.”