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Staff Report
9:42 am CDT March 22, 2020

In accordance with official local and regional directives, New Trier High School and Glencoe District 35 will extend its closure through Monday, April 13, to limit the exposure the coronavirus. 

Both districts canceled classes March 13 and began e-learning March 16, although no confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in either district.

Spring break will go on as scheduled next week, March 23-27, and Monday, March 30, will be staff work and professional development day with no remote learning, according to letters from either district superintendent on their respective websites. 

Remote learning will return Tuesday, March 31, through April 9  

“We continue to be amazed by our students’ commitment to remote learning and their quick adjustment to a new type of instruction,” NTHS Superintendent Paul Sally says in his letter.

There is another staff work and professional development day scheduled for April 13; school officials will follow-up with information as that day approaches.

“The planned staff work days will allow our faculty time to continue to develop different tools for learning, including videoconferencing, remote assessments and the use of other apps that will keep our students engaged from home,” Sally says. “I would like to acknowledge the hard work, innovation and creativity of our staff and teachers, who had a very short period to completely rethink the way they engage students and are putting those students first even as they balance the needs of their own families.”

More information directly from NTHS:

• Student Grades: Third quarter grades will be issued in PowerSchool on or near the original time line, which was shortly after spring break. The grades will reportedly not appear on student transcripts; instead they only indicate progress.

• Test Make-Ups: For third quarter grades, school officials have asked teachers to not count work that may be waiting for students in the test make-up center. That does not mean they do not need to make up this work; teachers will let students know how to make-up tests in the future or may provide an alternative depending on the subject and the length of the school closure.

• Missing Assignments: If students have missing assignments through March 12 that can be made up remotely, they need to submit that work to teachers immediately. Students should work with teachers to see what assignments they need to complete.

• Remote Learning Grades and Structure: The governor’s guidance is that work assigned during the mandated closure of March 17-30 can be graded but will only count if it helps a student’s overall grade. Right now, that guidance applies only through March 30. School officials expect flexibility from the state to be able to grade all student assignments and assessments completed remotely after spring break. They are looking at the daily schedule to see how they can help teachers offer real-time instruction (such as Zoom meetings) more regularly with their classes. They should have more information to share about this possibility after spring break.

• Events for Seniors: School officials are working to make sure they can appropriately honor senior students, the Class of 2020. Graduating high school and preparing for the next step is an exciting time and deserves celebration. Please know that all scheduling adjustments are tentative based on state and local guidance.

• Junior-Senior Prom: They have tentatively rescheduled Prom from Saturday, April 25, to Saturday, May 16, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The original date falls within the Governor’s ban on gatherings of 1,000 or more people through May 1. They will rely on continued guidance from state officials about this new date. Families should not make non-refundable transportation or other plans based on this new date.

• Commencement: Right now, commencement remains as scheduled for Sunday, May 31. They are in contact with the Sears Centre Arena for contingency plans should they need to move that date.

• Senior Project: Senior Project is on hold at this time. Ms. Duffy and Mr. Belford will provide more information via email to students who registered.8•

• Other School Events: Coaches, directors, sponsors and leaders are all looking at ways to celebrate the hard work of students who had performances, competitions, banquets and other events scheduled during the school closure. They know it will not be possible to make up all of these events, but they will let you know about any updates as soon as they can.

• AP/State SAT Testing: The College Board announced that it is exploring ways to support students in AP classes, including the possibility of taking AP tests at home if needed. Updates are linked on New Trier’s COVID-19 webpage. The State Board of Education has indicated that the federal government is providing waivers for state-mandated assessments. ISBE is still determining the next steps for Illinois.

• Feedback: In the coming days, school officials will email students and parents a link to provide them with input on Trevian Remote Learning Days. 

More information directly from District 35:
Lunch Needs: As the closures extend, we want to ensure all children have meal options during the day. With thanks to the Glencoe PTO and Marla’s Brown Bag Lunch, we will continue daily lunch boxes to any family in need even during spring break. Please complete a confidential form by 9:15 a.m. each Monday and we will

be sure the lunches are ready for pick-up at the Board of Education entrance at Central School.

Device Needs: As the closures extend, we want to ensure all families have an electronic device for access. We recognize that our parents may be balancing their own work demands and juggling a shared device in the home. If you require a District 35 issued device, please complete a form found online form by Tuesday, March 24th. We will work to fulfill all needs by March 31st.

Social Distancing: Proper social distancing remains one of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. This is not the time for sleepovers and playdates with groups of friends. Click here to view a helpful chart and also more tips for your family.

Next steps: What does this mean for our school calendar and expectations in our schools? Go online for the FAQ document that answers many questions we are hearing from parents. We will continue to add to this reference as our days progress. We have also included many helpful links to support our parents as you

care for the social-emotional well being of your family.

Ways to help others: The support within our community continues to amaze me. I have heard from several parents asking how we may help others in need. Beyond Glencoe, there are hundreds of children and families in need of food. Families Helping Families Chicagoland is gathering resources to provide emergency food.