July 31, 2020

Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Members,

At last night's Special Board Meeting, the School Board determined to move forward with the in-person, Hybrid model for fall 2020. Please note that the implementation of an in-person learning plan is contingent upon the Suburban Cook region's (region 10) health metrics maintaining a Phase 4 status in the Restore IL plan.  As you are aware, the data surrounding COVID-19 changes frequently and we will continue to monitor health guidelines to ensure a safe start to school. A comprehensive communication, including a guide covering topics such as Health and Safety, Logistical Considerations and an overview of both In-Person and Remote Learning will be released on Tuesday, August 4, 2020. 


The Hybrid model schedule has students on campus for three hours a day (a.m. or p.m.) with 2 hours of complementary remote learning. The Hybrid model:
  • Educates every child, every day on campus in a small cohort
  • Adheres to 6' of social distancing by keeping class cohort size to no larger than 12 students 
  • Mitigates risk by establishing student/staff "pods"
  • Allows for gradual start with time to learn safe expectations and practice new procedures
  • Provides remote learning to build capacity for future agility
This model was determined to be preferred after an extensive review of safety and educational considerations. Families also have a choice to opt into a Remote Learning track.  This track will be taught by District teachers and requires a commitment through the first trimester (November 20).  A form will be released next week to opt into this model.  For those attending in-person, morning and afternoon assignments will be emailed to families no later than Wednesday, August 5.  The District will not be accepting requests due to the need to coordinate schedules across campuses and to account for class placement balance.

The first day of student attendance was moved to Thursday, August 27.  The teachers will use August 24, 25, and 26 as Institute Days, primarily focused on working with colleagues to prepare for the launch of the school year.  Please note, the School Board also determined to suspend bussing services for the 2020-2021 school year as part of our risk mitigation efforts.

You will likely have questions regarding school-specific topics. Your child(ren)'s principals will be providing plans specifically for Crow Island, Greeley, Hubbard Woods, Skokie and Washburne the second week in August. 

  • District administration is offering the opportunity to participate in two upcoming webinars for parents:

Again, a more comprehensive communication regarding the start of the school year will be sent on Tuesday, August 4.  Thank you to all who have provided input via focus groups, surveys, emails, etc. to inform our planning.  We will continue to depend on the community's involvement and support to safely navigate the reopening of schools - it is our shared responsibility to uphold and respect our health and safety protocols in and out of school.  Together, we can ensure our students and staff return to campus safely.

Sincerely,

Dr. Trisha Kocanda
Superintendent

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an innovative, experiential environment. We support and challenge all learners 
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