November 13, 2020

Greetings, LFHS Students and Families.

On Thursday, November 12th, our Superintendent announced the start of an Adaptive Pause beginning on Monday, November 16th. This means that all students will engage in remote learning for the week. As of now, here is a breakdown of what you can expect:

  • Week of November 16th
  • All students engage in remote learning
  • Students should follow the Remote Learning Schedule - (BW/Color)
  • November 18th is a non-attendance day for students

  • Week of November 23rd
  • All students engage in remote learning on November 23rd and 24th
  • Students should follow the following Remote Learning Schedule - (BW/Color)
  • Thanksgiving Break begins on Wednesday, November 25th

*The District will communicate a decision regarding the week of November 30th, no later than November 24th. 

Remote Learning Schedule 
As mentioned, we are shifting back to our Remote Learning Schedule. With limited weeks left in the semester, we believe that changing one more thing, like this schedule, may be an issue. At this point, any change we make to the Remote Learning Schedule will occur at the semester. 

After reviewing the survey feedback about the schedule, we realized that much of the feedback was regarding the use and feel of class time. As a result, our teachers/staff are working to embed the following feedback into class periods/courses to improve the student experience with remote learning and the overall feel of the schedule:

  • Wednesdays will have more of a focus on revisiting learning, time to check-in and review progress, well-being focus
  • Movement and personal breaks during the period
  • Asynchronous (independent) learning - time away from the screen
  • Small group monitoring and support
  • Increased opportunities for teacher/student and student/student relationship building 

Remote Learning Schedule and Lunch
Please remember that there is only one lunch period in our Remote Learning Schedule (C-Lunch). Everyone has lunch at the same time. This is an important change to note, as we shift schedules. 

Extracurricular Activities
During our Adaptive Pause, we will continue to support onsite extracurricular activities. Students participating onsite at LFHS should continue to complete the screener before arriving on campus and should follow all safety expectations and protocols. There will be a mixture of in-person and remote activities offered. If you have questions about any of our offerings, please contact one of our Directors. 

Athletic Director - Mr. Tim Burkhalter (tburkhalter@lfschools.net
Assistant Athletic Director - Mr. Dan Vosnos (dvosnos@lfschools.net
Student Activities Director - Ms. Ashleigh Malec (amalec@lfschools.net)

Course Material Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Course material drop-off and pick-up is located in front of the Raymond Moore Auditorium (RMA). Students will need to complete the screener before entering the building and will use the doors in front of the RMA to enter. The times for drop-off/pick-up are as follows:

Every Tuesday and Friday
  • 7:45am - 8:45am
  • 3:00pm - 4:15pm

Personalized Learning Time (PLT) Reminders 
PLT is intentionally embedded into the school day. Students should use the time to obtain assistance from teachers and staff. Our teachers look forward to supporting students during this time, as well. Teachers may assign students to attend PLT, if there is a need.

Extracurricular activities are planned for after school and are an extension of the school day, not a replacement. Students should be mindful that participating in extracurricular activities is not a valid reason for not attending PLT. Even though it is scheduled at the end of the school day, it is still a part of our instructional minutes. 

Core Teams 
Our Educational Services Department continues to be extremely instrumental in providing support to our students, staff, and families. If you need academic, social, or emotional support, please do not hesitate to reach out. Our Core Team members (Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists, and Deans) are available and are ready to help. 

In addition to our highly trained staff, students and families may also access the following resources: 

  • Text-A-Tip: Text LAKECO and your message to (844) 823-5323
  • Family Recovery Center Lake Bluff: (847) 457-6730
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 
  • Provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress as well as prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
  • Lake Forest High School Confidential Reporting Tool
  • Students can also access this resource on their Chromebooks or in the Student Portal of the LFHS Homepage
  • Zacharias: https://zcenter.org/ - (847) 872-7799
  • Provide 24/7 support for sexual abuse

In Closing
We have every intention of staying connected and providing you with updated information, as we continue to support student learning in a manner that is safe for our students and staff. 

On Thursday evening, as a part of our Scout Strong series of seminars focused on social and emotional well-being, the LFHS APT partnered in hosting an evening presentation with Dr. Doug Bolton. He shared insights with the school community in his presentation: Cultivating Resilience During Covid-19. There were many families who reached out afterwards, appreciative for the presentation and the opportunity to watch and discuss it with their families.

I found Dr. Bolton’s message to be timely, challenging, and insightful. I walked away even more convinced that each of us are stronger than we think we are. Our ability to navigate some of the most challenging times we may ever experience is a daily reminder of this. #SCOUTSTRONG

Thank you,
Chala Holland
LFHS Principal