July 3, 2020
Dear Baker Families,

As I write to you today, the country has seen an increase in coronavirus cases setting multiple single-day case records with the majority of states slowing reopening plans. While the work of reopening our school is at the forefront of our summer work, the health and safety of our students, families and employees is also top of mind. 

Attached you will find the first version of our Return to Campus Plan and this survey which we would ask you to complete by July 20. The survey asks you to indicate if you intend for your child/ren to return to In-Person Instruction or if you will elect Selective eLearning. This information is important as we continue to plan for Fall. 

The challenge for us, as Illinoisans, is to take personal responsibility even as the policies of the state offer fewer restrictions in Phase 4. If we want to have a different trajectory than other states, we really must each do our part as individuals which sometimes requires sacrifice or discomfort for the wellbeing of others.

This is good practice for us as we think about what it means to be part of a community together moving towards the Fall. While we put necessary measures in place for your children’s time in the school building, the actions we each take outside of school are equally important. It is crucial that we continue to wear PPE, practice social distancing, and continue following suggestions of the IDPH and CDC. You will see this reflected in our Community Agreements.

As we approach the Fall, there are many traditional opening events that will be done virtually (i.e. Intake Conferences) or will be redesigned to better help our students begin the year (i.e. Meet & Greet). In order to orient students to the differences in this year’s school experience, we will be providing a variety of virtual and in-person experiences to ease their transition back.

I want to draw your attention to a few action steps and upcoming communications.

  • Our consulting physician has suggested that families get seasonal allergies treated by a physician so that symptoms are not presenting at the start of school. Additionally, she recommends that all children receive the flu shot this year.

  • During the week of July 20, we will send registration details including health forms for the 2020-2021 academic year. In order to streamline health forms and daily screenings to enter school, we will be integrating a new health management system (Magnus) and will share log-in instructions as part of the registration email. 

  • During the week of August 10, we will share our Back to School Toolkit and return to school details.

While there is a lot of information regarding changing processes and protocols in order to return to campus safely, all of our work is aimed to ensure that our students are safe, connected, and engaged as we start the 2020-21 school year. 

If you have questions as you review the Return to Campus Plan and the survey, please submit them here and a member of our team will respond.

Thank you for your continued partnership.
Carly Andrews
Head of School