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In-Person Hybrid Schedule to Begin October 19
Families must complete the commitment form by Friday, October 9.
Dear Lancer Families:

During districtwide planning in July, Lake Park High School jointly committed with the School Board to making “student and staff health and safety a priority by​ adhering to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Guidelines,​ and adjusting our plans if/when this guidance changes.” At the time, however, we were somewhat constrained by the broad range of guidance for Phase 4 of Restore Illinois. This presented a challenge in our efforts to be confident in a model to safely return students to in-person instruction.

On August 28, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) released supplementary guidance in a "Return to School Framework" related to the IDPH metrics. This has provided more specific and actionable guidance for returning to in-person instruction. To view the current metrics, visit this link and select “DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics (PDF)” on the top left. Based on the current level of community spread of COVID-19, DCHD guidance recommends that students may return to campus for in-person instruction with, “some-to-no mixing of groups of students and teachers throughout the day.”

What Learning Model Will be Used Going Forward?
The District is now ready to further expand access to the campuses (approximately 360 students on each campus per day) effective Monday, October 19 through the end of first semester, in a manner consistent with guidance from IDPH and DCHD.

What Does This Mean for My Student?
The District’s move to a hybrid learning model means that all students have been assigned a cohort. Student cohorts will attend school based on the schedule identified in the Second Quarter Attendance Calendar.

Please complete the Second Quarter Hybrid Learning Schedule Commitment Form / Español by Friday, October 9 to indicate if your student will attend school as an in-person learner or if your student will remain a fully remote learner through the end of the semester.

Read about the Second Quarter Hybrid Learning Plan for more details. Some highlights include:

School Day and Bell Schedule
  • Approximately 25% of the total student body will attend school one day a week following an eight-period bell schedule that includes lunch. The remaining 75% of students will participate in the same classes, following the same bell schedule as their in-person peers. While in the hybrid model, teachers will teach in-person to the relatively small group of students on campus, while the remaining students participate virtually.

School Calendar and Non-Attendance Days
  • For the purpose of preparing for the implementation, Friday, October 16 will be utilized as an all staff institute day (student non-attendance). Per Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidance, using an institute day in this manner does not extend the school year. Monday, October 19 will be the first day of in-person instruction. Between October 19 and the end of the first semester, there are a number of holidays and non-attendance days (parent-teacher conferences, state testing, etc). In order to recapture in-person instructional time, during a week in which a holiday falls, Student Support Wednesdays will be replaced with a full day of instruction for one of the cohorts.

Seven (7) Days of Food Provided to All Students at No Cost
  • Lake Park is participating in a federal program that will provide ALL students with a no-cost breakfast and lunch 7-days a week as a part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Students participating in the hybrid learning model will receive lunch on campus when they attend school on their assigned day, and they will take home non-perishable breakfast and lunch items for when they are not on campus. There is no cost to families for this service.
  • Safe and clean places will be provided for students to eat their lunch while also practicing social distancing. Seating for approximately 80-140 students (per period) have been identified on both campuses. Students will eat in the same place (desk/table) each day that they are on campus. Consistent seating will help in the event that contact tracing is required. 

Transportation
  • School bus service will be provided for students who need transportation, including to and from school, shuttling between campuses as well as Technology Center of DuPage (TCD), and late bus runs for athletics and activities. Prior to the first day of in-person learning, families will receive communication about bus route pick-up times for their students. The District has audited bus routes to ensure that buses are not crowded and allow for social distancing that meets ISBE guidance.

Safety, Health and Changes Going Forward
If the community spread of COVID-19 changes significantly in either direction, the learning model will shift. While we understand the in-person learning experience for students will not be the same as a typical year, we recognize the benefit from the live interaction one day a week that will reinforce their commitment to learning. The intentional design of small, daily cohorts aligns with DCHD guidance and allows for contact tracing.

With every decision made, the District continues to make the health and safety of staff and students a top priority. The Health and Safety Protocols provide detailed information about health screening, personal protection, cleaning regimens, and facility operations.

In This Together
While we are very proud of the excellent instruction that is taking place in our remote learning model, we also know that we can increase this positive impact by having students on campus every week to feel the sense of place, belonging, and positive encouragement of our presence and body language.

We encourage you to carefully spend time reviewing the Second Quarter Hybrid Learning Plan for important information about the return to campus for students and staff.

Thank you for your flexibility and adapting to the ever-changing circumstances,

Jeff Feucht Ed.D.
Superintendent

Amanda Brode-Rico
Principal
District Transition to In-Person Instruction
Apply online to become a substitute teacher.
Over the past several weeks, Lake Park High School has received questions from parents/guardians and community members about how they can help us resume in-person instruction. One of the biggest ways people can support this transition is by becoming a substitute teacher. Working as a substitute teacher will help address potential issues when staff members need to quarantine, self-isolate, or attend to their own childcare or emergency needs. During the pandemic, substitute teachers will earn $135.00 per day.

Substitutes will generally serve in one of two capacities. First, some substitute teachers will implement lesson plans left by the regular classroom teacher on a day he or she is out of the building. Second, a larger number of substitute teachers will serve as “line of sight” staff. Substitutes assigned to this role will provide supervision and assistance for a classroom of students while their regular teacher provides remote instruction from home.

If you are interested in working as a substitute teacher, please apply online.
Upcoming Parent-Teacher Conferences
Online scheduler opens Tuesday, October 13.
Lake Park High School will host virtual parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, October 22 (5:00 to 8:30 p.m.) and Friday, October 23 (7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.). Students will attend classes in-person or remotely based on the Hybrid Attendance Calendar on Thursday; however, Friday is a student non-attendance day.

Lancer families can access the electronic conference scheduler to reserve a time to meet online via Zoom starting on Tuesday, October 13. The scheduler will remain open through Wednesday, October 21 for families to schedule conferences with a teacher, counselor, or case manager using the credentials that were mailed home. Appointments are limited; parents are asked to be selective by only scheduling conferences with the teacher(s) in which your student is experiencing the most challenges during the remote/hybrid learning models. 

The Student Services Department is also eager to collaborate with families; however, appointments with your student’s nurse, dean, psychologist, social worker, or speech therapist can only be scheduled via phone. For scheduling assistance during normal school hours, contact East Campus at (630) 529-1514 or West Campus at (630) 529-1516
Upcoming Surveys Seek Student Input
Lancers to share insight on their social-emotional skills, educational interests.
Lancers will be asked to complete the Panorama Student Social-Emotional (SEL) Survey and the Advanced Placement (AP) Student Interest Survey during their physical education, driver education, or health class on Tuesday, October 13. The Panorama Student SEL Survey, consisting of 24 questions, will ask students to reflect and assess their social-emotional skills in academic, social, and personal settings. The data gathered will allow the Student Services Department to identify and address the social-emotional needs of Lancers.

Similarly, Student Services will use the data gathered from the AP Student Interest Survey to plan for post-secondary opportunities and to contact students who indicate an interest in pursuing Advanced Placement course opportunities during course selection for the 2021-22 academic year. Accordingly, the AP Student Interest Survey will only be completed by students in grades 9-11, whereas the Panorama Student SEL Survey will be completed by all Lancers, including seniors. 
What You Need to Know About the SAT
Important reminders for seniors regarding the Wednesday, October 14 exam.
As seniors in the Class of 2021 prepare for the make-up SAT exam that will be administered at both campuses on Wednesday, October 14, please refer to the most recent communication sent home to families. The letter highlights safety protocols, transportation, arrival instructions, testing requirements and more. To help families review this important information, check out this SAT informational video.
Winter Athletic Registration
Registration portal for student-athletes will open Thursday, October 15.
The Winter Sports season for boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, competitive cheer, competitive dance, girls gymnastics, boys swimming, and wrestling begins on Monday, November 16. In order to participate in the first day of practice and/or tryouts, students must pre-register and have a valid, current physical. (Physicals are valid for 13 months after the date of issuance). For assistance, access the Athletic Registration Help Guide.

Registration for winter sports season will open Thursday, October 15 and close Friday, November 13.

Visit the Athletics website for additional registration information, links to physical forms, and contact information.
Inaugural Robotics Tournament: November 7
Educational Foundation seeks volunteers, sponsors for virtual event.
Lake Park High School, in partnership with the Lake Park High School Educational Foundation, is excited to host the inaugural LPHS robotics tournament. The virtual tournament will be held on Saturday, November 7 and will consist of 32 teams competing for state and national qualifications. The event will have each high schools’ teams competing at their own school and joining the competition virtually.  

LPEF is looking for sponsorships and volunteer support to run the tournament. Available volunteer positions can be in-person or remote. The in-person aspect of the competition will be held at West Campus, and the event will be live-streamed on YouTube. If you are interested in sponsoring or volunteering for the competition, please email Executive Director Becky Wyatt at rwyatt@lphs.org. For more information about the Robotics Partnership and the Tournament, visit the robotics website.
Important Dates:

Oct 12    Student Non-Attendance (Offices Closed)
Oct 14    SAT Make-up Exam (Class of 2021)
Oct 16    End of First Quarter
Oct 16    Institute Day (Student non-attendance)
Oct 22    Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
Oct 23    Institute Day (Student non-attendance)
Oct 23    Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual)
Oct 26    Board of Education Meeting
Oct 29    PSAT-NMSQT (Class of 2022)
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