From the desk of Principal Deborah Finn
Issue 7, February 18,2021
School News You Can Use

  1. Please see important updates regarding our school health services from our nurses under services and support. There are a few details you need to be aware of before your students are back in the building. 
  2. Our first day of Hybrid learning is this coming Tuesday 2/23. If your student is attending in-person, don’t forget to certify your student BEFORE they arrive at school using this app.
  3. Don’t forget about opportunities for all hybrid students to visit the building/their classrooms on 2/19 and 2/22 - see more info under hybrid updates below. CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF TODAY - Please make sure your student checks IC in case there have been any changes since schedules were first shared.
Message from the Principal
The beginning of Hybrid Learning is next week! We have included the daily schedule below and a description of which schedule we will have each day is noted below in happening next week. We ask everyone to be patient and understanding as students and staff transition to this new structure. I have every confidence, working together, students and staff will determine how to meet everyone’s needs and to make sure everyone is connected, participating and learning.

Please remember safety expectations must be followed at all times. GIANT STRONG has never been more important than it is right now as we join together in this effort and commit to doing our part to keep our HPHS community healthy.

Happening Next Week
Monday, February 22 - Hybrid Learning Planning Day, No Classes, Freshman Mini-Schedule
Tuesday, February 23 - First Hybrid Learning Day - White Day Schedule
Wednesday, February 24 - Blue Day Schedule
Thursday, February 25 - White Day Schedule
Friday, February 26 - Blue Day SChedule

Academics Hybrid Updates
As previously shared, we will be welcoming freshmen (Class of 2024) for a mini schedule on Monday, February 22 and all other grades into the building on Friday, February 19. Please use these links to read about all the details for freshmen hybrid prep day and sophomore, junior and senior hybrid prep day.
Also as a reminder, parking information can be found at this link, including vehicle registration and how to apply for a parking permit. As you may know, HPHS Giant school parking program will be available with priority given to Seniors, Juniors and if available Sophomores enrolled in hybrid. Parking is limited and applications will be accepted for currently licensed drivers only. There will be no cost for parking for the 2021 semester. Students may not park on campus without completing this process.
If you will be driving to school for COVID testing only, please make sure you submit the GIANT PARKING PROGRAM and PARKING APPLICATION. Please note that this parking permit is only if you are a remote student and will be driving to school 2 times per week for COVID testing.
Students will receive their IDs in one of their classes during this first week of hybrid instruction.
Don’t forget - students should eat prior to coming to school, and only come during their designated day/time. Also, please be sure to send your students to school with ONLY the following items:
  • Face Mask
  • Physical or Digital ID
  • Charged Chromebook & charger
  • Headphones
  • Refillable water bottle (preferably with straws)
  • Class materials
  • Warm clothing/layers
  • PE shoes
Student Life

HPHS is celebrating the Class of 2021 again this month on February 20 & 21! Students may sign up to sign the blue pole and support Charity Drive on February 20. All seniors at HPHS and DHS are invited to a FREE Drive-in Movie night to watch “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. The evening starts at 6:30 PM. Included in the evening is a live DJ, lightshow and snacks available for purchase. We would love to see the parking lot packed with our seniors waving to each other from the safety of their cars. Click here to see all the information shared with seniors and families. 

19-20 yearbooks can still be purchased in the bookstore. The cost is $50. Please contact the bookstore to make your purchase, If you have yet to purchase your 20-21 yearbook, you may still do so via Infinite Campus store.  

We have a busy weekend of events coming up in athletics. Follow the calendar of athletic events here.
Girls Gymnastics competed in a virtual meet Wednesday vs. Vernon Hills. Check out the action:

As we get ready for the start of spring and summer sports please make sure your child is registered and a current physical is uploaded. You can find the link to register here. Please reach out to Paul Harris ( or Maggie Reese ( with any registration questions.

Services and Supports
There are a few details regarding health services that you need to be aware of before your students are back in the building. 

  • If your student needs to take any medication during the school day please call health services (224-765-2200) to ensure that the medication authorization form has been completed and to arrange an appointment to drop of medication for your student
  • If your student develops any COVID-19 symptoms while on campus during the school day they will be asked to visit our symptomatic health services location (A132). From this location the student will be assessed by a nurse and if you have signed consent for the BinaxNow testing and the nurse feels this is appropriate, then a test will be performed. At this time, no matter the outcome of the COVID19 antigen test, a parent/guardian will be contacted to pick up the student from school. We ask that the parent comes to Door 7 (just prior to the library entrance) to pick up their student. All instructions will be given verbally if your student is requiring a pick up. 
  • If your student has an injury during the school day a nurse will be available to assist and treat your student, either in the classroom or in our asymptomatic side of health services. 
  • If your student has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 90 days please send us the positive test results. Any student who has a positive COVID-19 is excluded from quarantining if determined as a close contact. 

As always please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have to either of our school nurses, Suzy Spychala & Sue Brady. They can be reached by email: or phone: 224-765-2200
HPHS and Quest services would like you to know about upcoming meal opportunities. Click here and see below for more information.  
  • Tuesdays through Fridays Quest is providing 1 free breakfast and 1 cold lunch (that can be heated at home in a microwave) as students leave.  
  • On Fridays they will provide FREE 4 breakfasts and 4 lunches (Fri-Mon) as students leave the building. At HPHS, students will find them set up at Door H (near H20) and main entrances at 11:15-11:45 am for AM students and 2:45-3:15 pm for PM students.  
  • Please know that remote pick up will remain Mondays and Thursdays 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (each pick up day will be 7 meals so you only have to come once/week) and remote delivery via buses will be Mondays only (7 days worth of meals).
  • If a family would like cancel delivery because they will be in school, they should reach out to Brandon Hayes at 
  • Attached is a flyer that can be posted on Facebook and sent with communication explaining in school meal service.
  • The menus can be found on and search for Highland Park.
District News
COVID-19 SHIELD Testing in District 113
OCOVID-19 SHIELD Testing Parent/Guardian Consent Form Live in IC 
This morning an email blast went out to parents/guardians to notify that the SHIELD testing consent form is live in the IC Portal. You can find instructions on how to find and complete the form here. The consent form is due Monday, February 22. Only one parent/guardian needs to complete it. 

In case you missed it, on Wednesday, February 17, Dr. Law sent a message to parents/guardians about mandatory SHIELD testing beginning March 2 for all students who are on campus for in-person learning, athletics or activities. Also on Wednesday, officials from SHIELD Illinois and Passport Health provided detailed information about the SHIELD test and the science behind it as well as specimen collection and test reporting. You can find the link to the video recording and copies of the slide decks here

Questions about SHIELD testing in 113? Email