Remote Learning to Continue through First Quarter
September 10, 2020
Dear Lancer Families,
Lake Park High School appreciates your partnership to support remote learning for your student. We understand that families are juggling the competing demands of work, family, and online education. The purpose of this message is to share important updates on the continuation of our remote learning model due to COVID-19 transmission.
Remote Learning Continues Through First Quarter
Due to guidance from DuPage County Health Department (DCHD), we have made the difficult decision to postpone the start of the in-person hybrid learning model due to the number of COVID-19 cases in our region. We anticipate that fully remote learning will continue through the end of the first quarter that ends on Friday, October 16. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 metrics released weekly by the state and county and provide an update to families before the end of the quarter. In the short term, read below for plans we are making to deliver on-campus supports for students.
New On-Campus Supports for Students
We know the necessity to stay home during the remote learning model may cause hardships for families. In order to support your efforts, a number of changes will be implemented. Starting Monday, September 21, the following on-campus programs will be provided:
- Students in our Pathways, NDSEC Academic Life Skills, and Transition programs will receive in-person instruction. The return of these special education students to campus is allowed under the current guidance due to the very small number of students in these classes who learn together as a small cohort for the entire school day.
- A limited number of students in need of reliable internet access and/or a quiet workspace will be allowed to return to campus to conduct their remote learning on-site. Large open spaces in our gymnasiums and cafeterias will be made available to students for remote learning on-campus. Students will not receive direct instruction from their teachers. Instead, students will have a quiet space where they can focus on their remote lessons, similar to a study hall atmosphere, and still be in compliance with DCHD COVID-19 guidance. Transportation will be available. Follow this link for more information and to register.
Why Did We Make This Decision?
On August 28, the DCHD released supplementary guidance related to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) metrics. The new guidance establishes three levels of community risk based on a variety of factors including weekly cases, positivity rates, and rate of community spread; the color-coded levels include Minimal (yellow), Moderate (orange) and Substantial (red). DuPage County is currently in the “Moderate/Orange” level. As such, Lake Park is following a Fully Remote Learning schedule with limited on-site programs. Please click for an FAQ about the metrics and how they relate to when we may be able to return for in-person learning at Lake Park. The metrics will be updated by the DCHD every Friday. To view the current metrics, visit https://www.dupagehealth.org/595/Schools-and-Daycares and select “DuPage County COVID-19 School Metrics (PDF)” on the top left.
Please Help Us!
Our collective diligence following all precautions as a community can have a direct impact on the prospects of returning to in-person learning. Families are strongly urged to not have social gatherings at their home or elsewhere in the community. We ask Lake Park families to adhere to social distancing guidelines, wear a face mask in public, wash hands, and stay home when sick to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In the meantime, we are committed to delivering the highest quality remote learning experience possible. We appreciate your input last week on the Fully Remote Learning Survey. School leaders are processing this valuable feedback that will help us improve our current learning model and make plans for the future.
Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 p.m.
If you would like to share feedback about the start of the year, consider joining Principal Amanda Brode-Rico and me for a Back-to-School Virtual Q&A session next Tuesday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m. To allow for maximum participation, this program will be hosted virtually and feature a moderated opportunity for families to ask questions about the 2020-21 school year. Login at your convenience from anywhere and get your questions answered live. Pre-register here.
Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
August 13, 2020
Dear Lancer Families,
As Lake Park High School prepares for the first day of attendance in a fully remote learning model on Monday, August 17, we are writing to share several resources to answer your questions and help your student feel prepared for Day #1.
Please review the list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as found in the Lancer Fully Remote Start Plan that addresses common questions asked by our parents, students and staff. This document will continue to actively grow, so check back often for additional items that may address your specific needs.
Login to Home Access Center (HAC) to View Class Schedules
Your student’s first semester class schedule was activated in the Home Access Center (HAC) today and is now available for viewing! This schedule includes the class names, periods and instructors. Login credentials for HAC were recently mailed home to families. Please use the unique username and password that was provided to access your student’s class schedule.
How to Successfully Login: Instructions for Day #1
Watch this informational video from the LP Technology Department to learn how to access student email, Google Classroom and other links (Google Meet/Zoom) that will help your student successfully login to remote learning. Teachers are expected to email students directly with the information needed for Day #1. If students have any Chromebook-related questions, repair issues or need technical assistance, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Follow the Remote Learning Bell Schedule
Please refer to the district wide Remote Learning Bell Schedule to view the periods, times, scheduled breaks and activities expected for the five 8-period days of virtual instruction. Remember the schedule is aligned between East and West Campus, includes three 15-minutes breaks throughout the day, and a slightly shorter schedule on “Student Support Wednesdays.” Consider printing this two-page user-friendly version to post at home or near where your student will be learning daily!
Attendance, Grades, and Engagement Matter
Students are required to be online for remote class periods, attendance will be taken, and grades will count. Parents/Guardians are expected to report all or partial day absences to the Attendance Office. Please keep the following phone numbers available to notify Lake Park if your student will be absent:
Attendance East (Grades 9-10) (630) 295-5232
Attendance West (Grades 11-12) (630) 295-5332
Enthusiastic Learning During Institute Week
Lancer staff returned to campus or participated virtually this week in professional development to prepare for remote learning. The active engagement and sharing of best practices that I have witnessed among colleagues demonstrates the high level of commitment to teaching and learning. Teachers and classroom aides are ready and enthusiastic to begin building relationships with students next week!
Returning to School Tips During COVID-19
Thank you to over 125 parents who logged in to last night’s virtual Parent University session featuring Jacqueline Rhew. The 45-minute presentation focused on essential tools to help teens navigate the change in school schedule, anxieties related to living in a pandemic as well as coping and problem solving skills. I encourage you to take the time and view this link to access these important and free resources that can benefit your family.
The safety and wellness of our students, families and staff remain at the forefront of our decision-making process. The target date for the in-person Hybrid learning model to begin is Monday, September 21. The District will decide by Friday, September 11 whether the conditions have been met to start the in-person Hybrid model.
In the meantime, be well and be sure to contact Lake Park with any questions or concerns as the new school year begins virtually on Monday, August 17. We are excited to welcome our students!
In This Together,
Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
August 5, 2020
Dear Lancer Families,
Today, after a week deliberating recent shifts in guidance around school reopening plans, Lake Park High School has made the difficult decision to begin school in a fully remote model on Monday, August 17, with a target date of Monday, September 21 to begin in-person instruction. Read the At-A-Glance document for highlights of this plan, which has been developed for the health and safety of Lancer students and staff.
These remote weeks will allow time to monitor new COVID-19 case numbers and test positivity rates in DuPage County as well as further modify our in-person learning model to meet new guidance. We ask families to partner with us during this time by refraining from unnecessary travel to areas with positivity rates above 5% and strictly reinforcing with their students the importance of wearing face coverings and physical distancing when they meet friends in social situations.
Lake Park Staff Members to Deliver Fully Remote Instruction
Our remote learning plan that will begin August 17 creates the same access to the quality curriculum and instruction delivered by highly qualified Lake Park staff members as in past years. Students are required to be online for these class periods, attendance will be taken, and grades will count. Teachers will provide synchronous instruction* to all of the students on their class roster for each of their assigned teaching periods as outlined by the remote learning bell schedule.
* Synchronous instruction refers to being present to broadcast live audio and/or video during the class period. For example, a math teacher introduces a topic, models a problem-solving process, asks the students to practice a few examples with opportunities for Q/A, and then assigns additional problems to be completed by the end of class. Students work independently and request additional assistance as needed through the chat or hand raising features on Google Meet or Zoom.
In addition to teaching five classes each semester, Lake Park teachers traditionally provide supervision for students during a supervisory period. During the remote learning weeks, these periods will provide a dedicated period each day when teachers will be available via Google Meets to tutor students in their content area. A list of available teachers, periods, and the process for soliciting tutoring assistance will be published for students as a reference.
All Students in Lake Park Classes - Lancer Online Academy Eliminated
A benefit of the difficult decision to start the year in a remote learning model is that it has eliminated the need for families to make a choice to separate their students into the previously designed Lancer Online Academy. Instead, all Lancers will remain together with their peers in the classes they selected last spring. When Lake Park returns to in-person learning, hopefully as early as September 21, students who elect to stay home for the entire semester will simply remain on the teacher’s roster in the same class. These students will participate remotely with their in-person peers and have the same expectations for learning. Teachers will engage students in-person and on various remote platforms (i.e., Google Meets, Zoom). The intent is for students to remain with their teachers, regardless of the instructional delivery model.
This change eliminates the need for families to make a semester-long commitment at this time. For the start of the year, all students will be remote. When the decision is made to move to an in-person hybrid model (as early as September 21) a new commitment form will be released 10 days prior for families to choose whether to keep their students home for the remainder of the semester.
School Day Schedule for the Remote Learning Weeks
The fully remote learning model reflects five 8-period days of virtual classroom instruction with an aligned bell schedule between East and West Campus, which includes three 15-minute breaks throughout the day, and a slightly shorter schedule on “Student Support Wednesdays.” Listen to this brief explanation of teaching and learning during the fully remote weeks. Please note when school returns to in-person learning, a new bell schedule will be released to reflect a revised schedule for hybrid learners and remote learners.
Additional Textbook/Chromebook* Distribution Dates
Previously, families who chose to enroll in the Lancer Online Academy were told they did not need to attend textbook distribution. Now that the Academy model has been eliminated, all students will need their instructional materials. To accommodate the implementation of the new plan, additional distribution dates/times have been added at both campuses:
Wednesday, August 12 8:00-11:00 a.m. and 1:00-3:00 p.m
*Students should bring in loaner Chromebooks for exchange or Chromebooks in need of repair.
We understand that this national public health crisis has placed a financial burden on families. The District has fielded many questions about student fees and is considering refunds of specific fees and a partial refund of the general fee. A decision about fees will be reached and communicated after the Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 24.
Returning to In-Person Hybrid Model
The target date for a return to the in-person Hybrid model is Monday, September 21. The District will make a decision as to whether the conditions have been met to return to the in-person Hybrid model by Friday, September 11. If conditions do not yet allow a return to the in-person Hybrid model, the District will re-evaluate conditions on a twice monthly basis to announce the next potential date. The Administration will provide families and staff with 10 days notice in the event conditions warrant a shift from one learning model to another.
In This Together
Lake Park is committed to providing the best possible start to the 2020-21 school year. This new information reflects an unprecedented time when traditional back-to-school decisions and day-to-day operations have been significantly altered by COVID-19. We appreciate the patience and flexibility of our families as we reach important decisions that represent the safest option for our school community.
Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.