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Important Reminders for Second Quarter (10/19/20)

October 15, 2020


Dear Lancer Families:

 

Thank you for your patience, flexibility and partnership as Lake Park High School concludes the first quarter tomorrow. As a reminder, Friday, October 16 will be a staff institute day (student non-attendance) to prepare for the implementation of the Second Quarter Hybrid Learning Schedule.

 

Beginning on Monday, October 19, the Hybrid Bell Schedule and Second Quarter Attendance Calendar will be in effect for the remainder of the semester.

 

Seven Days of Food Provided to All Students at No Cost - Community Distribution Begins 10/21 

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. 

 

Effective Wednesday, October 21, remote learners can pick up their 7-day food supply in the community according to the following schedule and locations. If food is needed before community distribution begins, please contact 630-529-4500.

 

12:00-12:45 p.m. (Wednesdays only)

Medinah Park District, 22W130 Thorndale Ave., Medinah

Westfield Middle School, 149 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale 

 

1:00-1:45 p.m. (Wednesdays only)

Roselle Middle School, 500 Park St., Roselle

Tanglewood Clubhouse, 1211 Catalina Dr., Hanover Park

 

2:00-2:45 p.m. (Wednesdays only)

Itasca School District 10, 200 N. Maple, Itasca

 

Important Reminders for On-Campus Cohorts 

  • Drop off may occur anytime after 7:00 a.m. at West Campus and after 7:30 a.m. at East Campus.
  • Completion of the daily student health screening form is required before arriving on campus. Confirmation will be sent to a student’s email and must be presented upon entry. Bus riders can access the form via the QR code posted on the bus. Bus routes were mailed home on 10/13/20. For transportation questions, call 630-295-5231 (East Campus) or 630-295-5331 (West Campus).
  • Practice social distancing, to the extent possible, on the bus and on campus.
  • Wear face masks that completely cover your nose and mouth.
  • Review the student email message from the Technology Department for Chromebook reminders.
  • Watch this “Welcome Back” Video for instructions and expectations about returning to campus.
  • Look for helpful adults stationed in the hallways to help guide and direct students new to campus, particularly freshmen and juniors who have not yet located classrooms. Teachers will be patient and understanding as Lancers adjust to their new surroundings.  

Lake Park faculty and staff are enthusiastic to welcome students back to campus next week and continue the important work of engaging students in whichever model they are learning. 
 

In This Together,
 

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
Superintendent
 

Amanda Brode-Rico
Principal

 

October 6, 2020

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. Your Lancer is assigned to cohort #1. 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. Again, to view the specific dates your student will attend for the remainder of the semester, please access the Second Quarter Attendance Calendar

  • Seven (7) Day 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, 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