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“Adaptive Pause” to Continue Through the End of First Semester

November 20, 2020

Dear Lancer Families,


Due to the continued increase of community spread of COVID-19, Lake Park High School will continue our adaptive pause of in-person learning through the end of first semester. To view specific Lake Park community data, follow this link to our COVID-19 data dashboard.
 

During our weekly calls with the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) and other school districts, officials have shared the importance of us helping the community get through this most difficult period of the pandemic, as there will be increasing availability of vaccines during the spring months. In the immediate term, our goal as a community should be to limit the spread of the virus and the burden on hospitals during these weeks when the community spread is at its highest. 
 

We continue to revise our plan for a return to an in-person hybrid learning model during the second semester as soon as conditions allow. Furthermore, we are committed to the continuous improvement of our remote learning model. A series of virtual community forums will be hosted to provide an opportunity for students, staff, and community members to receive updates and provide feedback regarding our planning. The first online forum will be hosted on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
 

Details on the Extension of the Adaptive Pause

The continuation of the adaptive pause may raise questions for families. Follow these links for important updates and information: 

  • Modified Food Distribution during Thanksgiving week - free food available on Monday (on-campus) and Tuesday (community)
  • Bell Schedule and Second Quarter Attendance Calendar
  • Academic tutoring - all departments will offer expanded virtual tutoring beginning Monday, November 23
  • Athletics - winter season on pause due to Tier 3 mitigation
  • Activities - “9th hour” opportunities beginning at 2:00 p.m. to engage students socially and emotionally
  • Families can expect to receive an update about the length of the adaptive pause on or before Monday, December 28. 

During the virtual Board of Education meeting on Monday, November 23 at 6:30 p.m., the Board agenda will include the reading of public comments submitted in writing to BOEPublicComments@lphs.org. Submissions must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23 and include the sender’s full name.

 

Families and Staff Aiding this Mission

In our discussions with the DCHD, they have asked us to help emphasize with families and staff the importance of vigilance with regard to what occurs off-campus. They have shared numerous incidents where COVID-19 transmission occurred between several people who attended the same backyard gatherings for Halloween, family celebrations, etc. We are acutely concerned about the increase of community spread that will occur if social gatherings continue to be hosted, and subsequently move indoors as the weather worsens. If we do not take mitigation strategies seriously, we risk even stricter statewide measures, and a longer delay in the reduction of COVID-19 rates that will be required to restart in-person learning.

 

We are specifically concerned with the upcoming holiday season and the impact that family gatherings and travel can have on the spread of COVID-19. Please strictly follow the guidance of health officials who recommend safe ways to celebrate the upcoming holidays.

 

Our collective actions to be vigilant and take the necessary precautions can help reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

 

In This Together,
 

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
Superintendent 


Amanda Brode-Rico
Principal

 


November 6, 2020

 

Dear Lancer Families:

 

Lake Park High School will extend our current “adaptive pause” to the hybrid learning model through November 29, which marks the end of Thanksgiving Break. We know this decision is frustrating and challenging for students and families, so we have included an extended section below in this email explaining why it is necessary.

 

Planning for More Days In-Person When Conditions Allow

We are eager to return to our in-person hybrid model as soon as these upward trends reverse. The District tracks data and assesses community conditions on a daily basis. We are in the process of revising our hybrid learning plan to allow students to attend more days in-person each week, as soon as the health conditions allow us to return.

 

More Ways for Students to Connect Online

We are worried about helping students maintain social-emotional connections with others during this time of remote learning. Our leadership team is currently developing a schedule of daily activities at the end of each school day for students to participate online via Zoom or Google Meet to provide ways for Lancers to maintain and create social connections with peers. These will be in addition to the clubs and activities already gathering remotely. Watch for updates about these opportunities next week!

 

Update on Winter Sports Coming Next Week

We are still working with our partner school districts in the DuKane Conference about decisions regarding winter sports and will share an announcement regarding this next week. 

 

Calendar, Food for All Families, and Facilities

  • Families can expect to receive an update about the length of the adaptive pause on Friday, November 20. View the revised Second Quarter Attendance Calendar.
  • We will continue our distribution of food for all families and provide facilities for students who need a place to complete their remote learning. If you need information about these opportunities, see our prior update, follow this link and contact us with any questions. 



Why is this necessary? Background on this decision with links to guidance and data:

 

Our first priority is to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students. We would prefer to have students in-person, and we share the disappointment that you feel that we are temporarily unable to provide in-person instruction.

 

Below are the fundamentals of how we got to this decision. I am always available to discuss these factors on the phone in a two-way conversation if you would like to schedule a time to talk. Please email me at jfeucht@lphs.org to schedule a phone call at your convenience. As you read below, you can link to the guidance and data that are referenced.

 

Guidance and Metrics from the Health Department

- On August 17, the school year began in a remote learning model, as we did not have specific metrics from the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) regarding safe thresholds of COVID-19 community spread for providing in-person instruction.

- On August 28, school districts received a framework with metrics that outlined when and how in-person instruction would be deemed safe. These metrics aligned with CDC guidance on reopening schools, with the two key measures of keeping cases per 100,000 below 100 and keeping positivity rated below 8%. The guidance required smaller cohorts of students, so we rebuilt our schedule to allow for this format and began our in-person hybrid model on October 19. In our plan, we committed to staying in the in-person model as long as the county metrics did not reach the highest risk level of “Substantial Community Spread” (red). Our plan shared that if we reached this level, we would stay in-person for two weeks, but then make a decision about whether a change was necessary.

 

Deciding on the “Adaptive Pause”

- On October 19, we received a Joint Press Release from the DCHD and Regional Office of Education that recommended 100% remote learning due to a rapid increase of COVID-19 in DuPage County. 

- On October 27, we announced our current adaptive pause. Our data at the time was significantly higher than DuPage County as a whole. Since this decision, our COVID-19 data has continued to worsen. Please click here to view that the data from the zip codes we serve is 3 to 5 times greater than the threshold for case per 100,000. Our positivity rates are all higher than the 8% threshold, with most between 13% and 18%. Our trends are upward.

 

How Long Will This Be?

We don’t know how long this pause will last, but it is important for students to know that this is temporary. We are hopeful that we can return to our in-person hybrid model this winter. We have already decided that we will not wait for our COVID-19 numbers to get all the way down below 100 per 100,000 and below 8%, but we do need to start seeing the trends reverse and go down. We are hopeful that the alarm from the current spike in positivity rates in our community will trigger strict adherence to the public health guidelines, and we will reverse our trends.

 

Thank you, 

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Amanda Brode-Rico
Principal

 

October 27, 2020

 

Dear Lancer Families:

 

During the Lake Park High School District 108 Board of Education meeting last evening, we shared and discussed the decision to implement what the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) calls an “adaptive pause” to our hybrid learning model due to the recent increase in community transmission of COVID-19. Effective Monday, November 2, Lake Park will pivot back to a remote learning model for the subsequent two weeks.

 

This extremely difficult decision was made only after many discussions with stakeholders in the community. Please know that this pause is not in response to an outbreak of transmission of COVID-19 in our schools, as we have not seen this happen to date.

 

However, with the rapid increase of cases in the community, we feel this pause will help us to track data and assess the conditions in the community. The community spread of COVID-19 in the zip codes we serve is more significant than that of DuPage county as a whole, Illinois, and the nation. You can access this link for the data of all zip codes in DuPage County with Lake Park information highlighted.

 

What Does This Adaptive Pause Mean?

  • The pivot back to the remote learning model will begin November 2 and remain in place for the subsequent two weeks.

  • Families can expect to receive an update on the length of the adaptive pause on Friday, November 6. 

  • The current 8-period bell schedule will be retained during this pause, which is now reflected in the Second Quarter Attendance Calendar.

  • Students in our small self-contained Special Education cohorts including NDSEC, Pathways, and TAP will receive in-person instruction at Lake Park four days a week (M/T/Th/F).

  • Students who need a quiet space and reliable Internet access to complete their remote learning may continue to use on-site facilities with strict protocols in place. Click here if you would like to register for this opportunity during the adaptive pause.

  • The District will continue to provide transportation utilizing the same bus routes that were put in place for Hybrid Learning.

  • In-person sports and in-person extra-curricular activities will also be paused on November 2.

Food Distribution Will Continue: Available for ALL Students at No Cost

During this adaptive pause, the District will continue its participation in the federal program that provides ALL students with a no-cost breakfast and lunch 7-days a week as a part of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Please take advantage of the following schedule that outlines a variety of dates, times and locations for picking up meals at no cost to your family: 

 

Mondays, 3:00-6:00 p.m.

East Campus Main Entrance

West Campus Main Entrance

 

Wednesdays, 12:00-12:45 p.m. 

Medinah Park District, 22W130 Thorndale Ave., Medinah

Westfield Middle School, 149 Fairfield Way, Bloomingdale

 

Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.

Roselle Middle School, 500 Park St., Roselle

Tanglewood Clubhouse, 1211 Catalina Dr., Hanover Park

 

Wednesdays, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

Itasca School District 10, 200 N. Maple, Itasca

 

Fridays, 7:00-10:00 a.m.

East Campus Main Entrance

West Campus Main Entrance



Next Steps: In This Together

We understand the toll these modifications are taking on families, and want to ensure you these decisions are designed to protect the health, safety, and wellbeing of students, families, staff members and our communities. The District is committed to tracking data daily, participating in weekly calls with the DuPage County Health Department, and monitoring the local, regional and state trends. 

 

The feedback from our first week of the Hybrid Learning Model has been positive and encouraging, which further strengthens our commitment to returning more Lancers to campus and for more days a week. To reduce the length of this adaptive pause, we must take seriously and practice the health department recommendations to: Mask Up, Back Up, Lather Up, and Sleeve Up (for a flu shot). 

 

Families can expect to receive an update on the length of the adaptive pause on Friday, November 6. The first possible day to return to the in-person hybrid model would be Monday, November 16.

 

Thank you for your continued perseverance and adaptability as we continue to weather this public health crisis together. 

 

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

Amanda Brode-Rico
Principal


October 23, 2020


L
ake Park High School is writing with an update to the recent increase of COVID-19 community spread in our region and its impact on our schools. This increase of COVID-19 community spread is also reflected in the data of the zipcodes Lake Park serves, which can be found here. Please know that we share your concern with this increase and are monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

 

On Monday October 19, the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) released a press release announcing that the county now meets the criteria identified for “Substantial Community Transmission” in the DCHD COVID-19 Return to School Framework.

 

Also this week, you may have seen in the news that Governor Pritzker and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) have announced the need for COVID-19 resurgence mitigation in our region. Please note the mitigation requirements announced do not apply to schools.

 

Please know our current plan is to remain in our current hybrid model at least through next week. Assuming the data keeps us in the “Substantial Community Transmission” status next week, our plan calls for us to provide an update about our decision and rationale for the proportion of students who will be attending in-person. Below is the paragraph from the Lancer Hybrid Plan that addresses this situation:

 

“If the community spread of COVID-19 changes significantly in either direction we will shift our model. Hopefully, if the data improves and we move into the yellow (minimal) level, we can increase the number of students attending campus for in-person instruction. If the data moves in the wrong direction into red (substantial) we may need to pivot back to remote learning. A change in model will be considered if our status moves to yellow or red for two consecutive weeks, at which point we will make a decision and provide rationale whether to change the proportion of students on site.”

 

During the Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 26, the Board agenda includes a discussion item about the current data and public health guidance. This recent increase in community spread is a concern for us, and we are monitoring the data daily. 

 

We appreciate the perseverance and flexibility of families and staff as we continue to move forward.

 

Jeff Feucht, Ed.D.
Superintendent