Information posted on:  March 16, 2020
Last Updated on:  March 17, 2020
 

As you know, Lake Bluff is now providing continuity of learning through remote instruction to support students.  We are providing the following information and recommendations to help our families to navigate during the days and weeks to come.

Click here to read the communications from the District on COVID-19.

Updates:
March 17, 2020 - Updated the schedule information.

Act of God Days

These are days when school is not in session (in person or virtual) and the school district will not be making up these days.  During Act of God Days, teachers are checking e-mails, but response times may be longer than usual.  Continuity of learning and student health and safety is our first priority.

e-Learning Days

During e-Learning days, classes meet online and virtually and no staff are available in the buildings.  Days of e-Learning instruction count in the typical school calendar and teachers and other staff are best reached via email.

 

Governor Pritzker has closed all schools in Illinois beginning on March 17, 2020 and the Illinois State Board of Education has indicated that no schools will need to use Emergency Days to make up for the missed school days.  As such, we are planning on following this schedule:
 
Week 1
March 16, 2020 - No School for Students - Teachers and Staff Working on e-Learning Plans
March 17, 2020 - Act of God Day (e-Learning Practice for students - use home learning resources provided)
March 18, 2020 - March 20, 2020 (UPDATED:  MARCH 17, 2020)
  • Students will need to check in for attendance prior to 9:00 a.m. each morning.  More information will be coming from your teachers today and tomorrow.  
  • Teachers will be working with our students on the resources they have sent out and assignments that have already been shared.  At LBMS students will be hearing from their advisory teachers.
Week 2
March 23, 2020 - March 27, 2020 - No School - Spring Break
 
Week 3
March 30, 2020
  • Students will need to check in for attendance prior to 9:00 a.m. each morning.  More information will be coming from your teachers today and tomorrow.  
  • Teachers will be working with our students on the resources they have sent out and assignments that have already been shared.  At LBMS students will be hearing from their advisory teachers.
March 31, 2020 - e-Learning
April 1, 2020 - e-Learning
April 2, 2020 - e-Learning
April 3, 2020 - e-Learning

Our teachers have prepared lessons and we are going to add teacher interaction beginning on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.  What that means is that on Wednesday, teachers will be communicating with their students on the resources and assignments that have already been sent out.  On March 19, 2020 and March 20, 2020 we will continue to work on the resources and assignments and teachers will communicate with their students in a variety of ways depending on the age and needs of our students.

For all students:

  • Students will need to check in for attendance prior to 9:00 a.m. each morning.  More information will be coming from your teachers today and tomorrow.  
  • Teachers will be working with our students on the resources they have sent out and assignments that have already been shared. 
  • At LBMS students will be hearing from their advisory teachers.

Attendance Information

Attendance for Students at LBES is available by clicking here.
Attendance for Students at LBMS is available by clicking here.
E-Learning is intended to be a replacement for a regular school day, but we recognize and  thank our families for the support they are giving to students. We are all going to learn together in this new e-Learning adventure. It will not be perfect, and we will get better each day.   As much as possible, you will want to help your children to keep some sort of a regular schedule during the day by doing the following:
 
  • Find a place in your home where they will be able to do the work.
  • Turn off the TV.
  • Do work with students (i.e. pulling up a chair at the table, etc.)

 

Attendance Expectations

Student attendance will be captured by classroom teachers via a Google Form each morning. Teachers will post the link to the student log-in form at the top of their homeroom class page on the homework page.  Students are expected to have marked themselves "present" by 9:00 am. If a student does not log-in by 10:00am, our school team will contact families to verify student attendance like a normal school day. If the student does not log-in or is unable to work due to individual circumstances, they will be marked absent for that school day. 
 
If we notice that a student is not engaging as expected, we will reach out to the family to see if there are supports we can provide and to learn more about the situation. Our intent is to partner with families to support students, as needed. 
 

At the Elementary School

  • Students should check posted assignments every morning by accessing Seesaw or Google Classroom. Your classroom teacher will communicate which tool will be used.
  • Teachers will post daily work expectations by 8:00am on each e-Learning day
  • Your classroom teachers will be taking daily attendance electronically and you will receive more info on how that will be accomplished. 
  • Students may be expected to interact with their teachers via email, Seesaw, GoogleHangout, GoogleClassroom and other digital tools.
  • If you are having problems with your device, the student or parent can email your classroom teacher who will help or direct you to someone else who can.  As a last resort you can call the school number and someone will get back to you ASAP.

At the Middle School

  • Students should check posted assignments every morning by accessing the Homework Webpage and their school issued email.
  • Teachers will post daily work expectations by 8:30am on each e-Learning day
  • Your advisors will be taking daily attendance electronically and you will receive more info on how that will be accomplished. 
  • Students may be expected to interact with their teachers via email, GoogleHangout, GoogleClassroom and other digital tools.
  • If you are having problems with your device, you can email your advisor who will help or direct you to someone else who can.  If you are unable to email, ask your parents to do that on your behalf. As a last resort you can call the school number and someone will get back to you ASAP.

Parents and Families who typically receive free and reduced lunch may access free meals and gain access to groceries during the following dates and times (this schedule will be updated):

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, March 27, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, April 3, 2020 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
 

All food pick ups are available at Lake Bluff Elementary School (350 West Washington Ave.)

If you are a family wishing to make a donation of a grocery item, we ask that you donate items to the Shields Township Food Pantry.

Will there be anyone onsite in Lake Bluff Schools during e-Learning Days?

While the schools are closed, our teachers will be on site on Monday, March 16, 2020 for a preparation day, we will not have staff on site during the day during the Act of God days and during Spring Break (currently March 17 - 30)  After March 30, 2020, we will assess our situation to determine daily on-site staffing needs.
 

Is the internet filtered while students are at home?

Yes, the internet is filtered while the students are at home.  However, parents and families are encouraged to actively supervise their children during the time that they are away from the classroom and participating in e-Learning activities.
 

Is the District able to provide any internet access for families who may not have internet access?

Yes, the District has a limited number of wi-fi devices for families that do not have internet capabilities in their home to access e-Learning.  To access one of these devices, please contact your child’s teacher.
 

Will someone still be answering the phones at my child’s school?  At the District Office?

Yes, you can still contact your child’s school or the District Office:
District Office - 847-234-9400
Lake Bluff Elementary School - 847-234-9405
Lake Bluff Middle School - 847-234-9407  
 

Will I be able to pick up materials in school?  If so, how should I do this? 

On Monday, March 16, 2020 students may come to school between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to pick up any materials they did not bring home.  Please note:
  • Students will not be able to come into their classrooms, cubbies, or lockers.
  • For students who were absent on Friday, all materials are already gathered and ready in the office.  Language Arts teachers at LBMS have even chosen some appropriate books for students to read while they are away from home.
  • Please call ahead so that we can get the materials ready in the office.

 

What should I do if my child’s device breaks or we need support with my child’s device?

If you need resources to support your child’s learning, please email your child’s teacher (elementary school) or advisory teacher (middle school) who will direct the question appropriately.
 

How will you communicate with us during this time?

We will be updating this website frequently and when we do, we will note the date that it has been updated.  Additionally, we can commit to sending out communication to parent emails and text messages whenever needed so that all students and families are on the same page.
 

Is it possible for my child’s teacher to come and work with us in our home?

We recognize that our students really want to see our teachers and staff and we want to see our students as well.  However, we are not able to do individual home visits for students.
 

Are IEP and 504 Meetings still taking place during this time?

During Act of God days, meetings are not taking place and these will be rescheduled for a later date.  During e-Learning days, IEP and 504 Plan meetings will continue to be held and case managers will be reaching out with information about how parents will be able to participate.
As public conversations around coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) increase, children may worry about themselves, their family, and friends getting ill with COVID-19. Parents, family members, school staff, and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest, accurate, and minimizes anxiety or fear. CDC, the National Association of School Psychologists, and the National Association of School Nurses has created guidance (Click here for the English Version  | Click here for the Spanish Version) to help adults have conversations with children about COVID-19 and ways they can avoid getting and spreading the disease.
 
Importantly, you should:
  • Talk to your children so that they know you are prepared to keep them safe.
  • Stay calm and reassure your children.
  • Talk to children about what is happening in a way that they can understand.   Keep it simple and appropriate for each child’s age.
  • Provide children with opportunities to talk about what they are going through or what they think about it.  Encourage them to share concerns and ask questions.
 
It is difficult to predict how some children will respond to traumatic events. Because parents, teachers, and other adults see children in different situations, it is important for them to work together to share information about how each child is coping after a traumatic event.
Current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control recommend that everyone should do the following to protect themselves.
 
  • Clean your hands often and avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

You should also know that this is not a time to be gathering in people’s homes or to be gathering together.  CDC has recommended social distancing (keeping a distance of at least three feet between people) as a good practice to help prevent the spread of the virus.  One suggestion would be to have virtual play dates through FaceTime, Google Hangouts, etc.