We will communicate critical information to our community using the district website at www.lb65.org, social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), School Messenger, the district all call system and texting, and through local media. Schools and teachers have also been using their social media accounts to communicate information, along with other web-based tools. We are checking email regularly, as well as the voicemail at each school and the district office. Please contact us if you have any questions and we will respond as soon as possible. The phone numbers of each building are listed below:
- Lake Bluff Elementary School - 847-234-9405
- Lake Bluff Middle School - 847-234-9407
- Lake Bluff 65 District Office - 847-234-9400
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.
- All students and families should have access to quality educational materials and to the supports needed to successfully access those materials
- Given the reality of the digital divide, most schools may need to provide digital and nondigital access to content
- It is still possible and imperative that students access meaningful/high-quality educational materials that align to state standards
- It is imperative that students and schools/teachers maintain a personal connection that supports necessary, rigorous academic work in a manner that is respectful of students’ contexts (their mindset, feelings, responsibilities, etc.)
- Simplicity is best during this time -- simplicity of the framework, of communication structures, of expectations
- Support the whole child -- their mental health, nutritional needs, and safety needs
- Parents will need access to clear information and ample resources
- Teachers may need support, encouragement, and compassion to ensure their success and resilience
- All means all. Districts must seek to implement remote learning that addresses the needs of all students and families by taking into consideration language, diverse learning needs, home living situation, legal status, access to technology, access to parental support, and access to transportation. Our most vulnerable student populations still need us most.
- Underpinning these recommendations is the need for resilience, critical and creative thinking, thoughtful responsiveness, and empathy to help ensure that students continue to grow personally, academically, and linguistically
First and foremost, we recognize that remote learning is not an ideal situation. There is no substitute for the interaction between students and staff, and the learning activities that take place daily in our schools. This plan is not intended to replace that, but to be the next best option given the current circumstances. Therefore, this plan is an opportunity for students to continue to be engaged in learning activities during the closure. It will only be successful if students take time daily to complete the activities provided for them digitally. We strongly encourage parents to create time and a physical space for students to take part in activities regularly.
Second, we realize that this situation has put all families under a great deal of stress, and that varies from family to family. Some of you live in single parent homes, while others in homes where parents/guardians are employed in essential positions and therefore aren’t home during the day. Some of you may have other family members living with you, and some may have family members who are ill, frail, or weak. And some of you live in homes where the mental health of some family members, such as anxiety or depression, may have an impact on the rest of the members of the household. We know that each family is different, and each family has unique stresses that are a challenge. Our commitment is to be understanding, reasonable, and flexible. There are some situations where we are limited in what we can do, but we will work hard to work with you as long as you communicate your needs to us. Again, you can do that through email, or calling the district office or any of the school buildings.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.)
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.
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- Administrators will work with all staff to review remote learning day plans to assure the level of rigor and appropriateness for the targeted grade level students.
- Administrators will review expectations for participation with all staff when a remote learning day is needed or mandated.
- Building administrators will troubleshoot with teachers to make sure that training is provided for staff in order to use all platforms needed to provide instruction.
- Administrators will regularly communicate with parents to share information and to answer any questions or concerns.
- Each teacher will have access to use Google Classroom, Seesaw, Zoom, or student email to communicate assignments to children.
- The teacher is responsible for the remote learning day plans for their students. Plans should be appropriate for the time of year, current topics of study, and should align with curriculum goals and objectives while also being conducive to remote learning.
- Each teacher will remain online and accessible when possible via their email and Google Classroom from 9-3 on school days to the best of their ability as agreed upon through collaboration between teachers and administrators.
Special Education Providers:
- Special Education Teachers will work with parents and families to identify goal areas from the student’s individualized educational program to determine how to deliver tailored instruction remotely. The teachers and service providers (Learning Behavior Specialist, School Social Workers, School Psychologists, Speech/Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, etc.) will develop a plan for working with each child in collaboration with the parents.
- Additionally, special education teachers will support the general education teachers by differentiating and modifying assignments for students on their caseloads when possible. They will also remain online and accessible throughout the hours of the regularly scheduled school day to the best of their ability.
English Learning Teachers & Reading Specialists
- EL Teachers will be available to the students on their caseload to support accommodations, acquisition of language, translation, and to provide virtual instruction as needed.
- Reading specialists are working with students to provide support services in small groups as best as possible during the remote learning days.
- Teacher Assistants are given a teacher or teachers to partner with so they can monitor and support students.
- Custodians are expected to report onsite when essential work is needed. Otherwise, they can use their remote time for online training.
- Nurses will use these days to complete reports and paperwork as well as providing the administration and staff daily updates on COVID-19.
- Enrichment Specialists will work with classroom teachers to continue the development of remote learning activities and to support the needs of all students to the best of their ability. They will also assist teachers in monitoring student questions throughout the regular school day hours.
- Administrative Assistants will monitor voicemail messages coming into the schools throughout the day, work on outstanding clerical responsibilities, including SIS reports, data clean up and preparation for upcoming events.
- Library Information Specialists and Assistants may create activities using digital tools available to the districts’ libraries. These activities will be shared with teachers to be used as needed to support other assigned learning.
- Students are allowed to use any device to participate in the remote learning days. The district issued Chromebook and iPad are preferred, as this will provide access to the appropriate digital tools.
- Students are required to login for attendance daily.
- Students are not required to complete the work on the actual remote learning day. Teachers, however, will only be accessible during the stated hours for assistance. Questions or concerns may be brought to the teacher during the regular school day or via email.
- Students who receive special education services and/or educational accommodations per an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will receive additional guidance for completing activities from their case manager. Any learning that is not able to be completed independently will be supported by the classroom teacher or case manager upon the students’ return to school.
- Meaningful feedback
- Assessment of learning (summative)
- Assessment as learning (self-assessment)
- Assessment for learning (formative)
- Student/teacher partnership (home)
- Criteria for work and expectations (exemplars)
- A dialogue
- Part of the learning process
- Focused on student growth
Parents and Families who typically receive free and reduced lunch may access free meals and gain access to groceries on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.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.
Is the internet filtered while students are at home?
Is the District able to provide any internet access for families who may not have internet access?
Will someone still be answering the phones at my child’s school? At the District Office?
What should I do if my child’s device breaks or we need support with my child’s device?
How will you communicate with us during this time?
Is it possible for my child’s teacher to come and work with us in our home?
- 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.
- Lake County United Way offers free resources to families in need of assistance (including mental health resources). The best way to reach them is by dialing 211.
- Text 847Help to 844-823-5323 to be connected to a crisis counselor 24-hours a day, 7 days, week.
- Students who are in need of support can also send a text to 847-786-0090 or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.