Dear Highlands families and staff,
Earlier today, Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois schools would remain closed through April 30, 2020, to protect the health, safety, and welfare of everyone. Highlands has been implementing our e-Learning plan and will continue to do so until we receive word we can transition back to regular instruction.
We recognize that you did not sign up to be a teacher, and that parenting is a full-time job. As we look at the sustainability of our e-Learning experiences, we do not want you to feel frustration around instructing your child on daily assignments. We would instead ask you to encourage perseverance in problem-solving, asking your child questions around the task or if they have “phoned a friend,” and finally, reaching out to the teacher.
With the extension of e-Learning for a longer time, we are working with staff to provide students with cross-curricular project-based learning experiences allowing your child to practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills while engaging in a learning experience that will be motivating, challenging and allow for creativity.
Next week, we will be taking Monday, April 6, and Tuesday, April 7, as planning days to allow the staff to plan for sustained e-Learning instruction. This means that students will not have any lessons posted on either Schoology or See-Saw on Monday or Tuesday of next week. All e-Learning instruction will resume on Wednesday of next week. Additionally, we will keep with the original calendar and continue to have Friday, April 10, as a non-attendance day.
No one knew at the beginning of this school year that we would be navigating a pandemic, but together we will persevere and do what is necessary to stop the spread and to flatten the curve of COVID19. I will continue to send updates as we receive additional information from the Illinois State Board of Education. Thank you for your partnership.
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Dear Highlands Families and Staff,
Welcome back from Spring Break and to our second week of e-Learning implementation! Our staff were busy over break preparing lessons for our children for the upcoming week. The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families continues to be a priority for us in 106.
As you know, the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid. The recommendations of staying at home, social distancing, and washing your hands are our most significant preventative measures for keeping ourselves and others around us healthy.
I have some information to share with you. Over the weekend, we were notified that a staff member's spouse has tested positive for COVID-19. They began showing symptoms on March 20, 2020, a week after we dismissed from school on March 13, 2020. Our staff member nor anyone else in the family is exhibiting any symptoms at this time. They are self-quarantining and taking care of themselves.
Conversations continue between the Lyons Township superintendents as we approach our anticipated date of return, which is set for April 7. We will provide you with updated information as soon as we have additional information to share. We continue to look to the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the Cook County Health Department and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
You can continue to find information about our e-Learning plan and additional updates during our closure on our website or by clicking here. Our most recent communications are located here, and we are updating any resources we find to this page as well.
Lunch Pick Up Continues Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays 11-1
Meals are from 11 am-1 pm for any family who would like to stop in and pick up lunch for their student(s). Meals will be delivered on Monday (for Mon/Tues), Wednesday (for Wed/Thurs), and Friday (for Fri/weekend). All are welcome! Contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your support and understanding as we work to keep our school community healthy.
Dr. Amy Warke
Dear Highlands Staff and Families,
As our first week of e-Learning concludes, I would like to thank the teachers, staff, students, and families for everything that made this week a huge success. Your feedback was instrumental and assisted us with course-correction to help us continually improve the program. The feedback assisted us in designing even better learning experiences for our children. Thank you, everyone!
The health, safety, and well-being of our students, staff, and families continue to be a priority in District 106. As the information with the Coronavirus (COVID19) continues to evolve, and we head into Spring Break, I want to take a moment to reinforce best-practice preventative safety measures and share some additional resources with you.
What we know is COVID19 is a respiratory illness, and the best way to stay healthy is to practice good hygiene habits.
Here is a great visual from the CDC to put up in your home to help remind us how to stop the spread of germs.
Here is a link from the CDC with a video for handwashing to share with younger children.
This video shows children how to cover when you cough and sneeze.
Here is an additional parent resource to guide you on how to talk to your children about COVID19.
Some highlights from this article are:
- Remain calm and reassuring.
- Make yourself available.
- Avoid blaming.
- Monitor television viewing and social media.
- Maintain a normal routine to the extent possible.
- Be honest and accurate.
- Review and model basic hygiene and healthy lifestyle practices for protection.
We are doing our best to make decisions and keep you informed in this fluid and fast-moving situation. Highlands and the LT Feeder Districts announced our closure through April 6, 2020. We will resume e-Learning on March 30, 2020, when we return from Spring Break. We will continue to send you updates as the information becomes available to us.
Note: You are receiving this message because your email address is associated with a student at LaGrange Highlands School District 106. To adjust which email addresses are associated with your student, contact the school office.
The LaGrange Highlands Board of Education School District 106 will fill a
vacancy for the completion of a 4-year term ending April 2021. For details, open this document.
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Stream this board meeting at - https://youtu.be/ywwge5OB99c
A regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Thursday, March 19, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, a virtual meeting will take place. A link will be posted on our website the evening of the meeting. The agenda for the meeting is available by going to Administration --> Board of Education --> Agendas
A Link to the meeting will be added to this story once it begins.