e-Learning Updates
Update for April 5, 2020
(Published by Dr. Warke on Apr 05, 2020)

Hello, Highlands families, staff, and students. 

Here is a video message for our upcoming week. 

Stay safe and healthy!

Dr. Warke

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e-Learning Extension Until April 30
(Published by Dr. Warke on Mar 31, 2020)

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. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Warke

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Welcome Back!
(Published by Dr. Warke on Mar 29, 2020)

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 mduback@district106.net if you have any questions.

Thank you so much for your support and understanding as we work to keep our school community healthy.

Warm regards, 

Dr. Amy Warke

Superintendent

 

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March 20, 2020 e-Learning Update
(Published by Mr. Dearborn on Mar 20, 2020)

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.

Stress and Coping during COVID

CDC FAQ on COVID19

CDC Website on COVID19

When Home becomes the Workplace 

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. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Warke



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March 17, 2020 - Day 2 e-Learning Information
(Published by Dr. Warke on Mar 17, 2020)

Dear Highlands Families and Staff, 

Welcome to day two of e-Learning. We thank you for your continued support and feedback of our e-Learning implementation. Our teachers’ thoughtful lesson planning will help ensure student learning while we cannot physically be in the same space. It is the partnership we have with you, our families, that helps us be successful for our children. You will receive a survey later this afternoon to provide us feedback on the first two days of e-Learning. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. It will help us as we continue to plan and implement e-Learning. Here are our suggestions for successful e-Learning. 

  • Establish A Regular Work Area: Students may have many materials they are using to complete lessons, including their iPad, books, papers, and other materials.  Having a set location to work minimizes the time students need to begin learning. Start with a clean, organized, and well-lit area.  I would suggest this be a common area in the home so parents can supervise if needed.  
  • Minimize Distractions: Students’ work area should not be in view of televisions or other media.  Unless needed for work, phones and non-school devices should be put away. Your child may try to convince you he/she can “multitask,” they cannot. 
  • Develop A Schedule: Teachers are available to students from 10:00-11:30 am and 1:00-3:30 pm.  Students may not need the full five hours to complete their assignments. Developing a regular schedule will help keep students on track and allow for some predictability. 
  • Take Breaks: Students may find it hard to focus on e-Learning for extended periods.  Working in regular breaks to the schedule will help support the successful completion of tasks and enhance learning.  
  • Ask Questions: We are all trying to navigate this unique situation the best we can and realize you may have questions.  Teachers, principals, and other administrators are here to help and want to ensure successful learning at home.  Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.  

Lunch pick up today!

We have lunches in the District Office Vestibule for anyone who would like a sack lunch. 

Please stop by today from 11-1  

  1. Spring Break Travel: We need your help to continue to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  We understand that Spring Break is a time when many of our families travel, and we seek to enhance our reporting capabilities as the situation continues to evolve.  We ask that if you are traveling over the break, you complete this form voluntarily.  Additionally, we ask you to complete this form if family, friends, roommates, and/or other individuals with whom students share a household will visit over the break. 

Stay safe and healthy, 

Dr. Warke

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March 16, 2020 - Day 1 e-Learning Information
(Published by Dr. Warke on Mar 16, 2020)

Dear Highlands Families and Staff, 

Today we launched the first day of e-Learning for students. Our theme for this school year has been safe to fail. As adults, we set out to learn that it is ok to take risks and to make mistakes. We know we can learn when we course-correct and then jump back in to find another way to persevere through our task.  We had no idea how this safe to fail theme would play out during this year, but the risks that all staff are taking to launch e-Learning to provide continuity of instruction to our children is fantastic. The team has embraced this and are jumping in with both feet. I want to thank everyone for all that they are doing and have done to make this opportunity for learning possible. 

Tips for successful e-Learning at home can include: 

  • Establish A Regular Work Area: Students may have many materials they are using to complete lessons, including their iPad, books, papers, and other articles.  Having a set location to work minimizes the time students need to begin learning. Start with a clean, organized, and well-lit area.  I would suggest this be a common area in the home so parents can supervise if needed.  
  • Minimize Distractions: Students’ work area should not be in the line of sight of televisions or other media.  Unless needed for work, phones and non-school devices should not be accessible. Your child may try to convince you he/she can “multitask”; they cannot. 
  • Develop A Schedule: Teachers are available to students from 10:00-11:30 am and 1:00-3:30 pm.  Students may not need the allotted time to complete their assignments. Developing a regular schedule will help keep students on track and allow for some predictability. 
  • Take Breaks: Students may find it hard to focus on e-Learning for extended periods.  Working in regular breaks to the schedule will help support the successful completion of tasks and enhance learning.  
  • Ask Questions: We are all trying to navigate this unique situation the best we can and realize you may have questions.  Teachers, principals, and other administrators are here to help and want to ensure successful learning at home.  Please reach out if you have questions or concerns.  


Families, we could use your assistance with these items: 

  1.  Provide feedback with the surveys at the end of the day for e-Learning
    1. Students on Monday
    2. Families on Tuesday
  2. Spring Break Travel: We need your help to continue to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.  We understand that Spring Break is a time when many of our families travel, and we seek to enhance our reporting capabilities as the situation continues to evolve.  We ask that if you are going away over the break, please complete this form voluntarily.  Additionally, we ask you to complete this form if family, friends, roommates, and/or other individuals with whom students share a household will visit over the break. 

Lunch pick up begins today! 

For any family who needs to access this service, please find the lunches in the District Office Vestibule from 11-1. Lunches will be available for pick up on Monday and Wednesdays: 

March 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 and April 1

 

The health, safety, and well-being of our children and our community are one of our highest priorities in District 106. Please remember the If you or anyone in your family experiences fever, cough or difficulty breathing, consult your healthcare professional. The CDC and the Public Health Department have suggested guidelines for keeping us safe. 

Social Distancing is one of the most effective ways to mitigate the spread of the virus. Here is an article from the Washington Post on the importance of Social Distancing during the school closure. Please follow the recommendations from the CDC and the health department during the closing to help flatten the curve of the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, here are some resources for your reference.  

Center for Disease Control Website

Tips for Healthy Habits   

Talking points for Children

 As you know, there is no playbook for how to handle a global pandemic, and we are doing our best to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and staff in a very fluid and fast-moving situation.  We continue to be in contact with the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health, as well as our partner school districts and our local villages, as we continue to make the best decisions possible.

Thank you for your continued support as we navigate this situation. 

Warm regards, 

Dr. Warke

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e-Learning Begins On Monday
(Published by Dr. Warke on Mar 13, 2020)

Dear Highlands Families, 

To safeguard the health and wellness of students, staff, and the community we have decided to close District 106 schools to students beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, with a projected return of Tuesday, April 7, 2020 (this reflects a one week period following spring break and anticipated travel from our community). This is a dynamic situation and the return to school date may change.  The Lyons Township superintendents have collaborated on our closure plans and are aligned with one another. 

 There is a great deal of information to share with families and I have done my best to organize the information in an easy to read format.  Please read all the information and contact me with any questions you may have. Please know, at this point, we are not aware of any confirmed cases of coronavirus in our schools.  

e-Learning 

Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20. 

Monday, March 30 - Monday, April 6.

Please access our plan by clicking on the link here

Spring Break  Monday, March 23- Friday, March 27. 

 

Updates

Updates will be provided via the website, email, Facebook and Twitter @district106 #106learns

 

Lunch Pick Up

We will have sack lunch pick up in the District Office Vestibule on Monday, March 16 and 30 and Wednesday, March 18 and April 1, from 11 to 1 for any family who needs to access this service.

Meal Resource Guide 

Center for Disease Control Website

Tips for Healthy Habits   

Talking points for Children

Please know that there is no playbook for how to handle a global pandemic and we are doing our best to make decisions that are in the best interest of our students and staff in a very fluid and fast-moving situation.  We will continue to be in contact with the Illinois and Cook County Departments of Public Health, as well as our partner school districts and our local villages as we continue to make the best decisions possible for our students and families.

Dr. Amy Warke

Superintendent LaGrange Highlands 106

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