June 17, 2020

Dear New Trier Families,

I hope your summer is off to a great start, even if it looks different than the one you may have planned months ago. Here at New Trier, our summer also will be different - and busy! Our school reopening committees are planning for a number of scenarios under which Illinois schools may be allowed to reopen this fall: everyone in school, a limited number of people at school with a blended in-person/remote approach to learning, all remote learning, or moving between these scenarios depending on the circumstances. In all cases, New Trier's goal is to have students learning in school as often as possible while abiding by state health and safety guidelines.

As of this email, we still have not received specific guidance or information from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) or the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) on reopening parameters for August. Our plans focus on solutions that could work across the different scenarios, providing stability for students and teachers as we work to deliver flexible, high-quality, individualized instruction under uncertain circumstances.

New schedule for 2020-2021 and webinar tonight

One way in which we can provide stability is with a schedule that works for both remote and in-person learning. Our move to a modified block schedule, in which different periods meet on alternate days, was detailed in the latest Board of Education Briefs . I invite all students and parents/guardians to learn more about this new schedule during a webinar tonight, June 17, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. We will answer frequently asked questions about the schedule and explain how it would work under different reopening scenarios. Please register in advance for this webinar; a Zoom link will be sent after you register here . If you cannot attend, we will post a link to the webinar recording on our website.

Communication over the summer

We expect that the state will provide some broad guidance to schools about conditions for reopening within the next few weeks, with more details as the summer progresses. Once we have a chance to analyze the guidance and how it pertains to New Trier, we will share our ongoing plans with you. Please know that we will work with the best available information but must be ready to change our plans if state guidance changes.

Here is a rough timeline of communications you can expect from New Trier this summer:

  • By early next week: Transportation sign-up for the coming school year. We will include health and safety information and our best guidance on transportation planning in this email.
  • Late June: Update and details on potential in-person opportunities for summer athletics
  • Early July: Update on state guidance and New Trier's planning for reopening
  • Mid to late July: More detailed update with specific reopening plans and procedures; new survey to families; Board of Education Briefs
  • Early August: Schedules and back-to-school packet mailed to homes
  • Third week of August: Final details and reminders about the opening of the 2020-2021 school year; digital Guidebook sent to families

Over the next few weeks, we also will create a new 2020-2021 School Year Information page on our website where we will post all emails we send over the summer as well as updates in areas such as activities, athletics, performing arts, and testing. Please bookmark www.newtrier.k12.il.us as a reference over the summer.

Fee bills

The District issued student fee bills on June 5 th . Fees may be paid by logging into your parent PowerSchool account and clicking on the Balance icon. You will be directed to our web store for payment processing. Check payments may be mailed to Registration Fees, 7 Happ Road, Northfield IL 60093. For questions about student fees, please call 847-784-3409 or email feebills@nths.net

Financial assistance

For families experiencing financial hardship, the District Financial Assistance Program includes fee waivers, transportation waivers, the Textbook Loan Program, and the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. Approval is based on current household income and/or extenuating circumstances as outlined by Board policy. Families approved for District assistance also qualify for further support from our donation partners. Please visit our Financial Assistance web page to apply for the 2020-2021 school year.

I wish we could give you more certainty around our plans for the 2020-2021 school year right now, but rest assured that we are doing our best to give students as much of a "normal" school experience as will be possible, all while keeping health and safety a top priority. I wish you the very best this summer and hope you have a chance to relax and reconnect with family and friends.

Sincerely,

Denise Dubravec
Principal, Winnetka Campus