March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 3 p.m.

Dear New Trier Families,

Based on the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, we are canceling school for students tomorrow, March 13. While we have no confirmed COVID-19 cases in the District, we are shifting to our remote learning plan in an abundance of caution. Remote learning will begin Monday, March 16 and continue until further notice. Our school buildings will be closed to students beginning Friday, March 13th. All activities and events are canceled until further notice. Tomorrow will be a work day for staff to make final preparations for remote learning.

Remote learning plans

All New Trier teachers have created plans to continue instruction through remote learning via the Canvas Learning Management system. General expectations for students and teachers during Trevian Remote Learning Days can be found here: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/remotelearning .

Teachers will use different methods to deliver instruction, but all assignments will be meaningful and will keep courses moving forward. We instructed students today to take all books, electronics, and personal belongings home.

Spring break and future plans

Our spring break will go on as planned from March 21-March 29. All spring break school-sponsored travel has been canceled.

Students will not be assigned homework during spring break and will not have tests or projects due immediately after the break. Any decision on reopening our campuses will be made carefully in consultation with public health officials. We will keep families informed as this guidance develops.

Details for students accessing items that may have been left at school will be on the remote learning page later this weekend.

Testing

We are in contact with the College Board regarding plans both for the AP testing window and SAT testing in consideration of COVID-19. As you can imagine, those plans continue to be fluid. We will provide the latest information to families regarding testing as we receive it from the testing agencies.

Sports, Performing Arts, Clubs, and Community Events

All sports practices, team gatherings, and competitions, performances, clubs, class activities, and other events are canceled until further notice. Sponsors and coaches will not be allowed to hold practices or other gatherings off-site. We discourage students from organizing their own gatherings.

Communication with Families

We will continue to provide you with regular updates as this situation develops. For the latest information, please visit our web page: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/COVID-19/

This is a stressful and unprecedented situation for our school, our families, and our local and global community. We know there will be bumps in the road along the way, but together we will support our students and do what is best for them. I am proud to be part of a community with such a strong history of support for education. We will get through this together.

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March 12, 2020 10 a.m.

Dear New Trier Families,

Thank you for your patience and partnership as New Trier High School makes plans to continue our students' education amid the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic. We are following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health agencies and understand our important role in supporting the health of our community as well as the safety and well-being of our students.

Right now, there are no reports of COVID-19 exposure or illness on our campuses. We know that could change. Enhanced sanitation measures and more frequent cleaning of high-touch areas continue at our campuses. At this point, while some Illinois high schools have closed for deep cleaning after a report of COVID-19 exposure, those without such exposure have remained open. Please know that we are monitoring this situation minute by minute and will have another update to you this afternoon. State guidance for schools can be found here: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/ISBE-Guidance-to-School-Coronavirus.pdf

Remote learning plans

All New Trier teachers have created plans to continue instruction through remote learning if New Trier needs to close its campuses for an extended period. Teachers have shared expectations with students to assure they are prepared to access assignments through the Canvas Learning Management system and participate in class from home. All teachers now are active on Canvas.

Should New Trier decide to close and employ Trevian Remote Learning Days, all parents and students will be notified and our website will be updated. General expectations for students and teachers during Trevian Remote Learning Days can be found here: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/remotelearning .

Each night, students and staff should take home all computers, chargers, and other belongings needed in the event of an extended school closure.

Extracurricular activities and sporting events

We continue to review extracurricular activities and sporting events to determine whether they should continue, following the guidance of public health officials. We are in continual contact with the IHSA and Central Suburban League for guidance on high school athletic competitions. We encourage families to make the individual choices that are best for them. Our coaches and sponsors understand they need to provide that flexibility.

School-sponsored spring break travel

The families of classes and teams scheduled to travel out of state during spring break have been contacted with the most updated information about the status of those trips. We are reviewing each planned trip on a case-by-case basis as guidance on travel changes rapidly.

Communication with Families

Given the rapidly evolving nature of this pandemic and guidance for schools, we will continue to communicate regularly with families about our plans. We will provide another update to you this afternoon. For the latest information, please visit our web page: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/COVID-19/

We are asking families, staff, and students for patience and flexibility as we all adapt to this unprecedented situation. You will hear from me again before the end of the day.

Thanks,

Dr. Paul Sally
Superintendent, New Trier High School