March 13, 2020

Dear New Trier Families,

I want to begin by thanking you for your patience and encouragement as New Trier High School has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. While these are difficult times, we are a community that has always worked together to support our students.

As we communicated yesterday, school is closed and all activities, meetings, sports, performances, and other school events are postponed until further notice. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced today that all Illinois schools will be closed starting March 17 and cannot resume until March 30 at the earliest.This note will answer some logistical questions about our closure, remote learning, supporting students, and our future plans. Please bookmark our COVID-19 page, which we will update regularly:

Forgotten Items

If students forgot an item and need access to either campus, we will have one door open on each campus for a limited period. Students may come for forgotten items during the week of March 16-20. Students may not remain in the building after the item is retrieved. Security staff will be on hand to help. Students must bring their student ID.

Campus Entrances and Hours

  • Northfield B Building Entrance 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Winnetka Trevian Way Entrance 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Attendance and Remote Learning

Remote learning begins Monday, March 16. Students will need to check in with advisers by 8:40 a.m. each day via the Canvas Learning Management System in order to be marked present. All courses will also post an assignment on Canvas each day that must be submitted by 3 p.m. for the purpose of taking attendance. Student and teacher expectations during Trevian Remote Learning Days can be found here:

Advisers will be contacting the parents of students who do not submit their attendance check-in assignments each day, just as they would report unexpected absences during a normal school day. Please email your student's adviser in the morning if they are too ill to do work that day. We appreciate your patience and help in getting students used to this new routine.

School Communications

We will regularly update our COVID-19 web page with all parent communications. It is your best resource for the latest information on New Trier's response. We also will share real-time information on our social media pages: Facebook , Twitter , Instagram

Due to the unprecedented number of school districts sending mass communications, our parent notification provider is experiencing delays in the delivery of emails. We will continue to email you, but please know those communications may take some time to reach your inbox.

Quarter Grades

Third quarter ends on March 20 and grades will be submitted the week following Spring Break. We will send you a separate email about how to access those grades via PowerSchool. Quarter grades will be based on eight weeks of in-class work and one week of remote learning. Now is the time for your student to proactively contact teachers to check if they have any missing work before the end of the quarter. Also, teachers recognize there will be an adjustment period during the first week of remote learning as students and teachers adapt to an online learning environment. However, you can expect your student to receive regular feedback in a timely fashion to keep students informed of their progress. Also, keep in mind that quarter grades are mid-semester progress checks. They are not final grades and do not appear on transcripts.

Mental Health Resources

We know that this unprecedented global event will raise mental health concerns for our students and families, including fear of the unknown, social isolation, and other issues. On our COVID-19 page , we have information about resources students can access from home such as Text-a-Tip as well as links to other mental health resources and articles.

Spring break and future plans

Our spring break will go on as planned from March 21-March 29. Over the next few weeks, school administrators will assess the latest guidance from health and state officials in determining when our campuses may be able to reopen. Students and families should prepare for the potential of an extended period of remote learning.

I cannot thank you enough for your support during this stressful time for all of our families. Our goal is to keep our students' education moving forward, and we all will need flexibility, patience and time to adjust as we launch this new way of teaching and learning.


Dr. Paul Sally
Superintendent, New Trier High School