Thank you for your patience and understanding following the news of the Northfield Township Adaptive Pause. In Northbrook District 27, we will continue our current hybrid synchronous learning model through the end of the day Tuesday, November 24. Fully remote learning will begin on Monday, November 30. Assuming the local and regional health metrics are favorable, guidance from our local and state health departments allows, and our staffing levels are adequate, we plan to resume our hybrid synchronous learning model on Tuesday, January 19.
While we designed our hybrid synchronous model with the flexibility to adapt as such guidance and conditions evolve, we whole-heartedly realize this shift can be disruptive to our District families and therefore wanted to give you as much notice as possible. We know this news is not easy to hear. No one believes in the importance of in-person instruction more than us. These past several months have been truly remarkable, and we look forward to resuming our hybrid synchronous instruction soon. We are, and will continue to be, stronger together.
The remote learning daily schedule will closely mirror the schedule of an in-person learner. Below are the daily hours for school during remote learning which mirror the NB27 school day:
• Kindergarten: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
• Hickory Point: 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
• Shabonee: 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
• Wood Oaks: 8:15 am - 3:30 pm
Grades K-1: Since the beginning of the school year some students have been fully remote and this has been working well. During the Adaptive Pause all K-1 students will have this same remote experience. Teachers will post their daily schedules in Canvas, including Zoom links.
Grades 2-8: Students will follow the same schedule they are currently following on their home hybrid day. The daily schedule is always posted on the teachers’ Canvas homepages.
All Grades: School principals will be sending out more information regarding Art, Music, and Physical Education in their upcoming weekly newsletters. With all children being online, these specials will now have synchronous instruction, and Zoom links will be posted in Canvas.
The teachers will be identifying materials that students need to take home with them, and we will determine if/when we might need a remote pick-up during the Adaptive Pause. Kindergarten and first grade students will be issued a Chromebook and charger on Tuesday, November 24, for use at home during remote instruction.
Technology staff will provide support throughout the remote school days. Support requests should be made through the Technology Support Request Form. This is the most efficient way to receive help, as technology staff will be closely monitoring and responding to submissions throughout the school day. If a student is in need of a technology repair or specific equipment, they will also need to fill out the form above and a staff member will be in touch with them to schedule an appointment.
How to Support Your Children During Remote Learning
Now more than ever it is important that your child has a work space that is conducive to learning. We recommend the following:
Dedicate a space for your child to work. Open spaces in view of adults are ideal, when possible, so that a quick glance or reminder can be provided if and when necessary.
Set out supplies such as notebooks, pencils, technology, etc. in the sequence of your child’s day so that he/she knows what is needed as the day progresses. For example, if Math is the first subject of the day, put the Math materials first.
We genarally expect that cameras remain on during instruction, unless the teacher directs the child to turn it off or if the child has permission. This allows the teacher to monitor student engagement.
Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19
With the health metrics increasing, it is vital that we as a community remain vigilant in avoiding exposure to COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing our hands, and maintaining physical distance. Northshore University HealthSystem is asking all of us to take the COVID-19 safety promise.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions related to this Adaptive Pause or remote learning.
Thank you for your partnership in preventing the spread of COVID-19 so that we can welcome our students back into our schools as soon as possible. During this Adaptive Pause, we will be in close communication with our District families as we continue to monitor the situation.
Dave Kroeze, PhD.
Superintendent of Schools