Dear Parents and Families,
As we move into the second week of our school closing, we are encouraged to see that everyone continues to follow the guidelines regarding social distancing and healthy habits. We are all making changes to our everyday routines in response to this situation and will get through this together.
The governor and State Board of Education have extended the period for school closings until at least April 7, 2020. This means that students will not return to school until Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the very earliest. The State Board cautions that this date may change, and later this week, ISBE will issue guidance regarding closing dates. At this time, ISBE contemplates that districts will eventually transition to Remote Instructional Days. We will keep you updated with this information as it becomes available.
This second week of the closing still falls under the state definition of Act of God days, meaning the work assigned to our students is not required to be completed or made up when we eventually return to school. Lessons and activities are to be used in order to keep students engaged and give parents direction as to the type of work students should be completing. The curriculum department has sent out packets to those families who do not have a device or internet access at home, but still wish to maintain a regular schedule of learning for their students.
For those families who do have a device at home that students can use to access the internet, teachers have posted lessons and activities online in the Microsoft Teams platform that we will be using for remote learning. Instructions for accessing this app can be found below. For most of our students, this will be the first time they have accessed this platform, and they will likely need some guidance in setting it up on their devices. We expect that this week will be a time for students to practice getting on the app and using the features available. Teachers will be online from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day to connect with students, answer questions and help them navigate the Teams app. This will be a learning experience for all of us, so we truly appreciate your patience as we work through any issues and your feedback as we launch this remote learning app.
If you have difficulty downloading the app on your device, you may send an email to email@example.com. One of our staff will respond to your question as soon as we can.
Grab and go breakfast and lunch options are still available at Tobin School, 8501 S. Narragansett, on the south side of the building at door #9. Food is being distributed in a drive-thru model, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. We’d like to send a big thank you to our food service workers, who report to work each day so this program can continue!
We are still working on a plan to provide devices for those families that do not have one at home. As we finalize these plans, families without internet access should contact Xfinity to sign up for the Internet Essentials program, so they will be able to access the internet once a device is secured. You can find more information about this program here: https://internetessentials.com/get-help#mostasked&all_contactcustomerservice
Staff will continue to reach out to our families by phone this next week. The number may show up as blocked, since we may be calling from a number your phone does not recognize. It is our goal to connect with every family every day to check in, connect with students, and provide guidance and support to our families during this time. If a staff member does not connect with your family, and you have questions, you may call the administration office at (708) 496-0500. We will be checking these messages daily and responding to any inquiries as soon as we can.
Click here for directions on how to use Teams:
Accessing via ClassLink
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