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Updates on School Closing & Remote Learning as of 5-12-20
Updates on Remote Learning at Marian
Exams and Grading
If you did not already do so, here is the sign-up form for our virtual grade meetings Thurs., May 21 and Fri., May 22. Please remember that I had provided you specific information on what forms and reports you should be prepared to share and provide to me during these meetings on our 4/30 Faculty Meeting Minutes.
I have also redesigned the Exam and Grading Procedures Guide for Remote Learning for Semester 2. Please read through this thoroughly to ensure that you understand the expectations. If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.
A Continuation of our Remote Learning Plan to the End of the School Year
As the Governor closes schools for the rest of the school year, we needed to develop a continuation of our Remote Learning Plan to the end of the year. Please click here to read what will be going out to our families tomorrow, addressing grades, final exams, cleanouts and pickups, and other end-of-year events.
Teachers, please be aware that end of semester grade meetings will be between May 21 and May 22 (more information to follow). More information will also be coming on arrangements for the end of the year when all of you to be able to come to school to check out and clean out your rooms. Stay tuned!
Governor Pritzker Closes Schools for the Rest of the 2019-20 School Year
As you may have heard, today, April 17, 2020, Governor Pritzker announced the closing of Illinois schools for the rest of this school year. This is very heartbreaking, not only for our staff but more importantly for our students. Our students need us even more so now than ever... not just continuously providing the curriculum, but making connections and supporting all of our students socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
Please know that Administration will be making very difficult decisions about how to approach the typical end of the year celebrations... but are looking to approach this decision making in the most creative and innovative way possible in order to best support our entire Marian Community during this unprecedented time.
Student Final Returns & Pickups.... and Teacher Classroom Cleanup
Next week... the week of May 18-22, we will be having students coming into the building in shifts to return their devices, clean out lockers, and return/pick up anything that they need to. At this point, the timeframe will be from approximately 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily. During this time, I ave designated no more than 10 staff members at any one time who will be helping move 10 students per half hour through a variety of stations, ending at the Auditorium door as they pick up final awards, medications, and for the seniors, their cap, gown, and regalia.
This is a very detailed and tedious endeavor as we try to maintain social distancing and ensure everyone's safety. Marian employees that are helping will be supplied with gloves but will need to provide their own mask. All students coming into the building will also be required to wear their mask.
Teacher Classroom Cleanup and Check out
May 14 & 15:
Teachers are allowed to come into the building the remainder of this week (May 14 & 15) during the normal 7 am to 7 pm window that we had initially provided.
The week of student return/pickup, however, teachers are only allowed in the building between 7 am and 9:30 am, or between 6pm and 7pm. We CANNOT have any more than the already designated staff members in the building as the students are going in and out... Please adhere to these guidelines.
Remember that anytime you are in the building, please keep a responsible distance between others, and please, no large group gatherings are allowed.
What Could the Classes look like Next Fall?
As you re cleaning out your rooms, consider what your classroom could look like if we had to start the next school year with student desks 6 feet apart (in all directions). Mr. Shukis would like you to give him a rough estimate as to how many students you would be able to fit in your room at any one time given social distancing rules. If you need to remove any furniture that you decide you do not need in the classroom in order to allow for more student desks, please feel free to put a work order in on the Marian website to have it removed.
Teacher Final Check Out
We are very aware that this has been a very difficult last couple of months and end to the school year. We have typically coordinated our teacher check out at the same time as our grade meetings, but this year it will not be able to occur in that way.
Go ahead and clean your rooms, organize your resources, and fill out the attached form in preparation for your final end of year check out.
On Monday, June 1 and Tuesday, June 2 please bring that form with you to each of the individuals noted for a signature before handing the form in to Mrs. DiSilvio. Please use the attached sign out form to arrange for your appointment on either of those two days in order to keep appropriate social distancing.
Class of 2020 Graduation Plans
On Wednesday, Mr. Shukis put out this note to families about graduation.
As you may already know, Marian is offering senior families the opportunity for individualized graduation, to be videoed at Marian, and then put together with the rest of the students, along with speeches, recognitions, and other such graduation highlights. Once recorded, a video company that we have hired will be putting all of the parts together to one, cohesive keepsake video for our graduates and their families.
I have attached the basic layout of the "Virtual Graduation Ceremony" that we will be using as we format this video so that you are aware.
I am also sending this letter to seniors and their families, as I have sent a similar letter in past years, sharing the upcoming events. (Things are so different now!).
So what do we need from you?
While this year’s graduation is certainly unique, we’d still love our faculty to be a part of the video! Send a vertical photo of you in your cap and gown to Kaitlin Bordeaux email@example.com by May 26. You are welcome to hold a sign with a message to seniors if you’d like. Thank you!
Mandated Reporter ~ IMPORTANT
First, if you have not yet completed your Mandated Reporter training through DCFS... it is required, so please complete immediately!
The DCFS Mandated Reporter Training is available at: https://mr.dcfstraining.org/UserAuth/Login!loginPage.action?request_locale=en.
(You will need to create an account)
You were supposed to complete this before April 1, after which you will not need to do this again until the 2022-23 school year! Once you complete the training, please provide Ms. DiSilvio (you can forward via email) with a copy of both the Acknowledgement of Mandated Reporter Status and the certificate of completion for our records.
School Closing and Access to School
Although personnel who are ensuring that students have access to remote learning instruction are performing essential functions that are exempt from the "Stay at Home" mandate, we would still suggest that you limit your time at school to running in and out for something you need to do your job (is at all)... but nothing more. The school's alarms will still be off (allowing access) between 7 am - 7 pm Monday through Friday... but please, only come if there are no other alternatives. Please remember...NO MORE THAN 10 people grouping together...which means that if you need to meet with someone from your department, you can, but keep it small and keep it short!
Resources & Professional Development
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