East Leyden Parent Bulletin
October 23, 2020
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A Message from Dr. Manola
Good afternoon, and happy Friday! As we wrap up another week, we are excited to join you today and share some important updates and information. Additionally, we'd like to send a huge thank you to all of our students and families as we have made it through our first week of Quarter 2. Like Quarter 1, we will be focusing on only three classes, plus PE; periods 4, 5 & 6. For more information about the schedule and Quarter 2, please click here.
I'd also like to take a moment to follow-up on the communication shared by Superintendent Dr. Nick Polyak, earlier today. As much as we are eager to welcome our students back to campus, we want to make sure that we are doing so at the right time. While we were hoping to start in a week, we are going to hold until November 16 and begin immediately in our 50% model. More information is below, but I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge this communication. For some, it will come as a relief. For others, uncertainty. Whatever you and your family may be feeling, please know that we understand it and we appreciate you. We are all here for you and are doing everything we can to ensure all of our students have a positive and safe experience this school year.
As we continue to say, if there is anything you need, please just ask. Reach out to anyone on our administrative team and we will get back to you right away. Sooner or later, we are looking forward to having everyone back on campus. In the meantime, know that we are here for you every day.
Have a great weekend, stay warm, and enjoy some sunshine tomorrow! Take care!
Dr. Dominic Manola, Principal
Return to in-person hybrid model moved to November 16
October 23, 2020
Dear Leyden Family,
Several weeks ago I shared a video with you outlining our Roadmap to Reopening plan. At that time, our local metrics related to the regional positivity rate and local spread of COVID-19 were declining and we were excited to move into our hybrid models and get kids back in our buildings. Since that announcement, unfortunately, we have seen those metrics trend in the wrong direction. Because of these trends, we are going to pause and adjust our plans. As always, your wellness and safety is our top priority.
Before I talk about what is changing, I’ll start with what is going to stay the same. We currently have our students in our Bridge, LIFE High School, Transition, and English Learner Level 1 programs back in school. Those programs will continue. We will also continue our Open Campus Plan where any student who needs a quiet place to work or high quality internet can come into school every day. Finally, we will maintain our daily service of high quality, fresh meals that are available every day at both high schools and at various locations throughout the community.
The rest of our students were scheduled to return beginning on November 2nd in our hybrid model. As we continue to watch those metrics, we are going to delay the return of our students two weeks until Monday, November 16. At that time, we will utilize our 50% hybrid model. Following our recent survey to parents, approximately 48% of families responding have elected to opt-out of in-person schooling in the hybrid model. Because of that, we are confident we can provide social distancing and a safe learning environment for our students immediately in our 50% hybrid model.
We are also going to delay the return of the rest of our faculty to the buildings. Originally, they were scheduled to come back next week. Instead, we will have our faculty return on Monday, November 2. This will give us two full weeks for faculty to adjust to being back in the building as we prepare for kids on November 16th. I would like to take this chance to thank our teachers who have been re-inventing their professional practice every day and working harder than ever this year. Wednesday, October 28th will still be used as a Remote Planning Day with no student attendance so that staff can take that time to prepare for our change to the hybrid model.
We are still waiting for updates from the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) about the upcoming Winter sports season. Our activities, clubs, and fine arts programs will proceed as planned for right now.
We will continue to monitor our local metrics related to this virus and that will always drive our decision-making. I will provide another update on Friday, November 6th as we look towards bringing our students back to school.
Thank you for your patience and your partnership as we navigate this strange school year together. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out. Have a great day and a great weekend.
Dr. Nick Polyak
Clubs & Activities Are Now Up & Running!
Now that we have started Quarter 2, we are excited to have many of our clubs, activities and fine arts up and running! This is a great opportunity for our students to get involved outside of the classroom. We are proud to share with you more information about which groups are running and how to get involved!
For more information and for details on how to take part, please click here: Fall, 2020 Virtual Activities Club Fair
All clubs will begin starting at 3:10 pm, and as a note, clubs may meet in person even while we are in remote learning. Additionally, for students who decide they would like to stay fully remote, they are still welcome to participate in clubs and activities.
Any questions? Please reach out to Activities Director, Ms. Maura Gorzowski (email@example.com) anytime!
The FAFSA / Alternative application for financial aid opened last week. Please be aware, need-based grant monies awarded from the federal and state government are on a first-come, first-serve basis, so the sooner the application is completed the better. CLICK HERE for steps that all senior parents need to complete.
Please remind your senior student that the priority deadline for college applications is right around the corner - October 31! While students can still submit deadlines following October 31, those submitted by that deadline will receive priority by the college admission team. Request your transcript through Parchment by October 28 at the latest to ensure it is sent by the end of the workweek. Click here to view “The Nest” newsletter for your postsecondary planning resources.
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