Army Trail School Family Update
November 13, 2020
Return to Remote Learning
Thank you to the families of all our students. I recognize that during the first two and a half months of school, there have been many challenges for our students, employees, and your families. I celebrate your efforts and collaboration to continue supporting your child’s academic and social needs during this time.
I have continued to monitor all conditions that affect the safety and operation of our schools. As the public health data trends worse across the State of Illinois and our country, we have been able to maintain a safe environment in our schools because of our internal mitigation strategies. Our combined efforts greatly reduce the potential for virus transmission when individuals follow the guidelines and the three w’s (wear masks, wash hands, and watch our distances) both at school and in our personal lives.
The number of our employees and students who have been in contact with or have tested positive for COVID-19 continues to grow. Despite most of these cases occurring outside of our school district facilities, when employees need to quarantine this directly impacts our capacity to properly staff the in-person hybrid learning program. Safe schools require employees to be in-person to provide instruction, support, and supervision.
Because of the current diminished staffing capacity, we will switch our students to full all-day remote learning model starting after November 20th and continuing until after winter break. Our goal is to return to the in-person hybrid/remote learning model on Tuesday, January 5th.
The safety of our students and employees is our primary concern and I appreciate everyone following our guidelines to contribute to a safe environment. The daily self-certification, prompt reporting of symptoms, identifying close contacts, and reporting positive diagnosis of the virus has helped us make the necessary quarantine and return-to-school decisions. This monitoring and decision-making will continue while students are in full remote learning and during the Thanksgiving and winter breaks. Please be advised that we are required to document all cases with the DuPage County Health Department.
During this full remote learning time, all parents and guardians must report if their child has had:
- symptoms of COVID-19
- close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVD-19
- tested positive for the virus.
Information about reporting this information will be sent to all parents/guardians next week.
I will continue to monitor and consider all the available data/information including the active cases involving our employees and students. This information will contribute to decisions that are made following winter break. Additional information about the temporary return to full remote learning will be shared by your school principal next week.
ADDISON SCHOOL DISTRICT 4
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Metropolitan Family Services DuPage offers Early Childhood programs to help your child learn and get ready for school. DuPage County parents* can now enroll in high-quality, comprehensive preschool services to encourage your child’s social, emotional, and intellectual future.
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Parent Teacher Conferences - ***Last Chance to Sign up***
This year, Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held virtually through Zoom. However, families will still need to sign up through Skyward Family Access. The window to schedule a conference opens at 8:00 AM on Monday, October 26, and closes at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 6. Below you will find additional instructions for scheduling conferences. Please reach out to your child's teacher of the Main Office with any questions.
Schedule for Friday, November 20
Due to parent-teacher conferences, there will be no in-person instruction on Friday, November 20.
- AELC: P/T Conferences – 8:30-11:30 – No instruction
- Grades K1-5: 8:45-11:15 a.m. - All students will be synchronous/remote. Teachers will see their entire class in the AM. Specials will occur asynchronously in the PM. Asynchronous work can be assigned in the PM.
- Grades 6-8: 7:45-11:50 a.m. - Follow Wednesday schedule
- AELC: P/T Conferences – 12:00-2:30 – No Instruction
- Grades K-5: P/T Conferences - 12:45-3:30
- Grades 6-8: P/T Conferences - 12:30-3:00
Accessing Student Learner Profiles (SLP)
Instructions for accessing the SLPs can be accessed online here. Paper copies will not be issued.
Holiday Gift Mart - ***Last Chance***
Your school, along with Mission Church would like to invite you to attend the annual Holiday Gift Mart. Due to COVID-19 and Community Health Guidelines, we along with your School District cannot host our usual event at the schools. We are saddened by this, but we would like to invite you to come to Mission Church in Bloomingdale to receive some holiday gifts for
We are offering a safe environment for you to come and take part in a drive-up version of Holiday Gift Mart on December 5th, 2020. We will need you to complete the form below or respond to your school office by November 9th. Please note that you must RSVP (no exceptions) that you will be attending the event to be able to take part on December 5th.
When you RSVP, you will receive a confirmation email from your school that will include your time to arrive. Adding the time slots this year will help with expected vehicle traffic congestion.
- You must present your confirmation email with the shop time assigned by your school to enter the Gift Pick-Up Lane.
We are looking forward to seeing you this year! Your safety is our priority, and your families are very important to us. This year may look a little different, but we are excited to be able to partner with your school to spread holiday cheer by hosting the Holiday Gift Mart at Mission Church - 82 Stratford Drive in Bloomingdale, IL.
Again, you must RSVP to your school office by November 9th to reserve your gifts.
District 4 and the IDPH require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings. The daily student self-certification must be done each day for each student in your household. Please remember to log in to your Skyward Family Access Portal online or using the app to complete the daily student self-certification. Please see the instructions and videos below.
*Self-Certification must be done by a parent or guardian by asking each student in your household the self-certification questions.
A student will be considered "absent" if they log on but are not on camera and are not participating. Students that are not showing up, logging in, participating and engaging will be marked absent and, in some cases, truant. In extreme absences or truancy cases, the district's School Resource Officer and/or Dupage County will be reported.
Please help us ensure that students are attending school regularly!
Grading and Standard Marks
In the spring, the state essentially suspended all students' assessments, and student grades did not reflect the effort or time students put in and did not represent the learning that took place.
This year is completely different; all grading regular procedures and policies are being followed. To put it simply, if your student is not putting in the time and effort to engage academically, complete homework, and attend school (remotely or in-person), then their standard marks will reflect such efforts.
Our teachers are working extremely hard to provide each student with the best education possible. However, that is only one side of the equation. We need students and families to put in the same effort. Please help us ensure that every student has the best opportunity to learn during this difficult time.
The end of the marking period ends on Friday, November 13, which means that students have a short time getting caught up for the end of the first trimester.
For a more detailed description of In-person learning at Army Trail, please use the button above.
ASD4 Lunch and Breakfast Distribution
WHEN WILL FOOD BE DISTRIBUTED?
- Food will be provided from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Wednesday
- Seven days worth of meals will be distributed (five breakfasts and five lunches)
- Menus will be posted on the district website each month
WHERE WILL FOOD BE DISTRIBUTED?
Indian Trail Junior High School, 222 N Kennedy Drive in Addison, Door 1
Social Emotional Support
- Emergencies: 9-1-1
- Safe School Hotline: 1-800-4-1-VOICE, x359
- Crisis Support Line available 24-7 (Mental Health Support): 630-627-1700
- SASS Cares Line (Mental Health Crisis): 1-800-345-9049
- Addison Township: 630-530-8161 Providing food to families Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m
- Community Resource Guide
Army Trail Elementary School
Army Trail exists to EDUCATE, EMPOWER, IMPACT, and INSPIRE others.
Army Trail School’s vision is to build a foundation that allows students to define their path towards lifelong success.