Learning Expectations for Students

January 3, 2022

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Glenbard East Families,


First and foremost, Happy New Year!! I hope that your families are safe and healthy and I wish for you a prosperous 2022! I also wanted to thank you for your support of our students and staff during the past semester. Despite the challenges we continue to face as a result of the pandemic, it was great to have students in the building engaging in academics and activities on a daily basis. For some, it was the first time back in a school building in eighteen months. That being said, as we prepare to welcome students back for the second semester on Tuesday, January 4th, I wanted to communicate a few things that will be critical for continued student success.


Attendance

Showing up to class on a daily basis is imperative. Students will have a difficult time learning and succeeding if they are not in attendance. It is also important that students are on time to class. Whether it is arriving at school in the morning, transitioning from class to class throughout the day, or returning to campus from lunch, being punctual is important. As a reminder, our school day starts at 7:30am. If you or your student drives, please be sure to factor in traffic congestion to your daily commute. Additionally, note that students who continuously return late from off campus lunch may have that privilege revoked. Please emphasize and encourage regular and punctual attendance with your student(s).


Student Engagement

It is important that students are engaged in the daily lessons and complete the learning tasks assigned by teachers. Our staff has and will continue to work hard to create and deliver high-level instructional activities and it is vital that students engage in those learning activities consistently. Students are encouraged to be self-advocates by communicating and reaching out to teachers and other staff members if they experience struggles and need assistance. Our counselors, deans, social workers and psychologists are here to provide support for students as necessary. Please click here for more information on the various supports available to students.


School Safety/Student Behavior

The safety of our school community will continue to be our number one priority and we all play a pivotal role in maintaining a safe learning environment. As we prioritize safety it is important that students are showing identification upon entering the building each day and when requested by a staff member, wearing masks appropriately, resolving conflicts appropriately, and using cell phones at the appropriate times. Please be sure to talk with your son or daughter and review the student handbook pages related to school safety and expectations in our learning community.


COVID Mitigations/Communication

Please note that although the CDC and the IDPH have shortened the required isolation and quarantine period for the general public from 10 days to 5 days, school guidance has not yet changed. Continue to take precautions to stay safe from COVID 19 and all infectious diseases. Continue to monitor symptoms and get tested. Communicating test results to the school health office is important so we can keep accurate records. It’s necessary for all families to contact the school if their student or someone in your residence test positive for COVID 19 or is a close contact. The pandemic has taught us that in-person learning is essential to our students’ intellectual and social-emotional development. To keep students participating in in-person learning and extracurriculars, we need to continue to follow our COVID mitigation strategies. If your student is exhibiting symptoms please do not send them to school and contact the health office at (630) 424-7133 to report. Additionally, as a reminder, the need to quarantine for students identified as a close contact to a positive case is waived if the student is fully vaccinated and asymptomatic.


Finally, I encourage families to be better informed of the performance and progress of their student(s) by logging into PowerSchool and to communicate with teachers and other staff members if questions or concerns arise.


Again, thank you for your continued support. We are looking forward to a prosperous new year and a successful second semester. We Are East!!!



Sincerely,


Antoine Anderson

Principal, Glenbard East High School