Army Trail School Family Update


November 20, 2020

Return to Remote Learning

ASD4 Parents and Guardians,

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:

  1. symptoms of COVID-19
  2. close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVD-19
  3. 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.

Thank you,

John Langton


What does this mean?

Starting after Fall Break on November 30, ALL STUDENTS will be learning remotely. Kindergarten will remain remote half-day in their current AM or PM assignment for each day of attendance. First to fifth grades will go back to being on the full day remote schedule five days a week. This is the same schedule we started with in September. First to fifth-grade students will be required to stay online with the teacher except for the scheduled breaks. Please see the schedule outline below.
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November 23 - 27

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Starting Monday, November 30...

Daily Schedule - Kindergarten

Starting on Monday, November 30...

Kindergarten AM Session:
  • Remote login from 9:00 to 11:15 Monday through Friday

Kindergarten PM Session:

  • Remote login from 12:45 to 3:00 Monday through Friday

***No Specials for Kindergarten

Daily Schedule - 1st to 5th Grade

Starting on Monday, November 30...

Full Remote Schedule Monday through Friday

  • 9:00 - 11:15 Instructional time with the teacher
  • 11:15 - 11:45 Lunch
  • 11:45 - 12:45 Independent work time
  • 12:45 - 3:00 Instructional time with the teacher

*ESL, Specials, Related Services, & Special Education Services will occur throughout the day

Attendance During Remote Learning

Attendance is mandatory during Full Remote Learning. Parents and students have a responsibility to ensure regular attendance. We are still following all attendance procedures and policies. However, we understand that it is necessary to be absent from time to time. We ask that you contact the office to make us aware of the absence.

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 During Remote Learning

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.

Social Emotional Support

The following is a list of resources to help alleviate some of the stress during this time.
  • 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

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