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News for the week of 4/3- 4/10

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Update From School District 308 regarding COVID-19

As you know, the prevalence of Coronavirus COVID-19 continues to rise. At this time, the recommendations from IDPH and the CDC include directing students and school personnel to protect themselves and others by taking every day common sense actions which include correctly washing hands, staying home when sick, and properly covering a cough. Please take a look at the links provided on the district webpage for COVID-19, as they are the official sources of information from the CDC, IDPH, ISBE, and the Kendall County Health Department.

Simple Handwashing Directions

Stop the Spread of Germs

COVID-19 District Resources Page

  • Following the statewide mandate from Governor Pritzker: all schools are closed through April, 30th, 2020.

    - E-Learning opportunities are shared with all students to use during the time schools are closed.

    - Food Service is being offered to all enrolled students. Pick-up is on Monday and Wednesday starting on April 6th from 8:30-9:30am at Thompson Jr. High and Oswego East High School. Please read this message for details.

    - Many resources for food, personal care items, transportation, and more have formed in our community. We are tracking those resources and have them listed here.

    - The state has indicated that the days schools were closed due to COVID-19 concerns will NOT be made up.

    - Many things are changing at a rapid pace, please check back here often for updates. We appreciate your patience and cooperation.

    - This situation could cause anxiety in students, this resource may assist you in talking to children about COVID-19.

Remote Learning at SD 308

Under the direction of the Governor and the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois schools are operating on a remote learning model.

We have created a video to help you navigate remote learning, and complied helpful documents and links to guide you through this new way of learning (YouTube Link To Video & Video Transcript)

We appreciate your patience as we all learn this new system together!

Follow this link to the SD308 Remote Learning Webpage for additional resources and information.

Device Requests

If your student requires a device to access remote learning, please submit a request form. Device Request Forms will be accepted from 9am on Thursday, April 2 through Monday, April 6 at 5pm. Those who submit a request will be contacted mid next week to establish a pick-up appointment. To apply for a device for your student to use for remote learning, please use this form.

Principal's Message

Pirate parents,

We have learned a lot about E-Learning throughout the week. We are working continually to refine our routines and procedures to support students and families during this time away from school. I am thankful of the support we have gotten, and the flexibility parents have demonstrated with all of the changes over the last few weeks. If you are feeling like it changes day to day, so are we. It seems that once we have a plan, something new happens and we have to re-think the way things are done.

One big question mark I have received from parents is about attendance. How is attendance taken in this time away? Students submitting their work in Google Classroom and participating in the "live" times that teachers are presenting count as attendance for students. Teachers are making note of the students that have submitted work and participated in some way with Google Classroom and "Live" events. If you have questions about attendance, reach out to your child's teacher.

Grading guidelines were also shared with parents. Now that we are past the "Act of God" days, students can have grades submitted on Tyler using the Google classroom work submissions. Grades that are input as a score can only improve a student's grade. If you have specific grading questions please reach out to your child's teachers.

Throughout the duration of this time away from school, teachers and administration will be checking emails regularly. If you have questions, please reach out so that we can answer them for you! We will persevere through this together. I thank you for your patience and understanding through this situation. Please check the district website often with new updates, since information about this is changing regularly.

The staff at Plank Junior High is committed to serving the students and parents of the surrounding community. We want to provide multiple opportunities for students to showcase their talents, and grow as young adults through academics and social emotional learning. Our focus is to prepare our students to be ready for college and future careers. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and we can work together to find solutions. I can be reached at 630-551-9400 and thaymond@sd308.org. We look forward to collaborating with you and your student throughout the year.

Always in partnership,

Tyler Haymond


Plank Junior High School

E-learning Expectations Plank Students

At the beginning of the year, families and students signed the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement. This agreement includes appropriate use of district technology, servers, and equipment. The language of this agreement can be found in the first section of your child's planner, and it is also linked here to review.

We have some basic expectations for students during this time away:

1. Check in with your teachers on Google Classroom. They have assigned work for you while we are out of school. This is how teachers are maintaining attendance. You will also find any "Live" invitations in Google Classroom.

2. Try to participate in a "Live" event, if offered by your teacher, or email your teacher with questions. These will be shared to you by your teachers through Google Classroom.

3. If you are in a "Live" event, be respectful. You are using school appropriate language and text. This is part of our Acceptable Use Policy and School Code of Conduct.

4. Plank students should meet with their teachers only. Outside visitors aren't allowed in our building, and they aren't allowed in "Live" events.

5. Plank students need to login through the school student ID account. This will allow you to have your work submitted and counted through Google Classroom.

We are continuing to learn to use Google Classroom, Google Hangout Meets, and other components of e-learning. Please be patient with us while we refine our processes. Thank you!

Connecting through Google Meets

Students: In order to be successful in working with your classmates and your teachers on Google Hangouts Meet, here are some general expectations to follow.
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Supporting Students and Families

The Student Services team at Plank has compiled a list of valuable resources for families to use. These resources are available to all of our families. There are two forms that can be completed to help out in this time away from school.

One form is for students. Fill out the student support form here.

One form is for families. Fill out the family support form here.

To visit our Student Services resources Page, please click here.

Free or Reduced Cost Internet Access

Looking for options to "stay connected"? Here is are some free or reduced-cost internet programs.

Check out the services here.

Plank Daily Announcements

Follow this link to view the Plank Daily Announcements. The announcements are updated every day and shown to all students in homeroom.

Parent Portal in Tyler SIS

Our new student information system is Tyler SIS. This is taking the place of eSchool. Log into the link below if you are looking for updated grades, information, attendance, and the features of the former e School Home Access. Watch for updates on how parents can use the Portal on our website and in upcoming newsletters.

Tyler Parent Portal


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