Longfellow Log

Week Ending 1/29

Important Dates/Reminders and Notes

  • (Reminder about Staggered start dates for in person learning.)
  • February 1st - 4th and 5th Grades Only (K-3 remote learning)

  • February 2nd - 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Grades Only (K-1 remote learning)

  • February 3rd - We welcome Kindergarten & 1st grade to join all other grades

Daily Schedules Beginning Monday, February 1st

The following is the daily schedule for all students, whether they are on-site or full remote:

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m. (Instructional Morning)
Hybrid Learners will be on site, and Remote Learners will join their teacher via Zoom for live streaming. (It will take time to get students into the building and ready for learning; teachers will be sharing specific information)

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Break for lunch.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays)

All students will be learning remotely. Students will have their Art, Music, PE, FLES, Library classes and combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning. The specific schedule will be communicated by your child’s classroom teacher.


  • Students should arrive to school no earlier than 7:50 a.m. wearing their mask. We will begin entering the building at 8:00 and 8:05.

  • Playground will be closed in the morning to maintain the integrity of our classroom pods.
  • See the map in presentation below for your child's teachers line up spot. Supervisors will be on site to help students find their line-up areas. Cones with signs will mark the teachers' spots.

  • Due to the need for social distancing, we are encouraging that only one parent join their child in line for Kindergarten and all other students walk independently to their lines

  • As students enter the building, they will have their temperature taken. The student will approach the thermometer and place their forehead in front of the sensor, but not touching it. The unit will take the temperature and it will flash red or green.

It is important that you check the weather each morning and be sure that your child is dressed appropriately. We will not be able to allow students in the building early if it is raining or extremely cold like we have in the past.

Longfellow Back to School for Families/ Hybrid Safety Procedures and School Improvement Plan

CrisisGo: Student Health Certification Due Daily for Hybrid Learners

Starting Monday, February 1, the CrisisGo Safety iPASS will go live. Health certifications must be completed every day before hybrid learners arrive to school. Elementary students must have their certification completed by 7:15 a.m. and middle school students must have their certification completed by 8:15 a.m. Please see the linked PDF for full details. Highlights of what you can expect are included below.

Information about CrisisGo and resources to help families are available at https://www.op97.org/updatecenter/crisisgo.

Longfellow School Approved Snack List 2021

Our classrooms are safe places for all children. Due to food allergies, food brought into classrooms must not contain:

Peanuts, tree nuts, nuts of all kinds, sesame (hummus), milk (dairy), fish and shellfish (shrimp, crab, lobster)

Our students are not permitted to share snacks and the type of snacks they are permitted to have are outlined below. This list does not contain brand names. We will need parents to ensure that the products below do not contain nuts. Per district policy, snacks must be “peanut/tree nut free”. They cannot contain peanuts, peanut butter, or tree nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, etc. If you are concerned about a snack, ask the student to raise the label up to you, so that you can read it. Foods must not contain the following warnings and/or ingredients:

· Peanuts or tree nuts are listed as an ingredient

· “May contain nuts” warning

· “Food may have been processed in a facility that contains nuts” warning

Manufacturing practices change often, so please read labels if in doubt in order to ensure the safety of all students.

Please encourage the following snacks to be brought to your classroom:

· Fresh fruit

· Fresh vegetables

· Dried fruit

· Apple squeezers

· Packaged popcorn (plain or salted only, not cheesy or buttery)

· Packaged pretzels

Nurse Cronin

Longfellow Elementary School Nurse

(708) 524-3064

How you can Help

Support our teachers and staff by following all safety protocols. Following safety protocols will help keep schools open and our community healthy!
  • Keep in mind that there may be some fluidity between hybrid and remote in the event of illness or staffing issues.

  • Begin to have your child practice wearing a mask to build stamina, staying in their home desk for longer periods and eating on a schedule.

  • Talk to your child about what school will look like and the importance of following the new rules.

  • Please reference the lining up and Dismissal Map and practice dropping off so your child is ready to line up independently on the first day.

  • Each night ensure your child is ready to learn by charging their ipad, packing their snack and water bottle, any learning materials, and 2 clean masks.
  • Ensure you have completed the self certification form for your child(ren) no later that 7:15 a.m. each morning.
  • Keep kids home if they are sick and communicate with Nurse Cronin immediately if you suspect exposure or posible Covid-19 diagnosis. Containment is key!
  • Be on time.
  • Get excited! Our children will follow our lead. Prepare them for changes while promoting a positive attitude to set them up for success!

The Longfellow Treasure Hunt FUNdraiser is open! 1 more Saturday to join in the fun!!!

All Longfellow families are invited and encouraged to participate in the Treasure Hunt and a chance to win one of many fabulous prizes.

This is the PTO’s only major fundraiser this year and we need your support. By participating and/or making a donation to the PTO, you will be pledging your support for the PTO's mission. All Longfellow students are eligible to participate in the Treasure Hunt regardless of donation.

Please see all the Treasure Hunt details by clicking the link below to sign up! Good luck to all the Longfellow Treasure Hunters!!!


Hephzibah Openings

Dear Longfellow Parents,

As District 97 moves to hybrid in-person learning, Hephzibah will be offering both an afternoon hybrid option and a full day remote option for families. The afternoon program will be on-site at Longfellow.

Fully Remote Learning Program:

Hephzibah will be offering a fully remote learning program at United Lutheran Church in northeast Oak Park. This site will offer 4 classrooms (total enrollment of 50 children). Both school day (7:30 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday) and full day (7:30 am – 6 pm, Monday through Friday) options are available at United Lutheran Church. The first day of attendance for this program will be Monday, February 1, 2021.

Hybrid Learning Program:

Hephzibah will be providing afternoon hybrid learning programs Monday through Friday from 12 – 6 pm on site at Longfellow. Attendance in this program will begin the week of February 1 in accordance with District 97 plans.

ONE registration form must be completed for each child you are registering. This allows us not to over-enroll.

The draft fee scale for the remainder of the second trimester is attached.

District 97 will continue providing full or partial scholarships during the second trimester for families with incomes under $100,000. For more information on this, please email Annette Anderson.

Click on the following site-specific links to register.

Please email Amy if you have questions.

Social-Emotional Wellness Check-Ins for Students

We are continuing to provide social-emotional wellness check-ins this fall. The District 97 school psychologists and school nurses collaborated to offer access to virtual mental health wellness checks at each school. Parents may sign up children for 25-minute Telehealth sessions where they can access an open ear for their sources of stress and learn self-care and coping strategies. Students may attend up to three sessions per trimester and may then be referred for other school-based supports if needed. If your child is experiencing an immediate mental health crisis, please do not use this service and instead call the Thrive 24hr Crisis Hotline at 708-383-7500. You may also refer to this local resource guide provided by the Community Mental Health Board of the Oak Park Township.

How can my child access this service?

  • The virtual sessions will occur during school hours.

  • Use this Longfellow Wellness Sign-Up Link to book open slots. The appointment page will open within your own calendar. (If you do not have a Gmail account, you may contact rneubert@op97.org). Prior to the appointment, you will receive a link for the video call or other access information.

  • During these unusual times, we need to partner with you to ensure your child arrives at the correct video link during their scheduled time and returns to their classroom Zoom after the appointment. Please remember to coordinate with your daycare providers if applicable.

  • We will inform your child’s teacher, so your child will be excused from class.

  • Please book appointments by the night before the appointment (at the latest) and not on the day of the appointment.

District News Below

Keep D97 Safe: Please Avoid Non-Essential Travel

Travel increases the risk of exposure to the coronavirus for our students, staff and community. Postponing travel and staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. If staff, students or families travel out of state for more than 24 hours, they should not report to school. The Cook County Department of Public Health recommends that residents avoid all non-essential activities, including school and work, for 14 days upon their return to suburban Cook County. The district's quarantine requirements are outlined in our Framework for Reopening Schools.

FLYER: COVID-19 and Travel Guidance for District 97 Students and Staff >

Wanting to confirm information you've heard regarding our schools?

Oak Park District 97 is committed to providing accurate and timely information. Our new Fact Checker will be updated consistently based upon common questions and concerns to ensure you have access to the key facts that interest you most.
Parents who opted into hybrid learning for Trimester 2 are permitted to switch to remote learning at any time. If you requested hybrid learning for your student but wish to enroll in full-time remote learning, please contact your building principal.

Please note that we are unable to accept requests to switch from remote learning to hybrid during Trimester 2. A new enrollment form will be sent to families in February for Trimester 3.

Text Messages from District 97

District 97 uses the notification system BrightArrow to communicate with families via email and phone calls. This year, we have started using periodic text messages to send reminders directly to parents' cell phones. In order to receive text messages, parents must opt in by texting YES to 87569. Once you have subscribed, you will receive a text confirmation.

Texts may appear from District 97 from 87569 or a phone number with a 424 area code (you may wish to save them to your contacts).

Information Session Recordings: Single Subject/Whole Grade Acceleration and Early Admission to Kindergarten/First Grade

Two parent information sessions were held in January to discuss acceleration opportunities in District 97. Please click the links below to view the recordings. Information about the District 97 Accelerated Placement Program, including definitions and timelines, can be found at http://www.op97.org/acceleration.

District 97 to Continue Providing Free Meals to All Students

Next Meal D97 Meal Distribution: Tuesday, Feb. 2
February Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Meals will be provided free of cost this fall to any District 97 student in need. Each bag of food will contain five breakfasts and five lunches.

Meal distributions will be held every Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.

D97 Breakfast/Lunch Menus - February 2021

Ms. Jefferson & Mrs. Sullivan