Sent April 17, 2020
Dear D219 Students and Families,
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker announced this afternoon that all schools will be closed to in-person learning for the rest of the 2019-20 school year. Based on this decision, we will continue remote learning for the remainder of this school year. Our entire staff remains committed to learning and engaging with all students through remote learning, as well as continuing with our food distribution program.
Like you, we are saddened by the reality that our students will not be able to complete the rest of this school year in the conventional manner because of this public health crisis. After all the hard work so many of our students have put into both the classroom and extracurricular activities, we know today’s announcement will disappoint many.
This decision will result in significant scheduling changes in our district. As Governor Pritzker just made his announcement this afternoon, it will take us time to finalize some of the important decisions we have to make, including alternate plans for graduation, and when students will be able to pick up their personal belongings from school. Please be patient as we work as a district to get information to you in the next several weeks.
These past few weeks have proven that our school community is more resilient, more capable and more compassionate than what we may have previously realized. We are confident that we will continue to offer productive learning experiences for our students for the rest of this year, and we appreciate the ongoing and enthusiastic participation of our students.
We know this is not the school year that any of us expected or imagined, but we want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we have dealt with this unprecedented situation together. This period of Remote Learning offers us new ways to learn and grow.
On another note, below are some items of importance that we wanted to communicate to our D219 community.
Light The Night
Tonight, every school in the Central Suburban League Conference (and many schools across the nation) are turning on their stadium lights as a sign of our support for those spring student-athletes who are unable to compete due to the coronavirus pandemic. Niles North and Niles West will be joining in to “Light the Night” to honor all of the hard work being put in by our spring athletes, especially our seniors, during this unprecedented time. We want them to know that they are in our hearts and minds. In addition, we turn on our lights to #LightsForTheFight to show support for all the healthcare workers, first responders, and all other essential workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.
Niles North will have its stadium lights turned on from 8:20 p.m. (20:20 in military time) to honor the Class of 2020) to 8:40. Niles West’s stadium will be lit from 8 to 9 p.m.
Please understand that this is not a school-sponsored event. This is only a drive-by-opportunity so please continue to follow the social distancing guidelines and remain in your cars if you drive by the stadium/s.
Members of the D219 community are encouraged to participate at home by turning on your outside house lights tonight as well.
Progress reports will be posted on Monday, April 20. During this time, you will be able to view your student’s 14-week progress on Campus Parent Portal. Any student who is not currently passing a course will be issued an “INC” (incomplete) instead of “F” (failing grade).
If you see an incomplete grade on your progress report, it means that students can continue to work towards improving their grades so that a passing grade can be issued in place of the incomplete grade at the end of the semester. During remote learning, no student will be impacted negatively by grades. Students’ grades can only improve during remote learning. We encourage all students to remain engaged in their learning throughout the rest of the semester.
Appropriate Zoom Usage
Remote learning has provided students and staff with new ways to learn and teach. Therefore, all students will adhere to the D219 handbook on appropriate classroom behavior during remote learning sessions. This includes teleconferences (Zoom meetings) and/or any form of communication. Students are expected to follow classroom guidelines on conduct and respectful behavior. Unacceptable use of remote learning communications or any behavior, such as inappropriate comments, gestures, or acts found to be disruptive or disrespectful to the educational setting, will be addressed by the teacher, dean, and/or building administrators.
Today, Friday, April 17, all students received their daily Student Attendance Survey link which included an additional acknowledgment of our District’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
June 2020 SAT
The June 2020 SAT administration has been cancelled. If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, the College Board will provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5. Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May.
It’s important we continue to work together and support our students. We can’t thank you enough for all that you are doing as we all work together through these challenging times. Take care and be well.
Dr. James Edwards, Niles North
Dr. Karen Ritter, Niles West Principal
Dr. Steven Isoye, District 219 Superintendent