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3/16/2020: Superintendent message re e-Learning

Dear D219 Families,

As you are aware, our schools will remain closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Monday, March 30, 2020. Per the decision made by Governor Pritzker, Illinois schools are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. There is a possibility that this date may change, based on coronavirus conditions. Please continue to monitor our website and personal communications such as email, text, and voicemail.

For now, District 219 is set to begin e-Learning for our students tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All of our teachers and staff have spent the day preparing to offer a continuity of education for our students. We are confident of everyone’s commitment during this unprecedented time. To ensure a successful and fruitful remote learning experience, we have developed the general information below to get students started.

  • School will continue to be in session daily through a remote learning environment. E-Learning requires daily active participation and attendance. Each e-Learning day is equivalent to a regular school day that counts toward a student’s attendance and grade.

  • Students will have access to their e-Learning day classwork in Google Classroom for all of their classes by 8 a.m. Each teacher will decide when the classwork is due. Students should communicate with teachers about daily and long-term assignments via email.

  • Students must complete the attendance question for each class period in Google Classroom before 1 p.m. on the e-Learning day.

  • If you receive individualized services through special education or other departments, follow the plan determined by the case manager and teacher that is working with you.

  • If a student is ill and cannot perform school work, parents must contact the attendance office in the usual manner. (Refer to the “D219 Student Handbook, Section C – Attendance and Truancy.”) Any work due can be made up per teacher instructions.

  • Check school email and the District’s webpage daily in the morning for general communications from the school.

Our website will be the best source of information. We highly encourage students and families to visit www.niles219.org/keeplearning to view our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Dr. Steven Isoye

Superintendent of Schools
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3/13/2020: D219 Schools closing next week

Dear D219 Families,

Based on the rapidly developing spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, and in order to err on the side of caution in doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the virus, Niles Township High School District 219 has decided that Friday, March 13 will be the last day for students to attend school, at least until the end of spring break, which goes through March 29.

The D219 administration will continue to monitor conditions in our community regarding COVID-19 to assess when it is safe for students to return to school, based upon health and safety conditions in Niles Township.

Schools will be closed to students beginning March 16.

All students should take their Chromebooks and materials home with them on Friday so they can participate in e-learning and alternate learning lessons during the non-attendance period. We are also asking them to take any personal belongings home with them today. If students need a Chromebook, they should come to the Help Desk with their ID today. We have asked students to let us know if they need a wifi hotspot at home. For those students who have told us they need a hotspot, we will notify them via a text and email with information on how to pick one up once we receive them.

If students were absent today and need to pick up their Chromebooks or other materials, they may come to school on Monday, March 16 anytime between 8 a.m. and noon to pick up those items.

We recognize how difficult it is to make a decision to close schools at this time. However, given guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that “social distancing” is the most effective way to prevent or reduce the spread of this dangerous virus, we believe the most responsible action we can take for the health and safety of our students, their family members, our faculty and staff, and the community at large, is to close our schools for the time being.

In addition, buildings and grounds staff members will thoroughly disinfect our buildings during the closure.

Students, parents and community members will not be allowed in the buildings after Monday, March 16 at noon. During the closure, only designated school employees will be allowed in the buildings.

Alternative lessons for students

On Monday, March 16, we will hold sessions in our schools with teachers and support staff members to finalize plans on how we will offer continuing instruction to students via electronic learning, or e-learning. Teachers will use different methods to deliver instruction, but our goal is to make assignments meaningful and to have students working with materials that will allow them to gain relevant knowledge in their respective courses.

The district anticipates to begin offering e-learning on Tuesday, March 17. Students and parents will receive an email and a text confirming the actual start of online instruction.

There is the potential that we may have to add up to five emergency makeup days for students after the end of the planned school year.

Spring break

Spring break will be as planned, from March 21 to March 29. All spring break school-sponsored trips have been cancelled.

Students will not be assigned school work during spring break.

Testing

We are in communication with the College Board regarding plans both for the AP testing window and SAT testing as they are affected by virus developments. We will provide the latest information to families about testing as we receive updates from the testing agencies.

Communications with families

We know how important it is that we keep you apprised of any important developments as we deal with this serious and challenging situation. We will continue to provide you with updates as this situation develops. We will also post any developments on our website: www.niles219.org.

Thank you for your patience and your understanding as we work together with our families, our staff members and our Niles Township colleagues to support our students and do everything we can to keep them safe and secure. We are blessed to have a caring and compassionate community. Working together, we will get through this.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Isoye

Superintendent of Schools

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D219 Events Cancelled

Effective immediately, based on guidance from the Skokie Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health, large school events will be cancelled until further notice.

We will cancel or postpone all school-sponsored large after-school events that include members of the public. This includes the Niles North musical production, music concerts, and the College Fair that was scheduled for March 17 at Niles West.

The March 13 pep assemblies at Niles North and Niles West will also be cancelled.

Beginning March 16, all field trips, competitions and conferences will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

See the entire letter from the Superintendent here.

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COVID-19 Update to D219 Families 3.12.20 — A Message From: STEVEN ISOYE

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March 12, 2020

Dear D219 Families,

We are sending you this letter to update you on actions Niles Township High School District 219 is taking in response to the rapidly evolving spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please understand, given how quickly things are changing, that we are continuously monitoring developments in our community and that we are working closely with the Skokie Health Department, which itself is in ongoing contact with the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Illinois State Board of Education, and other public health agencies. We are very grateful to the Skokie Health Department, which provides guidance that benefits our students and their families in all four municipalities we serve.

This letter serves to update you on the preparations we are taking. Please understand that, because things are changing so quickly, we may need to make changes on an hour-by-hour basis. We will work hard to keep our D219 families informed about any changes.

For now, we will continue to follow the regularly scheduled school day. At the same time, we are developing alternative plans in the event we need to close our schools.

The reason we exist as a public school is to educate our students and to provide the highest level possible of teaching and learning. That being said, our top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our students, faculty and staff members.

At this time, we believe it is in the best interest of our students to continue teaching our students in the context of the regular school day. At the same time, we are working with our staff to develop e-learning plans that we can implement if we make the decision to close our schools, based on the direction we receive from local and state health officials.

Beginning on Friday, March 13, we ask that students and staff begin to bring home any materials, on a daily basis, that they would need in order to complete assignments in the event of a school closure. This includes their Chromebooks.

We are asking any student who does not have high-speed internet access at home to fill out this form to request a mobile hotspot.

Effective immediately, based on guidance from the Skokie Health Department and the Illinois Department of Public Health, large school events will be cancelled until further notice.

We will cancel or postpone all school-sponsored large after-school events that include members of the public. This includes the Niles North musical production, music concerts, and the College Fair that was scheduled for March 17 at Niles West.

The March 13 pep assemblies at Niles North and Niles West will also be cancelled.

Beginning March 16, all field trips, competitions and conferences will be cancelled or postponed until further notice.

This includes all field trips, all out-of-district competitions attended by students and all conferences attended by faculty and staff members. Each building will communicate with impacted staff, families, travel agencies and other partners to assist in seeking refunds or rescheduling the trip or event, if possible.

We are currently seeking guidance from the Illinois High School Association about athletic competitions.

Cleaning, sanitizing and precautionary measures
Our maintenance teams continue to clean and sanitize high-touch places and high-contact places in our buildings, including desks, handrails, doorknobs, faucet handles, phones, etc.

The following resources provide guidance related to COVID-19, as well as mitigation strategies for home, school and the workplace:

Coronavirus information from the Skokie Health Department

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois has also established a COVID-19 hotline and email address. If you have specific questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Illinois COVID-19 hotline at 800-889-3931 or via email at dph.sick@illinois.gov

We recognize that this unprecedented public health emergency presents our community with significant challenges and causes much stress and anxiety. We are working hard to stay on top of developments in our community and will continue to work diligently with our local and state health experts to make the best decisions possible.

Thank you for your understanding and for your patience. We are fortunate to live in a community that has the resources, the capacity and the desire to help us all work together for the health and welfare of our community. Thank you for your ongoing support of our schools and of our students during these difficult times.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Isoye
Superintendent of Schools

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Township Superintendents letter to families re: coronavirus

Dear Niles Township Families:

All the public school districts that serve the students of Niles Township, including Niles Township District for Special Education, have been working collaboratively to monitor developments in our community regarding COVID-19 (the coronavirus). We have been in ongoing communication with the Skokie Health Department, which provides us guidance on specific questions we have, and have also been following updates from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Cook County Public Health Department, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

As of this morning, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our community, and our goal is to continue our students’ academic days as normally scheduled and with no interruption. That being said, we are proactively preparing so we can keep students and our staff members safe. In the event that conditions change, we will work with our local health agencies and with each other to keep you informed of the steps we are taking in response. We have been fielding questions from family members who would like to know what steps we are currently taking to keep students safe, what plans we will implement if we need to close school, and if we have any special information about spring break. We’ll address those areas in this letter.

What are we doing to keep our students and staff healthy?

We ask all students and staff who are exhibiting fever or virus symptoms to stay home. This includes fever or coughing. Our teachers and staff members will work with your student to make up work if they need to miss school.

As you do to prevent any respiratory virus, we recommend everyday practices that will help keep you healthy and avoid illness. Please remember the following good health habits:

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap is not available.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Do not share water bottles or similar containers.

  • Visit a doctor if you have a fever, cough, body aches, and/or fatigue.

  • If you or a family member is sick, stay home and limit contact with others.

If you feel sick and are wondering about your condition, contact your personal physician.

Will there be school closures?

We will follow the direction provided by the IDPH, Skokie Health Department and CDC in order to make any decisions such as closing a school building or canceling large events. At this time, the Skokie Health Department does not recommend that we alter our school days or regularly scheduled school activities. Because of the gravity of COVID-19, the Skokie Health Department will alert us if there are any changes in their recommendations.

Similar to school closings for weather, our school calendars include up to 5 emergency make- up days at the end of the year which may need to be used if schools are closed. The districts are having conversations about alternative lessons, which would be district-specific.

What about Spring Break travel?

If families plan to travel over spring break, we recommend they monitor the CDC website, which includes information about COVID-19, and provides up-to-date travel information about specific locations. Here is the website:

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices#travel-notice-definitions

The following information comes from the State Superintendent of the Illinois State Board of Education:

Can districts exclude students, staff, or volunteers for 14 days if they present at school after having visited a region affected by the virus?

No. If a student, staff member, or volunteer presents at school with a fever, cough, or difficulty breathing after visiting an affected region, school authorities should immediately notify the local health department.

Districts cannot exclude or deny enrollment or education to students who are residents of the district due to travel considerations. Enrollment or exclusion decisions cannot be made using a student’s travel history, and a district should not inquire as to a student’s travel history for enrollment purposes. Decisions to quarantine students must be made by state or local public health officials. Districts must not apply standards that may be discriminatory for only one group of students.

If a student, staff member, or volunteer calls ahead and reports a history of travel to one of the affected geographic locations within the last 14 days and has concerning symptoms, collect detailed history over the phone prior to deciding the location for triage. School authorities should contact their local health department immediately.

What if I have additional questions?

If you have additional questions about your school, please contact your school’s principal or health office.

Here are links to some agency websites that provide valuable information:

Link to Skokie Health Department coronavirus update

Link to Centers for Disease Control coronavirus information

Link to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) coronavirus information

Link to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) coronavirus FAQs (IDPH)

Link to State of Illinois Board of Education coronavirus guidance for schools

Link to CDC’s Traveler’s Health Notice

Link to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation video with helpful information about coronavirus as found on the Skokie Public Health Department website

Sincerely,

Dr. Beth Flores, Golf School District 67

Dr. James Garwood, Skokie School District 68

Dr. Margaret Clauson, Skokie — Morton Grove School District 69

Brad W. Voehringer, Ed.S., Morton Grove School District 70

Dr. John Kosirog, Niles School District 71

Dr. Cindy Whittaker, Fairview South School District 72

Dr. Scott Thompson, East Prairie School District 73

Kate Donegan, Ed.S., Skokie School District 73.5

Dr. Kimberly Nasshan, Lincolnwood School District 74

Dr. Steven Isoye, Niles Township High School District 219

Tarin Kendrick, Ed.S., Niles Township District for Special Education 807

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Date Change: Financial Aid Program To Be Held on APRIL 7

The “Understanding Financial Aid and College Cost” Night for Junior Students and their Parents will be held Tuesday, APRIL 7th, in the Niles North Auditorium from 6:30 to 8 pm. Niles Township Juniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend this D219 Event. The program is to inform students and their parents about the financial assistance and scholarship process as they get ready to apply to college next year. Don’t miss out on this FREE event!

Translation services will be available in the following languages: Spanish, Korean, Urdu, Assyrian, and Arabic.

Auroris Dance Selected for State Festival

Auroris Dance Company Selected for State Festival

State Bound Auroris Dancers

The Auroris Dance Company is pleased to announce that senior Olivia Yoshioka’s piece, “Fever Dream” was selected to be a part of The Illinois High School Dance Festival on Saturday, May 2 at Riverside Brookfield High School.  Niles North High School was one of thirteen schools selected out of all the high school dance companies that auditioned in the state of Illinois to perform at this prestigious festival.  This is the ninth time that the Auroris Dance Company will be performing at the Illinois High School Dance Festival.

The Auroris Dance Company is under the direction of Deanna Sortino, with assistant director Zoe Hertz, and assistant hip-hop director Chris Chueng  The Illinois High School Dance Festival is an annual gathering of high school dancers and their teachers. This exciting day of dance includes four master classes, a professional company performance and a student choreography showcase. The Festival provides a dance intensive experience with many styles of dance. Students and teachers are able to share this day with their peers throughout the state in an effort to create connections, to learn through similarities and differences in our programs and to simply appreciate the art of dance!Auroris Dance Selected for State Festival

Dancers are: Britney Le, Danielle Lehrer, Dina Kaiser, Miranda Estrada, Neiko Gaoiran, Myka Punzalan, Olivia Yoshioka, Stefan Westerberg, and Summer Lee.

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Auroris Dance Clinic for K-8th Includes Performance

The Auroris Dance Company is conducting a dance clinic for K – 8th graders (if your child has danced in the past and is not yet in kindergarten, they can participate as long as you stay with them).  We will be teaching a jazz dance and hip-hop routine at the clinic.  Your child can decide what type of dancing they would prefer to do. 8th graders will receive a t-shirt to wear during auditions in fall.  We will be teaching technique, stretching, and learning dance routines.  The routines will be performed at the end of the clinic in the Niles North Auditorium along with a few favorites from the Auroris Dance Company’s show, “Renegade” performed by the Auroris Dance Company.  Please wear athletic/dance apparel that you can move in and athletic or dance shoes.

REGISTRATION FORM: https://sites.google.com/a/d219.org/auroris-dance-company/dance-clinic-information

Information for Dance Clinic

Date: Saturday, April 4, 2020

Ages Permitted: K-8th Grade (if they are not yet in Kindergarten or you think they would prefer to have you there, you have to stay with them during the clinic)

Location: Registration at Door 12 (Athletic Entrance) at Niles North HS

Time: 9:30am-12:00pm

Check-in Time: 9:15am-9:30am

Performance Time: 11:30-12:00pm, Performance in the Niles North Auditorium (you will pick your child up after the performance)

STUDENTS WILL BE DIVIDED BY AGE AND EXPERIENCE

COST: $30 per child

DUE: Friday, March 13, 2020

Please make checks payable to Niles North High School

Clinic Instructors: Auroris Dance Company Members

Questions

Contact Deanna Sortino, Email: deasor@d219.org

Phone: 847-626-2562

North Students Qualified for FCCLA State 2020

Students Earn More Than 30 Awards at FCCLA Competition

North Students Qualified for FCCLA State 2020Niles North students recently competed on February 21 in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Inc. (FCCLA) Sectional Leadership Conference held at Harper College. Niles North High School students were among the competing schools in the areas of Culinary, Early Childhood Education and Fashion, Design, Construction and Merchandising and earned five Most Outstanding awards, 15 Gold awards, 11 Silver awards and 23 students qualified for state competition. The State Competition will be held April 2 through 4 in Springfield, IL.

STAR events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) are competitive events in which members are recognized for proficiency and achievement in projects, leadership skills and career preparation. Niles North students Lilyan Basaka and Istar Avakian qualified for the State Level of STAR Culinary.

Students at FCCLA competed to show mastery in the Proficiency events, which include culinary, apparel and textiles, and early childhood contests. Students were awarded Most Outstanding, Gold or Silver awards.

Niles North results:

Most Outstanding:  Amanda Hansen, Fashion Construction – Formal/Semiformal; Nathan Lesperance, Relish Tray; Alex Cortes, Salads; Lilyan Basaka, Salads; Ethan Dan, Salads. These students also qualified for the state competition.

Gold: Nicole Lourdes Godoy, Children’s Literature – Storytelling; Samantha Fajardo, Children’s Literature – Storytelling; Isabel Yakoubek and Emily Rubin, Children’s Literature – Storytelling; Nina Artwell and Alexandra Taylor, Children’s Literature – Storytelling; Gianna Agrelo and Maheen Sadruddin, Children’s Literature – Storytelling; Maria Bank and Despina Mangalousis, Fashion Apparel Display; Jason Le, Preschool Lesson Plan; Lauren Hankes, Relish Tray; Ishtar Avakian, Salads; Angelo Vince Mata, Salads; Thomas Giamouridis, Salads. These students also qualified for the state competition.

Silver: Bella Kaminsky, Fashion Career Image; Ishtar Avakian, STAR Culinary; Lilyan Basaka, STAR Culinary. These students also qualified for the state competition.

Silver:  Zoey Curth, Cake Decorating; Livi Phillips, Cake Decorating; Masha Misyutina, Children’s Literature – Storytelling; Miriam Lopez, Fashion Apparel Display; Audrey Emanuelle Francisco, Fashion Career Image; Zuqia Khan, Fashion Construction – Former/Semiformal; Hafsa Mohsin, Fashion Construction – Casual; and Tyler Williams, Relish Tray. Bronze:  Ethan Dan, STAR Culinary.

FCCLA is a dynamic and effective national student organization that helps young men and women become leaders and address important personal, family, work and societal issues through family and consumer sciences education. FCCLA has over 190,000 members and over 6,500 chapters from 50 state associations, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The organization has involved more than ten million youth since its founding in 1945.