Information for Students & Families
** new info will be highlighted in yellow - added 4/6/2020
- Video Conferencing (Zoom) Instructions - The use of video conferencing during remote learning days allows us to collaborate, connect with each other, continue to learn together. Click here for Video Conferencing Expectations.
- Remote Learning Student Attendance Procedures - D219 has changed the way it is taking student attendance during Remote Learning Days. We ask students and parents to follow these procedures. Thank you!
- The procedure for attendance taking has changed. Students will receive a daily email with instructions on how to check-in once a day through the Infinite Campus portal rather than per period. Students will need to check in for attendance by 1 p.m. - video instructions: student check in for attendance.
- Remote Learning Begins on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - for more information click on the Remote Learning Days Guide.
- Beginning Monday, March 30, Niles Township High School District D219, in conjunction with area elementary school districts will be providing free breakfasts and lunches on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to all Niles Township students ages 18 or under. Click here for more details about free breakfasts and lunches.
- School will continue to be in session daily through a Remote Learning environment. Remote Learning requires daily active participation and attendance. Each Remote Learning day is equivalent to a regular school day that counts toward a student’s attendance and grade.
- Hotspot or loaner Chromebook - click here for more information to request a hotspot or loaner Chromebook.
- To address some of the concerns related to student learning accessibility, workload, as well as providing time for more interactive feedback between teachers and students, the district has decided to shift the schedule from an every-day, all-period schedule to a modified block schedule with certain periods scheduled on certain days. Click here for the Remote Learning Day schedule.
- Students will have access to their Remote Learning day classwork in Google Classroom for all of their classes by 8:00AM. Each teacher will decide when the classwork is due. Students should communicate with teachers about daily and long-term assignments via email.
- 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.
- Niles Township D219 will provide free meals to free/reduced eligible students during the prolonged shutdown. Click the Food Resource Guide(pdf) for more info.
- Student Services Support - information on coping strategies during e-Learning, community based resources and D219 library resources.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where can I get a wireless hotspot?
Hotspots for students are expected to arrive by Friday March 20, 2020
We will notify students and parents via email and text message when hotspots are available for pickup
- Should a student expect an assignment in each of their classes each day?
Yes. Teachers will continue moving the curriculum forward for their courses through lessons that are aligned to content standards and learning targets. While teachers may assign research projects or long-term assignments, students will check into Google Classroom daily for the purpose of taking attendance.
- Will students have homework?
Teachers are prepared to provide a manageable workload for students. Assignments and due dates will be clearly marked. There will be work that needs to be turned in by the typical end of the school day and work that needs to be prepared for the next day. An example of work that may need to be prepared for the next day is reading and annotating a chapter for class. This activity can be done anytime during the day.
- Should students be available throughout the day?
Unless a student is ill, they should check their Google Classroom daily and email messages periodically and respond as needed. Students who are sick or unable to sign in to Google Suite applications (e.g. unable to access the Internet) can submit an excused absence similar to existing school policies.
Refer to the “D219 Student Handbook, Section C - Attendance and Truancy.”
- How do I join Google Classroom?
Check your email for the classroom code from your teacher.
- What should I do if I am having trouble accessing material?
Many of our teachers and students are engaging in remote learning for the first time, so please contact your teachers and have patience.
- How do students get a Chromebook or wifi hotspot?
Students fill out this form and we will reach out to you with additional information and pick up location.
- Who do I contact to reset my password?
Please contact your Dean.
- How can students receive technical support for e-Learning days?
Send an email to:
Niles NORTH: [email protected]
Niles WEST: [email protected]
Call one of these numbers for support:
Niles NORTH: (847) 626-2200 or (847) 715-6639
Niles WEST: (847) 626-2720 or (847) 715-6672
- How do I get onsite technical support to repair a faulty Chromebook or laptop?
We realize that some technical support must be done in person, therefore we have established Support Open Hours to take place at each school following a schedule that will be announced on a weekly basis.
The next Support Hours will be Friday, March 20th from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Front Security Desk (Niles North and Niles West).
- Where can I find Public WFi (Free)?
While the libraries and many businesses that usually offer free WiFi are closed, SkokieLink provides open WiFi access from Oakton Park (Oakton Street at Skokie Boulevard) and the Village Green and Village parking lots (between the Library and Village Hall).Many town public libraries also have public WiFi accessible from the parking lot.Keep in mind these public access points do not encrypt information so they should not be used to transfer sensitive personal or financial information.