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3/22/20 Update

Dear Parents and Families,

As we move into the second week of our school closing, we are encouraged to see that everyone continues to follow the guidelines regarding social distancing and healthy habits.  We are all making changes to our everyday routines in response to this situation and will get through this together.

The governor and State Board of Education have extended the period for school closings until at least April 7, 2020.  This means that students will not return to school until Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the very earliest.  The State Board cautions that this date may change, and later this week, ISBE will issue guidance regarding closing dates. At this time, ISBE contemplates that districts will eventually transition to Remote Instructional Days.  We will keep you updated with this information as it becomes available.

This second week of the closing still falls under the state definition of Act of God days, meaning the work assigned to our students is not required to be completed or made up when we eventually return to school.  Lessons and activities are to be used in order to keep students engaged and give parents direction as to the type of work students should be completing.  The curriculum department has sent out packets to those families who do not have a device or internet access at home, but still wish to maintain a regular schedule of learning for their students.

For those families who do have a device at home that students can use to access the internet, teachers have posted lessons and activities online in the Microsoft Teams platform that we will be using for remote learning.  Instructions for accessing this app can be found below.  For most of our students, this will be the first time they have accessed this platform, and they will likely need some guidance in setting it up on their devices.  We expect that this week will be a time for students to practice getting on the app and using the features available. Teachers will be online from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm each day to connect with students, answer questions and help them navigate the Teams app. This will be a learning experience for all of us, so we truly appreciate your patience as we work through any issues and your feedback as we launch this remote learning app.

If you have difficulty downloading the app on your device, you may send an email to athomehelp@bsd111.org.  One of our staff will respond to your question as soon as we can.

Grab and go breakfast and lunch options are still available at Tobin School, 8501 S. Narragansett, on the south side of the building at door #9.  Food is being distributed in a drive-thru model, in order to comply with social distancing guidelines. We’d like to send a big thank you to our food service workers, who report to work each day so this program can continue!

We are still working on a plan to provide devices for those families that do not have one at home.  As we finalize these plans, families without internet access should contact Xfinity to sign up for the Internet Essentials program, so they will be able to access the internet once a device is secured.  You can find more information about this program here: https://internetessentials.com/get-help#mostasked&all_contactcustomerservice

Staff will continue to reach out to our families by phone this next week.  The number may show up as blocked, since we may be calling from a number your phone does not recognize.  It is our goal to connect with every family every day to check in, connect with students, and provide guidance and support to our families during this time.  If a staff member does not connect with your family, and you have questions, you may call the administration office at (708) 496-0500.  We will be checking these messages daily and responding to any inquiries as soon as we can.

Click here for directions on how to use Teams:

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3/20/20 Update

Dear Parents and Families,

In order to do our part to encourage social distancing and prevent further spread of the disease, the district will close all buildings beginning Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3.   

Teachers and staff will continue working from home to stay in contact with our students and families, and to help answer questions you may have.

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions: 

  • Breakfast and lunch distribution at Tobin will continue next week. From March 23 - 27, breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup at Tobin School, 8501 S. Narragansett, on the south side of the building at door #9.  Food is now being distributed in a drive-thru model, to prevent congregation.
  • There will be no food service during Spring Break, March 30 - April 3.
  • If your student does not have an electronic technology device, please share that information with a staff member when they call.  We continue to work on a plan to get these students devices and will definitely make note of it. We are doing the best that we can, thank you for your patience!  
  • If you do not have an electronic device, paper learning packets for your student will be mailed home next week. 
  • Digital Lessons will be available online beginning Monday for your students. 
    • Students may access their Class Link by going to the District Website
    • www.bsd.111.org
    • Click on Resources
    • This will take them into their sign in page for Class Link
    • Further information and directions regarding e-learning will be provided from Mrs. Flavin, Curriculum Director 
  • Teachers are available online to answer questions between 9:00 am - 12:00 pm M-F.
  • During Spring Break -  March 30 -  April 3,  teachers and staff will not be available.
  • Part-time staff (meal supervisors, crossing guards, PASS employees, part-time custodians) will continue to receive regular paychecks of average pay during the school closure. 
  • A Frequently Asked Question page can be found at this link  http://www.burbank.k12.il.us/Content/388.  Please check this page for more information.

 

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3/18/20

Dear Parents and Families,

The situation surrounding COVID-19 is constantly evolving, and administration is working hard to ensure our community has up-to-date information.  As you may already know, the State of Illinois has declared the school closing between March 17 and March 30, “Act of God” days that do not need to be made up at the end of the school year.  

All work done by students during this time will not be turned in or graded, but it is our expectation that during this time that our teachers will stay connected to our students, and use our resources to assist our families and keep students engaged in their learning over the next week. Teachers will assign lessons and activities through March 27 so parents can continue to guide their students’ learning. 

Monday, March 30 is the first day of our scheduled Spring Break.  During this week, no specific lessons will be assigned to students, and teachers will not be online, but students will still have access to all of the same resources they had in the past in order to continue learning.  These can be found under the Resources link on our home page.


For your information, here is the difference between emergency days and Act of God Days:

e-Learning Days:

  • Are used in place of “Emergency” closure days
  • Count as an Instructional day on school calendar
  • Student attendance is required
  • Assignment expectations and student work completion are required
  • Staff availability window in which families and students can connect

Act of God Days: 

  • Do not need to be made up at the end of the school year
  • Do not count as student attendance days
  • Students are not required to participate
  • Suggested projects and assignments are not graded or negatively affect student grading 
  • The goal is to provide a “continuity of education” for students during a school closure by providing learning resources and opportunities for students.
  • Families have flexibility over the types of learning and time dedicated to learning
  • Allow for instructional staff to engage with students or families in a supportive and flexible fashion.

We are currently scheduled to resume school on Monday, April 6th.  As this situation evolves, that may change. We will continue to provide updated information to families and staff as it becomes available.

Our goal is to provide learning opportunities for your children to maintain continuity of learning.  The most important thing we can do during this time is stay connected. The relationship between teachers and students is invaluable.  Thank you for your support and patience during this challenging time. 

 

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3/17/20

This message is for District 111 families.   Due to the lengthy closure of schools, it is imperative we continue education for our students during this time.  This week, students should be completing the paper packets sent home with them on Monday. Today we had a conference call with all teachers providing direction for the upcoming weeks.  We are currently working on a plan to continue providing educational materials and lessons for your children to work on from home. 

In the meantime, our teachers and support staff will be in contact with their families regularly.  Additionally, all student medication normally kept at school has been moved to a secure location at the District Office at 7600 S. Central Ave.  If you feel you need to pick up your child's medication, it will be available for pick up between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm.   The district will continue to monitor the situation and post regular updates as well as guide our teachers and staff along the way.  Please be patient and flexible during this process.  We are all in this together.   





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