DGN First Week of School Details: 8/17-21

Good morning,

First, I’d like to share how disappointed I am that we cannot bring students back to school next week. We really thought we were going to be able to do it, but the state’s guidance on Wednesday has forced us to make changes that we can’t complete with less than a week before school starts. Please know, however, that our staff is ready to welcome you back next week remotely and is committed to making this a positive year for you, despite the uncertainties and challenges.

As a reminder, I am hosting a webinar for students today at 1:30. It’s not too late to submit questions. Even if you don’t submit a question ahead of time, I hope you’ll join me. You’ll have an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. Here is a link to the webinar. In case you need it, here is the password: 104494

I also want to take a minute to review expectations for everyone for the next three weeks as I know you have received a lot of information, and some of it has changed. In addition to reading the information below carefully, please take a minute to test out your Chromebook and make sure everything is working and you know how to use it prior to Monday. If you have any issues with your Chromebook, email Northcb@csd99.org

August 17-21:  All Remote Classes - No Students in the Building 

All students, regardless of whether they chose the hybrid plan or the remote plan, will follow the instructions below.

You should have received EdPuzzle assignments from your counselor yesterday afternoon. Please complete those assignments the week of 8/17 when you are not otherwise scheduled to be in a class. For 10th-12th graders, the best time to complete these assignments is Monday; for 9th graders, you can work on them in the morning Tues-Fri. Of course, you are welcome to work on them at any time before then as well.

  • 9th graders are expected to attend classes according to their last name on Monday and each class Tuesday-Friday in the afternoon. Here is a link to the schedule for the week. Teachers will share the links to their virtual classrooms by Monday morning via email and/or via Google Classroom.

Your teachers might ask you to stay in the virtual classroom the entire time Tuesday-Friday or might keep you for only part of the time depending on the activity. You do need to check in every day, however, for attendance purposes. In the morning Tuesday-Friday, you will work independently on the EdPuzzle assignments described above, and you might be asked to meet with your counselor or dean. If that is the case, you will receive an invitation to a meeting. It is very important that you check your email each day for updates and links to meetings.

  • 10th-12th graders are expected to work on the EdPuzzles independently on Monday and to join their classes Tues-Fri. Here is a link to the schedule for the week. Teachers will share the links to their virtual classrooms by Monday morning via email and/or via Google Classroom.

Students should only report to their classes by Alpha. This means that you are only signing in to your classes in the morning or the afternoon, depending on the day of the week. Be sure to check your email each day for updates from your teachers and links to class sessions. 

August 24-September 5: All Remote Classes - No Students in the Building

All students, regardless of if they chose the hybrid plan or the fully remote plan, will follow this schedule. Again, it is important for students to check their email and Google Classrooms regularly for links to class sessions and other important information.

We will continue to work with the DuPage County Health Department to determine when we are able to bring students back to school following the hybrid schedule and will keep you informed as we are able. In the meantime, we are finalizing plans for pick-up of class materials and PPE (Personal Protection Equipment). We expect our distribution event to be the end of next week or the beginning of the week of 8/24 and will share additional details early next week.

Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding as we work through these unique situations. I am confident that everyone will do their very best to make this a positive school year no matter what schedule we are following, and I look forward to working with you.

Take care,

Mrs. Schwarze


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