April 3, 2020
Dear Lockport Township High School District 205 Parents and Guardians:
On Monday, April 6 school resumes. Our buildings will be closed due to the State’s school closure order, but learning, connecting, caring, and teaching will continue as we launch the LTHS Virtual High School. I would encourage parents and students to visit our website under the eLearning tab to access all of the information about our virtual high school plan: www.lths.org
Our eLearning page communicates several important aspects of our virtual high school:
- Parent and student guidelines for the LTHS Virtual High School
- An FAQ about the LTHS Virtual High School
- Parent and student information for Student Support Services
- An FAQ for Student Support Services
- SAT/ACT/AP Testing Information
- Chromebook and Technology Support
- Free and Reduced Lunch Meal Support
Our virtual high school will allow teachers to offer new material and content through online resources and assess student performance in order to prepare semester grades. During this unprecedented time, we believe that a public school should continue its work with students and do so in a manner that understands the crisis we are all in and empathizes with our students and parents. We will stay connected with students and parents, provide support services, share how educators will communicate with students, and explain how students can access lessons and learning experiences. Additionally, our website will provide important updates as we learn more in the coming days. Finally, our virtual high school plan aligns with the guidelines for remote learning days that the Illinois State Board of Education released on March 27, 2020.
To help us improve our work, please take this brief survey about the emergency eLearning experience we provided for students before Spring Break: bit.ly/LTHSeLearningFeedback
The State school closure will last at least until April 30, 2020. Please be aware of the following important information:
- It is important for seniors to continue their school work as we approach the end of the year. School counselors will be examining what courses students need in order to graduate on time and will stay in touch with our senior students to make sure that all seniors remain on track to graduate.
- Virtual school will not be in session on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13. These are holidays included in our 2019 – 2020 school calendar.
- Parents should use our website under the Academics tab to locate contact information for our teachers and department chairs. I encourage parents to reach out to teachers if an issue arises and to alert a department chair if a situation is not resolved.
- We are preparing an Advanced Placement webinar for students on the evening of Wednesday, April 8. Please look for further communications on this event. Advanced Placement teachers will email their students with the time for this event as well as sending the online link to join this webinar. Parents and students are encouraged to join the webinar.
- We will continue to provide meals for students at East Campus and in partnership with the 7 elementary school districts that feed into LTHS. Meal service will not be available on Friday, April 10. Meal service will resume on Monday, April 13.
- We will provide Chromebook/Tech support for students on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at East Campus between 10 am and 12 pm. Tech support will not be available on Friday, April 10 or Monday, April 13 due to school holidays.
- We are aware that there are many important events in the spring that students and parents look forward to. At this time, we will not cancel any events until we have to, and we promise to explore alternatives if we need to. With an extension of the school closure to April 30, we are seeking alternative dates for Prom and looking at all options. We know how important this event is to students, and we will do everything we can to reschedule or relocate it so that Prom takes place. Similarly, the Graduation of the Class of 2020 is scheduled for Saturday, May 30. While we hope to hold this event on its original date, we are making plans in case we have to seek alternative dates.
- We are aware that some seniors are concerned about how they will complete their Community Service requirement of 40 hours. The current COVID-19 crisis has limited opportunities to finish service hours. Our Board of Education will discuss this graduation requirement at its Monday, April 20 meeting. In the meantime, we would suggest that students seek online opportunities. For example, the White Oak Library District Lockport Branch is offering high school students 10 hours of online community services.
Thank you for your continued support and patience as we enter a new phase for public education during this COVID-19 crisis. Here at school we want to do our part by providing our students with a quality virtual learning experience. New and unfamiliar situations like this one are bound to make all of us feel anxious, uncomfortable, and afraid. And we are bound to make mistakes! However, I hope that through caring, empathy, and community we can all lean on each other during these days.
Stay healthy! Stay safe! Stay at home! All the best,
Robert McBride, Ed.D
Superintendent, Lockport Township High School District 205
1323 East Seventh Street
Lockport, IL 60441
Follow Me on Twitter: @PorterSup205