District Letter to Parents 8-25-2020

Families,

As we prepare for the start of the school year we wanted to get a few informational items out to parents/guardians regarding registration fees, food pick up, recording of lessons, and upcoming dates.

Registration Fees:

The district has suspended payment of registration fees effective immediately.  The board of education will be taking into consideration the removal of registration fees and computer insurance for the 2020-2021 school year, only.  The board will make its decision on September 23rd at their regular board meeting.  For those that have already paid the registration fee and computer insurance fee there may be a reimbursement after the board takes action on the 23rd. 

As previously discussed above, the district will also suspend the collection of computer insurance fees and will provide families the first repair free of charge to students who have damage to their device.  Please be aware that families will incur a charge on any device needing to be repaired or replaced after the first remedy.

Food Pick Up Change:

With Labor Day coming up on Monday September 7th, we will need to change the date for food distribution to Tuesday September 8th.

Recording Teacher Lessons:

As we prepare for the start of the school year we want to ensure parents are aware of the type of instruction teachers will be using with their students.  Teachers in all grade levels and content areas will be using multiple methods of instruction which may include recordings with or without students.

In the registration forms we have a consent page that allows the district to publish or use photographs or video recordings of your child for school purposes.  Please be aware that any recorded lesson is for internal use only and will only be made available to students that have missed the lesson due to illness or conflict.  We are not publishing recorded lessons on our web site, or the cloud, or any external hosting company.  All recordings will be maintained by the teacher and they are the only individuals that are able to share the link with a student.

This is a vital component when it comes to remote learning as we start the year.  For those that have already consented there is nothing further to do at this time.  If you haven’t registered for the upcoming school year, please consider consenting to video recordings.  For those that have questions or concerns regarding the recording of lessons please contact our Director of Technology Mr. Phil Traskaski at (847) 731-3085 extension 140, or ptraskaski@sta.whsd1.org 

Upcoming Dates:

Pick-up materials to get the school year started will be on the following dates.

August 26th, 11:40 AM - 2:40 PM & 6 PM - 7:30 PM 

August 27th, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM

NP - Please come into the parking lot by the big, blue digital sign. Write the student's last name and homeroom teacher’s name on a piece of paper and tape or hold up on the passenger’s window. Once the staff member radios your name in, proceed to the front doors. A staff member will bring out materials to your car. 

WF - Please enter the parking lot on 10th street, follow cones and pull forward. You will exit on the west side of the building. Write the student's last name, grade, and teacher’s name on a piece of paper and tape or hold to the passenger’s window. Once the staff member radios your name in, proceed to the front doors. A staff member will bring out materials to your car. 

***You will not be able to pick items up unless you are registered!

August 27th - Virtual Orientation - Homeroom teachers will email you a link to the meeting. 6 PM - 6:30 PM & 6:45 PM - 7:15 PM

August 31st  - First day of school - Login to your homeroom at 8:30 AM.

September 4th - 11:15 Dismissal for Students (Homeroom teachers will share schedules with students for this day.)

September 7th - Labor Day - No School

 

As always, it’s important we continue to work together and support our students. Thanks again. 

 

Sincerely, 

Jeffrey McCartney