December 2020 Letters

December 15, 2020

Dear New Trier Families, 

Thank you to all the families who have been participating in our weekly COVID-19 saliva screening program. We created this program to help us assess the risks of COVID-19 on our campuses and to lessen community spread, both of which help us consistently offer in-person instruction. 

While the participation rate has been high, due to the voluntary nature of the program, we do not have a complete picture of the risks of in-person instruction. To continue to support consistent in-person instruction, we need to make sure all students are screened each week. 

Starting January 3, participation in the screening program will be  mandatory  for all students participating in on-campus hybrid instruction.  The screening already is mandatory for on-campus athletics and extracurricular activities. Those choosing not to participate will be able to access the curriculum and instruction in their classes through remote learning. We will be sending all families information after winter break about how to choose remote or hybrid learning for the third quarter, which begins January 26. 

Information about the saliva screening program, including drop off times, locations, and an FAQ, can be found on our  COVID-19 Screening Page  . 

Screening Sign-Up

If you have not yet signed up for the screening program and want your student to participate in on-campus hybrid instruction after winter break, please do so before January 1 using our  Online COVID-19 Screening Sign-Up  . Once you have signed up you may pick up your saliva kits and bar code labels at the West Entrance (D Building - Happ Road) of the Northfield Campus. Drop off your sample on your assigned day (calendar below). 

PowerSchool Parent Portal- View Your Child's Saliva Sample Submissions

Parents will have the ability to see the weekly confirmation of the submission of their child's saliva screener by clicking on the left hand icon "Saliva Sample Submissions."  Submissions are coded with the "Week Start Date" and a "Yes" if a sample was received for that week. If you were not contacted, the result was presumptively negative.  

Ruvna Change and Exclusion from On-Campus Learning

Starting January 4, the Ruvna health screening tool will ask "Did your student miss their mandatory saliva screening drop-off this week?" Parents/guardians must answer "NO" to this question to receive a QR code allowing their student(s) to access campus. 

We will monitor weekly submissions, and students who do not submit their weekly saliva sample will be excluded from Ruvna and will not be able to come on campus. Parents will be notified via email when saliva samples are missing. Students who consistently fail to submit saliva samples will be reassigned to remote instruction. 

While New Trier will make every effort to ensure that all students on campus are screened within the last seven days, we cannot guarantee that all individuals on campus will have been screened or that there will be no instances of COVID-19 on campus. In addition to the screening program, New Trier implements other strong mitigation measures such as mask wearing and social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Objection Process

Parents who want their student to participate in hybrid instruction but object to their student participating in the screening program or who wish to challenge their student's assignment to remote instruction for failure to provide saliva samples may request a meeting with their campus principal. The student will be assigned to remote learning pending the outcome of the meeting.  

ELS and Transition Programs

A separate email was sent to families with students in the ELS and Transition Programs about those specific programs and whom to contact with concerns. 

No Saliva Screening During Winter Break

New Trier's campuses will be closed for Winter Break, and there will be no saliva screening for students over break. Student saliva screening will resume on Sunday, January 3. 

Making sure to turn in your student's saliva sample weekly not only helps protect students and staff on campus, but it also has benefits for participants - including identifying whether your student may be an asymptomatic carrier and helping to prevent the spread of the virus to family and friends. 

Below we have included the January drop-off and attendance calendar along with information we previously sent about drop-off days, times, locations, and other logistics of the program. Thank you for your participation in this important safety program. 

Denise Dubravec
Winnetka Campus Principal

Paul Waechtler
Northfield Campus Principal

Days and times for WEEKLY saliva sample drop-off for all hybrid students: 

  • Student Athletes, On-Campus Extracurricular Participants, Students Attending School 4 Days a Week:
    PREFERRED DROP-OFF (for same day screening): Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    REGULAR DROP-OFF: Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    LATE DROP-OFF: Mondays 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Students with Last Names A-K
    REGULAR DROP-OFF: Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    LATE DROP-OFF: Mondays 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Students with Last Names L-Z
    REGULAR DROP-OFF: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    LATE DROP-OFF: Wednesdays 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. 

If you miss your drop-off time, please drop off at the next earliest available time.  Please drop off only one sample per week. Students in athletics or on-campus extracurricular activities should follow the Sunday drop-off schedule.

Other reminders: 

  • Winnetka Campus drop-off  : North Door (N16) security vestibule (off Trevian Way)
  • Northfield Campus drop-off  : D Building security vestibule (off Happ Road)
  • Need extra bar code labels?  Fill out  this form.
  • Need extra collection tubes?  They are available at the B Building and D Building security vestibules at the Northfield Campus and the East (Essex Road) and North (Trevian Way) doors at the Winnetka Campus.  
  • All tubes must be in a Ziploc bag.  The size or brand doesn't matter, but all tubes must be in some sort of bag. Please don't deposit tubes alone into the drop boxes. 
  • Please make sure to put a bar code label  lengthwise  on each sample.  Don't wrap it around the tube. 
  • Do not eat or drink  for 30 minutes before providing the sample for accurate results.
  • Families will be notified  only  if the test is a presumptive positive.  Those students will be excluded from Ruvna and will receive an email and follow-up call. 
  • Screening hotline:  Call 847-784-6525 or email  salivascreening@nths.net  if you have questions or need support. 

Other questions or need to sign up?  Visit our  COVID-19 Screening Info and FAQ page

____________________________

December 14, 2020

Dear New Trier Families,

This school year has been different than any other school year, and naturally final exams will look different too. The time for an end of semester assessment is built into the calendar to give students and teachers an opportunity for a culminating experience that is authentic to the type of learning inherent in each course. Some courses will not administer an assessment while others will adapt an assessment appropriate for student learning in this environment.  

End of semester assessments will be held on  January 19, 20, and 21  , with Modern & Classical Language's (MCL) typical Language Proficiency Assessments taking place the week before. Here is some important information for you and your student:

End of Semester Information

  • All assessments will be administered remotely.  There will be no on-campus classes the week of January 18.
  • Assessments will take place during a student's regularly scheduled class periods.   
  • During finals week, students will attend ONLY their classes with a scheduled end of semester experience or assessment in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, and electives courses taken for major credit. Other classes will not meet. 
  • January 18-22 is homework-free.  Other than regular preparation for end of semester assessments, no homework will be due this week.
  • Students will have no more than TWO assessments per day. If a student's schedule includes more than two assessments in a single day, they should make arrangements with their teacher with the assistance of their adviser and/or case manager.
  • Case managers and teachers will make arrangements for students with extended time. 
  • MCL Language Proficiency Assessments will take place during regular class time during the week of January 11. These are generally individual speaking and listening assessments and can take place in person or remotely.
  • Friday, January 22 is a Grading Day with no school for students. 
  • No exams, assessments, projects, or papers will be due on January 25. 
  • Final assessments may not exceed 20% of the final grade 

Schedule for End of Semester Assessments 

 

Schedule for End of Semester Assessments

 

NO SCHOOL:

Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 22 for Grading Day.

First Day of Second Semester:

Tuesday, January 26. This is a regular school day and an in-person day for students with last names beginning with A-K.  

Sincerely,

Denise Dubravec                                   Paul Waechtler         
Principal, Winnetka Campus                 Principal, Northfield Campus

______________________

December 4, 2020

Dear New Trier Families, 

As you may have read in Board Briefs, New Trier is preparing to move to our two-track (50%) hybrid model at the beginning of the second semester. This move will bring all hybrid students in for two days of in-person classes every week - but doing so will require all of us to work together to stay healthy and keep infections out of our buildings. 

As part of this commitment,   we are encouraging all hybrid students to begin submitting their saliva screening samples every week starting now, regardless if they are scheduled to attend school that week  . This will not only develop good routines but can offer an extra benefit to our community and our families. Note that we are still continuing with the one-track (25%) hybrid schedule during first semester, and you should continue to follow the   attendance calendar   for your student's last name. 

Here are the new days and times for WEEKLY saliva sample drop-off for all hybrid students: 

  • Student Athletes, On-Campus Extracurricular Participants, Students Attending School 4 Days a Week:
    PREFERRED DROP-OFF (for same day screening): Sundays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    REGULAR DROP-OFF: Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    LATE DROP-OFF: Mondays 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Students with Last Names A-K
    REGULAR DROP-OFF: Sundays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    LATE DROP-OFF: Mondays 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • Students with Last Names L-Z
    REGULAR DROP-OFF: Tuesdays 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    LATE DROP-OFF: Wednesdays 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 

If you miss your drop-off time, please drop off at the next earliest available time.   Please drop off only one sample per week. Students in athletics or on-campus extracurricular activities should follow the Sunday drop-off schedule.

Other reminders: 

  • Winnetka Campus drop-off  : North Door (N16) security vestibule (off Trevian Way)
  • Northfield Campus drop-off  : D Building security vestibule (off Happ Road)
  • Need extra bar code labels?   Fill out   this form.
  • Need extra collection tubes?   They are available at the B Building and D Building security vestibules at the Northfield Campus and the East (Essex Road) and North (Trevian Way) doors at the Winnetka Campus.  
  • All tubes must be in a Ziploc bag.   The size or brand doesn't matter, but all tubes must be in some sort of bag. Please don't deposit tubes alone into the drop boxes. 
  • Please make sure to put a bar code label lengthwise on each sample.   Don't wrap it around the tub
  • Do not eat or drink   for 30 minutes before providing the sample for accurate results.
  • Families will be notified only if the test is a presumptive positive.   Those students will be excluded from Ruvna and will receive an email and follow-up call. 
  • Screening hotline:   Call 847-784-6525 or email   salivascreening@nths.net   if you have questions or need support. 
  • Other questions or need to sign up?   Visit our   COVID-19 Screening Info and FAQ page

Thank you for your extraordinary response and participation in this important safety program.  

Denise Dubravec                                   Paul Waechtler          
Principal, Winnetka Campus                 Principal, Northfield Campus

 

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