COVID-19 (Coronavirus) School Information

March 27 2020

Dear New Trier Families,

I hope you are staying safe and well during this time of uncertainty. Given the governor's stay at home order, I am sure that this spring break was nothing like the one you had planned before this crisis. At New Trier, our leaders spent the break reviewing our first week of remote learning and setting a course for the fourth quarter. Thank you to all parents and students who provided valuable feedback through our online survey; your comments are helping us as we look to make the remote learning experience better during this extended closure. 

As a reminder, there will be no remote learningon Monday, March 30. This is a staff work day to help plan for the coming weeks. In addition, students will kick off fourth quarter by completing independent work on Tuesday, March 31 to prepare for the remote learning work they will have for the remainder of the week . This will give our teachers needed time to rework the remainder of the year's curriculum, engage in professional development, and prepare for this new phase of remote learning beginning on Wednesday, April 1. In addition, they are completing third quarter grades which will be available in PowerSchool on April 9. 

As the new quarter begins, we want to provide students with more opportunities for real-time interactions with their teachers and peers. Such engagement is important in a regular school environment and even more important during this time of social isolation. To do this, we plan to move to an alternating day schedule that will give classes a designated period to meet every other day, with a day each week devoted to independent learning, office hours, and staff professional development. On Monday the principals and I will provide students and parents with more details about this new phase of Trevian Remote Learning, including the new schedule and updated expectations for students and teachers. Students should check their Canvas announcements Monday for a video message from our principals. As always, the latest information will be posted on our COVID-19 Information page

A few items regarding our need to be responsible for each other as a community: 

  • We are hearing reports that groups of New Trier students are continuing to congregate together at local parks and homes. This not only violates the governor's stay at home order, but it is dangerous and will only extend the time we need to stay isolated. Like everyone else, teens should be at home. 
  • New Trier's tennis courts, tracks, and other athletic facilities are closed. We have locked those we can and have put up signs about the closure. Some adults and teens are ignoring these signs. Please help us keep the community safe by abiding by the governor's order when it comes to our facilities. 

It is still not clear how long our school closure will continue, and I thank all families for their patience and partnership in this very difficult time.

Dr. Paul Sally,

Superintendent, New Trier High School

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Dear New Trier Students,

We hope you are staying safe and well during this time of uncertainty. Given the governor's stay-at-home order, we are sure that this spring break was nothing like the one you had planned before this crisis. At New Trier, we spent the break reviewing our first week of remote learning and setting a course for the 4th quarter. Thank you to all the students who provided valuable feedback through our online survey; your comments are helping us as we look to make the remote learning experience better during this extended closure. 

As a reminder, there will be no remote learningon Monday, March 30. This is a staff work day to help plan for the coming weeks. In addition, students will be assigned independent work to complete on Tuesday, March 31 to kick off the fourth quarter Remote classes will resume under the new schedule on Wednesday. Third quarter grades will be available in PowerSchool on April 9.

As the new quarter begins, we want to provide students with more opportunities for real-time interactions with their teachers and peers. To do this, we plan to move to an alternating day schedule that will give classes a designated period to meet every other day, with a day each week devoted to independent learning, office hours, and staff professional development. On Monday, through a video message on Canvas, we will provide students with more details about this new phase of Trevian Remote Learning, including the new schedule and updated expectations for students and teachers. As always, the latest information will be posted on our COVID-19 Information page

A few items regarding our need to be responsible for each other as a community: 

  • We are hearing reports that groups of New Trier students are continuing to congregate together at local parks and homes. This not only violates the governor's stay-at-home order, but it is dangerous and will only extend the time we need to stay isolated. Like everyone else, you should be at home. 
  • New Trier's tennis courts, tracks, and other athletic facilities are closed. We have locked those we can and have put up signs about the closure. Some adults and students are ignoring these signs. Please help us keep the community safe by abiding by the governor's order when it comes to our facilities. 

It is still not clear how long our school closure will continue, and we thank all students and families for your patience and partnership in this very difficult time. 

Warm regards,

Mrs. Dubravec, Winnetka Campus Principal    
Mr. Waechtler, Northfield Campus Principal