New Trier's goal is to have students learning in school as often as possible while abiding by state and federal health and safety guidelines. However, given the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, New Trier High School has developed plans for three different learning models in the 2020-2021 school year:
- Full: All students will attend school for in-person instruction,with some students and staff at home due to health reasons.
- Hybrid: Students will attend school for in-person instruction in a 50/50 hybrid model, where they will attend school on campus for one Blue/Green block and will then attend remotely for the next Blue/Green block. At the beginning of the year, Trevian days will be all-remote.
- Remote: Students will attend all classes remotely. Students will attend each class, following the Trevian/Blue/Green block schedule, via Zoom. Access to teachers, classmates, and course content and discussions will occur via Zoom and Canvas.
Each plan has been developed to allow for a seamless transition between learning models throughout the year as circumstances change and guidance from the state is updated.
New Trier learned much from the emergency remote learning plans teachers had to develop in the spring and will use what the district learned to offer a robust, engaging, and appropriately challenging remote experience in the 2020-2021 school year. That experience and surveys of parents, students, and teachers has helped guide New Trier's Curriculum and Instruction Reopening Committee develop expectations for a new remote learning environment.
The committee has developed new Remote Learning Standards of Practice with these priorities for Trevian Remote Learning:
Instructional methods will vary from course to course, but all remote instruction will be meaningful and designed to these standards and will keep students on pace to complete the full curriculum for each course no matter the learning environment.
For other information about the school's reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year, including the new daily schedule, state and public health guidance, financial assistance, mental health resources, and other information, please visit our 2020-2021 Back to School page .
Trevian Remote Learning FAQ
Can a student choose 100 percent remote learning instead of in-person or hybrid learning?
Families and students may choose to opt out of any in-school learning scenario and choose to learn 100% remotely for the 2020-2021 school year. These students will have a typical schedule but will engage in the classroom remotely. The curriculum and instruction will be robust and match what is happening in the classroom to the greatest extent possible. Families who make this choice must submit an "Opt Out" form. At the beginning of each quarter, families will have the choice to engage for that quarter in the in-school learning option that is available at the time. The commitment to 100 percent remote learning is for the entire quarter. The Opt Out form for first quarter (August 26 - October 30) is due by July 31 and can be found here .
Can students participate in extracurricular activities if they choose remote learning?
Yes, students can participate in extracurricular activities in person, even if they are full-time remote learning students, as long as they attended class remotely that day. They must abide by all safety precautions while on campus, such as verifying a temperature check, social distancing, and wearing a mask.
Will students who choose remote learning cover the same course content as their in-person classmates?
Yes, students will cover the same curricular content and meet the same learning objectives as their in-class peers. Students will be prepared for in-class assessments and AP exams in the same manner as their in-class peers.
How will students engage with their classes, teachers, and classmates?
Students will engage with the teachers and class content via Zoom and Canvas. These two tools will keep students connected with their teachers and curriculum. Students will attend their classes remotely via Zoom, following the Trevian Block Schedule . Teachers will design courses that adhere to the Remote Learning Standards of Practice , which will keep students on pace with their in-class peers and maintain their learning progress through the curriculum. Faculty and administrators developed these Standards of Practice after reviewing parent, student, and staff feedback about remote learning in the spring. The standards set specific guidelines for teachers to assure that students receive a remote learning experience that has the same goals, supports, and level of challenge as New Trier's in-person learning.
Will students with IEPs have access to support in remote learning?
Yes, students with IEPs will have regularly scheduled meetings with their Resource teacher and other supports through special education. Resource support will be provided five days a week.
How will students get extra support if needed?
Teachers will hold online office hours and be available to students to provide extra support, similar to the ways in which students and teachers meet in-person during office hours when on campus together. Additionally, the Academic Assistance Center, the Math Resource Center, and the Reading & Writing Center will offer virtual support to students.