COVID-19 Updates

  • Letter from Principal Sanderson (4/8/2021)

    Dear Parents/Guardians:

    As a District, we acknowledge some parents/guardians are interested in having their students continue using the Full Remote Learning Model (online learning five days a week).  Based on the the past month, beginning Monday, April 12, 2021, students will have the option of continuing with the Full Remote Learning Model, using the Learning Schedule - Term 2, or utilize the in-person Blended Learning Model option where students are on campus four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and learn remotely from home on Wednesdays using the same Learning Schedule - Term 2. We highly recommend that our struggling learners select the in-person Blended Learning Model.  Our goal is to utilize this learning schedule for the remainder of the school year.

    On April 12, 2021, any student who chooses the in-person Blended Learning Model will follow the protocols below.  By attending in-person learning on Monday, April 12, 2021, students will be considered an in-person blended learner for the remainder of the school year.  Please note that in-person learners cannot switch back-and-forth from in-person learning to remote learning and then back again.  Students who choose in-person learning should maintain in-person learner status unless they contact my office to explain how their circumstances have changed.  Students who do not attend school in person on Monday, April 12, 2021, will be considered a full remote learner for the remainder of the school year.   

    Students utilizing the Full Remote Learning Model are expected to attend school remotely five days a week.  Their face must be visible on-screen and their audio on during all of their classes.   

    Any student can take advantage of the free grab-and-go box lunch program.  Lunches will be available in the cafeteria at 1:20 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please note that the grab-and-go lunches do not meet dietary restrictions for students who are food sensitive or have a special diet.  

    Students utilizing the in-person Blended Learning Model and who participate in a club, sport, or activity that begins at 3:00 p.m. can stay in the building but must go to the LRC where they will be checked in.  While in the LRC, students can eat lunch (either the grab-and-go lunch or a bag lunch brought from home).  Students who choose to stay must check into the LRC  no later than 1:20 p.m on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  The LRC will be closed on Wednesdays.   Students will remain in the LRC  and cannot leave the LRC until their club, sport, or activity begins.  This after-school opportunity is available to students who participate in the in-person Blended Learning Model and who were in-person on that day.  This time should be used to do schoolwork.  Students must practice social distancing at all times and will be able to eat in designated areas in the LRC.  Face masks must be worn at all times, except while eating. 

    Letter from Principal Sanderson (3/16/2021)

    Dear Parents,

    This past year has been a challenge for everyone.  The impact of the pandemic will have short- and long-term effects on all of us.  It will have social/emotional effects, physical effects, and from the academic side, we may see more students struggling academically.  Research shows that the best way to learn is in person.  Currently, we have approximately 40% of our students back in the building, four days a week for in-person learning.  Students participating in athletics and co-curricular activities should be attending school in person, and right now a number of these students are learning remotely.  EPCHS strongly encourages our student-athletes and students involved in co-curricular activities to attend school in-person and would appreciate your support.  I want to assure you that the district has taken all of the proper steps to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff.

    With three weeks remaining before the end of progress grading period 6, which is the halfway point of term two, we are seeing a lot more D and F grades than we usually see at this time.  Our staff has taken additional steps to offer support to all of our students, i.e. social/emotional support, personal contact with students/parents/guardians, adjusting late work/make-up work/redo policies, and offering additional academic support throughout the day. Although many students continue to be successful, we need to work together in order to get our struggling students back into the building for in-person learning.  If your student is struggling, and their grades are in the D/F range, they absolutely should be attending in-person learning.  We know that many students have become comfortable attending school from the friendly confines of their home, but some students have not been able to be successful.  EPCHS wants to see our students, especially our struggling learners, back to in-person learning.  If your student is currently signed-up for remote learning, you can change your student to in-person learning by emailing our attendance secretary at lshields@evergreenpark.org and that change will take place immediately.

    If a struggling learner has not remediated their failing grades in a core course (English, Math, Science, or Social Studies) by the end of P6 (April 1, 2021), they will be required to return to in-person learning.  If a student opts not to return to in-person learning based on qualifying circumstances, they will be placed on Edgenuity (online curriculum: self-guided remote learning program).   EPCHS wants all of our students to be successful.  It is extremely important for our struggling learners to attend school in-person, so that they can take advantage of the above-mentioned student support offered to our in-person learners.  

    Working together, we will get through this pandemic.  Our parents/guardians are our partners as we navigate through these challenging times.  We need your support to get our struggling learners back into the building where we can help them to be successful before the school year ends.  Thank you in advance for your collaboration in our efforts.  If you have any questions, you can contact me at bsanderson@evergreenpark.org.

     

     

    Letter from Superintendent O'Malley (2/27/2021)

     

    Dear Parents,

    As a District, we acknowledge some parents/guardians are interested in having their students continue using the Full Remote Learning Model (online learning five days a week). Based on the information we have reviewed, beginning Tuesday, March 2, 2021, students will have the option of continuing with the Full Remote Learning Model, using the revised Learning Schedule - Term 2, or utilizing the revised in-person Blended Learning Model option where students will be on campus four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) and learn remotely from home on Wednesdays using the same revised Learning Schedule - Term 2. We highly recommend that our struggling learners select the in-person Blended Learning Model. Our goal is to utilize this learning schedule through April 1, 2021, at which time we will re-evaluate our learning plan and inform everyone by April 7, 2021, as to how we will proceed when we return from Spring Break.

    By attending in-person learning on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, students will be considered an in-person blended learner for the week of March 2, 2021. Students who do not attend school in person on Tuesday, March 2,2021 will be considered a full remote learner for the week of March 2, 2021. On Thursday, March 4, 2021, parents/guardians will receive an email with a link to a Learning Agreement Commitment that will cover the time period of March 8 - April 1, 2021. This Learning Agreement Commitment must be submitted for each student in the family no later than Sunday, March 7, 2021.

    Students utilizing the Full Remote Learning Model are expected to attend school remotely five days a week. Their face must be visible on-screen and their audio on during all of their classes.  Any student who chooses the in-person Blended  Learning Model can take advantage of the free grab-and-go lunch box program that will begin on Monday, March 8, 2021. Lunches will be available in the cafeteria at 1:20 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Students were emailed a survey letting us know whether or not they would be interested in the free grab-and-go box lunch program. Please note that the grab-and-go lunches do not meet dietary restrictions for students who are food sensitive or have a special diet.

    Students utilizing the in-person Blended Learning Model and who participate in a club, sport, or activity that begins at 3:00 p.m. can stay in the building but must go directly to the LRC where they will be checked in.  While in the LRC, students can eat lunch (either the grab-and-go lunch or a bag lunch brought from home). Students who choose to stay must check into the LRC no later than 1:20 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The LRC will be closed on Wednesdays. Students will remain in the LRC and cannot leave until their club, sport, or activity begins. 

    This after-school opportunity is available to students who participate in the in-person Blended Learning Model and who were in-person on that day. This time should be used to do schoolwork. Students must practice social distancing at all times and will be able to eat in designated areas in the LRC. Face masks must be worn at all times, except while eating.

    Thank you for all of your continued support!