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LPHS Coronavirus Information & Updates

This page contains all the official announcements from LaSalle-Peru Township High School regarding our response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you have any questions during the extended closure, please contact the LP switchboard at 815-223-1721. We will have limited staff in the building beginning Tuesday, March 17. Please scroll down the page or use the following text links for athletics & activites information, educational resources, and meal delivery information for our students and families.

Click here for graduation information.

As of April 17, the Governor's order for school closures has been extended through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

You can also find additional information regarding our COVID-19 response at https://www.lphs.net/COVID19Response.

(April 27, 2020)

Dear LP Families:

I am pleased to share the Administration's plans for bringing academic closure to 2nd semester, and specifically the process for determining semester grades, handling the return of textbooks and Chromebooks, and locker clean-out. The plans listed below were developed in careful consideration to current safety guidelines in conjunction with students' academic and social-emotional needs as well as maximizing our teachers' abilities to assist students in greatest need to either pass a course or one motivated to attain a higher grade.

Grading and Curriculum:

We recognize the vast number of challenges in both teaching and learning from a remote location. In order to best serve staff and students, we are making the following changes that go into effect on May 1.

1. No new curriculum will be introduced after April 30, unless the student is in an AP or Dual Credit class that has different guidelines.

2. The focus of instruction will be on re-teaching or reviewing in order to: a) help those failing students pass, and b) help those students who want to improve their grade.

If a student indicates they are satisfied with the grade they had been earning on March 13 (our last day of in-person instruction) or the grade that they are earning as of April 30, then this student's semester may conclude on May 1 with any additional materials provided by the teacher being optional. The student will earn that grade for the 2nd semester. Teachers will be reaching out to students this week to determine their course of action.

If a student entered the remote learning time period with an F and the student has not demonstrated progress during the remote learning or is not in a position to earn enough points to pass, then the student will earn an F for the semester.

3. No finals will be administered second semester. However, Dual Credit courses will need to follow IVCC guidelines, which may include a final exam.

End of the School Year Dates:

We will utilize these dates to close the 2019-2020 school year:
a. May 15th – Seniors last day of instruction
b. May 20th – Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors last day of instruction
c. May 21st – Remote Planning Day
d. May 22nd – Remote Planning Day
e. May 26th – Remote Planning Day

The Remote Planning Days will be used to ensure that all grade books are updated to reflect the accurate grades. All grades will either maintain from March 13 or be improved.

Chromebook and Textbook Returns:

After much careful consideration, it has been determined that we will only collect materials from the seniors and any students who are transferring out of the district. All other grade levels will return materials in either August at the start of the school year or when it is deemed safe to be back in the building.

Senior Return and Collection Schedule:

To limit trips to the building and interactions with staff, we are implementing a process that will allow seniors to drop off and pick-up all materials in one trip to LPHS. Complete directions will be shared with staff and families in a separate email.

Entrance and exit points, safety guidelines, etc. will be shared. Chromebooks, textbooks, and athletic uniforms will be collected. Locker materials will be returned. Additionally, we will distribute yearbooks if possible.

Senior Schedule
• Wednesday, May 13 – Seniors or Students Transferring out of District
a) Students with last names beginning with letters A-D (8AM-11AM)
b) Students with last names beginning with letters E-H (12PM-3PM)

• Thursday, May 14 – Seniors or Students Transferring out of District

a) Students with last names beginning with letters I-L (8AM-11AM)
b) Students with last names beginning with letters M-Q (12PM-3PM)

• Friday, May 15 – Seniors or Students Transferring out of District

a) Students with last names beginning with letters R-U (8AM-11AM)
b) Students with last names beginning with letters V-Z (12PM-3PM)

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors Locker Material Collection:

Several staff members will be involved in bagging and tagging each academic locker. We will have a staggered locker collection via curbside pick-up, which will be scheduled for days beginning on May 19th. Additional details will be communicated as these dates get closer.

I will be sending another email in a few days with the details on how we are going to handle senior awards and graduation. Mr. Baker is releasing the LP Honor Society induction video this week. Prom has been rescheduled to July 23 at Senica's Oak Ridge pending approved safety guidelines. Please expect to receive my next email on Thursday this week.

We appreciate all the suggestions we are receiving for safe senior celebration ideas. The Administration is considering each one and will be implementing some. We continue to work to support all our students, parents and staff -- and especially to make this as special a time for our seniors.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Wrobleski

 

(April 23, 2020) (Click here to view a pdf copy of the latest message from Dr. Wrobleski)

Good afternoon all –

Governor Pritzker has extended the shelter-in-place order thru May 30. The Governor shared that there will be some lessening of restrictions in specific retail areas and state parks, effective May 1. His forthcoming order will have the details on that.

Effective May 1, the Governor has ordered that face masks be worn in areas where social distancing will not work (i.e., grocery store, Walmart, etc). I pasted below a link to the CDC website with instructions on creating a homemade face mask.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

The extension of the shelter-in-place will clearly impact the musical, prom, and graduation. We will have guidance released next week on how we are going to handle these events, along with the standard end-of-year activities (textbook/Chromebook collection, locker clean-out, etc). We will also be providing additional guidance addressing final exams, computing the semester grade, dealing with incompletes, summer school, and class rank,

If there are any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at (815) 223-2373 or leave me an email at swrobleski@lphs.net.

….more information coming next week….

Hang in there and be safe!!

Sincerely,

Dr. Wrobleski

 

(April 12, 2020)

Dear LP Parents and Students:

It has been nearly one month since we have all been together at school. I know that I speak on behalf of the staff when I say – WE MISS ALL OF OUR STUDENTS! At the same time, how many of us have gotten used to wearing warm-up pants and sweatshirts as our daily attire?! Be honest! I know I have. In fact, I am a little concerned that my dress clothes are going to be a little snugger when we get back to normal.

As we near the end of our scheduled Spring Break and swing back into remote learning next week, I want to share some timely and important updates.

 

CLASS OF 2020 SENIOR YARD SIGNS ARE AVAILABLE!

Our LP Senior yard signs have arrived and are available to be picked up starting Tuesday, April 21 afternoon!
Our seniors and/or their parents/guardians are invited to come to the main entry of LPHS (the Sixth Street entrance) from 3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday this week to collect their sign. Mr. Huebbe and Mr. Truskoski will be handing out signs at the roadside, so there's no need to get our of your car.
Each senior family will receive one (1) free yard sign to help show our community how much we love our seniors during this difficult school year. And while there's no charge for the signs, we will be collecting cash donations for the Illinois Valley Food Pantry.
Additionally, we ordered a few extra signs for community members. These signs are available for $15 with proceeds benefiting the IV Food Pantry.
Once you get your sign home and in your yard, we hope you take a photo of it with your senior and share it online with the hashtag #LPSeniors2020

CLASS PACKET PICK-UP

There are a limited number of classes and circumstances for which we are printing student packets. Teachers are making these arrangements on a case-by-case basis. Pick-up dates and times are as follows next week:

            Tuesday, April 14th, 3 to 4 pm at the Greeter’s Desk

            Thursday, April 16th, 3 to 4 pm at the Greeter’s Desk

REMOTE LEARNING – STUDENT MONITORING PROCESS

Here is the process that we are using if students are NOT completing their assigned work and/or failing to check-in with their teacher:

  1. During the week, students must check-in to Google Classroom according to the arranged days and times established by their teachers.
  2. If students fail to either check-in or submit assigned work, teachers will reach out to students and parents either by email or by phone.
  3. If the teacher has no response from the student and/or parents, they will share the names of those students with our counselors. Counselors and security staff will then attempt to make contact with students and/or parents. If there is any concern about the safety of the student, we will contact local police to request a home visit.
  4. If after two weeks of no progress, a letter will be sent home from Mrs. Ingrid Cushing, our Associate Principal/Principal-elect. This may also include a request for local police to conduct a home visit.

A short SURVEY will be shared with students and parents on April 17 asking for feedback on your remote-learning experience thus far. We ask you to take the 60 seconds needed to complete it. THANKS!

We are doing everything we can to make the best of this unique situation and practicing a “do no harm” approach with students’ grades. Any teachers assigning an INCOMPLETE for the semester grade will require administrative approval.

We are asking each student to simply do your best and stay in close communication with your teachers. Do not hesitate to let your teachers know if you are having any challenges!

IHSA UPDATE

The IHSA has not made any final decision on whether there will be a shortened spring season. Athletic Directors across the state were recently polled for feedback on whether schools would be able to extend the spring season into June if the shelter-in-place is lifted. Like everyone else, the IHSA is waiting to see if the school closure is going to extend beyond April 30. If the spring season is canceled refunds will be issued to families for the spring participation fees.

MUSICAL

The Wizard of Oz is still slated for performances on May 8 – 10, 2020. If the school closure extends beyond April 30, we will work with Ms. Deana Brown, Musical Director, to explore new dates. We are committed to doing everything we can to still have a show. For the time being, we await the Governor’s decision whether the school closure extends beyond April 30.

SENIOR CELEBRATIONS

  1. LP Honor Society & Senior Awards: We have made the decision that these events will not have an in-person program this year. Instead, Mr. Matt Baker, our Director of Communications, will be creating a virtual multimedia celebration for these events. More information will be coming from Mr. Baker on this. Please expect an early to mid-May release for these virtual programs.
  2. Prom & Graduation: We are still committed to having an in-person Prom and Graduation ceremony. We are exploring possible alternative dates and locations for Prom. We are not ready to make an announcement on a revised date, as we still do not know whether the shelter-in-place will be extended. The Administration has discussed the following options:
    1. Weekend senior celebration – which would include prom and graduation occurring over the span of one weekend.
    2. Zoom graduation – the video conferencing company recently announced a platform to conduct graduation virtually.

Please keep in mind that if the shelter-in-place extends through May, graduation must be held indoors as the Stadium turf project begins in the last week of May.

It is our sincere hope that we can safely return to school before students’ last day of school on May 22. In the meantime, let us continue to stay connected and positive.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Wrobleski, Superintendent

Internet Access Information

Comcast is taking steps to implement the following new policies for the next 60 days, and other important initiatives:

Please use the following link to help you find an available Comcast/Xfinity hotspot in your neighborhood, click on this link and enter your zip code.

http://wifi.xfinity.com/

AT&T is also offering free/low-cost internet access programs for families. Go to att.com/access to learn more about Access from AT&T. Please also sign into our partner portal, accesspartners.att.com, to browse our COVID-19 specific promotional and communications materials. For assistance beyond our online resources, please call 1-855-220-5211. 

Student with Meds at School

Mrs. Ziel, our school nurse, will be contacting families tomorrow whose children have prescription medications in her office to make arrangements to pick them up - if necessary.

 

 

(March 13, 2020) 
Dear LPHS Community,

Late on the afternoon of Friday, March 13, Governor JB Pritzker ordered all public and private schools in Illinois closed effective Tuesday, March 17 through at least Monday, March 30 to address growing concern over the spread of COVID-19. LPHS students will be excused from classes beginning Monday, March 16. LPHS faculty and staff will report to work on Monday in order to prepare educational materials for student use during the extended school closure. Faculty and staff will also use the day to work through the employment and human resources logistics impacting each employee group. All students and families will receive messages from the school district and faculty on Monday with instructions on accessing educational resources that will help students review classroom content in order to stay sharp over the extended school closure.

The LPHS school buildings will be closed to all members of the public during the school closure. 

As we receive additional guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and IHSA regarding the closure's impact on the SAT, PSAT, and any remaining academic and extracurricular events we will communicate to our staff and families.

All LP Families should complete the survey at the following link by Monday, March 16 to help us make plans for the extended school closure: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3VHL7YV. For families without internet access at home or who struggle to complete the survey online, please contact Mrs. Bobbi Newell at 815-220-2769 after 8 a.m. Monday to complete the survey.

As a reminder during this school closure, continue practicing the following common preventative measures:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

For additional information about Coronavirus (COVID-19), please refer to these links from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention:

 

Athletics & Activities Information

During the mandated school closure beginning March 17, through Monday, March 30, all extracurricular-related events are cancelled. This includes all practices, games/competitions, banquets, camps, fundraisers, meetings, and any gathering related to athletics, clubs, and activities.

At this time, all extracurricular activities have a tentative resumption date of Tuesday, March 31, pending any further directives and guidance from federal, state, or local offices. Over the next two weeks, the LP Athletics & Activities Office will be communicating with other schools to determine competition return dates for each program. Updates on practices and events will be provided using the outlets below as they become available.

The IHSA has sent a reminder that during the school closure, athletes should not practice or compete with their non-school (club/travel) teams or they will be ineligible for the high school team when school activities resume.

In the meantime, please take proper precautions and practice preventative measures against any virus. It is our hope that school and extracurricular activities return to normalcy sooner than later.

 

Educational Resources

LPHS teachers are providing educational projects and resources for students to work on at home to help with continuity during the closure via the students' school-issued email accounts or the teachers' Google Classroom or Sharepoint sites. This is meant to keep students actively engaged in content-appropriate activities in an effort to mitigate the disruption to the school year. As teachers are likely still preparing some plans, please also use the additional general education resources linked below to support your child's learning during this time.

www.khanacademy.org

www.ACT.org

www.vocabulary.org

www.owl.purdue.edu (Purdue Online Writing Lab)

www.keyboaringonline.com

www.knowledgematters.com

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/course-index-page

During the closure, the LP counselors are still available via email to provide support in the following ways:

1) Academics (i.e., makeup work plans, graduation requirements, scheduling changes for next year, etc.)

2) Post-secondary (i.e., college applications, scholarships, letters of recommendation, preparing to transition, etc.)

Unfortunately, they will not be able to provide social-emotional counseling at this time. If a student finds a need for emotional support, please consider utilizing resources such as those listed below.

Separately, the LP counselors will be posting valuable counseling lessons on the counseling google classroom.  Join us at: LP Counseling Office Class code: y5weibv

 

Meal Delivery Information

[UPDATED APRIL 19, 2020]

Dear LP Families -

Tomorrow is MONDAY.....and that means it is Operation CAVS Meal Train Day!! We are back to our normal Monday schedule.

Curbside will be from 10:00 am to noon.

Bus delivery begins at 10:10 am. Here is the schedule for tomorrow.

I hope everyone is safely enjoying this beautiful weather!

Dr. Wrobleski

ROUTE #1
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:20 AM BEST WESTERN
10:26 AM CLARK & SWIFT
10:29 AM CLARK & OAKWOOD
10:33 AM ARBORT COURT
10:36 AM OAKWOOD & PK. SIDE
10:39 AM OAKWOOD & SUNSET
10:42 AM TRAILER COURT
10:44 AM SCHOOL & FLORENCE
10:48 AM HOLY FAMILY SCHOOL
10:51 AM CLARK & SCHOOL
10:54 AM CLARK & HAYDEN
10:55 AM – 11:10 AM WASHINGTON SCHOOL – BUS LANE 212 W WALNUT ST, OGLESBY

ROUTE #2
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:20 AM ELM & MAIN
10:23 AM TIP & TIMBERWOOD
10:25 AM WALNUT & LEHIGH
10:26 AM WALNUT & PORTLAND
10:28 AM WALNUT & SPRING
10:31 AM 2ND ST & WOODLAND
10:33 AM COLUMBIA & MORRIS
10:34 AM COLUMBIA & MORMON
10:40 AM – 10:55 AM LEHIGH MEMORIAL PARK - 22 LEHIGH AVE PARKING LOT ACROSS FROM PARK

ROUTE #3
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:12 AM 1564 LAHARPE STREET, LASALLE
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM ST VINCENT’S & OCONOR
BUS WILL SIT ON OCONOR STREET

ROUTE #4
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:20 AM 23RD & APLINGTON
10:35 AM 2858 RT 178

ROUTE #5
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:20 AM 498 N. 2612th Road, Oglesby
10:30 AM 338 N. 24th Road, Oglesby
10:50 AM 1103 N. 1850TH Road, Streator
11:15 AM 3025 E. 6th Road, LaSalle

ROUTE #10
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:20 AM 4TH & HENRY
10:22 AM 2ND & HENRY
10:25 AM MAIN & CHURCH
10:28 AM MAIN & GREEN
10:31 AM MAIN & SCHUYLER
10:35 AM 2ND & PEORIA
10:38 AM 3RD & WEST
10:41 AM 10TH & WEST
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM CITY PARK – 3RD & PIKE ST

ROUTE #11
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:18 AM 13TH & CHURCH
10:21 AM 13TH & GREEN
10:24 AM 13TH & FULTON
10:28 AM SCHUYLER & SHOOTING PARK
10:30 AM SCHUYLER & MELBA
10:32 AM SCHUYLER & LIDA LANE
10:35 AM SUNSET & MEADOW LANE
10:39 AM SUNSET & PLUM
10:42 AM 24TH & PLUM
10:45 AM 26TH & PLUM
10:47 AM 27TH & BRYANT
10:51 AM 26TH & ROCK
10:53 AM 24TH & ROCK
10:54 AM 21ST & ROCK
10:56 AM 14TH & PLUM
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM NORTHVIEW SCHOOL – BUS LANE 2100 PLUM ST, PERU

ROUTE #12
10:10 AM LEAVE LPHS
10:25 AM TOU REST MOTEL
10:31 AM 10TH & SYCAMORE ST.
10:33 AM 7TH & SYCAMORE
10:36 AM 6TH & HARRISON
10:39 AM 6TH & HERBERT
10:41 AM 6TH & CALHOUN
10:44 AM 10TH & CALHOUN
10:47 AM 7TH & SCHUYLER
10:50 AM 7TH & PEORIA
10:55 AM – 11:10 AM CIRCUIT BREAKER/REGIONAL SAFE SCHOOL 2233 6TH ST - IN PARKING LOT