Dr. Nick Polyak updates the Leyden Educational Community regarding what the future of education looks like for the remainder of this academic year at Leyden High School District 212 in a You Tube Presentation issued on Thursday, April 2, 2020 issued to the faculty and staff of Leyden High Schools.
Dr. Polyak advises everyone in his presentation that it is “unlikely that the District will be back in session in the buildings before the end of this (academic) year”. Furthermore, there is future consideration as to whether summer school will be on line. Over the next month the District leadership is going to be discussing the normal end of year activities such as the scholarship night, graduation, prom, retirement speeches, etc. and reach a conclusion as to how these “strange times” will impact these events.
Dr. Polyak notes in his message that the District has two major directions from the Illinois State Board of Education including the primary focus, to continue to provide meals and support the social emotional needs of the students and secondly, continue to provide the students’ education in a way not harm the student, and acknowledge inherent equity issues that must be considered.
On Monday, April 6, 2020, the District’s education program will be transitioning from act of God Days to remote E-Learning days. This means that this transition will go to grades being counting, but there will be no “F” grades only incompletes if the work cannot be completed. The District has decided to continue to use letter grades to provide an incentive to the students. Dr. Polyak hopes that every educational opportunity will help the students on a go forward basis.
The parents and students of Leyden High Schools will be receiving an email by the end of the day on Friday, April 3, 2020, explaining what the E Learning Days will look like during the month of April, 2020, when the Governor has directed that no school buildings are to be used in the education. The District is also preparing videos for the parents and students to view explaining the rest of the school year. All materials will be translated to a variety of languages, including Polish and Spanish.
All of the Leyden High School parents and students should expect to see an email with information and links by the end of the day on Friday, April 3, 2020, regarding the E Learning Days commencing on Monday, April 6, 2020