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Thorp COVID-19 Action Plan

Thorp COVID-19 Action Plan

Parents, students and staff this page will get updated on a regular basis as we work through the current school closing. Please click to read our Thorp COVID-19 Action Plan during our emergency closure. Updates will be posted at the top of the page. Please click the link for the most current CPS Updates during our school closure from 03.17-04.20.2020.

Update 3.26.2020

Please join us for our LSC Special Meeting via Zoom: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/828072804

CPS has put out the following guidelines regarding special education meetings and services.

The Board Meeting on 3/25/2020 addressed concerns related to the Corona Virus closure:

Update 03.19.2020

Dear CPS Parents, Families, and Staff:

As Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced tonight, Chicago Public Schools will remain closed until Tuesday, April 21, 2020. While we want to reopen schools as soon as possible, this is a very serious challenge and we support the mayor’s decision to prioritize the health and wellbeing of our city. As the situation develops, we will continue to provide families with regular updates.

We recognize the significant impact the closures have had on every member of our school community, and we remain committed to doing all we can to support our students and families in the days ahead. Since the beginning of the closure, we have provided more than 90,000 packages of food to our families in need, and we will continue to offer free packages of food that contain three days worth of meals for every child in a household. Thanks to the incredibly dedicated staff who are supporting this effort in our schools, food can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every weekday. In addition to the amazing food service workers, thank you to our principals, assistant principals, and network staff for the support.

Due to the extended closure period, it is necessary for the district to reassess significant events on the school calendar and annual student and school assessment timelines and procedures. As a result of today’s decision, the district will seek a one-year waiver from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on the district’s School Quality Rating Policy (SQRP) and recommend to the Chicago Board of Education that we maintain the current SQRP ratings and carry them forward into next school year. Given the unprecedented situation we are in, carrying over SQRP ratings is the best available and most fair option for our school communities.

In addition to the recommendation to carry over SQRP ratings, the district is also revising its assessment schedule based on the extended closure period. While the district continues to work through the long-term implications of the mayor’s decision, we are canceling end-of-year assessments including:

  • NWEA
  • STAR Assessment
  • REACH Performance Tasks

We are working closely with ISBE, City Colleges of Chicago, the College Board, and our other partners to understand how this closure will impact other assessments such as the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, PSAT/SAT, Dual Credit/Dual Enrollment courses, and Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams as well as graduation requirements and grade promotion. While changes to the assessment calendar will likely be necessary, we are committed to ensuring students can access critical assessments tied to college entry, selective enrollment admission, graduation, and grade promotion.

We recognize that this is not an exhaustive list of all of the academic opportunities and policies impacted by this closure, and as decisions are made by the state and federal government, we will continue to provide you updates in a timely manner.

To help support students and families while class is not in session, the district posted enrichment resources and materials at cps.edu/enrichmentresources and provided students with hard copies of these materials prior to the beginning of the closure. Educators and parents can access these resources at cps.edu/enrichmentresources and build upon these materials as they see fit to keep children engaged through spring break. In the days ahead, we will be providing additional resources and guidance.

The challenges we face ahead are unprecedented but not insurmountable. We recognize there are a number of significant outstanding questions about our normal school policies and procedures, and we will provide updates and guidance as soon as possible. We will make it through this uncertain time together—as one district, one family.

Sincerely,

Janice K. Jackson, EdD
Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Public Schools

LaTanya D. McDade
Chief Education Officer
Chicago Public Schools

Update 03.17.2020 5:00PM

Dear Parents, 

We had over 600 students check in today for our first virtual school day- that is amazing! All of our teachers had some form of contact with their students and we would like to thank you for your support while we work through this new challenge. 

Today, your child’s teachers shared their schedule and “office hours”, with their Google Classrooms. This will help create a routine for your children and it lets them know when they can reach out to their teacher for live support. Teachers used Google Classroom to share classwork and remind students to enter their daily attendance. By having students “check-in” on a daily basis we are able keep track of how our students are doing and it also allows us to know what families might need a little bit more support during this difficult time.

Please verify that your child knows how to log into their Google Classrooms and fill out the daily attendance form. By the end of the week want to ensure that every parent also has access to Google Classroom and the daily student learning summaries that it provides.

Today, we also served lunch to more than 30 students. This means that we served over 180 meals! Students that arrived were given 3 lunches and 3 breakfast meals. If you are planning to come to Thorp for meals please fill out this anticipated lunch/breakfast form by 12:00PM the day BEFORE you plan to arrive.  Bagged meals are distributed from 9:00-1:00 daily. If Thorp is not your closest school – please visit your neighborhood school. CPS is committed to feeding all students who rely on their schools for meals.

Finally, I want to acknowledge that this time might be a little scary for many of our students. Our Counselor,Ms. Goldstein, and our Social Worker, Ms. Grace, have set up a virtual Counselor’s Corner for those students and families who may just want to “talk”. The code for the Counselor’s Corner is: vbdp7cg 

Overall, I think that our first “e-learning” day went very well. I told our students that it was going to take us a little bit of time to get ready- but our amazing teachers were able to get everything into place in record time! Please feel free to thank them for doing such a great job in such a short amount of time. Also, please feel free to share your stories, comments and questions with us by visiting the Admin Questions and Comments Form. We’ll “see” you soon.

Have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Efren Toledo
Principal

Update 03.16.2020 5:00PM
Parents, we had a very successful day organizing our Google Classrooms. If you are looking for a specific Google Classroom to have your child join, please have them log in under their CPS account. Go to Google Classroom, select the “+” sign on the top right corner and enter their teacher’s code. All codes are being updated on this site. If you have general questions please check out our Thorp FAQ Form.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! – Mr. Toledo

Update 03.15.2020 8:00PM

Parents, want to make sure your child has access to Google Classroom? Have them log in their email then go to https://classroom.google.com Make sure they join Thorp Whole School. Class Code: dqyqqq5

Update 03.15.2020 6:30PM

Student Attendance on 3.16.2020
A number of parents have asked if their child can be absent tomorrow. An absence tomorrow will be excused. If you need to pick up medicine, articles of clothing or other items – school will be open until 6:00PM or you can have your child come in and then dismiss early. We would appreciate you letting us know – especially if you have to pick up medicine or other items. Please fill out the following anticipated absence form.

03.15.2020 4:00PM
Dear Parents,

All Illinois schools are closed from 3/17 to 3/30. During this time our goal is to help develop as “normal” a routine for our students as possible. With this end in mind, we have developed our Thorp COVID-19 Action Plan.

Our plan will focus on three areas: Communication, Instruction and Safety.  

Thorp COVID-19 Action Plan

Communication

We will send out important whole school-related information via our “Friday Letter” on a weekly basis. Homeroom teachers will be communicating with parents and students via Google Classroom and email on a regular basis.

Some of our teachers will also try to conduct virtual class time via Google Meeting or the “Stream” on Google Classroom. (Please know that some of our teachers have never tried this – so let’s call this a work in progress! We’re going to be learning together.) They will send out announcements via Google Classroom with dates and times for any common meeting times. 

We know that not every child has access to technology. That is why we are loaning out our Chromebooks for students that do not have access to technology at home. You can use the following form if you are requesting a Chromebook for home.  Please fill out the Chromebook Agreement and bring it to school. Please let us know that you are asking for a Chromebook via email: mesanabria@cps.edu. We will be distributing out Chromebooks on Monday. 

Our website will serve as our main repository of information. A link to the CPS FAQ will be on our front page as well as the latest district update. We will also have a link to the Thorp School Closing FAQ where parents will be able to ask general questions. Answers will be shared on the website. Individual questions will be responded to by an administrator within 48 hours.

Instruction

On Monday, we will verify that all students are able to log into their Google Classrooms and record their attendance. We will also ensure that any printed packets distributed will also be shared on Google Classroom.

Our primary students will be provided with pre-printed QR Codes that will allow them easy access to their email and all of our online programs at cps.edu/clever. (These will be sent via email as well.)

For students in grades 3-8 we will verify that they know how to check their email and reset their password if necessary. Students at home who may need to reset their password can go to password.cps.edu. If they still require assistance please use the following Password Reset Form.

Safety

Schools will be closed to all students and staff beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Monday, March 30. Only environmental cleaning experts will be allowed in school buildings along with the essential logistical staff.

We are asking all of our students to “check-in” by filling out our Daily Attendance assignment on their Grade Classroom in Google Classroom. Parents you can help us out today by having your child join the Thorp Whole School Google Classroom. This will give us an indication of how many parents we will need to reach out to by phone or paper.  (Parents you may want to help your child do this for the first few days, just so they get into the routine.) In this manner, we’ll be able to support our families and make sure that everyone is safe. Class codes for each Grade Google Classroom will be on the Thorp Website under the Thorp COVID-19 Action Plan.

CPS will be providing free food boxes that will contain three days of breakfast and lunches for every student in the household. All families will be able to pick up meals while schools are closed between 9 a.m and 1 p.m. daily. Lunchroom staff will prep, bag, and provide meals at our main entrance on the East Playground. No one will be allowed into the building. If you will be picking up breakfast and lunch please let us know by filling out our Anticipated Lunch\Breakfast Form

We recognize that many of our students will require additional emotional supports during this time. Our counselor has set up an Enhanced Counselor’s Corner via Google Classroom (Class Code: vbdp7cg)
. Any student who wishes to reach out to Ms. Goldstein can join her class or email her at mlporwancher@cps.edu. 

Lastly, please keep in mind that these closures may last longer than announced. Some of you are asking if we will have to make up this time in the summer. We are not there yet. Right now this a public health emergency. Questions of attendance, high school selection, spring break, etc. will be answered in due time by the district. 

I have an abiding faith that as a school (and a nation) we will learn to appreciate each other as we get through this together. Thank you for supporting our school family. 

Efren Toledo
Principal

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