By Rob Parrott - Almond Campus Principal

  • March 17, 2021

    Happy Spring! It has been over a year since we first sent students home because of the pandemic and we did not know when we would be returning. We were so happy to start our Hybrid model in January, and have been excited to continue increasing student capacity over the course of this semester. It has been an unprecedented year and we appreciate your support throughout the changes we have all experienced.

    On Friday, March 19, 2021 we will be on an early release bell schedule.  All students will be remote learning this Friday.  Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the bell schedule for this Friday.

    This communication contains important information and reminders regarding the transition to our Hybrid 100% model which will start on Monday, April 5th, 2021.  We look forward to welcoming students back into our buildings four days a week.  Please review this information carefully, and reach out if you have any questions.  Information regarding our return to school plan is also located on our website.

    • District Office Communication:  CLICK HERE for the communication from our superintendent, Dr. Ahlgrim, regarding our move to the 100% Hybrid model.
    • Remote vs. Hybrid Status: Families were emailed a form in February to designate student status for the remainder of the year. An email confirmation went out to families that changed from remote to in-person (Hybrid) status.  If you have any questions on the status of your student, please contact Mr. Chuck Maurer (cmaurer@wths.net) at the O’Plaine Campus or Dr. Laura Kirk (lkirk@wths.net) at the Almond Campus.
    • Students Remote Learning:  Please continue to follow the Hybrid Bell Schedule.  For those students staying fully remote, nothing has changed in regards to your school day.  
    • Students In-Person Learning:  Please continue to follow the Hybrid Bell Schedule.  In-person students will attend two days only the first week we return from spring break (March 29-April 2).  In-person students will attend four days a week starting Monday, April 5, 2021, through the remainder of the school year.
    • Hybrid Calendar (March - May):  We have posted the daily calendar of attendance for students on our website.  Please CLICK HERE for the calendar that outlines the dates of attendance for the remainder of the school year.
    • Instructional Spaces:  We will continue to operate in our instructional spaces maintaining 6ft of distancing to mitigate risk and decrease the need for contact tracing.  We are aware of a few classrooms that may be at or over that capacity based on the number of students we anticipate being in-person starting April 5, 2021.  We will work with teachers to provide an overflow space for students to attend class remotely in the building.  We will rotate the students in these classrooms so as to not have it always be the same student.
    • April Testing Dates: On April 12 and 13, 2021, all juniors will complete the Illinois Science Exam and the SAT Exam.  Students in grades 9, 10, and 12 will work remotely asynchronously as all of our staff at both campuses will be assigned to administer the exams on these two days.  The SAT Exam is a requirement by the State of Illinois to earn a high school diploma.  All juniors will receive testing information via their WTHS email prior to the test dates.
    • AP Testing: Students enrolled in AP classes will get specific information regarding AP testing. The dates for AP testing are May 18-28, 2021.
    • Final Exams: There will be no final exams second semester. Students will follow the regular class schedule the week of May 17-21, 2021 to complete coursework.
    • Building Safety Requirements: 
      • If your student does not feel well and is demonstrating COVID-19 symptoms do not come to school. Parents need to contact the attendance office to report student absences.
      • Students must complete the self-certification form located on the front page of the website (red exclamation point) each morning before entering the building.
      • Please note that if a student has traveled internationally, they will not be able to self-certify to be in the building.
      • Students will show the completion of the self-certification on their phone or Chromebook to enter the building.
      • Students will have their temperature taken as they enter the building.
      • The 3W’s will be followed throughout the day:  Students must Wear a mask all day, students need to Watch their distance (maintain 6 feet of social distance as much as possible) and Wash their hands.  Students must wear a mask covering their nose and mouth.  Bandanas and gaiters are not allowed.  Masks will be provided if needed. 
      • Parents across Illinois have an opportunity to participate in the annual statewide Illinois 5Essentials Survey and make their voice heard by taking the Illinois State Board of Education 5Essentials Survey for our district. This anonymous survey, available in English and Spanish, measures conditions for learning by asking the real experts each year – parents, students, and faculty. Your participation in the parent portion of the survey will help us understand the conditions at Warren Township High School and guide improvement. Your identity and survey responses are kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. The parent survey is open through April 2, 2021.  It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete.  Parents/Guardians please click here and select Warren Township High (34090 N Almond Rd, Gurnee, IL 60031) to begin the survey regardless of which campus your student attends.

    We are proud to be a part of a school district that is guided by the principle that “we are in this together” and we will emerge stronger after the pandemic. Our focus will continue to be the well-being of our students, staff, and community. Have a safe and relaxing Spring Break. 

    Please feel free to contact us or any other staff member with questions or concerns during the remainder of the semester.

    Thank you and As Always, Go Blue Devils!

    Rob Parrott
    Principal – Almond Campus
    847-548-6611
    rparrott@wths.net

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