Dear Burbank SD 111 Families,
We would like to wish our students, families, and staff a wonderful winter break and Happy Holidays. We’re proud of our students and staff for their effort and achievements during this very unique and challenging school year. As 2020 comes to a close we’ve reflected on the positives we’ve had throughout the school year, despite the restrictions brought forth by COVID-19.
- Staff completed over 2,300 hours of tech-related training
- All hands on deck model shifted to provide quality services while other team members were on leave or in quarantine
- Free child meals seven days a week were available for pick up
- Job descriptions changed and adapted
- Rescue Rangers supported families
- Increased digital platform support
- Staff made transitions to teaching & delivering services remotely
- We started using digital enhancements and adopting new sites to support ALL students' learning
- Principals and staff developed creative new ways to connect, get families involved and foster relationships despite restrictions
- We got Virtual!
- PFC meetings, parent presentations, conferences, IEP meetings, and family activities were held virtually or via drive-thrus
- Easter Seals continued their partnership virtually with special education staff
- Connecting families with community services and wrap around services
- We hosted over 14 parent tech-help sessions, supporting over 200 families in-person not including office drop ins and phone calls
- Established a Student Help Desk for technology issues
- Staff became experts in a completely new way of teaching and use of technology to support students and families
- Coaches picked up tech support with students, staff and families as they continued their In and Out Cycles, Pop-Ins, and Instructional Rounds
- Student one to one device rollout
- Transitioned all student devices to a cloud-based management platform
- All teacher devices upgraded
- Classroom and technology upgrades
- Liberty Addition did not stop
- Our custodians and maintenance staff began 2020 in typical fashion, but evolved into health and safety consultants
- Planned and implemented safety procedures with a focus on student/staff safety, health, and welfare
- Our custodians looked at the opportunities to leap forward and start summer projects
- LED lighting upgrades, mechanical upgrades, and painting projects
- Cleaning, painting, repairs and health-life safety upgrades of all our district buildings
We all know that in-person instruction is best and as we move forward into 2021 we are working on bringing students back into the schools. On January 7, there will be no school, as that will be used as a remote learning planning day for teachers. Students will resume remote learning on January 8. All Liberty students in grades 6-8 will begin the same time schedule on January 8 as well. On January 25, we will start phasing small groups of students back to school for in-person instruction five days a week in the mornings with remote learning in the afternoon.
Phase I Groups are as follows:
Elementary Schools: Early Childhood, At-risk Pre-School, Kindergarten, Instructional Special Education (self-contained)
Liberty Junior High: Instructional Special Education (self-contained), EL Self-contained
As we move forward, we will be working on a plan to phase in more student groups, as the ultimate goal is for all students to be back in school for in-person instruction.
We hope everyone enjoys the well-deserved winter break and we look forward to seeing students in school in 2021.
Dr. Franzy Fleck