A Letter from the Principal
Schools across the world, throughout the country, and here at Alain Locke have successfully demonstrated that we can safely reopen classrooms with the right protocols in place. We want to thank everyone for doing their part to ensure that we are staying safe while learning in the school building this quarter!
We are very proud to say things have been going very well since we have reopened thanks to all of you! Our hope is to have even more students in the school building next quarter for in-person learning with their instructors and classmates.
Please see below for a summary of the learning model options for the fourth quarter. The online survey is now available to identify your learning plan choice for the start of the fourth quarter, April 19th. Before making your decision, we encourage you to review our school’s reopening plan and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions before making a final decision!
Once you have made your learning model decision for the start of the fourth quarter (April 19th), please complete the survey here no later than Friday, March 26th. If you decide to switch from remote only to the hybrid learning model next quarter, someone from the school will be reaching out to you to share more details prior to the start of the fourth quarter, April 19th.
PRESCHOOL FOURTH QUARTER OPTIONS -Starting April 19th
Students enrolled in our preschool program will be offered in-person instruction four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 8:30-2:00 p.m. Or you may choose to continue the full-remote model where your child will engage in a mix of live virtual instruction and independent learning at home.
K-8 FOURTH QUARTER OPTIONS: HYBRID OR FULL-TIME REMOTE ONLY – Starting April 19th
Option 1: Hybrid Learning Model (A/B schedule)
As part of the hybrid model, students will do a mix of in-person learning and remote learning each week:
Shift A will learn at school on Mondays and Tuesdays, engage in real-time and independent instruction at home on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and engage in real-time virtual instruction with entire class on Fridays.
Shift B will engage in real-time and independent instruction at home on Mondays and Tuesdays, learn at school on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and engage in real-time virtual instruction with entire class on Fridays.
To ensure the safe return to the school building, we are implementing numerous safety precautions as recommended by health experts, including (not an exhaustive list):
- Temperature checks and health screenings will be required before entering the building
- Students and staff will be required to wear face masks
- Student desks will remain 6 feet from each other and, for additional protection, will include desk shields
- Standalone air purifiers that remove 99.9% of aerosols carrying viruses will be provided for every classroom/ public area and hospital grade disinfectant will be applied to all surfaces daily
For more information on how we plan to maintain a safe and healthy environment within our school building, please refer to our school reopening plan.
OPTION 2: FULL-TIME REMOTE ONLY
Parents may choose to opt out of in-person learning and continue with remote learning only where their child will continue to engage in all learning activities at home with no in-person learning. Students will receive a mix of live instruction and independent learning at home following an at-home schedule determined by the classroom instructor.
Families may choose this option for any reason. However, once that option is chosen then the family must commit to that choice for the entire quarter.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions while you are deciding what learning model works best for you and your child in the fourth quarter. Before making your final decision, we encourage you to review our school’s reopening plan and please feel reach out if you have any questions!
Once you have made your learning model decision for the start of the fourth quarter, please complete the survey here by March 26th.
If you decide to switch from remote only to the hybrid learning model next quarter, someone from the school will be reaching out to you to share more details prior to the start of the fourth quarter, April 19th.
For communication purposes, please ensure Alain Locke has your up-to-date emergency contact information.
Mark Your Calendars
- Spring Break | March 29-April 2
- Report cards go home | April 16
- Fourth quarter starts | April 19
We want to thank you for your invaluable support and partnership. Please be sure to check Bloomz for any updates. Stay safe!
Patrick Love, Principal
Vonyell Foster, Dean of Students and Operations
Please update your student's emergency contact information here
You need to fill out one form per student. After you have filled out your forms, save them to your computer and then please email them as attachments to Ms. Porter at email@example.com.
You may also fax your completed form to 773.265.7258 or mail it to Ms. Porter's attention at: Alain Locke Charter School, 3141 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612. If you have any questions, or need assistance, please call Ms. Porter directly: 773.265.7232.