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Eric DeGrechie, Editor
6:50 pm CDT March 12, 2020

Following recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, New Trier High School is canceling school tomorrow, March 13.

According to a press release on the school’s website, no confirmed COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases have been found in the district.

New Trier will shift to its remote learning plan in an “abundance of caution” the press release reads. Remote learning will begin Monday, March 16, and continue until further notice. 

School buildings will be closed starting Friday, March 13. All activities and events are canceled until further notice according to the release. 

March 13 will be used as a work day for staff to make final preparations for the remote learning transition. 

According to the release, all New Trier teachers have created plans to continue instruction through remote learning via the Canvas Learning Management system. Students were encouraged Thursday to take all books, electronics and personal belongings home. 

Other notes from the release:

Spring break and future plans 

New Trier’s spring break will go on as planned from March 21-March 29. All spring break school-sponsored travel has been canceled. 

Students will not be assigned homework during spring break and will not have tests or projects due immediately after the break. Any decision on reopening our campuses will be made carefully in consultation with public health officials. School officials will keep families informed as this guidance develops. 

Details for students accessing items that may have been left at school will be on the remote learning page later this weekend.

Testing 

School officials are in contact with the College Board regarding plans both for the AP testing window and SAT testing in consideration of COVID-19. “As you can imagine, those plans continue to be fluid. We will provide the latest information to families regarding testing as we receive it from the testing agencies,” the press release says. 


Sports, performing arts, clubs, and community events 

All sports practices, team gatherings, and competitions, performances, clubs, class activities, and other events are canceled until further notice. Sponsors and coaches will not be allowed to hold practices or other gatherings off-site. “We discourage students from organizing their own gatherings,” the release reads.

Communication with families 

New Trier will continue to provide parents and students with regular updates as this situation develops. For the latest information, visit New Trier’s web page: https://www.newtrier.k12.il.us/COVID-19/

“This is a stressful and unprecedented situation for our school, our families, and our local and global community,” the press release concludes. “We know there will be bumps in the road along the way, but together we will support our students and do what is best for them. I am proud to be part of a community with such a strong history of support for education. We will get through this together.”