Coronavirus and E-Learning Days
At Baker Demonstration School, student safety is at the center of our decision making. Our Leadership Team is guided by best practices from the CDC, IDPH, NAIS, LMAIS peer schools, and the mandates of Governor Pritzker. We know this is a challenging time for all families to navigate, and we are here to support you. We will continue to make updates here, including links to all official communication sent to families via email. We are continuing to update our practice, so please share any feedback in this survey.
Each school update sent via email to parents can also be found below.
If you are not receiving emails, please check your SPAM folder. If you still are not receiving emails, contact email@example.com.
Baker Bulletin – March 26, 2020
Baker Bulletin – March 19, 2020
Baker Notice from the Head of School
Baker Message Regarding Coronavirus
Parenting Through the Coronavirus Podcast Episode
On a recent episode of our podcast, K-8 Collaborative, Jordan Grumet and Carly Andrews discuss parenting through the coronavirus. Their discussion includes ways parents can support children during this unprecedented time, how families can best handle the stresses of this transition in their lives and work, and ultimately how a child’s growth can continue amidst this new reality.
We will be in an e-Learning period beginning Tuesday, March 17. Governor Pritzker has currently extended suspension of on-site school instruction through April 30.
Teachers will communicate through the Google Classroom platform to their students.
Our e-learning plan combines asynchronous and synchronous modes of learning so teachers will post assignments and learning materials and students will do work throughout the day as well as engage in video lessons, check-ins and group meetings. Our teachers will be available each school day from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Students check their Baker email accounts regularly (and PK-3 parents on behalf of their children)
Students must check Google Classroom for each of their classes
Students will have a minimum of 48 hours to complete assignments (teachers will clarify expected deadlines individually)
Students can communicate questions to their teachers each day before 3:00 p.m. via email
Teachers will post coursework in Google Classroom by 9:00 a.m. daily
Teachers will review and respond to student emails by 3:00 p.m., and to parent emails within 24 hours during school days
Assignments should be aligned with learning goals, developmentally appropriate, and able to be completed as independently as possible
What do I do if I am having issues using Google Classrooms or other technology from home?
What do I do if my child is struggling with the e-Learning platform, schedule, or other challenges?
E-learning is our very best option to continue student learning and engagement during this unprecedented time. While we are working to maximize the benefits of our e-learning platform, knowing that it can never replace our in-person classroom connections. We anticipate that challenges will arise, so we want to continue to extend our hand in partnership.
You are not alone during this time. If issues arise for your child, please contact your child’s teacher or advisor (middle school) first. Work to resolve the issue in partnership together. Our extended support team – social worker or learning support team can be brought in to address challenges that arise with your child. Should extra support be needed, please contact your child’s division coordinator.
What about a student that doesn’t have access to a computer device at home?
Students who need a loaner computer device should contact Brian Hagy.