eLearning Updates & Return to Campus Plans

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.

Return to Campus Plans, 2020-2021

Return to Campus Plan, v.2 (published 8.13.20)

School Updates

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 communications@bakerdemschool.org.

May 11
May 10
May 7
May 3, 2020
April 30, 2020

Baker Bulletin – April 30, 2020
April 27
Monday Morning Video Message for Baker Students
April 23
Baker Bulletin – April 23, 2020
April 20
Monday Morning Video Messages for Baker Students
April 17
In Response to Governor Pritzker’s Announcement: An Update from Carly Andrews
April 16
Baker Bulletin – April 16, 2020
April 14
Baker Introduces Free Virtual After School Activities
April 13
Monday Morning Video Message for Baker Students
April 9
Middle School Parents – We Want Your Feedback
April 9
Baker Bulletin – April 9, 2020
April 6
Monday Morning Video Message for Baker Students
April 2
Baker Bulletin – April 2, 2020
March 29
Monday Morning Video Message for Baker Students, Parents & Teachers
March 27
Updates to Baker’s e-Learning and Details for Monday | e-Learning Overview attachment
March 26
Baker Bulletin – March 26, 2020
March 20
Baker’s e-Learning to Extend through April 20
March 19
Baker Bulletin – March 19, 2020
March 16
Remote1 e-Learning Details for Baker Students
March 13
What to Expect Next Week for e-Learning
March 12
Baker Notice from the Head of School
Chromebooks and Learning Supply Kits
March 11
Important Reminders about Coronavirus (COVID-19)
February 28
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.

E-Learning Days

We will be in an e-learning period beginning Tuesday, March 17. In accordance with Governor Pritzker’s suspension of in-person instruction through the remainder of this academic year, Baker will continue in our e-learning period through the end of the school year.

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.

Student Expectations

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

Teacher Expectations

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?

Check out our Google Classroom help sheet or email our Tech team for help.

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.