Greetings Harold Washington Families,
Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 academic year!
Our commitment at Harold Washington Elementary School is to provide a safe and intellectually challenging environment that will empower students to become innovative thinkers, creative problem solvers and inspired learners prepared to thrive in the twenty-first century. HWES has been busy preparing for another amazing year. This summer a new recreation space has been under construction. Over the summer break the school has been cleaned and totally refreshed. However, due COVID-19 we are starting the school year learning from home.
CPS Will Begin the School Year on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 with a Full Remote Learning Model With All Students Receiving Real-Time Instruction Every School Day. The district will implement remote learning through the first quarter and work with CDPH to determine if it is safe to open with a hybrid learning model in the second quarter.
Enhanced Standards for Remote Learning and Digital Learning for All Students
In order to provide a more stable and high-quality remote learning experience for students, the district will be enacting new requirements for learning, including ensuring every K-8 teacher and student will be engaged for the entirety of the school day, with students receiving real-time instruction every day. Additionally, all students will have access to and participate in digital learning.
Every K- 8 student and teacher will be engaged for the entirety of a typical school day, with live instruction every school day. Pre-k students will also receive live instruction, but given the unique needs of our youngest learners, more time and focus will be spent on small group interaction and parental support.
Transition to District-Wide Usage of Google Suites:
All schools will utilize Google education tools — including Google Classroom or Meet on a daily basis — to ensure the district can accurately track and support engagement.
Tracking Attendance and Grading:
Schools will be transitioning back to our previous grading system where assignments will be graded and all students will receive letter grades.
In a shift from the spring, schools will also be taking classroom attendance to ensure every effort is being made to engage students.
Continuing to Increase Access to Devices and Internet to Students
Access to devices and the internet are critical for learning at home. All students will have access to computing devices. Harold Washington is distributing devices Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.
Additionally, through Chicago Connected, the district is extending hotspot coverage for Students in Temporary Living Situations (STLS) and expanding free, high-speed internet. Chicago Connected recently selected 35 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to support outreach activities, provide newly-connected households with digital literacy resources, and connect households to additional services.
High standards and expectations for each student in regard to academic excellence, consistent attendance and responsible citizenship are the foundation of our school. It is the contribution of our students to our school community that makes Harold Washington Elementary School an exceptional learning community.
I thank you for your support for our school and for your involvement in your students' education; that is one of our greatest strengths and something that sets us apart from other schools. We are very proud of our reality that here, there is an opportunity for everyone to be involved; this includes students, parents, and members of the community.
Together, we can ensure that our scholars will learn and grow!
Sherri A. Walker