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Lemont H.S. to remain closed through at least April 3, 2020

Lemont H.S. to remain closed through at least April 3, 2020

Lemont High School will remain closed at least through Friday, April 3. All extra-curricular activities are cancelled until further notice, but at least through Sunday, April 5. Students will begin eLearning activities on Tuesday, March 17.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation. While we hope to return to campus on Monday, April 6, it is possible that date could change.

It is important to note Lemont High School administrators are not aware of any students, faculty or staff - or their family members - who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. We will communicate with our stakeholders if we are made aware of a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 within our school community.

Students will participate in eLearning activities from March 17-20 and from March 23-27. Additional information on eLearning will be provided to students by Monday, March 16.

Spring Break will not be altered; no eLearning activities will take place during Spring Break.

Coaches and sponsors may communicate with their students through April 5, but will not be allowed to conduct practices or hold meetings. Students are discouraged from organizing their own gatherings.

The “emergency day” used on Friday, March 13, will require the school to amend its calendar. We will communicate a revised end-of-year calendar when it is finalized later in the spring.

Out-of-district Special Education students will not attend school on Monday, March 16.

Keeping You Updated
This is an unprecedented situation, and school administrators have been working diligently in an effort to make the next several weeks run as smoothly as possible.

Circumstances and timelines very well may change during our hiatus from campus, but we will share updated information with students, parents/guardians and faculty and staff when it is appropriate to do so. We will communicate via phone and e-mail, and also post updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Additionally, we will develop a special section on our website that will house COVID-19 related information. We expect this will be ready on Saturday, March 15.

While we’ve made every effort to provide as many answers as possible in our communication, you likely may have questions. We will include a “Q & A” section on our COVID-19 page to respond to inquiries from students, faculty and staff. Please click here to submit a question.

Building Access
Lemont High School will limit access to campus through at least April 5. There will be no “drop-in” visitors allowed on campus during this time.

Students or parents/guardians who need to retrieve items left on campus - including medication, textbooks, Chromebooks and athletic gear - may do so between 8-11 a.m. on Monday, March 16. Please enter through the main entrance on Porter Street.

If you are unable to get to campus on March 16, please e-mail Principal Eric Michaelsen (emichaelsen@lhs210.net) to schedule alternative arrangements.

National School Lunch Program
Once arrangements are finalized, more information will be sent to families who qualify for free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program.

Travel
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends travelers avoid all nonessential travel to destinations with the “Level 3” designation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Individuals who return from these areas are required to self quarantine for 14 days after returning to the United States.

Please consult the updated travel health notices from the CDC.

Please note the following cancellations or postponements of which we already are aware:

  • All IHSA postseason competition is cancelled in Drama & Group Interpretation, Music Organization, and Journalism
  • All extra-curricular activities - including meetings, practices, contests and banquets - are cancelled through April 5, but may be cancelled after that date if deemed necessary by school administrators.
  • The South Suburban Conference Drama & Group Interpretation Festival on March 14 is cancelled.
  • The “Lemont’s Got Talent” event will not take place on March 20. It is not yet clear if it will be rescheduled.
  • The Thespian Theater Workshop on March 21 is cancelled.
  • The Pathways to Success Transition Fair on March 25 is cancelled.
  • The Young Hearts for Life heart screenings on March 26 is postponed. School administrators hope to reschedule this event prior to the end of the school year.
  • All ExcelEdge SAT 1600 prep classes (March 17-18, March 24-25) are postponed. ExcelEdge organizers hope to reschedule these classes prior to the end of the school year.

Please note that as of March 13, no changes have yet been made to the following school or campus-related events:

  • SAT (March 14) - this event is not on campus; check www.collegeboard.org for updates
  • Illinois Primary Election (March 17)
  • Music concerts after April 6
  • South Suburban Conference festivals after April 6
  • ACT (April 4) - this event is not on campus; check www.act.org for updates
  • State mandated testing (April 14)
  • IDEA State Competition (April 18)
  • Prom (April 19)
  • SAT (May 2) - this event is not on campus; check www.collegeboard.org for updates
  • ICTM State Math Contest (May 2)
  • Advanced Placement testing (May 4-8, May 11-15)
  • Spring Musical (May 7-9)
  • Senior Awards Night (May 19)
  • Graduation (May 22)