Dear Channahon Jr. High Students and Families,
After a busy summer of planning for the arrival of our students, we are excited to officially begin the 2021-2022 school year. I am eager to welcome our students in person on our first day of school, Wednesday, August 18, 2021. Below you will find back-to-school information including our covid-related practices and procedures. I look forward to seeing everyone very soon!
7th Grade Step-up Day (August 11th) Information
This updated information, emailed earlier today, can be found here.
8th Grade Locker Day (August 11th) Information
This updated information, emailed earlier today, can be found here.
Special Tours on August 11th
If you are new student to our District, the principal will give school tours at 10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on August 11th. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up if you want one of these tours. If you were a remote learner last year and you would like a personalized tour to help in getting reacclimated to the school and in-person learning, the principal and social worker will offer a tour at 11:30 a.m. on August 11th. Please email email@example.com to sign up if you want one of these tours. These special tours can be in place of 7th grade step-up day and 8th grade locker day (you do not have to do both).
Before and after August 11th, the building is closed, with the exception of the office. The custodial crew still has some hallway floors and rooms to finish cleaning before we start school on August 18th.
Per D17, for the 2021-2022 school year, all students will attend school in-person. An e-learning option will not be offered, but may be provided to students temporarily in the event of a positive diagnosis or close contact with a positive case. The CSD17 Return to School Plan can be found here.
Will Remote Learning be Offered This Year?
We are in-person learning this year for all students. Remote learning will ONLY be offered to students who are required to quarantine (unvaccinated close contact) or isolate (positive covid case). The student will be given the unique e-learning class schedule (different from their own in most cases) when they start their quarantine. Since the e-learning offerings are not as robust as last year, we cannot be as flexible and offer e-learning for any other absences (traditional illness, vacations, etc.).
Traditional Junior High Schedule
This year we intend to do a traditional junior high bell schedule where students travel to their classes and have different classmates each period. This may change at any time based on any new state guidelines that we are required to follow. If it becomes necessary to resort back to a homeroom schedule in which students stay in the same room for all class periods, student schedules and teachers are subject to change. We will monitor the number of positive cases and the total number of resulting quarantines closely in order to maintain the safety of our students and staff, as well as judge the effectiveness of our procedures.
Minimizing the Number of Quarantines
If a non-vaccinated student or staff member is in close contact (6 feet) to a known positive case, they are still required by the state to quarantine for 10 days. In order to maximize safety, and minimize state-required quarantines for close contacts to a positive case at CJHS, we will implement the following procedures:
The D17 policy on face coverings at this time is as follows: There will be no universal face covering mandate for students/staff. However, we recommend that while inside school buildings, students and staff adhere to the current CDC guidelines, which recommends face coverings for unvaccinated individuals. Masks will be optional for students and staff on school grounds whenever three feet of distancing can be maintained. Per the CDC and Illinois State Board of Education, face coverings will be required on all school buses and whenever three feet of distancing cannot be maintained.
How to Access Student Schedules
There are a lot of factors that go into creating schedules for our students. These multiple considerations mean that schedules will not be changed (the exception would be if we have to switch from a traditional schedule to a homeroom concept). Schedules can be viewed electronically from home through our student management software (PowerSchool) beginning at 9:00 a.m. August 11th. Some families may have a Powerschool account and some may not. The steps to access your Powerschool account, or set up a brand new one, are as follows:
Students will have a daily P.E. class (mandated by the state of Illinois). We will continue to maximize the use of spaced or outdoor P.E. activities and games. One benefit of this is that masks can be removed if a class is doing a 3-foot spaced indoor/outdoor activity. We are not dressing in PE uniforms (no purchase of uniforms is necessary) or changing in locker rooms. Students should wear clothes to school that can also be worn for P.E. class. They should have socks and shoes each day for P.E. class. Students can change into their gym shoes at the start of PE class.
Virtual Meet the Teachers Night
Meet the Teachers Night for all 7th & 8th grade parents will be virtual this year (pre-recorded messages). Messages will be emailed on Wednesday, August 19th. We will send you links to each teacher’s welcome. Your child should know all of their teacher names, or you can access Powerschool to view your child’s schedule (instructions above to access Powerschool) before viewing.
Daily Bell Schedule & Lunch
The teachers will explain this daily bell schedule in greater detail to our students on the first day of school. Students will find out which lunch period they are on the first day of school.
Doors Open 7:45 a.m.
Flex is similar to a study hall.
4A Class 10:21-11:05 4A Lunch 11:05-11:38
All 8th Gr FLEX 11:41-12:14 8th Gr 5th Hr Class 12:14-12:58
1st bus dismissal 2:32 p.m.
8th Grade (Orange)
4B Lunch 10:18-10:51 4B Class 10:54-11:38
5A Class 11:41-12:25 5A Lunch 12:25-12:58
2nd bus dismissal 2:37 p.m.
7th Grade (yellow)
All 7th Gr 4th Hr Class 10:21-11:05 7th FLEX 11:05-11:38
5B Lunch 11:38-12:11 5B Class 12:14-12:58
Car-rider & Walkers Dismissal Bell 2:40 p.m.
First Day of School
The first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 18th. The doors open at 7:45 a.m. Students should go straight to their first hour classroom on this day (we will let them go to their locker later in the morning). The school day will begin at 7:55 a.m. and dismissal will be at 12:55 p.m. on the first day of school.
Entering School Each Day
Doors open at 7:45 a.m. each day of school, and class begins at 7:55 a.m. Car riders are to be dropped off at the southeast door (pull up all the way to the very back of the lot, closest to the southeast door), which is available from 7:45-8:00 a.m. each morning. Car riders who arrive after 8:00 a.m., should be dropped off at the main entrance. Bike riders and bus riders will enter the main door each morning. Students who walk to school each day may enter whichever door is most convenient (southeast or main entrance). Students should walk straight to their classroom.
Sports/Activities Schedules & Directions
Latest Sports Information from Mr. Homerding:
Directions to other schools:
The supply list link can be found below this message. For those that ordered school supplies from the Channahon PTO, they can be picked up on August 11th during 8th Grade Locker Day and 7th Grade Step-up Day. We keep our school supply list streamlined, updated and only ask for needed materials.
Email is the main form of communication. You received this message today through the parent email(s) we show are listed to receive school messages. We strongly suggest that both parents receive messages at the email address they check the most frequently. Please email Heather Boe at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to make any changes to your email address.
Extra-Curricular Activities for 2021
There are many extra-curricular activities for students to be involved in during Junior High School. We will update you on these activities as the year progresses. Those activities are listed below:
There is nothing quite like the anticipation of a new school year. There are memories to be made, lessons to learn and relationships to grow. I can’t wait to welcome students to this school year on August 18th. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or (815) 521-3074.
Dr. Chad Uphoff
Channahon Junior High School