Dear Parents & Students,
There is no school next week on Wednesday, November 23, Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes resume on Monday, November 28. We wish our students, families, and staff a Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving in 5 Community Event – Nov. 19
A Thanksgiving event to serve families in need is tomorrow, Saturday, November 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Joliet Central Student Center. The event includes a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings and free clothing, winter accessories, care packages with PPE, haircuts, raffle giveaways, children’s story time, and books. Dinner is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information HERE.
Emergency E-Learning Days
As the weather gets colder, we are reminding parents and students that JTHS has an Emergency E-Learning Day Plan approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. If an Emergency E-Learning Day is necessary due to an unscheduled school closure, students and staff do not report to the school building and assignments are completed online. The Emergency E-Learning Day is considered a school attendance day and is not made up at the end of the school year. Emergency E- Learning Day procedures, including instructions for students, are HERE.
Student Attendance on Emergency E-Learning Days
On Emergency E-Learning Days, students must record their attendance one time between 9:30 and 3:15 p.m. through the Infinite Campus Student Portal. Students must then complete each class assignment. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, students should consult with their teachers. For example, students without access to power or the internet should see their teachers the following student attendance day. Instructions for recording attendance are HERE.
School Closure Announcements
JTHS will announce the Emergency E-Learning Day by 5 a.m. the morning of the closure through email, text message, phone call, social media and the Emergency Closing Center.
Sign Up for Text Messages
Text messages reach our families faster than email or phone. If you are not receiving our text messages, you can sign up by texting “Yes” to 67587.
Dressing Appropriately for Cold Weather
We ask that parents ensure that their child travels to and from school each day in the proper winter clothing. A warm winter coat, scarf, mittens, proper shoes/boots and hat are essential pieces of clothing that your child should wear during the winter so that he or she is protected against the cold and frostbite. In severely cold weather, frostbite can happen within minutes and can cause permanent damage. Frostbite is an injury that occurs when a body part is not covered in freezing temperatures. Just like water turns to ice when the temperature drops, your student’s fingers, toes, feet, nose and ears can freeze, and this causes frostbite. Frostbite is preventable if your student bundles up during these cold temperatures.
Need Winter Clothing? We Can Help
If your family does not have the financial means to purchase appropriate winter clothing, JTHS is here to assist. Contact your student’s guidance counselor so that we can help.
Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Sign Up
Parents and students can sign up for the Parent-Teacher Advisory committee by completing the Parent-Teacher Advisory Committee Form. The committee reviews such issues as administering medication in the schools, reciprocal reporting between the School District and local law enforcement agencies regarding criminal offenses committed by students, student behavior, disruptive classroom behavior, school bus safety procedures, and the dissemination of student conduct information. Spanish interpretation is available. More information HERE.
JTHS Board of Education Meeting – Dec. 13
The next Board of Education meeting is 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the Administrative Center. Agendas are posted at least 48 hours prior to the meeting HERE. Meetings are live streamed HERE. Individuals wishing to make public comments must sign up upon arrival before 6:50 p.m.
MLK Day of Service – Jan. 16
Students and families can sign up to volunteer at the MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16. The event kicks off in the Central Cafeteria with volunteer registration from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the program launch at 8:30, and community service completion at locations throughout the community from 9 a.m. to noon. After projects are finished, volunteers return to Central for lunch, project re-caps, and family friendly entertainment. More information HERE.