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Teachers Prepare for Hybrid Learning on Remote Planning Day

During Remote Planning Day on Thursday, teachers received training on the best use of technology to support students’ learning. They received safety training as well as instructional guidance for hybrid learning. They also engaged in team planning and set up their classrooms. It was a productive day.

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Updates and Resources

Below are links to updates and resources from District 73 and other sources. We will update this page regularly, as new information becomes available.

District 73 Updates


Updates/Information from Local, State and National Officials

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Highlights of the January 8, 2021 Board of Education Meeting

Dr. Hannigan discussed the District’s decision to return students to in-person learning. Hawthorn continues to follow guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and public health entities. The Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium (Lake County School Decision Dashboard) has migrated to a risk stratified model that provides for the implementation of solid mitigation strategies as indicators for making decisions regarding remote, hybrid, or in-person learning. The District has developed mitigation strategies and will continue to evaluate the public health data and best mitigation practices.

The Administration Team selected two dates in January as Remote Planning Days, and two dates in February to implement hybrid learning:

  •  January 21, 2021: Remote Planning Day (Early Release Day is cancelled)
    •  Students in grades K-8 general education and grades 3-8 self-contained special education are not in attendance. 
    • Students enrolled in early childhood, pre-kindergarten, and K-2 self-contained special education are in attendance. 
  • January 28, 2021: Remote Planning Day
    • Students are not in attendance. 
  • Week of February 1, 2021: Hybrid Learning Begins for Select Grade Levels
    • Students registered for hybrid learning and enrolled in early childhood, pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, grades 1-2, or grade 6 attend school in-person. 
    • All other students attend remotely. 
  • Week of February 8, 2021: Hybrid Learning Begins for Remaining Grade Levels 
    • All students registered for hybrid learning attend school in-person. 
    • All students registered for remote learning continue to attend remotely.

The District continues to prepare for multiple scenarios, including pivoting back to a remote learning model. Transportation information will be available via the PowerSchool portal. Pickup and delivery of student lunches will continue. Student lunches will continue to be free until June 30. Staff vaccinations are anticipated in late January or early February. Staff should register through the health department’s AllVax site.

The PALS program will continue to offer full-day and after school options. It will remain at the Townline building. For more information, please see the full presentation posted on our website at: www.hawthorn73.org/school-board/board-presentations.

Dr. Hannigan discussed the return to in-person Board of Education meetings. It is recommended that beginning February 4, meetings will be held at the Vernon Hills Village Hall located at 290 Evergreen Drive in Vernon Hills. Public participation will be limited due to the need for social distancing. Meetings will continue to be live streamed for public viewing. 

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New Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Joins Hawthorn

Hawthorn welcomes Alicia Corrigan as the new Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. She replaces Renee Ullberg who is retiring at the end of the school year. Ms. Corrigan brings to Hawthorn extensive experience in the field of student services. She most recently served as the Director of Student Services at Community Consolidated School District 15 in Palatine. She received a master’s degree in administration and supervision from Loyola University and a bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University. 

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Special Board of Education Meeting January 21, 2021

A virtual Special Meeting of the Board of Education will take place on Thursday, January 21, at 6 p.m. Any member of the public who would like to make a public comment can submit their public comment via email to elftmannb@hawthorn73.org by 5:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting. To view the live board meeting, visit the School Board webpage and click on “View the Live Board Meeting.”

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Meal Service Update

The District is continuing to provide breakfasts and lunches. Children under the age of 18 are qualified to receive individually packaged meals at no charge.

Please Note: Due to the non-attendance day on Monday, Jan. 18, meal pick up and delivery will be provided on Tuesday and Wednesday of that week instead of Monday and Wednesday. Regular service will resume the week of Jan. 25.

Also Note: With the implementation of the hybrid learning model, effective Monday, February 1st lunches will no longer be delivered to bus stops by Lakeside Transportation. We welcome families to pick up lunches Mondays and Wednesdays at Middle School South between 8-10am. Please take into consideration if there is a day of No School on  Monday, pick up will be Tuesday of that week followed by Wednesday.

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Immunization Reminder

For families of kindergarten, 2nd and 6th grade students or students that are new to Hawthorn: In order to participate in hybrid (in-person) learning, your child’s physical and immunization reports must be up to date and on file with the building nurse’s office. Students who are not up to date with their physicals or are missing immunizations will be excluded from school.

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Board of Education Meeting: Jan. 14, 2021

A virtual Board of Education Business Meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:00 p.m.  Any member of the public who would like to make a public comment can submit their public comment via email to elftmannb@hawthorn73.org by 5:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting. To view the live board meeting, visit the School Board webpage and click on “View the Live Board Meeting.”

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Family Support Sessions Start on January 13

Hawthorn District 73 Social Workers are excited to offer Family Support Sessions!  The Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021 session will include follow-up information from our Parent Night with Jackie Rhew along with any other topics you wish to discuss and/or learn more about!  These sessions are open to all families!

Elementary School:  

8:00-8:45 AM Family Support Session with Connie Travis, Julia Saran, and Jaime Medbery

Meeting ID: 845 4541 4255

Passcode: 663052

7:00 – 7:45 PM Family Support Session with Kelsey Egan, Brittany Langton, Kathy Falotico, and Heidi Ramirez-Cabanit 

Meeting ID: 828 9409 3748

Passcode: 202827

Middle School: 

10:45 – 11:30 AM Family Support Session with Lauren Brownstein & John Langelund

Meeting ID: 823 0870 9647

Passcode: 509057

7:00 – 7:45 PM Family Support Session with April Foley, Alex Zuber, & Brian Van

Meeting ID: 831 3838 7019

Passcode: 758574

Lincoln and Hawthorn School For Young Learners

7:00 – 7:45 PM Family Support Session with Marni Emerman and Rhonda Malina

Meeting ID: 883 2385 5601

Passcode: 115267

The Hawthorn District 73 Social Work Department looks forward to connecting with you!

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Special Meeting Scheduled for January 8, 2021

A special meeting of the Board of Education has been scheduled for Friday, January 8th at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the implementation timeline for hybrid learning.  To view the live meeting, visit the School Board webpage and click on “View the Live Board Meeting.”