Emergency Response Fund Giving Challenge
CLEF Announces Opening Guidelines
The COVID-19 pandemic has required all the CLEF Lutheran schools in Chicago to adjust their methods of teaching students and interacting with constituents at an unprecedented speed. Our heartfelt gratitude goes to all the PTE Principals, Instructional Coaches, Leadership Coaches, Board Members, and School Board Chairs for all of the work you have already done to prepare your schools for reopening in the fall.
In order to ensure the maximum amount of learning for our students and the highest degree of care for all the schools’ constituents, this set of Guidelines will provide direction for our schools under three most likely scenarios in the Fall.
The sections are as follows:
- School Leadership & Sustainability
- Student Learning and Academic Achievement
- School Culture & Community Engagement
- School Environment, Health and Wellness
- Additional Resources
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Our schools have done an exceptional job in making the transition to remote learning. They have constructed virtual classrooms, provided story times, videos, and learning exercises. Worship and chapel services and prayer time are all regularly offered via social media.
Our teachers are learning remotely, too! From April 20-May 1, teachers from across our 22 partner schools have joined us virtually at the Remote Innovative Teacher Institute. Online classes include everything from setting up remote writing workshops to student internet safety. Plus, we’ve assembled a full-line up of guest educators and presenters in addition to our CLEF staff who are sharing best practices for remote learning in reading, writing, math, STEM as well as social-emotional learning and health and wellness.
All our schools are reaching out to their communities with messages of hope, compassion and care during these difficult times. Unfortunately, many school communities are facing difficult challenges:
- > Many parents have reduced work hours and are struggling to make ends meet
- > Tuition payments have slowed but teacher salaries and other costs remain
- > Schools have extra costs related to safety and e-learning resources
- > Churches are closed and offerings that typically support the school budget are down
While our major spring fundraiser has been postponed, the immediate needs of our schools, students and families remain a constant and ongoing struggle for the foreseeable future.
Recognizing the need for urgent support, our board and key donors have created a giving challenge and will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. We are so grateful for their generosity!
Please take a moment to look into your heart, and your generosity today will make a difference for years to come.
Joining you in faithful service,
Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation
Learning Options for Fall 2020
The 22 private schools CLEF supports are all different: different neighborhoods, different grade levels, different demographics. One value they all have in common: wanting the best for their students, and that includes health and safety. Some of our schools will offer in-person learning, a hybrid option, or entirely remote classes. The schools’ flexible teaching styles will accommodate the variety of needs.
To learn more about the CLEF schools in your area, please visit our Find a School page.
Innovative Summer Academics
- > USDA “Meals for Kids” Site Finder – an interactive map that directs people to local sites where kids can get free meals
- > The USDA National Hunger Hotline is also available for anyone seeking food assistance. The hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842- 6273) (for Spanish).
- > Chicago Public Schools Meal Sites
- > Illinois Food Fund for Families
- > Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- > Illinois Department of Public Health
- > City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center
- > World Health Organization
- > Healthy Children
- > Helping Families Cope with COVID-19
- > National Alliance on Mental Health
- > National Association of School Psychologists
- > Call4Calm