January 25, 2019

To Oak Lawn Community High School Parents and Guardians,

Hello, I hope that your new year/new semester is off to a good start.  With the recent changes in school code, we are now able to offer eLearning as an option on inclement weather days.  This letter will give you the basic information about eLearning at Oak Lawn Community High School.



An eLearning day is a virtual school day that can occur when school would otherwise have been cancelled due to inclement weather or for other reasons. eLearning days are similar to traditional school days in most ways: attendance will be recorded, students will engage in learning activities facilitated by teachers, and the discipline code is in effect. Instruction and learning activities will be provided through the use of the school issued iPad and not at the school building.



Virtual eLearning days are an opportunity for learning to continue even when students are not on the OLCHS campus. As an Apple Distinguished School, our students have access to a wide variety of learning resources on the iPad device. eLearning days count as student attendance days and do not require the day to be made up with an emergency day at the end of the school year.



Families will be notified of eLearning days in the same ways that we communicate school closing information. A notification will be sent through the School Messenger alert system. Information will also be posted to our website at www.olchs.org and on social media. Information will also be shared with the Emergency Closing Center at www.emergencyclosingcenter.com.



Students are responsible for signing in to Skyward by 11:00 am on eLearning days.  An eLearning day is a regular school day. If students do not sign-in to Skyward to record their attendance, they will be marked absent for the day. After signing into Skyward for attendance, students should then access and complete the day’s assignments.  If a student is ill or otherwise would have been absent, parents can still report the absence using the Attendance line at 708-741-5860.



Students will access assignments through their teacher’s online course just as they would do while present in school. This could include iTunesU, Google Classroom, Canvas, Showbie, or another app.  All lessons and assignments will be posted by 10:00 am. Just as in a regular school day, attendance is separate from academic assignment completion. Students must login to Skyward for attendance separately from assignment access.  Assignments for each course will be academically worthwhile and should take students 20-30 minutes to complete independently. Each course that a student has on his/her schedule will have an assignment posted.


Teacher Availability

Teachers will be available throughout the day, even if they do not immediately return your email. In general, all teachers will be connected between 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. for students to contact and ask questions should they need additional assistance. Emails received by 1:00 pm will be returned by 3:00 pm.


Problems on an eLearning day

For assignment questions, consider what a student would do on a regular school day, such as contacting a classmate or emailing the teacher.  

For technology issues, please email elearning@olchs.org, or call (708) 424-4740 and leave a message; someone will get back to you that day.



I know that not every student has access to WiFi or internet.  We are working on providing a solution through a wireless carrier for hotspots.  In the meantime, students are encouraged, if conditions allow, to go to a friend’s home where wifi is available, go to one of the public libraries in our community that provides public WiFi, or go to a local business that offers public WiFi. For more information about how to obtain low-cost internet, please visit this website: https://www.internetessentials.com/apply


I am excited about the opportunity for our students to engage on days that would otherwise be missed opportunities for learning.  This could be implemented as soon as next week. As always, please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

Dr. Jeana Lietz, Principal



This video is an important message from Dr. Lietz on OLCHS eLearning days.

This video provides instructions on how OLCHS students should sign-in to Skyward on an eLearning day.

If a student is experiencing trouble with the Skyward app, use the web version (Safari).

Skyward student login ID = Student ID
Skyward password = OLCHS password

To change student OLCHS password, follow these instructions.

Still having trouble with Skyward login, please email elearning@olchs.org, or call (708) 424-4740 and leave a message; someone will get back to you that day.