School Year 2020-2021 Reopening Plan


August 3, 2020


Dear Global Leaders Initiative Family:


Thank you for your patience and participation as we have been working diligently to develop a school reopening plan that balances student and staff safety as well as student learning. After multiple iterations of possible reopening plans, Global Leaders Initiative has received approval from CICS to launch the 2020-2021 school year remotely. The details below provide an overview of our plan, important dates, and action steps for the start of the school year.


Global Leaders Initiative Remote Learning Plan


Instruction will be remote for quarter 1.


  • Instruction

    • Students will receive live remote instruction from all of their teachers four days a week.

    • Students will engage in self-directed learning activities one day a week. Teachers will be available to support students with assignments during office hours on these days of independent learning.

    • Based on guidance from Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), students will engage in at least five hours of learning material daily through a mix of live instruction and self-paced independent assignments.


  • Attendance

    • Teachers will log student attendance on a daily basis for each live remote class.  

    • On self-directed learning days, attendance will be logged based on student assignment completion.


  • Grading

    • Traditional grading practices will resume; however, we will be intentional about grading with equity and empathy and providing additional student supports.


In-person programming will resume when it is safe to do so and as informed by comfort levels of staff, students, and families.


  • After the school year starts, we will communicate to families and students our plans to offer optional, targeted in-person student support and other programming based on staff, student, and family comfort levels.


We prioritize staff, student, and family health and safety.


  • Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing will be maintained by staff, students, and families when visiting Global Leaders Initiative or engaging in in-person programming.


Important Dates & Action Steps


  • August 24 - August 27: Virtual Family Orientation​​

    • Attend ONE of the following virtual family orientations via this Zoom link:

      • Monday, August 24, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

      • Tuesday, August 25, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

      • Wednesday, August 26, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

      • Thursday, August 27, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    • During orientation, we will discuss:

      • Remote learning curriculum

      • Support for diverse learners

      • Student and family expectations

      • Family communication 

      • General Q&A


  • August 31 - September 4: Technology & Learning Materials Pickup

    • Complete this form to schedule an appointment to pick up your student’s Chromebook, charger, and learning materials for quarter 1.

    • Students should use the information included in their welcome packet to log in to Google Classroom to begin diagnostic testing and other pre-work.


  • September 8 - First Day of Live Remote Instruction

    • Students should log in to Google Classroom at 9:00 am to attend their first live virtual class! 


Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns -, 312-248-2163.


Thanks and stay safe,


Aiyeshia Wong

Executive Director

Global Leaders Initiative