Remote Learning Days

  • If North Shore Academy needs to close its campuses due to emergency circumstances, the school may decide to use Remote Learning Days. These days are meant to assure that students can continue to move forward with their education and goals if school is shut down for a period of time. Instructional methods will vary from course to course, but all remote instruction will be meaningful and will keep students on pace to continue their coursework until school can reopen. For specific information about the school's response to COVID-19, including updates on school closure decisions, state and public health guidance, testing, mental health resources, and other information, please visit the TrueNorth Coronavirus Information page

    These expectations are aimed at providing structure to a process that is new for the school.  The goal of these expectations is to keep learning moving forward for students over an extended period of remote learning, while trying to ensure that the daily demands for students, teachers, therapists and families are manageable. 

    Above all else, everyone needs to be flexible. Teachers and Therapists need to be flexible in terms of student technical difficulties and deadlines, especially for graded assignments. Students need to be flexible in terms of technical difficulties and teacher response times. Parents need to be patient with both students and teachers as we figure out how to best move learning forward. We appreciate everybody working together and doing the best they can in a unique situation for the good of the students and their learning.


    • Students must check Google Classroom using their NSA Google accounts in the morning by 9:20 a.m. Review the totality of work and make a plan for the day.
    • If you are ill and cannot work on a day, your parents must contact your adviser in the usual manner.  Any work due will be made up per teacher instructions.
    • Check school email in the morning for general communications from the school.
    • Students should communicate with teachers about daily and long-term assignments via Google Classroom.
    • For daily assignments, in order to give teachers time to respond, students must communicate questions about those assignments before 12:00 p.m. via Google Classroom.
    • Students must complete assignments/submit daily check-in requirements to teachers via the requested format by 3:15 p.m. 


    • Post and publish course work on Google Classroom by 9:00 a.m. daily. 
    • Assignments should be meaningful yet manageable for a student's total workload.
    • Indicate the method for students to turn in the assignment electronically. 
    • Include due dates on all assignments.
    • Respond to Google Classroom messages on a timely basis.
    • Coordinate with teams as needed regarding pacing and assignments.
    • Communicate with students and therapists with any concerns about attendance and progress.
    • Remote Learning Resources (ISBE #keeplearning)


    • Provide Weekly Check in's to families. 
    • Engage students in SEL curriculum and their individual IEP goals.
    • Indicate the method for students to turn in the assignment electronically. 
    • Respond to email on a timely basis.
    • Coordinate with teams as needed regarding student progress
    • Communicate with students, parents and teachers with any concerns about progress.
    • Remote Learning Resources (ISBE #keeplearning) 


    Q: Should a student expect an assignment in each of their classes each day?

    A: Yes, each teacher will be appropriately moving learning forward in their course. While some assignments may be longer-term, there will be a daily check-in assignment. Due dates and graded assignments will be clearly marked.

    Q: Will students have "homework"? Will school work need to be done after 3:15 p.m.?

    A: Our teachers know that the overall workload must be manageable for a student's overall load, while moving student learning forward. The work that is assigned each day will likely include both work that needs to be turned in by 3:15 p.m. and work that is needed to prepare for the next day.

    For example, an English teacher may have students peer edit a classmate's paper for the daily assignment and ask them to prepare for tomorrow's lesson by reading and annotating the next chapter of the novel the class is reading. The peer editing will need to be done by 3:15 p.m., but the reading can be done anytime during the day.

    Q: What about a student who does not have home internet access?

    A: Contact Lara Levine, Principal, 847-831-0603 ext.1100, 

    Q: Should teachers and students be available throughout the day?

    A: Unless a student or a teacher is ill, they should check their email messages periodically and respond as needed. Questions about daily work should be submitted to teachers by 12:00 p.m. to give them time to respond so the student can meet the assignment deadline.

    Q: What should I do if I am having trouble accessing material?

    A: Many of our teachers and students are engaging in distance learning for the first time, so please contact the teacher and have patience.

    Q: What do I do if I need technical support?

    A: Please contact Adam Berkson, Assistant Principal, 847-831-0603 ext 1105