LYHS Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Friends and family, join us in celebrating the commencement of Latino Youth High School’s Class of 2020. Way to go, Owls and Geckos! Despite the many challenges of this school year, you’ve made it, and we couldn’t be more proud!

LYHS Remote Learning Days

On Tuesday, March 31st Governor Pritzker announced that the state-mandated school closures will be extended through Thursday, April 30th.  Below are Latino Youth High School’s remote learning expectations that align with Chicago Public School (CPS) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requirements. Any revision to these expectations will be highlighted in red. Last update: April 5, 2020.


Remote learning is a new practice at Latino Youth High School; however, the use of Google Classroom and other online platforms is not. We recognize that there will be challenges for both students and teachers, but the goal of these expectations is to keep learning moving forward for students while keeping the daily demands for students, teachers, and families manageable. 

The key to ensure success is that everyone remains flexible but committed to our shared academic outcomes. Our ultimate goal during this time is the same as always – for all of our students to graduate. 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 are expected to check into the Google Classroom for each of their classes, daily.
  • Students are expected to check in with their teachers when they have questions either via email, Remind, or during scheduled office hours.
  • Students should communicate with teachers about daily and long-term assignments through their LYHS email.
  • Students must complete assignments either in Google Classroom or via distant-learning packet. Credit can ONLY be earned by completing assignments.


  • Teachers will post work daily on Google Classroom by 9 AM.
  • Teachers will email learning expectations to students daily by 9 AM.
  • Teachers will host daily office hours during their scheduled time.
  • Teacher will respond to student communications within 24 hrs.
  • Teachers will update grades each Friday.


Q: What about students who do not have internet access at home?

A: If you do not have internet access at home but have wireless access most wireless companies offer a straight-forward and easy way to create a ‘hotspot’ that will allow you to access the internet. Directions can be found here.  Comcast will also be offering free internet for 60 days which is normally available to all qualified low-income households for $9.95/month. Additionally, many assignments can be completed in the Google Classroom app, which is available for both iPhone and Android smartphones.

If you can’t get reliable internet service than just call the school, our number is (773) 648-2130), and we’ll mail a distance-learning packet to your home address that you can complete for course credit.

Q: Should students expect an assignment every day?

A: Yes, teachers are expected to provide 3-4 activities/assignments per week that take students 3 total hours per week to complete.  While some assignments may be longer-term, we are encouraging a daily check-in/reflection assignment. Due dates will be clearly posted in Google Classroom.

Q: How will courses be graded?

A: For Quarter 4 all classes will be graded as either Pass (P) or Incomplete (I). Only courses in which a student has earned a Pass will acquire credit. Teachers will provide weekly feedback and enter in grades each Friday.

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

A: Unless a student or a teacher is ill, they should check and respond to Google Classroom and email messages periodically throughout the day. 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. Teachers will be available live during their office hours using Google Meet and available via email and Remind during normal school hours (i.e. 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM).

Q: What are the email or Google Classroom codes for my student’s teachers?

A: Here is an updated list of teacher emails and Google Classroom codes.


LYHS Students – Take this Survey

Attention all LYHS students – please complete the following Google form.

As the COVID-19 health crisis continues Latino Youth High School may have to move to a completely online format for the rest of the school year. As a result, we need to be able to contact you quickly and assess whether you can access an online, e-learning platform.

Information from the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding coronavirus

Dear LYHS Students, Staff, and Families,

The health and safety of our students is our top priority, so we want to share with you information that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has published for schools throughout the state.

The good news at this time is that the health risk to the general public from coronavirus remains low. Currently, the IDPH recommends schools hold classes and events as usual, and follow routine cleaning and disinfecting procedures; no special measures are necessary.

The IDPH also recommends the best way to protect against coronavirus is by taking the same everyday precautions against getting sick in general. These include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
  • Staying home when you are sick.
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

To see the complete recommendations to schools from IDPH, please click here. We will continue to closely monitor recommendations regarding coronavirus and will update you as soon as there are any significant changes in recommendations for schools. Thank you for your support in helping to keep our school community healthy.


James J. Hurlburt

Director of Education

Win a Trip to Japan!

Win a trip to Japan! If you’re between the ages of 17 to 23 you could win a free trip to Japan by entering the “Letter to My Parents” contest.

To win, write a letter to your parents that describes how you would improve your family’s relationship and then fill out the application by following the link below. Deadline is January 17th – don’t delay, apply today, and win a trip to Japan!

We’re open tomorrow!

Latino Youth High School is open tomorrow and will remain open regardless of the CPS/CTU strike. All students are required to attend. Please be on time (i.e. 8:00 a.m.) and in uniform with your thinking caps on!

English Teacher Wanted for 2019-2020 School Year

Latino Youth High School (LYHS) seeks to challenge students with rigorous academics and relentless support so that they can recast themselves as resilient, empowered adults who will succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We’re looking for a teacher who believes that ALL students can learn and who has the skills and mindset to make it happen!

Latino Youth High School offers Chicago area students a second chance to obtain a high school diploma. Our charter school incorporates a student-centered approach emphasizing individualized instruction coupled with additional support services such as parenting groups for young mothers, counseling, and leadership development. LYHS provides a safe and respectful environment for young persons who have not found success in larger, more traditional schools. LYHS is a campus of the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS) with additional funding and services provided by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN).

Overview: Latino Youth High School (LYHS) seeks a rock star English teacher to join our team of educators. Must hold an active Illinois professional educators license (PEL) with an endorsement in English Language Arts and the belief that ALL students can learn!

Duties may include but are not limited to:

• Create engaging lessons to implement Common Core State Standards
• Create weekly lesson plans based on the curriculum that provide the appropriate modifications and accommodations to meet the needs of all students.
• Design and implement assessments that measure progress towards academic standards.
• Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues; and participate in staff orientation and training.
• Experienced and knowledge of project-based learning
• Connects daily objectives to real-world issues in order to develop the students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Education: At least a Bachelor’s degree, a current Illinois professional educators license (PEL) and an endorsement in English Language Arts (Type 09). ESL endorsement a plus!

Contact: Please send your resume to and

Visitation and Funeral Service for Marlen

Mount Auburn Funeral Home
4101 South Oak Park Ave
Stickney, IL 60402
(708) 749-2033

May 23 – Visitation 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May 24 – Visitation 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
May 25 – Funeral 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Chapel service at 11:00 a.m.)

Website: Schedule and Service

To the Family and Friends of Marlen

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and students of Latino Youth High School, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Marlen Ochoa-Lopez. 

The tragic circumstances of her senseless death only increase our present sorrow. Marlen will be remembered as a sweet, beautiful, and hardworking young woman who strove to make a better life for herself and her family. 

As a community, we must gather together to mourn her loss and celebrate the precious impact her life had on both students and faculty alike. As the LYHS community grieves her passing, the shared and happy memories of her time spent at school offer some consolation.

Grief counselors will be available at the school throughout the week to help students, parents, and friends dealing with this heartbreaking loss. 

Please keep Marlen and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


James J. Hurlburt
Director of Education
Latino Youth High School

Classes tomorrow, May 6th!

Classes resume tomorrow, May 6th! We are open!!!

Las clases se reanudan mañana, 6 de mayo! ¡¡¡Estamos abiertos!!!