THIS IS AN IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING D181 E LEARNING
Dear Parents and Guardians,
eLearning is the opportunity for students and staff to engage in continued learning in the event school is canceled and an eLearning day is called. eLearning days are intended to provide access to learning on days when there are school cancellations due to an emergency closing pursuant to state statute (105 ILCS 5/10-20.56). While these days cannot replace the face-to-face time students have with their teachers, it can provide continuous learning when school is cancelled, minimizing the instructional impact on students.
As you were informed, all D181 schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, through Friday, March 27. As D181’s spring break is March 30-April 3, that means the earliest students will return to schools is Monday, April 6. The first three days of student work will primarily focus on grade-level skill maintenance. This will provide time for our staff to develop high-quality individualized plans for days 4 and beyond that will include instruction in new content. Staff will ensure students have access to the support needed to engage in this work.
Students must show proof of participation on eLearning days, as required by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), by satisfactorily completing eLearning day assignments within three school days following the eLearning day.
Each day, parents will be asked to indicate whether their student(s) will be participating in eLearning. Participating students will be counted present if school work is successfully completed on time. If work is not turned in at the end of the third day the student will receive an unexcused absence for the class periods|day the work is missing.
For record keeping purposes, teachers are responsible for keeping track of the day each assignment was assigned.
Preschool through 2nd Grade Guidelines
Students in Preschool through 2nd grade will utilize Choice Boards on an eLearning day. Choice Boards provide students options in differentiated digital and non-digital learning opportunities.
3rd-8th Grade Guidelines
Students in grades 3-8 will utilize Google Classroom (or other digital platform) in order to access their assignments and expectations on an eLearning Day. Staff will post their class assignments by 9:30 a.m. on an eLearning Day. Students will receive the e-Learning Day activities for each class through Google Classroom (or other digital platform). Course work may include but is not limited to online discussions, readings, completing assignments, projects, and formative assessments using digital resources such as Google or other web-based tools. In some cases, students may be directed to complete offline activities such as textbook readings or other assignments.
The links below will be updated and live on an assigned e-Learning day.
Students will need to be checked in daily as a component of ISBE e-learning plans. Families with multiple children will submit one form for all children. ***Click Here*** to access the form. The form will also be sent out to families via parent/guardian email daily.
If your child is absent due to illness or other reason, please follow the typical absence protocol and leave a message at your child’s school to report the absence. General school attendance will be reviewed and monitored throughout the day and after completion of the e-Learning days. *Please note that if you choose to have your student not participate in e-learning activities, you may choose to report your student as "absent" for the day.
Teachers will be available to interact with students during school hours from 9:00-3:00. Additionally, staff may utilize virtual platforms to communicate directly with students if necessary for the delivery of instruction or related special education services.
Options for contacting your child's teacher on an eLearning day
Send your child’s teacher an email to their school email address.
Call your child’s teacher classroom phone and leave a message on their school voicemail. Voicemails are forwarded to each staff member's email.
Teachers, principals, and other licensed professionals will be available by email or phone (via voicemail) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Staff will respond to all communication requests in a timely manner during scheduled hours (typically within 2 hours).
Staff contact information can be found HERE.
If you or your child have difficulty accessing the digital resources assigned for the day, please fill out a support request with the Technology Department at elearningsupport.d181.org.
Please note, technology staff will only be available from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. In addition, D181 technology staff may not be able to provide support with personal devices or instructional-related questions. The technology department also cannot remotely control devices while they are used at home. If you have questions regarding the instructional tasks your child has been assigned, please contact your child's teacher.