D181 Remote Learning
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BELOW IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING D181 REMOTE LEARNING
Dear Parents and Guardians,
With the statewide extension of school closures until the end of the school year, the Governor indicated that we will be moving from the designation of "Act of God Days" to "Remote Learning Days." District 181's eLearning Plan was accepted by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in early March. As such, and per the Governor's direction, we will not need to add any school days to the end of the year as a result of these circumstances. It is important to note, we will be referring to our plan moving forward as Remote Learning instead of eLearning as our plan aligns with the ISBE’s March 27th declaration that Remote Learning days would begin on March 31st.
Remote Learning days are defined by the Illinois State Board of Education as an “educational program designed to provide continuation of learning for students under conditions that prohibit the learner and instructor from being in the same physical space.” While these days cannot replace the face-to-face time students have with their teachers, they can provide continuous learning when students and teachers are not in the same location, minimizing the instructional impact on students.
Preschool through 2nd Grade Guidelines
Students in Preschool through 2nd grade will utilize Choice Boards on a Remote Learning day. Choice Boards provide students options in differentiated digital and non-digital learning opportunities.
Students in Preschool will continue to engage in play-based early literacy and numeracy activities, fine and gross motor activities, and enrichment opportunities in the arts that reinforce the skills needed to be successful learners.
Students in Kindergarten will focus on literacy and numeracy priority standards, fine and gross motor activities, and enrichment opportunities in the arts to assist in further developing their social-emotional and academic well being.
Students in grades 1-2 will focus on grade level reading/language arts and math priority standards as well as music, art and social-emotional activities. Students will be provided science, social studies, and STEAM activities that are optional, but are encouraged to be completed. Physical education and fitness activities will be provided for students to engage in daily. Students in Kindergarten through second grade should also participate in at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity each day that will be provided by our physical education staff.
3rd-8th Grade Guidelines
Students in grades 3-8 will focus on priority standards in reading/language arts, math, science, social studies, art/music, world language (5-8), and encore (6-8). It is very important that students participate in at least 30 minutes of vigorous activity each day that will be provided by our physical education staff. In addition, content specific enrichment, STEAM, and social-emotional learning activities will be provided as optional activities that may be completed by students. Students will continue to utilize Google Classroom (or other digital platforms) in order to access their assignments, expectations, and submit their assignments on Remote Learning days. Staff will post their class assignments by 9:30 a.m. on a Remote Learning day. Assignments will also be linked in the grade level homework website for each middle school. Coursework may include, but is not limited to, online instruction/discussions, readings, completing assignments, projects, and formative/summative 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.
On March 27, the Illinois State Board of Education issued a 60+ page document that was developed by a Remote Learning Committee at the State level which included minimum and maximum instructional minutes by grade level during the Remote Learning period. Please be aware that the D181 schedules include the maximum instructional minutes the ISBE committee issued in that document.
Specific schedules of instruction, skill practice, and formative assessment have been developed for each grade band:
K Student Schedule 90 + PE
1-2 Student Schedule 90 + PE
3-5 Student Schedule 120 + PE
6-8 Student Schedule 180 + PE
Building principals will work with their staff to include specific times during the day where students will engage in face-to-face collaboration with staff. Students are
The links above will be updated and live on an assigned Remote Learning day. Please select the applicable school to navigate to a daily list of instruction and learning opportunities.
D181 parents will receive a daily email asking each family to indicate on a Google Form if their child(ren) is/are not participating in Remote Learning. There is no need to complete the daily Google Form if all children are participating in Remote Learning. The new Google Forms will be unique to each building, so please do not use any old links.
Student engagement will be monitored by D181 teachers through methods including but not limited to: email, Google Forms, Google Meet, Zoom, Seesaw, Flipgrid, Google Classroom, and assignments received from students. Please note D181 staff is monitoring student engagement during Remote Learning. Principals will also be documenting and monitoring engagement. Students are expected to view and participate in instructional sessions, watch videos and complete practice activities or assessments to the best of their abilities. Students are encouraged to communicate with educators if they need assistance with assigned tasks or if they require assistance in accessing technology. It is our expectation that all students will complete the assigned work and assessments to complete each course.
Teachers will be available to interact with students during school hours from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 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 a Remote Learning day
Send your child’s teacher an email to their school email address.
Call your child’s teacher’s 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 2 p.m. M, W, & F and from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m on T & TH. Part-time staff will contact parents based on their typical schedule.
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.
Work assigned starting April 6 will be graded and recorded by staff. Staff will determine due dates for assignments. It is important for student progression in each content area to complete assignments by the due date. However, if a student needs additional time to complete work he/she will be able to turn in missing assignments until the end of the quarter/trimester. Missing assignments will be recorded as an “incomplete” until the work is turned in and graded.
At the conclusion of the 3rd trimester or 4th quarter, students in grades 4-8 will be issued a letter grade of A, B, C, D or I for “incomplete.” Students in grade 3 and below will be issued a grade of S (Secure), DV (Developing), EM (Emerging), N/A (Not applicable) or I (Incomplete). Final grades for elementary art, music and physical education will be issued as a P (Pass) or I (Incomplete).
Students who earn an I or incomplete will be able to complete any outstanding assignments in order to earn the passing mark. The final grade for 3rd trimester in elementary and 4th quarter in middle school will be no less than the grade earned 2nd trimester in elementary and 3rd quarter in middle school.
In the fall, any students who had a grade of incomplete issued for the 3rd trimester or 4th quarter will be assessed for readiness into the next grade level or course. An intervention plan will be developed for students who do not pass this assessment.
Grades of incomplete for 8th grade students will be shared with the high school as part of a transcript.
Remote Learning Survey Results
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 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.