District Plan for Remote Learning

 

Purpose:

To outline how Riverside School District 96 will utilize, account for, structure, monitor, and communicate eLearning days in the event of an emergency (weather or otherwise) that requires closing the school buildings.

Compliance:

Public Act 101-0012, effective July 1, 2019, allows all school districts in Illinois to utilize up to five eLearning days in lieu of the five emergency days on the ISBE-approved school calendar.

Communication:

Students, families, and staff will be notified of an eLearning day upon notification of an emergency (weather or otherwise) closing. Communication will be sent via email to all family email addresses on file in PowerSchool and via phone blast to all families. Staff will receive notification through an email blast. Communication of an eLearning day will also be posted on the school website www.district96.org).

Access to Technology and Wifi:

According to Public Act 101-0012, “The school district will ensure access from home or other appropriate remote facility for all students participating, including computers, the Internet, and other forms of electronic communication that must be utilized…” Students in grades three (3) through eight (8) are issued a Google Chromebook at the beginning of the school year. All materials necessary to complete the learning experiences on an eLearning day will also be provided as paper materials for any students/families without internet access, as well as for students not in possession of a district-issued Google Chromebook. Additionally, due dates for students without consistent internet access (or whose internet is out of order due to the circumstances that resulted in an eLearning day) will be adjusted.

Training:

Professional development days have been utilized to detail eLearning days with staff members. In-person training sessions will be made available to our students, who will receive training on eLearning procedures throughout their school day. Additionally, students will receive detailed information regarding eLearning days in their classrooms.

Learning Experience Expectations:

Students must be provided meaningful learning experiences that are aligned to standards. The learning that takes place on an eLearning day should be connected to students’ current units of study, and not “work” that stands in isolation. Upon students’ completion of the learning activity, teachers should be able to measure that learning did, in fact, take place. A student’s experience in an eLearning day should be equivalent to a regular school day (five hours). A teacher’s eLearning plan should represent a traditional class period. In adherence to the law, the total learning experiences of an eLearning day will equal at least five (5) hours of instructional time for students in grades 1-8, and at least two and a half (2.5) hours for students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

Student Expectations:

  • Access lessons through Google Classroom, Seesaw, teacher/grade level webpage link
  • Complete assigned lessons to be turned in on the first day students return after the eLearning day. (Due dates for students without consistent internet access, or whose internet is out of order due to the circumstances that resulted in an eLearning day, will be adjusted.)
    • Pre-Kindergarten Students – Learning activities or evidence of completion of activities will be turned in the first-day students return after an eLearning day.
    • Elementary Students – Lessons for ELA, math, science, and social studies and a lesson for the special area class they would have had at school that day; 5th grade band or orchestra students will have a lesson in that area.
    • Junior High Students – Lesson for each core area, physical education, and the encore classes in their schedule
      • Special Education Students, English Learners (EL), and students receiving multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) from a Reading and/or Math Interventionist – Complete lessons from Special Education teacher, English Learner teacher, or Reading and/or Math Interventionist in place of the grade level lesson in the corresponding subject.
    • Seek help if needed. All teachers can be reached by email from 8:30 AM until 1:30 PM on an eLearning day. Teachers will also communicate if they are available through an additional application such as Google Classroom or Seesaw.

Educator Expectations:

Prior to eLearning day:

  • Teachers will create two lessons specific to the subjects/classes they teach; special education teachers will plan individualized lessons for their students
  • Teachers will ensure students know their login information for Email, Google Classroom, Seesaw, and/or Raz-Kids, as applicable.
  • Teachers will show students how to access their eLearning lessons through Google Classroom or on the district webpage.

 

On an eLearning day:

  • Teachers will ensure their lessons are linked prior to 8:30 AM
  • From 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, teachers will be available to answer questions via email, as well as through Google Classroom or Seesaw as applicable.