Remote Learning

  • Terms

    • Synchronous - Occurring at the same time - live instruction and learning with students and teachers interacting through video conferencing and other real-time interaction.
    • Asynchronous - Occurring at different times - recorded instruction, self-guided and individual learning time.

    Total classroom time will consist of teacher instruction and student independent/group work.

    Schedule
    Early Childhood: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

    1. Morning Meeting - 15 minutes synchronous daily. 
    2. Remote Choice Board will include early literacy, early numeracy, fine and gross motor and social emotional activities daily.
    3. Differentiated Small Group Support - synchronous as needed.
    4. Specials - asynchronous weekly instruction.
    5. Related services will be scheduled in compliance with a student’s IEP goals.

    Kindergarten: 9:00 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.

    1. Morning Meeting - 15 minutes synchronous daily.
    2. Math - 15 minutes synchronous and 15 minutes asynchronous daily.
    3. ELA - 15 minutes synchronous and 15 minutes asynchronous daily.
    4. Science or Social Studies - 15 minutes synchronous or asynchronous instruction daily.
    5. Differentiated Small Group Support - 15 minutes synchronous instruction 3-5 times per week.
    6. Specials - asynchronous weekly instruction.
    7. Social Emotional - 15 minutes synchronous and/or 15 minutes asynchronous weekly.
    8. Related services will be scheduled in compliance with a student’s IEP goals.

    Grades 1-5: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

    1. Morning Meeting - 15 minutes synchronous daily 
    2. Math - 30 minutes synchronous and 30 minutes asynchronous daily.
    3. ELA - 30 minutes synchronous and 30 minutes asynchronous daily.
    4. Science or Social Studies - 30 minutes synchronous or asynchronous instruction daily.
    5. Differentiated Small Group Support - 30 minutes synchronous instruction 3-5 times per week.
    6. Spanish - (Grades 3-5 only) (Time amount - Enrollment/Staffing dependent).
    7. Specials - asynchronous weekly instruction.
    8. Social Emotional - 30 minutes synchronous and/or 30 minutes asynchronous weekly.
    9. Related services will be scheduled in compliance with a student’s IEP goals.

    Grades 6-8: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    1. Math - 30 minutes synchronous and 30 minutes asynchronous daily.
    2. ELA - 30 minutes synchronous and 30 minutes asynchronous daily.
    3. Science - 30 minutes synchronous instruction daily.
    4. Social Studies - 30 minutes synchronous instruction daily.
    5. Spanish - 30 minutes synchronous instruction daily.
    6. Creative Arts, Health, PE - asynchronous.
    7. Social Emotional - 30 minutes synchronous and/or 30 minutes asynchronous weekly.
    8. Related services will be scheduled in compliance with a student’s IEP goals.

    Attendance

    1. Daily attendance is expected for all students in the remote learning environment.  
    2. Teachers will record attendance during daily Zoom classes. 
    3. If a student is unable to attend a Zoom class, a parent must call the school attendance line and report the student as absent. 
    4. Students who are not reported as absent may receive a phone call from a D103 staff member for the purposes of checking in and ensuring students are able to access the online materials. 
    5. If a student does not report to a specific class for three (3) consecutive days, teachers and administrators will put interventions in place to support the student. 
    6. Interventions will include working collaboratively with the students' parents/caregivers.

    Communication

    1. In a remote learning environment timely, reciprocal, clear, consistent, and concise communication is vital.  
    2. Students in grades EC-2 will submit work and teachers will provide feedback through the students’ SeeSaw accounts.
    3. Students in grades 3-5 will submit work and teachers will provide feedback through the students’ SeeSaw and Google Classroom accounts.
    4. Students in grades 6-8 will submit work and teachers will provide feedback through the students’ Google Classroom accounts.
    5. Students in grades 3-8 will have access to a district owned gmail account.
    6. Additional educational apps may be used for instructional purposes, but the expectation of when and how the educational app should be used will be communicated through SeeSaw and/or Google Classroom.
    7. Staff members will frequently meet live with students.
    8. Students are expected to maintain pre-determined classroom norms during live instruction. 
    9. Staff members will introduce norms and continuously review norms for Zoom classes throughout the year.

    Curriculum and Instruction

    1. District 103 will use online curriculum as the basis for in-person and remote learning environments so all students are receiving the same high quality materials. This will ensure a continuity of learning should students move between in-person and remote learning throughout the year based on individual needs, or if schools are closed due to COVID related issues.
    2. Grade level content aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards will be taught in all grade levels during the 2020-2021 school year. 
    3. Specials and CAPE classes such as Music, Art, Family/Consumer Sciences, Library, PE, etc., will occur asynchronously.
    4. Social Emotional curriculum will adjust to address the new unique learning environments and life changes.
    5. Off campus field trips and off campus extracurricular activities are canceled for the year.

    Grading Practices

    1. Students will be held accountable for the completion of assignments and assessments.
    2. Grading and assessment are meant to provide feedback and communication to students and families with the focus on learning, growth and progress. 
    3. Meaningful grading and assessment provides students the opportunity to redo, make up, or try again to complete, show progress, or attempt to complete work assigned.
    4. Report cards will be provided at the end of each trimester or quarter using the same progress indicators as when students are participating in in-person learning.  

    Technology

    1. District 103 students in grades K-8 will have their own iPad.
    2. For any student that does not currently have an iPad, a communication will be coming in August regarding a plan for pickup. 

    Internet Access

    1. District 103 will ensure each student has Internet service in their home.
    2. If students are unable to access the internet due to issues outside of their control (e.g.  power outages), teachers will allow students extra days to make-up their homework/classwork.

    Students with Specific Learning Needs (IEP, 504 & ELL)

    1. The District will work with students and families to ensure appropriate learning opportunities for students with specific learning needs (e.g. students with IEPs or English language learners). 
    2. When appropriate, accommodations will be provided and/or modifications may be made by teachers or case managers consistent with the student’s IEP goals and identified needs.
    3. Students with IEPs and 504s will have Remote Learning Day plans that match their individual learning goals.
    4. Related service providers will review student needs and determine creative options for providing related service support. 
    5. Special education and related service providers will communicate with their students and/or students’ parents/caregivers each week during times of school closure to follow‐up on the assignments or lessons given, and check‐in with the student on how they are functioning. 
    6. Contacts may be in the form of phone calls, emails and/or video chats or conferences.
    7. All providers will document any consult and direct services including contacts with parents and students, including the nature of the service, alignment with IEP goals, and specific start and stop times. 
    8. If related services cannot be provided during Remote Learning, those services will be made up in a reasonable time frame once school resumes as determined by the IEP team, and pending legal guidance regarding compensatory measures. 
    9. Students who receive English Language services will continue to be contacted and supported by the district’s EL teachers.
    10. Guidelines for services are specific to the individual student’s needs; and therefore, specific information related to these services will be communicated to individual families based on those identified needs. 
    11. Specific questions related to English Language services should be directed to the building ELL teacher.