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Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 - Apr 5, 2020

D103 Remote Learning Update

Good Evening District 103 Families,


The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released new guidance for Remote Learning, which began March 31, 2020, due to the Governor’s orders to close schools because of COVID-19.

This pandemic has put forth many new challenges in all of our lives. It is important for everyone to remember that learning will look very different than if we were in school full time. Families, including maybe your own, are being impacted by COVID-19. Empathy, understanding and compassion will be our guiding principles for our students, families and staff during this difficult time.


District 103 has made changes to our Remote Learning Plan using ISBE’s new guidance as well as survey results from parents and staff members. Our goals, as established in ISBE’s Remote Learning Guidance Document, are to provide direction, information, and resources to ensure that:

  • All students have opportunities for continued learning that focus on critical standards

  • Districts work to minimize instructional loss

  • Students and families are given routines and structures to ensure they stay connected to schools and learning


We will continue to refine our plan as we gain more experience and insight into our virtual-learning world.


REMOTE LEARNING PLAN


Daily Schedule

  • Assignments are sent for each core content area daily

  • Office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8-10 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. Office hours on Friday are from 8-10 a.m. Certified Staff members will spend the afternoon working collaboratively with team members, creating and providing feedback on learning activities.


Content Selection/Prioritization by Grade Level

  • Grades EC-5: Academic and social engagement activities will focus on previously covered content.

  • Grades 6-8: Priority will be given to subject area skills that will be required for the next year


Holidays During Remote Learning

We understand students will be practicing their faith during the Remote Learning Days. If Remote Learning activities will conflict with your child’s participation in their religious activities, please contact your child’s teacher so accommodations can be made. Assignments will be due 5 days after they are assigned due to religious reasons.


Grading Student Work

  • Emphasis will be on learning for schoolwork assigned, reviewed, and completed during the remote learning period

  • A student’s grades cannot be lowered as a result of Remote Learning activities.


Minutes of Student Work per Day

New guidance from ISBE detailed minimum and maximum time allocations by grade level. The staff survey results supported using the maximum time allocations

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Teacher Professional Development Days (Remote Planning Days)

  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is providing five (5) remote professional development days for teachers to adequately prepare for the remote learning environment.

  • No new lessons will be introduced to students on these days. Students may use these opportunities to work on assignments or activities provided during previous remote learning days.

  • On Remote Planning Days, teachers will work with grade level and department level colleagues to prepare lessons for any remaining Remote Learning Days that are instituted.

  • Assuming Remote Learning occurs through the remainder of the school year, additional Remote Professional Development days are as follows:

    • Friday, April 3, 2020 (Remote Professional Development Day 1)

    • Friday, April 17, 2020 (Remote Professional Development Day 2)

    • Friday, May 1, 2020* (Remote Professional Development Day 3)

    • Friday, May 15, 2020* (Remote Professional Development Day 4)

    • Friday, May 29, 2020* (Remote Professional Development Day 5)

* May 2020 dates are tentative and are subject to change based on current circumstances at the time.


Technology Support for Families

During our remote learning time, if your child’s learning device requires tech support, please reach out to one of the below email addresses for assistance.


Web Conferencing - Optional - Teacher Decision

The district is beginning to explore web conferencing as a teaching and learning resource for our students. Web conferencing is an optional tool for teachers. Teachers will determine if web conferencing is a resource that will help support learning objectives. Web conferencing can be offered to the whole class, a small group, or in a 1:1 setting. Students will be not penalized if they do not participate. If your child’s teachers arrange a web conference and you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teachers directly.


All of the staff at D103 appreciate the collaboration and understanding our families have demonstrated these past few weeks. We have received many notes of appreciation, and that has made all the difference. We appreciate all of you and want you to know that our partnership is made stronger when we navigate these challenges together. Thank you!


All the best,


D103 Administrative Team

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