Virtual Board Briefs

Summary of the July 13, 2020 BOE meeting, held virtually

Board Briefs is a newsletter-style overview of the highlights of the Board of Education's discussion and action. You can find the meeting agenda online here, and look for minutes of the meeting to be posted after they are approved at the next BOE meeting (July 27, 2020).

D34 Board Meetings: Virtual for Now

District 34 Board of Education meetings are being held virtually until further notice. Information to access the virtual meetings live will be emailed to parents, staff and community members and posted on the D34 website no later than the Friday before each meeting. That access information is:


tinyurl.com/BOED34
Password: LoveD34

Community Participation

In the virtual setting, community members submit comments to an online form, which opens before the start of the Board of Education meeting. During the two opportunities for community participation (one early in the meeting, and the other at the end of the meeting) More than 60 community members (34 current parents, 25 staff members, one future parent, one alumni parent and one community member) shared more than 80 questions and comments about returning to in-person learning in the fall. There were comments supporting a full return to in-person learning, as well as comments supporting remote learning. There were many questions that will be answered as planning moves forward, and questions that will help inform the continued planning.


During the community participation periods, the Board is in listening mode. Responses to questions or other follow-up information is provided to the community member directly and, when appropriate, to the community as a whole.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants. The Board also approved other resolutions:


  • Administrator Compensation
  • Superintendent Contract
  • Superintendent Contract Amendment
  • Wesley Summer Program
  • 2020-21 Calendar Updates

Calendar Changes

The Board reviewed changes to the 2020-2021 school calendar. On June 16, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed Senate Bill 1863 into law. The new law expands access to early voting and vote by mail, and, for 2020 only, makes Election Day, November 3, a state holiday. The 2020-2021 calendar previously approved by the Board of Education designated November 3 as an institute day. The proposed changes to the calendar make November 2 (previously a student attendance day) an institute day and confirms the November 3 holiday. The proposed calendar moves the last day of school to Thursday, June 3 for students. It also sets the first day for teachers as August 18, and the first day of student attendance to Monday, August 24.


You can find the updated calendar online.

Discussion

Fall Learning Plan

Members of the D34 leadership team presented options for the fall framework for teaching and learning to the Board of Education. The options presented are:


  1. Start school year in Remote + (with small-group, in-person relationship-building opportunities) and monitor local COVID-19 data to determine if a transition to Hybrid is possible, no sooner than 3 weeks after the start of school
  2. Start school year in Hybrid, acclimating students and staff to new health and safety procedures while still focusing on all learning standards*
  3. Monitor local COVID-19 data to determine if the year can begin with Adapted In Person*

* D34 will implement operational procedures, including encouraging distancing as much as possible


In all scenarios, District 34 will offer the option for parents to enroll their children in the Glenview Online Academy for Learning (GOAL). GOAL is a K-8 virtual school that provides students an opportunity to engage in full-time remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year. GOAL will offer:

  • Open enrollment (by trimester) to all EC-8 students
  • Full registration, attendance requirements and all public education accountability structures
  • Utilization of best-practice online learning including, asynchronous, synchronous and off-line experiences
  • A commitment to 5 hours of learning for grades 1-8 and 2½ for Kindergarten
  • An environment that addresses staff, student and parent feedback from the spring 2020 E-learning model
  • Facilitation of all student services, needs and academic requirements
  • Implementation of a full complement of social-emotional learning, community building, parent outreach and all characteristics for a positive school culture
  • FUN! School/grade virtual assemblies, virtual field trips, events and other such joyful times for families and children
  • Opportunities to ensure all children thrive in the GOAL through the integration of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) practices


Given this opportunity for parents to have choice, and the ever-changing environment we are facing, the Board and administration determined that it would be necessary to get further parent input before finalizing a plan to start the 2020-2021 school year.


The Board will approve a plan at the July 27, 2020 meeting.

Meet the Board of Education

D34 Board Community Strong

Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:


  • Natalie Jachtorowycz (President)
  • Jim Baumstark (Vice President)
  • John Heggie
  • Katie Jones
  • Mike Korman
  • Scott Nelson
  • Diane Stefani


You can contact the Board at board@glenview34.org.