Davis Richmond E-News
April 3, 2020
Dear Davis Richmond Parents,
We hope you had a great Spring Break, although it is certainly different than any other break in memory. Thankfully, we had many days of warm weather. It was fun to see our families out in their yards and on the paths as we took our daily walks.
School resumes Monday. Remote learning will continue for students. It will take on a similar look to how it was before break with a few minor adjustments and opportunities. Please review the important information below as we get set for E-Learning in April.
Denise Liechty and Lisa Simoncelli-Bulak
INSTRUCTIONAL DAY FOR STUDENTS
- Based on guidance from the state, K-2 educators will be planning 90 minutes of academics per day for students to complete through the remote learning format, while students in grades 3rd-5th should expect 120 minutes of education per day. These time frames do not include student engagement in specials, etc. Also, these times are flexible for students receiving ELL services, special education, and intervention.
- D303’s core value with remote learning is to focus on the learning, not the completion of work. A team of specialists, working in conjunction with our Learning and Teaching Department, will identify essential standards for the core content areas. Therefore, moving forward, new skills and new knowledge will be introduced to students based on the essential standards that are identified for each grade level.
- Lessons will be communicated to students by 9:00 a.m. Monday-Thursday.
- Each Friday in April, as well as the first two Fridays in May (should remote learning be extended beyond April 30), are designated for remote learning professional development/planning days. Therefore, on Fridays, new content/assignments will not be expected of students. We will provide “enhancement opportunities” that students can do on Fridays. Therefore, there will be activities that students can engage in on Fridays, although they won’t be specific to their grade level/class, and teachers will not be as available to offer feedback and answer questions based on their professional development responsibilities. Fridays can also be used as opportunities for students to complete work from earlier in the week.
GRADING AND ATTENDANCE
- At this point, it is recommended that teachers track ‘engagement’ in remote learning, as opposed to ‘attendance’. As remote learning becomes the method of instruction and new learning for the foreseeable future, it is important that we track the participation and engagement of our students in order to be responsive to those students and families who may need additional support.
- Students will have flexibility on when they complete the work. Students shouldn’t feel anxious or stressed about completing the assignment on the day it’s assigned. If they do complete the work daily, great. If not, remote learning offers students the flexibility on when assignments are completed and submitted. Students can also use Fridays to make-up any incomplete work for the week.
- Student grades can’t be adversely affected based on their lack of engagement in remote learning.
- Once the remote learning plan is shared, there will be competencies on the 3rd trimester report card that will not be covered. Any competencies not covered in the remote learning plan will be identified as N/A on your child’s 3rd Trimester report card.
- Students will also receive an N/A on their 3rd Trimester report card for any competencies that were addressed in the remote learning plan, yet the student didn’t complete any of the work that was provided during remote learning.
- Teachers are still encouraged to be responsive to students and parents via phone call. For most teachers, that will mean calling from their personal devices. If using personal cell phone, I’m encouraging teachers to dial *67 for privacy. When receiving a call using the *67 feature, it will appear as “Private Caller”, so you may want to confirm a time with your child’s teacher so you know to expect the call.
DAVIS PRIMARY NEWS
K-2 DEVICE PICKUP
To support remote learning, D303 is making devices available to students in grades K-2 who need an additional device at home. Devices will be available for pick-up at your child’s school according to the schedule listed below. If you feel your family has sufficient personal devices available or your child can share a D303 device with a sibling, you do not need to pick up an additional device.
Kindergarten and first grade students will receive an iPad, while second grade students will receive Chromebooks. All devices distributed by D303 are equipped with internet filtering to help keep students safe. These filters do a good job blocking students from inappropriate content. If you have any concerns about improper content being accessed on any district device, please contact D303 IT support at https://helpdesk.d303.org/chat/ and we will address your concern.
iPads will be equipped with a selection of applications to assist with remote learning that should be familiar to many students. Chromebooks will allow students to access online services and applications similar to those used in their learning experiences at school.
All District 303 devices are password protected. Parents will receive the passwords during device pick-up. Our youngest students do not always know or remember their account passwords. Please know that help is immediately available for password resets, and other issues during business hours M-F at https://helpdesk.d303.org/chat/
Device Pickup Process:
Clean, disinfected devices will be distributed to families at the direction of D303 staff from a responsible socially distanced pickup point, directly inside your child’s school. The following procedures are being put into place to make device pickup available in the safest possible manner.
- Devices have not been physically touched by D303 staff after being cleaned and placed in the distribution carts.
- Distribution areas are deep cleaned every evening during this process.
- Please know your child’s teacher’s name, and if possible, student ID number, to speed up the pickup process.
- Please observe directions on posted signs and follow guidance from D303 staff to keep safe social distancing and allow for efficient device distribution.
- School entrances and exits where pick-up takes place will be propped open to avoid unnecessary contact with door handles.
- Tape lines will indicate proper line distancing from the sidewalk into the building. PLEASE observe the taped areas when lines form.
- If you observe a line entering the building, please remain in your vehicle or stay at a safe distance until there is room.
- Pickup times are for the distribution of devices only. No access to the rest of the building for personal belongings is available.
Davis Primary School Device Pick-up Schedule:
We are asking families to pick up devices at their child’s school according to your last name and the schedule listed in the chart below. If your schedule does not allow this, you may pick up the device during any scheduled time at your child’s school. To accommodate the large number of families whose children attend Davis Primary, there is an extended pick up schedule for those families.
No Device Pick-up Today
Last Name: A-H
8 AM - 11:30 AM
Last Name: I-P
12:00 - 3:00 PM
Last Name: Q-Z
9:00 - 11:00 AM
2nd grade Chromebooks Pick-up: Main Door #1
Kdg & 1st grades iPad Pick up: Old Main Door #11
RICHMOND INTERMEDIATE NEWS
REGISTER FOR AN ONLINE LIBRARY CARD
While your local library may have closed their doors, they are still here to serve you! You can now register for an online-only library card that will grant you access to your library’s eBooks, eAudiobooks, streaming services, and research databases. Click here to sign up.
Already have a library card? No need to register, just use your library card to access your library’s electronic resources. If you are having trouble logging in, contact your library.
NEWS FROM OUR PTO
YEARBOOKS: LAST CHANCE TO ORDER!
We have extended the yearbook deadline to 4 pm on April 10th! If you have multiple students at Davis or Richmond, you can order multiple books under 1 student's name and they can distribute as needed. Order now through the Push Coin account https://store.d303.org/?YCY57LFFT5=P7N5447C7C
Dear District 303 families,
In keeping with Governor Pritzker’s announcement earlier in the week that the statewide closure for all school districts has been extended through April 30, District 303 will resume remote learning for students on Monday, April 6. Please take a few moments to watch a video message from Superintendent Dr. Jason Pearson about the District 303 response to COVID-19 and our remote learning plan.
The Illinois State Board of Education has created recommendations for school districts about instruction, grading, content selection and delivery, and social-emotional needs. District 303 has incorporated recommendations from the state into our remote learning plan that is included in this message. The following items summarize the components of the plan as it relates to student learning.
Remote Learning Plan
Student learning that aligns with District 303 curriculum will be delivered through a District supported Learning Management System (LMS) such as Google Classroom, Schoology, Seesaw, or email.
In an effort to respond to students and their academic needs, staff members will be available between 8:00 am and 3:30 pm.
Teachers will use a variety of methods to stay connected with students, including: Google Classroom, Schoology, videos, emails, and phone calls.
Teachers will collaborate with their course and grade-level teams to develop activities and tasks that are aligned with the curriculum and instructional units throughout the duration of remote learning.
Assessments will be based upon a student’s progression of skills and abilities.
Students who have not yet demonstrated proficiency will be provided with opportunities to continue learning and receive additional feedback to support their learning.
Remote learning activities can assist students with increasing their grade, but will not have an adverse effect on a student’s grade.
Competency-based grading and reporting will continue for grade K-5 during remote learning.
During remote learning days, District 303 will continue to use the letter grade structure for students in grades 6-12 throughout the remainder of the semester.
Remote learning days count as student attendance days. On Monday mornings, students in grades 6-12 will receive a brief survey they are expected to complete by noon that records their intended participation in learning for that week and their attendance. Elementary teachers will record attendance based on student participation in the remote learning assignments and activities.
Remote learning details are outlined in the remote learning plan. Specific information for your child's classes and courses will be shared by the school and teacher.
Food Service and Meals
District 303 is expanding our meal service to include additional school and residential locations beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Any student in District 303 is eligible to pick up breakfast and lunch grab and go meals at any of the following locations throughout the week.
Thompson Middle School, 705 W. Main Street
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday
Anderson Elementary School, 35W071 Villa Marie Rd.
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Monday through Friday
Wasco Elementary School, 4N782 School Street, Wasco
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the front of the school
Cumberland Green Cooperative, 1798 Cumberland Green
11:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the office parking lot
Prairie Point Apartments, 1820 Wessel Court
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.- Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the park facing the road at the front entrance (Entrance nearest to Randall Road)
The Crossings, 1690 Covington
10:40 - 11:10 a.m. - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to the area near the clubhouse
St. Charles Place, 15th Street and Indiana
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Monday through Friday
A District 303 bus will deliver meals to an area in front of the apartment complex
Device pick up for students in Kindergarten through 2nd grades
To support remote learning, District 303 is making technology devices available to students in grades K-2 who need an additional device at home. Parents will receive information from your child’s school about the process to pick up a District 303 device if needed.
Please continue to check the district website at district.d303.org for the most up to date information related to our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning.
District 303 Meal Distribution
Even though our school buildings are closed, we will still process elementary school transfer requests for the 2020-2021 school year beginning on April 7 at 8:00 a.m.
For the 2020-21 school year, ALL elementary students have been assigned to their attendance area school by the District. This includes elementary students currently attending a school on an intra-district transfer. An Intra-District Transfer Request must be submitted online no sooner than 8:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020 and no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 20. A link to the request form will be posted on the District 303 web page (district.d303.org) by 8:00 a.m. on April 7.
If you are requesting a transfer for more than one child, a separate request must be submitted for each. Due to fluctuating class sizes at schools and each grade level, siblings are not guaranteed placement. If granted, transportation is the responsibility of the parents.
If you have questions about the process, please call the District office at 331.228.2000.
Saturday, Mar 28 - Sunday, Apr 5
- Spring Break
Monday, Apr 6
- E-Learning Resumes