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COVID-19 Update (8-21-20)

August 21, 2020

 

Parents,

 

I’ll start with saying if you have questions or concerns throughout the year, please reach out.  This is different than last Spring.  Remote Learning should really have a different title, because this will not be the same Remote Learning we did in the spring.  Much of this is new to us, as it is to you.  We cannot help with problems or issues that we don’t know about.  

 

It is our district’s philosophy to be in-person as much as possible and when safe.  It is also our philosophy that there is much more than just academics that happens at school, some of these being emotional needs, socialization, citizenship, friendships, etc.  Many of these are very difficult or almost impossible to accomplish through remote learning, hence our intention to return to in-person learning when we can.  If there was ever a time we realize the much broader than just academic value of schools from a societal standpoint, that time is now.  We understand there are many fears you may have, and ultimately, like we would tell any parent in any situation, you get to make the final decision on your child’s safety.  Every student is entitled to choose remote learning as an option.  We plan to return to in-person learning as soon as we can because we value the hidden benefits of education beyond the academics.  The health department is still working on contact tracing and they will contact you if your child needs to quarantine, until then you are not quarantined.  This will hopefully be a very minimal amount of students.

 

We will be starting our daily food service for any interested student Tuesday, August 25th.  At this point, unless we hear different from ISBE, this is free of charge for any student and only needs to be a phone call or e-mail to the appropriate school office.  The food service will be run through our busses this year and dropped to your student at their location within our district.  We will also be dropping off needed school supplies on Monday from 4:00-6:00 pm. to your house.  If this date/time does not work please contact the appropriate office.  If you need to check out a chromebook, they will also be available with those drop offs, please e-mail your child’s teacher.  JH students e-mail the following people for a chromebook, 8th grade Mrs. Hill, 7th grade Mrs. Manhart, and 6th grade Mrs. Wittenberg.  

 

Remote Learning will be different this year.  ISBE has given us guidelines and expectations, but across the span of Grade Levels those guidelines and expectations will vary.  Below are some remote learning expectations from the school, and teachers will fill in the rest if there are specific classroom expectations.  I don’t like to use the term trial and error, but in the same breath this “new” remote learning really is fluid and could evolve as we continually work to make the process better for students, staff, and parents.  We are understanding of difficulties that may arise, our staff is ready to work through those difficulties with you, please communicate those with us.

 

Stew-Stras Admin





 

K-5 

Start on (8/25/20)

 

  1.  Students will utilize Google Classroom.  Students should have all logged in prior to today and have access to their classes.

  2. Parents or caregivers will be a proctor for their students giving technology and classroom assistance as needed.

  3. Lessons will be pre-recorded and focus on instruction, with minimal assessment.  

  4. Attendance will be taken by class daily.  Students who miss will be marked appropriately for attendance.  If your child is going to be “absent” that day, please follow typical protocols and call them in to the office.

  5. Homework will need to be turned in via Google Classroom or the teacher’s preferred method by the date/time give.

  6. Teachers will have office hours between 9:00-3:15.  If a student is working during an evening, and is struggling with an assignment or lesson, it will not be held against them.  Please send an e-mail or contact to the teacher and expect a return contact the next day.

  7. Students will need to attend a Google Meets in the evening based upon class expectations the teacher sends out.  If the internet poses an issue, students can call in to that virtual meet.

  8. Feedback and traditional grading will take place.

 

6-8 Junior High Students 

Start on (8/25/20)

 

  1.  Students will utilize Google Classroom.  Students should have all logged in prior to today and have access to their classes.  

  2. Students will run a 2:05 dismissal schedule.

  3. Students will be in their classes virtually throughout the day, with a lunch period.  Students will not be expected to be in Study Hall 8th hour, but teachers will be available by e-mail until 3:30 for those students.  If internet access poses an issue for those students, there are call in options for those classes.

  4. Attendance will be taken by class daily.  Students who miss will be marked appropriately for attendance.  If your child is going to be “absent” that day, please follow typical protocols and call them in to the office.  Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for technical issues.

  5. Grading will be traditional and standard for any work given.

  6. Homework assigned will be due by the date/time given. 

  7. Teachers will give timely feedback to student work.

  8. JH office hours will be between 8:00-3:30.

  9. No virtual study halls.


 

Grade 9 -12 (Start on 8/24/20)

1.  Students will utilize Google Classroom.

2.  Teachers will livestream their instruction daily.

3.  Classes will run on a 2:05 dismissal schedule.

4.  Students will be in their assigned classes virtually throughout the day based upon their schedule.

5.  Students will not be expected to be logged in for study hall.

6.  If internet access poses an issue for students, there is a “call-in” option to connect to the class.

7.  Attendance will be taken by class daily. Students who miss will be marked appropriately for attendance. If your child is going to be “absent” that day, please follow typical protocols of calling the office. Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis for technical issues.

8.  Grading will be traditional and standard for any work given. This means students will receive a grade for their work just like they would during in-person learning.

9.  Teachers will give timely feedback to students. (Office Hours 8:00-3:30)

10.  Students are expected to contact the teacher if they need help.

Bell Schedule

1st Hour- 8:15- 8:53 2nd Hour- 8:56- 9:34

3rd Hour- 9:37- 10:15 4th Hour- 10:18- 10:56

5th Hour- 10:59- 11:36 6th Hour- 11:39- 12:16

H.S. Lunch- 12:16-12:46 7th Hour- 12:48-1:25

8th Hour- 1:28-2:05

 

Jr. High Lunch

11:39-12:08

Jr. High 6th Hour

12:08- 12:45

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