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Remote Learning Attendance Form

Please complete this form if your student IS NOT participating in Remote Learning for the day.

 

April 3, 2020

Re:  Homer CCSD 33C Remote Learning Plan

Dear parents/guardians,

Homer CCSD 33C created a Remote Learning Plan, which is outlined below, based upon the recommendations of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), which were published in a March 27th letter from Dr. Carmen Ayala, State Superintendent of Education.  We also received input from our District office staff, building principals, and teachers.

Remote Learning is learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom because the students and teachers are separated by distance. 

Currently, our Remote Learning Plan is scheduled to take place from Wednesday, April 8th - Thursday, April 30th (April 6 and 7 E-Learning lessons are review lessons), and may be extended beyond April 30th by Governor Pritzker.

Changes from an E-Learning to a Remote Learning Plan:  April 8th - April 30th

  1. Teachers will be available at exact times for student questions and assistance, which will be from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday.
     
  2. Daily student subject schedules are suggested below based on ISBE recommendations.

  3. Students will receive recorded lessons of new learning content on a daily basis for each subject (Homer staff or third parties created these recordings).  

  4. Students will be expected to turn in completed assignments to their teachers.

  5. Students will receive a grade of “pass” or “incomplete” for April 8th - April 30th.

 

Remote Learning Plan Responsibilities from April 8th - April 30th

District Office Responsibilities

  • Develop thoughtful, accessible Remote Learning Plans using stakeholder input, when possible.

  • Support schools in planning and implementing Remote Learning Plans.

  • Help schools identify needed resources in the community (academic, social and emotional).

School Responsibilities

  • Implement the Remote Learning Plan.

  • Communicate regularly with all stakeholders.

  • Support teachers in planning and implementing Remote Learning Plans.

  • Help families find needed resources in the community (academic, health, social).

Teacher Responsibilities






 
  • Make remote learning activities available in a timely manner.

  • Be available at scheduled times to answer student/parent questions. 

  • Provide timely feedback on student work.

  • Communicate regularly with students.

  • Provide a range of meaningful learning opportunities that meet the needs of all learners during remote learning within the time limits listed below. 

  • Provide regular feedback to students on progress related to learning activities. 

Paraprofessional Staff

  • Participate in professional development to enhance their skills and effectiveness.

Student Responsibilities

  • Review assigned work.

  • Complete your assigned work by the due date.

  • Ask clarifying questions via email when you need help or don’t understand. 

Parent Responsibilities

  • Review work assigned to the students.

  • Reserve a space for students to complete remote learning assignments.

  • Talk to your child about their learning every day.

  • Help your child establish and follow regular daily routines.

 

Technology Needs and Support 
All students in grades 5th-8th have access to taking their Chromebooks home with them. We will also lend Chromebooks out to our students in grades 1st-4th to further support accessibility for the Remote Learning Plan. We will expand this offer to kindergarten students if enough devices are available. Please click on this link to request a loaner Chromebook for your student. 

If you experience any technical difficulty with the E-Learning links, your Chromebook, or need assistance logging in, please email helpdesk@homerschools.org.  A member of the Technology Department will respond during normal school hours. Their goal is to respond within one hour.  Should you not receive a response, please first check your spam/junk folder.

 If your child does not have internet access at home, please email Eric Nush, Director of Technology, at enush@homerschools.org for alternative arrangements.  There are free internet options currently being offered through Xfinity and AT&T. A limited number of cellular hotspots are also available. 

Remote Learning Activities Will Be Aligned to State Learning Standards
Remote learning lessons will be aligned to Illinois Learning Standards.

Communication Between Students/Parents-Teachers
Teachers will periodically monitor and respond to questions between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Questions will be responded to individually or in a mass communication using our electronic resources within 24 hours. Teachers will use various means to stay connected with students including, but not limited to, SeeSaw (K-6th), Google Classroom (7th/8th), and email to provide feedback and encouragement. Students and parents can communicate and confer with Homer 33C staff via email. All teachers’ emails are linked on the first page of all E-Learning daily lessons. 

ISBE is allowing five days of teacher planning and training for remote learning. Homer 33C teacher-to-student communication will be delayed on April 14th, April 27th, and April 30th, due to teacher training and planning lessons for remote learning.   

Provision of Support for Students Who Receive Special Education Services
Our primary focus is to care for our students, families and ourselves. For the time being, we want to make sure that the basic needs of food, shelter, mental health guidance, etc., are met. We understand that families may be experiencing hardships and turmoil. We will make a good-faith effort to meet the educational needs of students in collaboration with their families. 

Remote Learning Days
Staff members will contact all students/families to determine their health, safety and welfare. They will assess the parent’s ability to assist in facilitating instruction and the availability of technology. Teachers and related service providers will work collaboratively with parents to identify the IEP goals and state learning standards, which they will be working on during the start of the remote learning period. These goals will be conducive to the Remote Learning Plan. 

Teachers and Related Service Providers will provide appropriate instruction based on state learning standards and the agreed upon IEP goals. Remote Learning can be real-time or flexibility timed, and may or may not involve technology depending on the student’s individual needs. Remote learning is not expected to mirror the regular school day. Delivering remote content is a skill that must be developed. It will likely take 2-3 weeks for staff members and families to establish a comfortable schedule. Teachers will be mindful of the ISBE recommendations of student engagement time listed below when planning for instruction. Given the individual needs of the students, instructional minutes may vary. In certain situations, the number of related service minutes may be decreased based upon the individual needs of the student. Teachers and Related Service Providers have been advised to take a practical and reality-based approach to instruction/therapy and the implementation of the IEP. Instruction/therapy will be accessible, reasonable and appropriate for the student. Teachers and Related Service Providers are expected to be flexible and make a “good-faith effort” to provide instruction/therapy. Staff members will make every effort to stay connected to students for a continuity of educational services. 

Students with “Consult” or Related Service Minutes in their IEPs
Related Services Providers will contact each parent/student within their caseload and determine an individualized consultation plan for Remote Learning days. This may include regularly scheduled check-ins, sharing of resources, developing schedules or interventions to support a student’s various domain specific needs related to remote learning. Related Service Providers will also be directed to contact case managers to inform them of consultation plans and to ensure that case managers are aware that they are available as a resource to assist students with access to or modifications needed for remote learning.

Behavioral Supports
Parents in need of behavioral support will be referred to our Behavioral Specialist. This staff member will not travel to any homes. For behavioral support, please contact, Therese Jackson at tjackson@homerschools.org.

Medical Supports
Homer 33C nurses will maintain contact with parents of students with known medical needs. They will assist families to ensure that students have what they medically require.

Documentation of Services
All staff members working as part of a student’s team will document detailed information regarding the family’s current status, instructional content, therapy, service delivery, support provided to the student/family, and all contacts (or attempted contacts) with families.

Student Illness
A student who becomes ill will be given ample time to make up the work. If you are absent for two days, you will have two days to make up school work. Parents should notify the classroom teacher(s) of their child’s absence by email.

Access to Remote Learning Assignments
Go to: https://www.homerschools.org 
On the upper right hand side click on  “E-Learning/Remote Learning”
Next, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “E-Learning Lessons/Remote Learning”
Then, click on your child’s school. 

Paper Learning Packets
We highly encourage all parents to move to electronic learning in order to obtain access to teacher recordings of new learning content. However, if necessary, you may request a printed packet of the Remote Learning assignments by sending an email to Mrs. Katie Koniewicz at kkoniewicz@homerschools.org. For preparation purposes, please make sure your email includes your child’s name, grade level, and school.  You will receive confirmation, via email, that a packet will be prepared for your child and will be available for pickup at our District office, as follows:

  • Wednesday, April 15th Packet will include assignments for April 8th-17th
  • Monday, April 20th Packet will include assignments for the week of April 20th
  • Tuesday, April 28th Packet will include assignments for the week of April 27th 

Friday, April 10 and Monday, April 13 are Non-Attendance Days. 

Submitting Completed Assignments to Teachers
Parents and students have three possible ways to turn in completed assignments:

  1. Parents can take a photo of the completed school work and email it, or send it through SeeSaw, to the classroom teacher. 

  2. Parents can attach completed assignments in an email sent to the classroom teacher.

  3. In the upper grades, students can submit their completed assignments through Google Classroom.

Teacher will inform you on what assignments will need to be turn in on April 15
Teachers will be working as grade level/department teams on April 14. On this date, they will determine and mark “required to turn in” on the E-Learning/Remote Learning lessons starting on April 15.

Grading Procedures
The emphasis for work being assigned, reviewed, and completed during Remote Learning is on learning, not compliance.

During Remote Learning, students will be expected to submit completed assignments to their teachers on a regular basis. Teachers will assess and provide feedback to students based on those assignments.

Homer 33C teachers will give a “pass” or an “incomplete” grade to all students. This grading procedure follows the direct recommendations from ISBE. When students return to in-class instruction, we will return to our traditional grading scales. 

Grading should focus on the continuation of learning and prioritize the connectedness and care for students and staff. All students should have the opportunity to redo, make up, or try again to complete, show progress, or attempt to complete work. A focus on keeping children emotionally and physically safe, fed, and engaged in learning should be our first priority during this unprecedented time.

Students’ grades must not be negatively impacted during Remote Learning. Assessment should be ongoing to promote equitable environments. The mode at which a student provides evidence of learning needs to be differentiated based upon student circumstances.

This is not a time for failing students or adversely impacting student learning progress.  If students cannot or do not complete the work, there may be an incomplete grade.

Remote Learning Schedule Through April 30

8:40 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Teacher preparation time.

9:00 a.m.

All learning assignments are posted.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Teachers are available for student engagement, instruction, supervision, monitoring, and support as needed.

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Duty-free lunch for teachers

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Teachers are available for student engagement, instruction, supervision, monitoring, and support as needed.


Early Childhood Recommended Instructional Minutes Per Day (90 minutes)

Recommended Amount of
Instructional Time

  Academic Subject

15 minutes

Reading

15 minutes

Movement/Gross Motor

15 minutes

Math

15 minutes

P.E./Music

15 minutes

Fine Motor

15 minutes

Letters/Sounds



K-2nd Grade Recommended Instructional Minutes Per Day (90 minutes)

Recommended Amount of
nstructional Time

  Academic Subject

30  minutes

Math

15 minutes: Play Outside: Sunlight and physical activities support overall student health.

30  minutes

ELA/Reading (Reading, writing, spelling/language)

30 minutes for lunch

20 minutes

Music and Physical Education

10 minutes

Science or social studies: follow E-Learning Lesson for the subject

15 minutes: Play Outside: Sunshine and physical activities support overall student health.


3rd-4th Grade Recommended Instructional Minutes Per Day (120 minutes)

Recommended Amount of
Instructional Time

  Academic Subject

30  minutes

Math

15 minutes: Play Outside: Sunlight and physical activities support overall student health.

50  minutes

ELA/Reading (Reading, writing, spelling/language)

30 minutes for lunch

20 minutes

Music and Physical Education

20 minutes

Science or social studies: follow E-Learning Lesson for the subject

15 minutes: Play Outside: Sunshine and physical activities


5th-6th Grade Recommended Instructional Minutes Per Day(150 minutes)

Recommended Amount of Instructional & Independent Work Time

 

Academic Subject

35 minutes 

Math

20 minutes: Play Outside: Sunlight and physical activities support overall student health

40 minutes

ELA & Reading

30 minutes for lunch

25 minutes

Electives

25 minutes

Science

20 minutes: SEL Activity/ MTSS Support Services Activity/Brain Break

25 minutes

Social Studies/PE (Rotate days)


7th-8th Grade Recommended Instructional Minutes Per Day (180 minutes)

Recommended Amount of Instructional
& Independent Work Time

 

Academic Subject

45 minutes maximum

Math

15 minutes: Play outside: Sunshine and physical activities support overall health of students

45  minutes maximum

English Language Arts

30 minutes for lunch

30 minutes maximum

Science (Every other day)

20 minutes: Play outside: Sunshine and physical activities support overall health of students

30 minutes maximum

Social Studies (Every other day)

30 minutes  maximum

Elective



Transitions from Remote Learning to On-Site Learning
Our hope is to return to in-class instruction on Friday, May 1st.  As a result, teachers will be planning for the transition back to school on Thursday, April 30th. However, this date is tentative since Governor Pritzker could extend the stay at home order.

If you have any questions, please email me at mszopinski@homerschools.org.

Sincerely, 

Mr. Michael Szopinski
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

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