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Beecher City CUSD #20

Remote Learning Plan

The Illinois State Board of Education has announced that remote learning will occur for the duration of the suspension of in-person instruction. A remote learning day is defined as an educational program designed to provide continuation of learning for students under conditions that prohibit the learner and instructor from being in the same physical space.

The table below outlines district, school, teacher, student, and family responsibilities to support and encourage student engagement during remote learning.

Responsibilities

DistrictResponsibilities
  • Support schools in planning and implementing remote learning plans.
  • Help schools identify needed resources in the community (academic, health, social, emotional).
SchoolResponsibilities
  • Implement remote learning plans.
  • Communicate regularly with 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 to answer student/caregiver 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 the period of closure.
  • Provide regular feedback to students on progress related to learning activities.
Student Responsibilities
  • Review assigned work.
  • Complete assigned work by the due date.
  • Ask clarifying questions when you need help or don’t understand.
Parent/CaregiverFamily Responsibilities
  • Review work assigned to the student.
  • Talk to students about their work every day.
  • Set sensible time limits for technology use.
  • Help students establish and follow regular daily routines.

Below are the components that the Remote Learning Plan must address along with how the district plans to meet each requirement.

  1. When applicable, a requirement that the Remote Learning Days activities reflect the State Learning Standards. The on-line and hard copy activities that are assigned to students during remote learning days have been developed and assigned by the classroom teachers specifically for their class/students and consist of the district approved curriculum. As a result, the activities align with the State Learning standards for each subject and grade.
  2. Means for students to confer with an educator, as necessary. During remote instructional days, each teacher will be monitoring Google Classroom, school email or other educational software to track student activity and will also be available to communicate with students/parents as needed. Communication used during remote learning days may include emails, phone calls, social media posts, or other district approved communication tools.
  3. The unique needs of students in special populations, including, but not limited to, students eligible for special education under Article 14 of the code, students who are English learners, as defined by Section 14C-2 of the Code, students experiencing homelessness under the Education for Homeless Children Act, or vulnerable student populations. During remote learning days, consistent communication with students with special needs will be provided through e-mail, phone calls, or other district approved communication tools. Staff will document the best efforts being made under the current emergency conditions to ensure ongoing growth and progress and to continue serving these students to the greatest extent practicable by tailoring remote learning that provides educational benefits to students with disabilities. Methods may include regular communication, scaffolding, and breaking up assignments into more manageable parts.
  4. Transitions from remote learning to on-sight learning upon the State Superintendent’s declaration that Remote Learning Days are no longer deemed necessary. By providing remote learning activities and resources as well as monitoring the student’s work during remote learning days, the staff will be able to assess the students’ understanding of concepts. This will lead to a smoother transition to on-sight learning and a better assessment of the concepts that need to be reviewed/retaught.

Grading

Remote learning is designed to support student learning and continuity of education. Students are expected to continue with the learning activities assigned during remote learning and to complete all of the work assigned and reviewed during the remote learning period. Grades during remote learning days will be reported on a pass/incomplete basis or percentage grade, as applicable. The “new normal” for grading and assessment during remote instructional days will be to recoup, review, refine, finish year. The grades a student had in March 2020 will not be negatively impacted. Students will have the opportunity to raise their existing grade, but no grade can be lowered. Any student with incomplete work will be given the opportunity to make-up the work at a later date.

Dual Credit and Online Classes

For dual credit courses and taught by a high school instructor, the online, alternative, or remote instruction that takes place should meet the standards for college credit. So long as the coursework is being completed in these courses, students should receive credit for that work. For those dual credit courses that are taught by a college instructor, the institution of higher education should work with the high school to transition those students to online, remote, or alternate delivery options. Students unable to complete the dual credit course within the semester timeframe may be given the option to receive an “Incomplete”, with an individual plan to complete that work as soon as possible, within the context of the credit granting higher education institution’s policies for completion of coursework. If an incomplete is granted, institutions of higher education and high schools should work together to support all students with the development of an individual plan for the completion of a dual credit course, with a focus on students who are expected to graduate in the spring of 2020. Courses being taught in cooperation with Illinois Virtual High School will continue in their online format as originally scheduled at the beginning of the semester.

Community Service

Due to the extended closure and use of remote learning days, the community service requirements to be completed by seniors will be waived for the class of 2020.