Remote Learning Mondays
Dear Families -
We hope the first week of school went well for your child(ren) and for you! We know there were some hiccups along the way and some days may have felt smoother than others. Our goal is to make each day better than the last and that routines and rhythms fall into place. Our educational team is working extremely hard as they continue to adapt. We know our students and families are working hard as well. We ask for your continued collaboration and support as we navigate this new school year.
I wanted to take this opportunity to share an update with you regarding the learning schedule for Mondays. Mondays for the remainder of the school year, regardless of Remote or In-Person Learning Pathways, will be Remote Learning for all students. This allows for extensive cleaning of school buildings on a weekly basis and professional learning and preparation time for our team. This time will be focused on collaborative planning, creation of learning materials, student support plans, and district/building led professional learning.
- All grade levels will have live student and educator engagement for the first 30 minutes of the school day
- Magnet: 8-8:30am, Middle 8:30-9am, and Elementary 9-9:30am
- At the JEH Early Childhood Center, students from the morning and afternoon session will be invited to participate during the 30 minute morning check-in.
- For K-8, the remainder of the school day (4.5 hours) will be asynchronous learning and engagement activities. This means that learning tasks can be done independently and at a student’s own time and pace.
- Learning activities will be assigned by your child’s classroom educators and will take into account instructional learning requirements by the Illinois State Board of Education. We ask that students go at their own pace while making their best effort.
- Educators will look to make core activities into a regular weekly routine to allow for student independence and to build familiarity.
- Where possible, we will also introduce screen free activities.
Sample Learning Tasks
Learning activities will be assigned ahead of time by educators. Below are a couple examples of the type of tasks that students may be asked to complete. These will depend on grade level.
- Weekly Practice Activities in Reading, Writing and Math:
- Math Practice: Online personalized learning tools: ST Math, IXL
- Reading & Journaling and/or Responding to Reading: Drawing on books at home and/or ebook resources like Reading AtoZ, EPIC, NewsELA, D65 ebooks, and/or StudySync
- PE and Fine Arts Lessons (pre-recorded and/or posted)
- Additional Ideas of Possible Assignments include:
- Purposeful play time for younger students
- Student-driven projects aligned to learning
- Unplugged learning activities driven by a Choice Board or Learning Task
- Completion of previously assigned work
We recognize that this is a new way of teaching and learning and it will take some time to build routines. We have a number of technology resources and support available and will continue to expand on these efforts to better support our families.
If you have questions, please reach out to your child’s educator(s) or building administrator. Thank you for your continued support.
Dr. Stacy Beardsley
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction