Parent Communication.
Sunday, March 29, 2020
Moving Forward.
Part 2 of 5.

A - The following will be our game plan for the remainder of the days in which schools are mandated to be closed. It does not matter if this is until April 7, May 1, or May 27...this is the game plan regardless.

B - We will be using the same basic format we have been using the past two weeks...with these three changes: 1) We will be distributing a second round of paper packets on Tuesday, April 7, 2020. I will provide more information on how this will be done later. 2) The paper packet work (both round one and two) will now be graded on a “Pass/Incomplete” system. The due dates for both packets will be provided later...but it will not be anytime soon. 3) Students and/or parents need to have consistent, regular communication with their teachers.

C - The grading of remote learning student work (the paper packets) will not and can not “cause educational harm to any child.” No child will be held back for not completing this work. No child will have their grade lowered for not completing this work. No child will receive educational harm for not completing this work. However, the paper packet work will need to be completed or the child will receive an incomplete. I will provide more information on this later.

D - Obviously, seniors (the class of 2020) are a different animal. There are grade point average implications, graduation credit implications, and top academic award implications. We are currently waiting on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education on how to handle seniors and all that goes with that. I will announce our game plan once I review ISBE’s guidance.

E - Five Fast Facts: 1) These days (Act of God and Remote Learning Plan Days) are not required to be “made-up.” This means our end of the year will not be extended. 2) According to ISBE, “A focus on keeping children emotionally and physically safe, fed, and engaged in learning should be our first priority during this unprecedented time.” 3) All state assessments for Spring 2020 have been suspended. 4) Paper packet work will focus on review and enrichment. Some teachers will enhance this with technology. 5) Our Easter Break will remain as scheduled : April 8 - 13.

Key Takeaways from Post # 2:

1 - We will be using the same basic format we have been using the past two weeks...with a couple of changes.

2 - The grading of remote learning student work (the paper packets) will not and can not “cause educational harm to any child”...however, the grading system will be Pass/Incomplete.

3 - We are currently waiting on ISBE guidance regarding seniors.

I will answer many of your questions in parts 3-5. Please be patient. Please be flexible. Please know we are following the guiding principles stated below.

PLEASE SHARE.

Todd Fox, Superintendent.

My decision-making process on this journey is based on the following guiding principles: A) We are in a national crisis. A pandemic never seen before since possibly 1918. The safety of our students and staff and community is number one. Education is important...we all know that...we all get that. But, it does not trump the safety of our students and staff and community. Our game plans must recognize this. B) We must continue to feed our neediest and we must continue to provide an EQUAL opportunity for ALL students in regards to academics. C) We must keep things simple and realistic and doable. We must live in reality...not theory. This is not the time to grandstand, impress, or live in “lala land.” Our academic game plan has been and must be based on these three guiding principles.


Parent Communication.

Saturday, March 28, 2020.

12:30 PM.

Moving Forward.

Part 1 of 5.


Part I.


1- The purpose of these posts is to announce our academic game plan for the remainder of the days in which schools are mandated to be closed.  I will break this down into five parts. 


2 - The good news is this:  So much of what we have already been doing is “right in line” with the Illinois State Board of Education’s newly released guidance (62 pages long). 


3 - Schools may implement either an E-Learning Plan or a Remote Learning Day Plan.  As you know, we have already chosen a Remote Learning Day Plan. And we will continue with this same format.  The paper packet has been and will be the base foundation of our instruction. This ensures EQUAL opportunity for ALL students.  That is critical. Technology may be used in addition to the paper packets, but not in place of the paper packets. The paper packet is our base foundation.  More on this later. 


4 - Every school district is different.  And every school district is going to handle these unprecedented times differently.  There is no wrong or right way. Each school district must do what they think is best for their students (based on demographics, resources, and challenges).


5 - With that said, my decision-making process on this journey is based on the following guiding principles:   A) We are in a national crisis. A pandemic never seen before since possibly 1918. The safety of our students and staff and community is number one.  Education is important...we all know that...we all get that. But, it does not trump the safety of our students and staff and community. Our game plans must recognize this.  B) We must continue to feed our neediest and we must continue to provide an EQUAL opportunity for ALL students in regards to academics. C) We must keep things simple and realistic and doable.  We must live in reality...not theory. This is not the time to grandstand, impress, or live in “lala land.” Our academic game plan has been and must be based on these three guiding principles. 


In summary, the good news is this:  So much of what we have already been doing is “right in line” with ISBE’s new guidance. 


Obviously, lots more details/changes in parts 1-5.


I promise to keep you updated and connected. 


PLEASE SHARE.


Todd Fox, Superintendent.