Remote Learning Plan
On March 13, 2020 Governor Pritzker ordered all schools in Illinois closed and on-site learning suspended beginning March 17, 2020 due to the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. On March 21, 2020 the governor’s Stay-at-Home order took effect, requiring individuals to stay in their home or place of residence, except for essential business, while allowing for distance learning.
In response to the Stay-at-Home order, on March 24, 2020 Bloomingdale District 13 teachers and administrator’s implemented an At Home Learning plan designed to provide K-8 students with learning activities via their 1:1 Chromebook devices. On March 27, 2020 the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) proclaimed that schools are to implement Remote Learning Days to provide students with instruction and access to their teachers through whatever means possible and continue until in-person instruction can resume.
On Friday, April 17, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker announced that remote learning in Illinois will be extended through the end of the 2019-20 school year. Although in-person learning has been suspended for the remainder of the year, please be assured that our entire staff remains committed to engaging with all students through remote learning.
Schedule for Remote Learning:
Teachers will post lessons and activities by 9:00 a.m., Monday - Friday, and will be accessible to students from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please note: on Fridays, per guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, teachers are engaged in Remote Learning Collaborative Planning and are not available after 10:00 a.m.
Access to Devices / Internet:
Bloomingdale School District 13 deployed 1:1 Chromebook devices for all students in 1st though 8th grade beginning September 2015. Students in grades 2 - 8 take their devices home regularly. 1st Grade students begin taking their devices home occasionally, typically beginning in December. Upon learning of the pending mandated closure of schools, district personnel directed all students to take their Chromebook devices home. Teaching staff at each building confirmed that all households have access to the internet. This is verified through the routine use of Chromebook devices by students to complete assigned homework as well as parent access to school databases through their home computer or cell phone.
Teachers of kindergarten students arranged for Chromebook distribution to parents of kindergarten students who needed a device and confirmed that all kindergarten parents have Internet access.
Student Monitoring and Attendance:
We recognize the importance of checking student engagement/attendance to help monitor which students may need additional support in accessing instruction. During these unprecedented times, our main concern is the connectedness and care for our students and one another as we maintain continuity of learning. If a child who attended school prior to the suspension of in-person instruction has not been reachable, district personnel will make every effort to account for every student who is enrolled. Attendance procedures for Remote Learning Days will begin on Monday, April 13. Parents are required to email the school office or call the school attendance line (no earlier than 6:00 p.m. the night before or by 12:00 noon of the same day) if their child will not participate in Remote Learning Day activities.
Teachers and/or school staff will communicate with parents and guardians of non-participating students by phone or email to encourage participation and make sure every child can access their Remote Learning classroom. Teachers will maintain a log of student participation. Building Administrators and school office staff will coordinate follow-up with parents of non-participating students.
Students with IEP and 504 Plan accommodations will have the opportunity to continue with learning consistent with all students through collaboration between students’ teachers, case managers and related service providers.
Contact with Teachers:
Parents may email or call their child’s teacher with questions. Teachers are able to retrieve school voicemails remotely. All staff have been provided a procedure for ghosting their personal cell phone number when contacting parents. Parents have been informed of the phone ghosting procedure so they recognize the phone number for the incoming call as the district contact. Calls from district personnel will appear as 630-893-9590.