D34 Introduces Hybrid Learning
District 34, like all other school districts across the country, faces the task of returning students to in-person learning as soon as it is safe to do so. We recognize that the 2020-2021 school year will be like no other, and we appreciate your family's patience as we continue to communicate and collaborate on a hybrid-style learning.
Beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2020, District 34 will launch Hybrid Learning, a school schedule revolving around in-class learning and remote learning.
Parents who have already registered their children for the Glenview Online Academy (GOAL), will continue to attend school remotely.
Moving to Hybrid
Our Remote+ in-person opportunities showed us that our health and safety protocols are firmly in place, and that our students, with the support and care of their teachers and staff, can follow those protocols. The decision to start in Remote+ and enter in-person learning with a phased approach came down to a few key factors:
With COVID-19 cases on the rise in our region (Region 10 in IDPH’s tracking tool), along with the other logistical challenges we face, the next move for District 34 is transition into in-person learning beginning September 29, 2020.
We must have enough teachers, associates, nurses and health aides, building leaders, custodians, food service workers and bus drivers to ensure that students have a safe, consistent and positive learning environment.
Our pool of substitute teachers must be large enough to handle the increased absences that we are sure to face during COVID-19. We will continue to promote the need for substitutes, and the fact that the District has increased the pay rate for subs, and will monitor our ability to cover absences from our sub pool.
We intend to follow the guidance of health agencies and the scientific research that shows that distancing is important in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
School Hours & Schedules
School hours during hybrid learning offers consistency, as well as time for staff professional development and collaboration. For all grades, Hybrid maximizes synchronous learning.
|Early Childhood||8:35am - 11:15am||12:45pm - 3:25pm|
8:45am - 11:15am
|1:10pm - 3:40pm|
|Grades 3-5||7:45am - 10:15am||12:10pm - 2:40pm|
|Grades 6-8||8:15am - 3:10pm|
Early Childhood (EC) and Kindergarten: EC and kindergarten students attend two half days each week.
Grades 1-5: Four Half Days
This Hybrid schedule prioritizes consistent in-person time. Students will not eat lunch at school, and the two-hour window between sessions will allow custodial staff time to clean.
- In-person instruction will focus on SEL, math and reading/English Language Arts.
- The “opposite” time when remote on half days will include synchronous fine arts and asynchronous social studies and science.
- Students with IEPs and who qualify for EL services will attend based on their need for specialized instruction.
Middle School In-Person: Two Full Days
Middle school students will have two full days of in-person learning on either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday, as originally scheduled. You can check PowerSchool to see your child’s assignment as Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday.
Instruction to students at home and in-person will come from the classroom teacher who will have the technology and training to teach in-person and remote students simultaneously. In-person teachers will stream out of the classroom to remote students. Teachers whose circumstances require that they be remote will stream into the classroom and to remote students; a certified substitute or certified associate will support students in the classroom (in effect, students in these classes will have instruction and support from two teachers).
At all levels, Wednesdays will be fully remote (with a few exceptions for special education and EL/Bilingual students) and will include the planned one-hour late start for staff professional development and collaboration.
District 34 is working in many ways to adopt policies and procedures, establish systems, and provide resources to protect the health and safety of students, staff and families.
We do not take the risks of COVID-19 lightly, and have committed time and resources to protecting students and staff. Our health and safety protocols -- and our commitment to continually evaluating them -- are strong. We ask that you continue those important health and safety conversations with your child about the Big Three:
- Wear a mask
- Wash hands
- Keep 6 feet away from others
It is up to every member of the District 34 community to take personal responsibility for protecting ourselves and others, and for finding ways to do better. We follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as well as the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
As we work to reach our "new normal," District 34 is committed to:
- Safety & Health: The safety and health of students, staff and families is the top priority.
- Flexibility: We have developed plans that allow us to adapt to inevitable changes.
- Equity: We will provide equitable access for all students and families.
- Connections: D34 will keep open the lines of two-way communication, and communicate consistently, clearly and with compassion.