What is E-Learning?
E-Learning days are district-wide school days that permit students to receive instruction electronically while not physically present in schools. These days can be used in lieu of the District’s scheduled emergency days, allowing learning to continue so that the District does not have to extend the school year into the summer.
What are the legal requirements to host E-Learning days in a school district?
The North Cook County Regional Office of Education and Illinois State Board of Education must verify that a school district’s plan meets established criteria. The plan must address how students will participate, and how notice will be provided to students and their parents/guardians. E-Learning days must all ensure five hours of instruction and home or remote learning access for students.
How will the District 34 announce an E-Learning day?
An E-Learning Day announcement will be shared via text and email blasts as well as phone calls, using the District 34 mass notification system. The District also will post information in the District 34 website and on official social media channels. Parents can double-check their phone numbers and email addresses on file through the Registration screen in PowerSchool.
How do children or parents find out about assignments or activities for the E-Learning Day?
On E-Learning Days, students (and families) can expect to receive information about assignments from their classroom teachers through email, Seesaw, or Schoology. In the elementary schools, this email will come at the start of the school day. In the middle schools, each teacher will be communicating with students at the regularly scheduled class time.
What activities/classes will my child complete on the E-Learning Day?
An E-Learning Day, per Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, is to include five hours of instructional time-on-task. Activities may include reading, using online tools, researching, completing practice assignments, watching educational videos, and more. While some assignments may require the use of a device, teachers will also provide balance by including offline learning opportunities.
Does my child need to complete all assignments in one sitting?
No, students can take as much time as they need to complete assignments; however, teachers will only be accessible from 9:00 - 2:30 on each E-Learning Day.
Are learning activities required or optional?
Students should plan to complete the assigned learning activities. Teachers will communicate what assignments should be submitted to count for attendance.
How will my child submit assignments?
Teachers will communicate how students will submit assignments. Some may be done via Seesaw, Schoology or through other online services such as iXL. Others may be submitted to teachers upon the return to school.
How is attendance recorded?
Completion of assignments will verify student attendance. Verifying student attendance allows schools to use E-Learning days as normal school days without requiring make-up days that extend the school year.
*During extended E-Learning Days due to COVID-19, if your child is unable to complete work, please communicate with the classroom teacher and/or building principal.
What if we do not have WiFI access in our home?
Families who do not currently have wifi can gain access through free Internet Essentials from Comcast. Apply online or call 1-855-846-8376 for English (1-855-765-6995 in Spanish).