• Level Orange: e-Learning Days March 30-April 30, 2020

    Updated: April 1, 2020

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  • March 30 through April 30, 2020 have been declared e-learning (remote learning) days in High School District 211, and schools will be closed in order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Friday, April 10, 2020 is a non-attendance day, and will not be used as an e-learning day.

    Students are expected to work from home using their school-issued iPad to access Schoology, or similar online tools, where teachers will have assignments for the day posted by 9:00 a.m. Assignments will require that students spend 30-40 minutes per course completing their schoolwork, and students will have five school days from tomorrow to turn in their work. Teachers also will be available to support students during a three-hour window of time during the start and end times of a typical school day that will be communicated as part of the assignment details.

    Student Attendance

    Student attendance will be managed using Infinite Campus (IC), where students will indicate their presence by completing an online form between the start time and end time of a typical school day. Step-by-step instructions on how to record attendance in IC are available here.

    Helpdesk Contact Information

    Students experiencing technical difficulty should contact their school’s Helpdesk for support. Helpdesk contact information is listed below, and Helpdesk staff members will be available to assist students after 7:00 a.m. on an e-learning day.

    Palatine High School: 847-755-1761
    Fremd High School: 847-755-2761
    Conant High School: 847-755-3761
    Schaumburg High School: 847-755-4761
    Hoffman Estates High School: 847-755-5761
    District 211 North Campus: 847-755-6761
    Higgins Education Center: 847-755-6761

    In the event that students are not able to access their iPad or connect to the Internet on an e-learning day, students will be provided non-electronic copies of lesson materials from teachers on the next school day following a school closing. All students have five school days from the date of the e-learning day to turn in schoolwork associated with the e-learning day.

     

    Update from the Superintendent About e-Learning (emailed March 25, 2020)



  • e-Learning (Remote Learning)

    Township High School District 211 e-Learning Program

    At its March 12, 2020 meeting, the Township High School District 211 Board of Education authorized establishment of an e-learning day program. An e-learning program creates flexibility to provide alternative educational opportunities for students and allows staff members to support students’ continued learning experiences via electronic means in the event of emergency school closing days related to the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  In most instances, students and families will be informed of an e-learning day prior to 9:00 p.m. on the day before the designated e-learning day.

  • Background Information

    Township High School District 211 launched its pilot one-to-one electronic device program in 2012 for the purpose of redesigning student learning opportunities and envisioning instructional methods to develop the skills students will need as they prepare for life after high school. The one-to-one program was fully implemented in 2014 with every District 211 student being provided an iPad. Throughout the program’s existence, teachers have received training and professional development experiences to help them maximize the iPad’s value in their classrooms. Multiple teachers have earned recognition as Apple Teachers and some teachers have been named Apple Certified Trainers following their completion of specific Apple workshop sessions. Each year, the District evaluates the program to ensure it is enhancing student learning opportunities and the integration of the one-to-one device has become a standard element of our schools’ instructional model. Teachers have integrated Schoology and other online learning management system platforms into their classroom routines to manage workflow and communicate instructional objectives with their students. In many ways, every day in District 211 is an e-learning day based on the ways teachers and students have embraced the use of a one-to-one device as part of the overall learning experience. Additionally, the District’s one-to-one program has earned specific recognition from Apple and has served as a demonstration site for other school districts looking to begin or improve a one-to-one program.

    Annual program reports and other summary documents illustrating the robust impact of the District’s one-to-one program are provided to supplement the District’s e-learning program plan proposal.

    The District 211 e-learning program plan was designed to adhere to the provisions established by the Regional Offices of Education – Illinois State Board of Education, specifically Section 10-19.05 of the Illinois School Code.

  • Access

    All District 211 students are assigned an iPad through the District’s one-to-one program. Students who do not have high-speed Internet at home receive a mobile hot spot device free of charge through the District’s partnership with the Sprint 1Million program. Nearly 300 Sprint hot spots were distributed to eligible students in the 2019-2020 school year.  To the best of the District administration's knowledge, no student lacks Internet connectivity in their home. Students who do not have Internet connectivity should contact the assistant principal in their school for assistance.

    Students eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are afforded reasonable accommodations and modifications to the students’ e-learning assignments as outlined in their Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan.

    In the event that students are not able to access their iPad or connect to the Internet on the day an e-learning day is declared, students will be provided non-electronic copies of lesson materials from teachers on the next school day following a school closing. All students have five school days from the date of the e-learning day to turn in schoolwork associated with the e-learning day.

  • Instruction

    Each day, teachers create relevant, meaningful, and manageable assignments for students and this practice will continue during each e-learning day.  Activities during an e-learning day may differ from a typical school day based on the academic subject, current topic of instruction, unique skills and knowledge required for the lesson, and resources necessary for individual activities.

    For each class period, e-learning day lessons will be customized for use on an e-learning day and aligned with course objectives.  Assignments will require that students spend 30-40 minutes per course completing their schoolwork. Students will continue to access course materials via Schoology, an online cloud-based platform, or similar online tools in the event an e-learning day is declared. Each teacher will be available to support students on an e-learning day during the teacher-designated 3-hour window of time during regular school-day hours.  Teachers will communicate the specific 3-hour window to their students as part of the e-learning day assignment details.

    Teachers will log student assignments for the e-learning day in their gradebook attaching the prefix “EDay” (no-hyphen) in the title of the assignment. The assignments may be added to any appropriate assignment gradebook category. E-learning day assignments will be reviewed to verify student participation in the assigned schoolwork.

  • Attendance

    Student attendance will be managed using Infinite Campus (IC), where students will indicate their presence by completing an online form between the start time and end time of a typical school day. Step-by-step instructions on how to record attendance in IC are available here.

  • E-learning Day Program Evaluation

    After a set of e-learning days occurs, the District will create a survey instrument to poll stakeholders including students, teachers, non-instructional staff, and parents for feedback regarding their experiences on the e-learning day in order to improve the experience during future e-learning days.

  • Communication

    Students and families will be informed about expectations and student responsibilities for an e-learning day through direct communication from the District 211 Communications Office via email messages, website postings, and newsletter content. Additionally, staff members will directly inform students at school about e-learning expectations once the District’s e-learning day program plan is approved.

    In the event an e-learning day is declared, information will be posted on the school and District websites. Websites will display a prominent banner with a link to specific e-learning day details.

  • What is an e-learning (remote learning) day?

    What is an e-learning (remote learning) day?

    An e-learning (remote learning) day is used much like a traditional emergency school closing day, often referred to as a “snow day,related to extreme weather conditions, health and wellness concerns, or another emergency situation. Different from a “snow day,” an e-learning day provides the opportunity for instruction to take place electronically while students are not physically in the classroom. Using their school-assigned iPad, students will use online systems to access course materials, interact with other students and teachers, and submit work products allowing the school year to proceed with minimal disruption despite the school being closed.

  • How and when will an e-learning day be announced?

    How and when will an e-learning day be announced?

    The first instance of e-learning will not occur until March 30, if needed. Toward the end of spring vacation, the District will notify parents, students , and staff of potential extended school closures. The notice will be delivered using the District’s established communications system including email and phone calls. Additionally, the notice of an e- learning day will be posted to all District 211 school websites.

  • What if a student does not have access to the Internet at home?

    What if a student does not have access to the Internet at home?

    Students reporting a lack of high-speed Internet at home were provided a mobile hot spot device at no charge through the District’s partnership with the Sprint 1Million program. Students who do not have Internet connectivity should contact the assistant principal in their school for assistance.

  • How and when will e-learning day assignments be made available to students?

    How and when will e-learning day assignments be made available to students?

    Teachers will use established online systems, such as Schoology, to distribute assignments, provide instructions, and collect student work products. Teachers will make assignments available to students no later than 9:00 a.m. on a declared e-learning day.

  • How will students' attendance be recorded on an e-learning day?

    How will students’ attendance be recorded on an e-learning day?

    Student attendance on e-learning days will be managed using the District’s student information system, Infinite Campus (IC). Students will indicate their presence by completing an IC online form between the start time and end time of a typical school day. 

    Step-by-step instructions on how to record attendance in IC are available here.

  • What is the expected amount of time a student should spend completing an assignment on an e-learning day?

    What is the expected amount of time a student should spend completing an assignment on an e-learning day?

    Students should anticipate spending 30-40 minutes per class to complete e-learning day assignments.

  • When are e-learning day assignments due?

    When are e-learning day assignments due?

    Students are expected to complete e-learning day assignments within five days of the schoolwork being issued. Completion of assignments will be recorded in teachers’ gradebooks with a special designation noting the assignments as e-learning day coursework.

  • Will a student have access to teachers for support during an e-learning day?

    Will a student have access to teachers for support during an e-learning day?

    Each teacher will declare and notify students of not less than a 3-hour window of time during regular school day hours during which the teacher will be accessible through electronic means to respond to student communications on a designated e-learning day. Students are encouraged to reach out to teachers if they need clarification about assignment expectations, have questions about course content, or require specific skill support as the e-learning assignments are completed.

  • How will a student receive accommodations as dictated by an IEP or 504 plan on an e-learning day?

    How will a student receive accommodations as dictated by an IEP or 504 plan on an e-learning day?

    Students eligible for services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 are afforded reasonable accommodations and modifications to the students’ e-learning assignments as outlined in their Individualized Education Program or 504 Plan. Parents of students with an IEP are encouraged to discuss the need for accommodations with their child’s special education case manager. Similarly, parents of students with a 504 Plan should consult with their child’s school counselor to review a need for accommodations. 

  • What if a student experiences technical difficulty during an e-learning day?

    What if a student experiences technical difficulty during an e-learning day?

    Students experiencing technical difficulty should contact their school’s Helpdesk for support. Helpdesk contact information will be posted on the school and District websites when an e-learning day is declared. Helpdesk staff members will be available to assist students during regular school day hours.

    Helpdesk Contact Information

    Palatine High School: 847-755-1761
    Fremd High School: 847-755-2761
    Conant High School: 847-755-3761
    Schaumburg High School: 847-755-4761
    Hoffman Estates High School: 847-755-5761
    District 211 North Campus: 847-755-6761
    Higgins Education Center: 847-755-6761

  • What if a student is sick on a declared e-learning day?

    What if a student is sick on a declared e-learning day?

    Parents should report a student’s illness on an e-learning day to the school’s attendance office using the established procedure for any regular school day during the school year. The student will need to make-up missed work with the same expectations associated with missing a typical school day due to illness.

  • What social-emotional supports are available for students during e-learning days?

    What social-emotional supports are available for students during e-learning days?

    School counselors, social workers, and psychologists will be available to students during the time school is observing e-learning days. These staff members will be monitoring phone calls and email messages to respond and assist students with academic needs, post-high school planning, and social-emotional support. Students and parents alike are encouraged to contact their child’s school counselor, social worker, and psychologist as needed.