e-Learning

  • March 30 through May 21, 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). The following days will be designated as Professional Development Days to Support Remote Learning, and students will not register their school attendance on these days and may use the time to complete previously assigned coursework: April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, and May 22.  The last e-learning day for senior students will be May 13, 2020.

    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.

     

    Designated Professional Development Days to Support E-Learning (Remote Learning)

    With remote learning continuing for the remainder of the school year, and to optimize what can be accomplished in the remaining weeks, students and faculty will benefit from time dedicated to support District 211 teachers and student services personnel. The available professional development days will be utilized to help faculty draw upon their experiences up to this point, share their most effective methods with each other and connect with students who may need additional support.

    The five days listed below will be used for professional development to support faculty. Students will not register their school attendance in Infinite Campus on these days and may use the time to complete coursework that has already been assigned.

    Designated Professional Development Days to Support Remote Learning:

    Monday, April 27 
    Monday, May 4
    Monday, May 11
    Monday May 18
    Friday, May 22
     

    Supports Available

    Know that District 211 social workers, psychologists and guidance counselors are available to speak with you or your son or daughter. Amid the unique challenges of these times, it is important that everyone remain vigilant about the social-emotional health and well-being of students. If you have any concerns about your son or daughter, staff members are ready and available to assist.

     

    Course Content

    Plans for the final two months of the school year have District 211 faculty focusing on the core concepts of each course. These core concepts will assist students to strengthen the foundational skills they will apply in their future coursework and as they make choices about their lives after high school. Additionally, the District recognizes that the lengthy school closure requires modifications to some instructional and administrative practices. Please see below for details about some of the modifications being implemented this semester. 

  • Final Exams

    Final exams will not be given for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. There may be some exceptions for dual credit or University of Illinois courses in which a final exam is still required. Teachers for these courses will inform students of specific requirements.

  • School Calendar

    The State has declared that the school year will not need to be extended beyond the District’s current end date of Friday, May 22. More information will be provided in a future communication regarding end-of-year events. April 10, 2020 is scheduled as a non-attendance day and will not be used as an e-learning day.

  • Semester Grades

    The end-of-semester grade will be based on the student’s progress during the entire semester. Students are expected to remain engaged in the e-learning experiences on a daily basis. It is important that there is no gap in a student’s educational experiences, and daily e-learning will continue to prepare all students for their future courses and post-secondary opportunities.

  • In-Progress Grade Report as of March 16

    District 211 students’ last day of attendance in school was Friday, March 13. Anticipating that schools might be closed for an extended period, staff members participated in professional development activities during an institute day on Monday, March 16. To ensure there was a record of each student’s performance up to the point of the official closure, each student’s in-progress grade status of as March 16 was recorded. 

    Students and parents can access a summary of a student’s grades in each course as of March 16 in Infinite Campus. To access the report, go to a student’s record in Infinite Campus and select More from the left side menu, then select D211 Student Reports from the “Quick Links” section. Choose the As of March 16 In-Progress Report in the “Select Report” field.

    It is important that students remain engaged in e-learning activities and complete assignments on a daily basis. Teachers continue to post grades in their Infinite Campus (IC) gradebooks during e-learning days. These grades provide feedback to students and parents about a student’s progress in the course. E-learning assignments are designated in the gradebook with “EDAY” as part of the assignment title. Grades earned during the period of remote learning continue to be factored into a student’s in-progress grade calculation viewable in Infinite Campus. 

    On Friday, March 27, the Illinois State Board of Education issued recommendations pertaining to remote learning. A key principle within the recommendations is that no student will experience an adverse impact on his or her grades in association with the changeover to remote learning.

    To calculate a student’s end-of-semester grade, the guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education will be applied.

    At the end of the semester on May 22, if a student’s in-progress grade is higher than it was on March 16 – which was the last day our schools  were open before remote learning began – then the student’s semester letter grade will reflect the higher grade. Alternatively, if a student’s in-progress grade – including the grades earned during remote learning – is lower at the end of the semester than the grade the student earned as of March 16, then the student’s final semester letter grade will either remain the same as it was on March 16 or the grade may be marked as “incomplete.” Students receiving a grade of incomplete will be required to successfully complete core units of instruction over the summer months in order to earn credit for the course.

    If you have any questions or concerns regarding remote learning, or about a student’s access to or engagement in e-learning activities, please contact your child’s teacher, counselor or administrator.

  • E-Learning Grading

    Teachers will continue to post grades in their Infinite Campus (IC) gradebooks throughout the span of e-learning days. These grades provide feedback to parents and students about the student’s ongoing progress in the course. The e-learning assignments are designated in the gradebook with “EDay” as part of the assignment title. These grades will be a part of the student’s continual in-progress grade.

    At the end of the semester, if a student’s in-progress grade is higher than it was at the start of e-learning, the semester letter grade will reflect this higher grade. Alternatively, if a student’s in-progress grade at the end of the semester is lower than it was at the start of e-learning, the semester letter grade will either remain the same as it was prior to e-learning or will be designated as “incomplete.” If a grade is marked “incomplete,” the student will be required to complete core units of instruction over the summer months in order to earn credit for the course. It is important that students remain engaged in their courses during the full set of e-learning days and avoid a grade of “incomplete.” Do not hesitate to reach out to the teacher, counselor or administrator if there are any concerns regarding student engagement during the e-learning days.

  • Dual Credit Courses

    These courses are still operating as expected in the e-learning environment. There is no change in the simultaneous high school and college credit available through dual credit courses.

  • Advanced Placement Courses

    There are modifications to the curriculum and testing system for Advanced Placement courses. Each teacher is in direct connection with the College Board, informed of changes as they occur and making modifications to the curriculum. Details regarding these changes can be found here. There is no change in the college credit available for students based on their Advanced Placement test scores.

  • Senior Graduation Ceremonies

    Click here for information on graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020.

    Click here for a video message from Superintendent Daniel Cates about High School District 211 graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020. (posted: April 21, 2020)

    Click here for a written version of the Superintendent's message about graduation ceremonies.

  • 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.