As the weather outside becomes more frightful, the thought of our new eLearning Days Plan becomes more and more delightful. Under Illinois Public Act 101-0012, the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE) opened the door for all school districts to use technology initiatives for teaching and learning outside the traditional classroom. This new initiative is to be used in lieu of traditional snow days. It is an innovative, engaging instructional model to keep the sequence of learning going in spite of weather and other challenges. More importantly, it has provided teachers and students the opportunity to engage with digital resources, to collaborate virtually, and to develop digital skills that are used and valued beyond K-12.
If an eLearning Day is implemented, the announcement will come via our automated calling system. We will also post a notice on the home page of our website at www.sd162.org. Assignments and learning tasks will be shared with students via Schoolwires on the morning of the eLearning Day.
Communication & Support
Our eLearning Days are purposely set up to provide flexibility for both the students and the staff. Parents will not be expected to assume the role of the teacher. Our program ensures that teachers will be available to assist students with their assignments from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The assignments for eLearning are designed to be engaging and sometimes fun and will allow students to learn while enjoying being at home during a snow day. Teachers will monitor their email at various times during the day. The administrators and the technology staff will be available from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on any eLearning Day.
Parents and students will be required to log and submit evidence of their learning experiences in order to receive attendance credit for the day. If a student is not checked in, a member of the 162 staff will call or send a text via phone application (if available) to check in with parents/guardians. Then, students will complete and submit the eLearning Day form electronically (if available) or manually upon return to school. Student names will be collected, allowing accurate attendance to be recorded.
Student work on an eLearning Day will be aligned to the learning objectives for the unit being taught. Student work will be relevant, meaningful, and manageable for them. Should a circumstance not allow a student to complete the assignment, that student will be given adequate time to make up the assignment without penalty.
While eLearning has been happening in states around us for the past few years, this is brand new for Illinois. We expect questions so please feel free to email me at email@example.com or call me at the District Office at (708) 748-0100.
Thank you for your understanding in this endeavor! Stay warm; we will see you soon.