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MCUSD#1 Remote Learning Plan

With the onset of the Covid-19 Virus, and subsequent mandated school closure of all Illinois schools effective March 13, 2020, MCUSD#1 developed an E-Learning Plan which was submitted and approved by the I-Kan Regional Office of Education.  

MCUSD#1 E-Learning Plan Document

1.     Show evidence that the Board of Education has: (Waived by ISBE)

i.       Given notice of public hearing in the newspaper of general circulation

ii.      Provided written or electronic notice to parents or guardians of hearing

iii.     Written or electronic notice of hearing to any exclusive collective bargaining unit

 

2.     Show evidence of adopted board resolution of the research-based program(s) for e-learning days.  Describe technology, techniques, and procedures that will be used on e-learning days

 

Technology to be used:  

Primary teachers will use:

IXL, SeeSaw, which are platforms for on-line student engagement to deliver lessons and collect assignments on eLearning days.  

 

Teachers in grades 5-12 will use programs such, as but not limited to:

Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, YouTube, and Teacherease to deliver and collect assignments on eLearning days.   Google Classroom, Google Hangouts, and YouTube are platforms used for online student engagement.  Teacherease is our district student management system; both of which can be used to effectively deliver instruction and communication.   

Each teacher has developed assignments and uploaded those assignments to the grade level platform.   All students are issued a school email account that is only accessible by students and staff. Students will practice e-learning day activities at school with teachers present to prepare students for an actual e-Learning day. 

Teachers will provide parents with a detailed step-by-step guide to ensure students can log in and complete activities assigned on e-Learning days.  Teachers can reset a password and login if a student is having difficulty logging into their account. All students and parents have been given the teacher's email address and phone number contact information if a student is unable to access information and needs assistance. All students will receive non-electronic assignments in advance with a parent verification form.

 

3.     Identify hardware and software is required by teachers and staff for the program.

Teachers and staff will use computers that are assigned to them by the school district. Teachers may use the following software programs but will not be limited to IXL, SeeSaw, YouTube, Teacherease, Google Classroom, Gmail, Google Hangouts. 

In the event that a teacher does not have remote internet connectivity or it becomes disabled during the learning day, these are possible solutions and protocols to keep the students learning:

-Admin can be notified and asked to assist

-Hot spots may be provided for reliable internet

-Teachers may contact their team-mates for assistance  

Teachers who have elected to use a personal or sick day on an eLearning day are responsible for posting their activity and assignment to each digital learning platform in use. Teachers who have elected to use a personal or sick day shall notify both admin and their students and/or parents via a digital platform. They will not be responsible for office hours during the eLearning day. 

 

4.     Do all teachers and staff have access to the hardware and software required to deliver the e-learning program? 

All teachers and staff have access to the hardware and software required to deliver the e-learning program. 

 

5.     How will the district ensure and verify at least 5 clock hours of instruction or school work, as required under Section 10-19.05, for each student participating in an e-learning day?

(In the occurrence that the 5 clock hours requirement is relaxed, the following is our plan)

Teachers will disseminate lessons through the district selected electronic platforms and will send home non-electronic assignments in advance with a parent verification form.

Teachers will provide students with an e-learning day checklist.  Each checklist includes; teacher contact information, student subject and time allotment, directions for student activities/lessons, and a parent signature component for completed activities/lessons. 

 

The following schedule has been agreed upon by the Collective Bargaining Unit:         

8:00 a.m.- 9:00 a.m. Planning and Preparation

9:00 a.m. - Learning modules posted and period of availability, student engagement, instruction, supervision, and support as needed begins.  

9:00 a.m - 11:30 p.m. - block of student engagement begins, instruction, supervision, monitoring, and support as needed. 

11:30 p.m. -12:30 p.m. - Duty free lunch

12:30 p.m - 2:30 p.m. -  block of student engagement resumes, instruction, supervision, monitoring, and support as needed.

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Verification/assessment of student work/planning and prep.

Digital work should be completed and submitted to teachers.  Students doing paper-based options will be required to provide parent confirmation and verification of completed work upon return to school.

Student attendance is validated and recorded based upon the student's requirement to submit work electronically via teacher’s chosen platform. In the event that the school is not able to give paper-based packets in advance, the district may designate a pick up spot for parents to pick up the needed packets. 

 

6.   How will the district ensure access from home or another appropriate remote facility for all students participating, including computers, the Internet, and other forms of electronic communication that must be utilized in the proposed program?

The District completed a technology survey of its families in 2017 to determine the viability of the success of e-learning for students. At that time parents responded that 84% have access to one or more forms of technology that are included in the e-learning plan for students to complete assignments.   We have another survey currently underway showing an improvement in this area. Preliminary results indicate 88% of households have a computer available for students use, 91% of parents surveyed utilize our Teacherease parent portal, and 92% have an internet connection. In addition, students who do not have access will be provided with paper copies of assignments for student engagement with a similar level of work. 

 

7.   How will the district ensure that non-electronic materials are made available to students participating in the program who do not have access to the required technology or to participating teachers or students?

Students who do not have access to the required platforms will receive from their teachers multiple days of non-electronic materials in advance.  Teachers have created assignment packets for students ahead of time and will be sending them home well in advance of an emergency day so students will already have the work at home in the event an emergency day is used.  Students will also have access to teachers via phone to assist students if needed. 

In the event that a student has connectivity issues or the hardware should become unreliable, the student will complete the non-electronic assignments that have been sent home in advance. If connectivity resumes or hardware becomes available students may complete electronic assignments and submit them by the end of the eLearning day.

 

 8.   How will the district ensure appropriate learning opportunities for students with special needs?

Special education teachers will check in on each child on their caseload throughout the day to provide assistance. Student assignments will include accommodations and modifications as needed according to their IEP. Each child’s IEP will include e-Learning day accommodations. Case managers will consult with general education teachers to ensure that all students receive the proper accommodations through the e-learning platform. Students who cannot access technology or require non-electronic assignments will receive the assignments in paper-pen format. 

 

Any student who is in need of extra specialized instruction in completing assignments may receive additional support upon return from the special education teacher.  Students will be given the opportunity to practice prior to eLearning days. 

 

9.  How will the district ensure appropriate learning opportunities for students with EnglishLearners?

Classroom teachers will consult with the EL teachers to provide advice and support for struggling EL students.  Those students who seem to be having difficulty may have extra time and be given additional support upon return.  

10.  How will the district ensure appropriate learning opportunities for other students’ uniqueneeds as identified by the district?  

Students with special needs who cannot access technology will receive non-electronic assignments. Those students who seem to be having difficulty may be given extra timeto complete assignments or will be given extra help when they return.

 

11.  How will the district monitor and verify each student's electronic participation?

Teachers will send out student assignments using grade-specific platforms and check to see that students have completed and submitted assignments. In addition, students will complete the eLearning day checklist which includes a parent signature.  Students who do not have access to the electronic platform will turn in assignments when they return to school on the next school calendar day of attendance. 

 

12.  How will the district address the extent to which student participation is within the  student's control as to the time, pace, and means of learning?

Our teachers will be available to assist students with their assignments during the student engagement block of the school day.  E-learning activities are designed to mirror activities used in daily classroom instruction.  Assignments will focus on application activities where students can apply their understanding of concepts and use skills to solve problems. Each student will receive an e-Learning verification sheet.  The verification sheet issimilar to a checklist with each grade level or subject, activity explanation and includes the duration of time for completion of the activity. The verification serves as an accountability piece to students and parents and provides feedback to teachers and school. In the event that astudent is unable to connect has a hardware failure on a designated e-Learning day students will complete the non-electronic assignment.   Attendance is counted on the next calendar day of attendance when the assignments are turned in.  Assignments should be turned in with the parent verification form. 

 

13.  How will the district provide effective notice to students and their parents or guardians of  the use of particular days for e-learning?

In the event it becomes necessary to close the schools, we will notify parents by sending a message through the School Messenger system, Teacherease, district website, and district FB. In cases of bad weather and other local emergencies, please listen to radio stations WKAN (1320AM), WVLI (92.7FM), WFAV (95.1FM), WIVR (101.7FM), WYUR (103.7FM), and WGFA (94.1), and TV stations NBC 5, ABC 7, WGN 9, CBS 2, and Fox 32 to be advised of school closings or early dismissals.  School closings for any reason will be announced as soon as a decision is made.  

 

14.  How will the district provide staff and students with adequate training for e-learning days'  participation? 

MCUSD#1 implemented Remote Learning Days in 2018-19 and, with the exception of new staff joining the district this year, has already participated in E-Learning.  For staff members joining just this year, as well as veteran staff wanting a refresher, a training on how to assign learning on e-learning days will be scheduled on a teacher institute day.  

Primary teachers are implementing the usage of IXL and other platforms in the classroom. 

5-12 students use Google classroom and other platforms on a routine basis and already have experience using the software application. 

Teachers will reinforce already established procedures for electronic assignments. Students will practice completing assignments at home using the grade and classroom specific platforms. 

 

15.  How will the district ensure an opportunity for any collective bargaining negotiations with  representatives of the school district's employees that would be legally required, including all classifications of school district employees who are represented by collective bargaining agreements and who would be affected in the event of an e-learning day?

The District E-Learning Plan was developed jointly in collaboration with the Momence Education Association.  

 

16.  How will the district review and revise the program as implemented to address difficulties confronted?

A survey was distributed to parents in 2018-2019 after e-learning day had occurred.  This practice can be easily reinstituted.  

The survey was used to gather feedback gauging the student's and the parent's experience with e-learning. The feedback was used to improve the delivery and provided more training where needed.

 

17.  How will the district ensure that the protocol regarding general expectations and responsibilities of the program is communicated to teachers, staff, and students at least 30 days prior to utilizing an e-learning day? 

This 30 day protocol has been waived by ISBE, however, the district will notify students and parents of any practice days, as well advanced notice of any E-Learning Days to the greatest extent possible.

 

 

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