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Lori Shanholtzer

Phase 4 Remote Instructional eLearning Guidance

Remote Learning Track

Remote instruction will be offered to all students that wish to utilize it and for those that do not
wish to comply with the mask requirement. Families choosing this option would be committing
for an entire academic quarter/trimester. Returning to in-person instruction would not be
allowed prior unless a significant life event occurred or we move to Phase 5 / Full Reopen.

● Remote learning will be approximately 5 hours of learning (combination of Instruction,
   practice, digital media, independent study, feedback, or activities).
● The Instructional day will be a combination of synchronous (live) and asynchronous
   (recorded/independent) teaching and learning.
● Synchronous instruction will be at a minimum of 5-10 hours per normal week, an
   average of approximately 1-2 hours per day (20-40% of Instruction).
● Attendance will be expected and recorded.
● Remote assignments will use the current Minooka 201 Grading Scale and Practices.
● Remote curriculum will closely resemble the major standards of the core curriculum of
   Minooka 201, including the use of similar, District approved learning materials, texts, and
   instructional technology.
● Students enrolled in Remote Learning may return to the traditional classroom at quarter
   or trimester break (Kindergarten), Phase 5, or in the event of a significant life event.
● Students may choose to transfer to remote learning on a rolling basis with administrative
   approval.
● Students’ attendance will be calculated during Remote Instructional Days as
   instructional days, attendance information shall be collected.
● Teachers will post contact information and eLearning activities for students and parents
   in the school’s Learning Management System-Schoology or SeeSaw (K-2)
● Teachers will host required virtual school hours and digital office hours can be conducted
   via email, Google Classroom, or Schoology but not via social media. Announcements
   and activities may be shared through social media.
● Classroom teachers and special education teachers will work together to ensure that
   work is appropriate and accommodations are made for students with special needs.

Phase 4 Full Remote Instructional eLearning Procedure For
Parents

Activities and Assignments

● Information about activities and assignments will be posted in Schoology (3-8) or
   SeeSaw (K-2) by 9:00am.
● Graded Activities and/or assignments will follow the current Minooka 201 grading scale
   and practices.

Fine Arts
● Fine Arts will not be a graded synchronous option for students.
● FA Teachers will offer parents and students with various FA activities and options that
   may be completed as supplemental and enrichment.

Physical Education
● Physical Education will not be a graded synchronous option for students.
● Physical Education teachers will offer parents and students with an asynchronous PE
   schedule of activities that fulfills the State mandate for Physical Education.

Virtual Classroom Hours
● Teachers will hold virtual classroom hours from 9:00am-2:00pm. Instructions for how to
   contact the teacher will be listed in Schoology (3-8) or SeeSaw (K-2) and communicated
   with parents and students in various established methods. Instruction will be a
   combination of synchronous and asynchronous activities.
● Teachers will interact with students through classroom messages, announcements,
   posting additional resources, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc. Announcements and activities
   will be listed in Schoology or SeeSaw. Individual Parent/Student and teacher
   discussions must be conducted in a private forum to provide for student confidentiality
   and privacy.
● Teachers will provide synchronous opportunities at a minimum of an average of 1-2
   hours daily or 5-10 hours weekly (20-40% of weekly instruction). These synchronous
   opportunities may occur during the typical school hours associated with your grade level.
● Teachers must offer a daily synchronous opportunity.
● K-4 Synchronous instruction may be anytime during the virtual classroom hours or
   typical school hours as appropriate, and may include time after face to face students
   have been dismissed--Please see your building administration for specific schedule and
   timing examples. Teachers are encouraged, but not required to include live or recorded
   video of classroom lesson introductions/directions, lessons, and activities when
   appropriate.
● Examples may include but are not limited to:
○ Teacher Read Alouds
○ Activity Directions
○ Screencasting
○ Lesson Walkthrough
● Teachers are encouraged to respond to student and/or parent questions using
   appropriate means when possible and appropriate. Due to the nature of asynchronous
   learning, teachers are expected to respond within 24 hours and may use discretion to
   adjust due dates and deadlines.

Attendance
● Students’ attendance will be calculated during Phase 4 Remote Instructional eLearning
   days.
● Students are expected to engage in the day’s activities and assignments. While some
   activities offer live interaction (synchronous learning) through Zoom or Google Hangouts,
   students unable to attend at that time will be given instruction and activities through a
   non-live option (asynchronous) such as recorded video, presentations, detailed written
   descriptions, etc. Students will be assumed present unless they are reported to the
   school by parent or guardian by following the traditional attendance procedure.
● It is an expectation that students will attend the synchronous lessons or view the
   recorded version.
Instruction
● Synchronous Instruction will be offered at a minimum of 20-40% of Instruction weekly.
● Students will have a minimum of one daily synchronous session
○ K-5 Minimum of Daily Synchronous opportunity
○ 6-8 Minimum of One Course Synchronous Opportunity of a rotating basis
● Students unable to attend live synchronous sessions will be required to view the
   recorded session.

Phase 4 Full Remote Instructional eLearning Procedure For
Kindergarten through Eighth Grade Teachers

In an attempt to maintain the best educational environment for our students and staff, Minooka
201 has elected to utilize a Full Remote Instructor for Kindergarten through 4th grade. When
considering course offerings and teacher licensure at the 5-8th grade levels, teachers will be
assigned to remote and/or in-person instructional sections based on their credentials and
student needs. The focus of these schedules is to maintain the fewer face to face students in a
physical classroom, limit transitions throughout the building, and maintain the integrity of the
various academic offerings, while still focusing on relationship-building and the SEL needs of
the student population.

Core Activities and Assignments
● All activities will be posted in Schoology (3-8) or SeeSaw (K-2) and communicated to
   parents and students as appropriately established by 9:00am. eLearning activities are
   intended to follow the scope and sequence of the Minooka 201 Curriculum.
● Live virtual sessions (synchronous) are expected and should be recorded for viewing at
   a later time (asynchronous). Recorded virtual sessions should be of just the instructor or
   instructor’s screen.
● Alternative non-tech activities need to be created as needed/requested.
● Teacher must specify the evidence of completion/mastery for the activity and/or
   assignment.
○ Completed assignment
○ Number of tracked minutes on online system
○ Photo, video, etc
○ Parent/adult verification
● Activities and/or assignments will be graded following the Minooka 201 Grading Scale
   and Practices
● Teachers are encouraged to utilize/modify the lessons and activities used in their face to
   face class as much as appropriate.
   Virtual Classroom Hours
● Teachers will hold virtual classroom hours from 9:00am-2:00pm. Instructions for how to
   contact the teacher will be listed in Schoology (3-8) or SeeSaw (K-2) and communicated
   with parents and students in various established methods.
● Teachers will interact with students through classroom messages, announcements,
   posting additional resources, Google Hangout, Zoom, etc. Announcements and activities
   will be listed in Schoology or SeeSaw. Individual Parent/Student and teacher
   discussions must be conducted in a private forum to provide for student confidentiality
   and privacy.
● Teachers will provide synchronous opportunities at a minimum of an average of 1-2
   hours daily or 5-10 hours weekly (20-40% of weekly instruction). These synchronous
   opportunities may occur during the typical school hours associated with your grade level.
● Teachers must offer a daily synchronous opportunity.
● K-4 Synchronous instruction may be anytime during the virtual classroom hours or
   typical school hours as appropriate, and may include time after face to face students
   have been dismissed--Please see your building administration for specific schedule and
   timing examples. Teachers are encouraged but not required to include live or recorded
   video of classroom lesson introductions/directions, lessons, and activities when
   appropriate.
● Examples may include but are not limited to:
○ Teacher Read Alouds
○ Activity Directions
○ Screencasting
○ Lesson Walkthrough
● Teachers are encouraged to respond to student and/or parent questions using
   appropriate means when possible and appropriate. Due to the nature of asynchronous
   learning, teachers are expected to respond within 24 hours and may use discretion to
   adjust due dates and deadlines.


Fine Arts
● Fine Arts will not be a graded synchronous option for students.
● FA Teachers will offer parents and students with various FA activities and options that
   may be completed as supplemental and enrichment.
   Physical Education
● Physical Education will not be a graded synchronous option for students.
● Physical Education teachers will offer parents and students with an asynchronous PE.
   schedule of activities that fulfills the State mandate for Physical Education.


Attendance

● Daily Attendance will be counted.
● Students will be counted as present unless they are reported to the school by parent or
   guardian by following the traditional attendance procedure.
   Grades and Grading
● Keep instruction focused on Minooka 201 Curriculum.
● Focused learning is the goal, not busywork nor too much work.
● Build on teachable moments in the home: lifeskills, cooking, money management,
   sorting, measuring, interviewing people.
● Collect evidence of student ability according to the focused standards.
● Quality of evidence over quantity.
● Evidence of student performance on the continuum--not just accumulation of points.
● Feedback aligned to learning goals, skills, standards.
● Activities and/or assignments may be graded.


Personal or Sick Day
● Teachers who have elected to use a personal or sick day are responsible for posting
   their activity and assignment on Schoology (3-8) or SeeSaw (K-2).
● Teachers who have elected to use a personal or sick day will not be responsible for
   office hours during the eLearning day, but will need to post an announcement that they
   will not be available for office hours.
● Teachers who have elected to use a personal or sick day will post an activity and
   assignment that is appropriate for a student to complete without additional guidance
   from a teacher. Use the building procedure assigned by the building
   administration/team.


Additional guidance and learning activities from ISBE:
● General Education
● SPED
● ESL

Remote Learning Recommendations
Phase 4 Blended Instructional eLearning Days Guidance
Blended Learning Track

Remote instruction will be offered to all face to face students for one hour of instruction per
instructional day.
● Blended learning will be approximately 1 hour of learning (combination of Instruction,
   practice, digital media, independent study, feedback, or activities).
● The blended learning instruction will be asynchronous (recorded/independent) teaching
   and learning.
● Attendance will be expected and recorded.
● Blended learning assignments will use the current Minooka 201 Grading Scale and
   Practices.
● Blended learning activities will be an extension of the major standards of the core
   curriculum of Minooka 201, Including the use of similar, District approved learning
   materials, texts, and instructional technology.
● Students’ attendance will be calculated during blended learning.
● Teachers will post contact information and eLearning activities for students and parents
   in the school’s Learning Management System--Schoology (3-8) or SeeSaw (K-2)
● Classroom teachers and special education teachers will work together to ensure that
   work is appropriate and accommodations are made for students with special needs.
● Students requiring non-digital activities may request alternative activities from the
   classroom teacher in advance.