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E-Learning Plan/Remote Learning: Pekin Community High School

What are E-Learning Days?

On school days when safe travel is not possible due to severe weather concerns or other emergencies, students will complete learning experiences at home. Student attendance will be based on digital check-in procedures. Learning experiences will be communicated through Canvas/Google Classroom/Skyward/Student Email/Packets.

How are E-Learning Days different from current “emergency/snow” days?

On E-Learning Days, students are continuing to learn material that is relevant to the current learning experiences. While this is completed outside the traditional classroom environment, it serves as an extension of previous learning or a bridge to the next day’s learning.

While this coursework is by no means a replacement for the learning that occurs on a day-to-day basis within a school, it provides an opportunity to avoid the main issue of a traditional “emergency/snow day”, which is that it is often made up weeks/months after the event and extends the school year. As such, the make-up day often occurs after the relevant unit of study is over (as well as after AP exams), limiting the benefits of recovered instructional time.

WHY ARE E-LEARNING DAYS BEING CONSIDERED AT THIS TIME?

Being that District 303 has a 1:1 environment with Chromebooks, this allows us to further our systems of instructional delivery outside of the school walls in times of inclement weather or other emergencies. In addition, rules have changed at the state level providing Illinois districts with the flexibility to determine the structure of a school day. An E-Learning Day is now considered a day of attendance.

What if my student does not have Wi-Fi/data access at home?

Mobile Wi-Fi hotspots (Kajeets) are available for checkout for students who need access at home. These can be checked out from the Learning Commons. Each device has 500MB/day, which is enough for students to use these access points for required assignments. They should not be used for (nor have enough data to support) personal use. The Kajeets have enough data for 7-8 hours of regular school work, but only enough for up to one hour of video streaming. Teachers should keep this in mind for planning purposes/requirements of students.

Wifi is also available at these locations in Pekin: https://goo.gl/dJLiuP

Comcast is offering free two months free with its Internet Essentials program for new customers:

https://www.internetessentials.com/

How will student attendance be recorded?

A Google Form will be sent to the student’s email by 8am each E-Learning Day. Students are required to fill out the form by 11:00am or they will be marked as absent.

How will students be informed of their assignments?

Teachers will provide lessons/assignments for each day by 8:00am using either Canvas or Google Classroom. Teachers not using either of these platforms may attach assignments to the student’s Skyward access or send assignments to the student’s email.

Students should complete the assigned work on the day it is assigned. Students will be allowed to turn in completed work upon return to school.

What kinds of assignments will students be asked to complete?

Students may be asked to complete a variety of learning tasks, including (but not limited to):

  • Reading assignment (either digital or paper-based)
  • Video assignment with accompanying assessment
  • Interactive lesson via either Canvas/Google Classroom

Teacher will included detailed instructions relating to the assignment, including the following information:

  • Purpose/objective of the assignment
  • Detailed description of the task, including directions/resources require to complete the assignment
  • Assignment submission (in-person, online, etc.)
  • Due date of assignment

What curriculum should be covered?

We are asking that each teacher, in coordination with their colleagues and Department Chair, determine what essential skills can be effectively delivered by the end of the year in an online format knowing that students should only be asked to do 20 minutes of work per day. Along with these essential skills, each course should have “essential assignments” that must be completed for the semester. No more than 10 assignments should be deemed “essential” for seniors, and no more than 15 assignments for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. “Essential assignments” are determined by the teacher but will not be communicated with students until they are deemed to be “incomplete” toward the end of the semester.

Care should be taken in deciding what is truly required/needed during this time, knowing that face-to-face instruction may not be possible and/or normal school interventions are not available. In addition, individuals and families may be experiencing hardships that impact their ability to complete needed curriculum.

How are students being graded during this closure?

Students will be graded as they normally would using an “A” through “F” scale. However, at this time, schools are not allowed to give an “F” to a student. In addition, there can be “no harm done” to students’ grades during this closure. Teachers should have taken a snapshot of their students’ grades on March 16th. No student can receive a lower grade than what was recorded on March 16th. However, if a student has a passing grade but has not engaged with a class since March 17th, and we have no knowledge of extenuating circumstances, they may receive an “incomplete” grade for the semester.

Any student failing on March 16th who does not improve their grade by the end of the semester or complete the “essential assignments” will receive an “incomplete” for the semester.

What steps are in place for students not engaging/doing the work?

Teachers are expected to try to make contact with individual students who are not doing work for their particular class.

Each week, teachers will be asked to complete a Google Form noting students who have not done ANY assignments in the previous week. In addition to “reach outs” from individual teachers, counselors and deans will then be making contact with these students to try to engage them in the learning process. This contact will be via phone as well as “blasts” to students and/or parents.

How will finals be handled?

In lieu of final exams, students will be expected to complete the “essential assignments” for the semester. Any “essential assignment” should be due prior to May 5th (seniors) and May 19th (freshmen through juniors). Work should continue until May 8th for seniors and May 21st for freshmen through juniors. Any student who HAS completed their “essential assignments” by those dates will be deemed “complete” for the semester and receive their earned grade. If they have NOT completed those “essential assignments” they will have until May 12th (seniors) and May 26th (freshmen through juniors) to complete them and receive a grade for the semester. Those who do not meet those deadlines will be given an “incomplete” for the semester.

This process will take the place of final exams as it gives an incentive to those who completed the work while giving us time to intervene with those who have not.

How/when will faculty have time to plan for the remainder of the semester?

Schools have been granted up to five days to use for planning purposes. As such, PCHS will be scheduling the first of these days on Tuesday, April 14th. At this time, work should begin on determining the curriculum for the remainder of the semester as well as the “essential assignments.”

Starting the week of April 20th, PCHS will take a “planning day” each Wednesday to allow for continual planning and collaboration needed for the remainder of the semester. April 22, April 29, and, if closure continues into May, May 6 and May 13 will all be “planning days.” Teachers will not be expected to provide curriculum to students on these days as they will be used for “planning”. Students will be expected to check in on these days but will not be expected to do regular school work; we will be using this time with students to provide social-emotional support from non-teaching faculty.

How will students be transitioned back to an in-person environment?

Any student receiving an “incomplete” will be expected to make up that work either through Credit Recovery or the completion of the “essential assignments” with their original teacher. Due dates will be determined in the future.

Determinations will need to be made, moving forward, as to how the fall semester should proceed dependent on the length of closure and the amount of original curriculum that was not completed/covered.

What if a student has technical issues that prevent them from completing the work?

Students/parents should communicate with the student’s teachers to determine the best course of action. It is recommended that parents and students discuss an action plan to prepare for E-Learning Days. In the event of an unforeseen circumstance that prevents the student from accessing or completing their assigned work, students/parents should let the respective teacher know of this via email and accommodations will be made in terms of due dates for specific assignments.

Students with specific technical needs can email techsupport@pekinhigh.net for assistance.

My student has special needs - how will they receive accommodations on these days?

For students with more significant needs, teachers will make alternative arrangements in advance. This may include, but is not limited to, teachers distributing paper copies of “E-Learning Day” work in advance to families.

How are we addressing social-emotional needs of students?

Who does my student have access to during an E-Learning Day?

Teachers/counselors/deans/social workers/school psychologists will be available via email from 8:00am-1:00pm. In addition, students with IEPs will have access to their case managers if needed.

How will meals be provided to students throughout the closure?

A meal is being provided each week day, which consists of a breakfast/lunch combination. This can be picked up between 10:30am-12:00pm each week day at the back of the school by the Band Doors. On Fridays, food is also being given to supplement for the weekends.

Local Food Pantries/Resources

What is the status of state assessments (SAT), Science Assessment, and AP testing?

The state has applied for and received a waiver of all state assessments including the P(SAT) and the Science Assessment. AP Testing is proceeding electronically with individual students. More information may follow as decisions are made at the state/national level. The impact of this will not be felt on school’s report cards.