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E-Learning FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
This information is for student learning activities that occur from April 14th - the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
 
What are E-Learning days?
  • Away-from-school learning where we assist in ensuring the safety and health of students and staff.
  • A way to continue the school calendar (preferably by not adding emergency days to the end of the school year).
  • A way to promote continued learning away from the classroom.
  • Leverages the use of digital tools to support learning opportunities.
  • Engages students in meaningful activities.
 
How will families be notified of E-Learning Days?
  • Families will be notified of E-Learning Days through robocalls, the district website, Remind, school websites, and media outlets.
  • These messages will contain the directions and lessons for the E-Learning Days.
  • Lessons will be available to students by 8:30 a.m. the start of each week.
    ~ From April 14th through the end of the school closure, teachers will use Google Classroom and will deploy lessons one week at a time. (PreK will still use choice boards. Thurgood Marshall Learning Center staff will work directly with students on plans).
 
How does E-Learning work and what are the expectations?
  • Assignments:
    ~ Google Classroom began on April 14th. Students in K-12 will receive a code and work with teachers Monday through Friday from April 14th until the school closure ends. PreK students will work with staff on continued Choice Boards. Thurgood Marshall Learning Center students will continue to work with staff as they have been doing since March.
    ~ Communicate with Teachers: Staff are available Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
      > Staff will work throughout the day to respond to student and parent questions about assignments.
      > Emails sent to teachers and administrators during 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. are expected to receive a response.
      > Go to District Staff Directory and search by teacher name>>
  • Attendance: Student Attendance is being taken daily.
    ~ Beginning April 14th, teachers began taking attendance based on Google Classroom activity (K-12), Choice Board staff to family contact for PreK, and staff-to-student conversation at Thurgood.
Grading: Below are details around grades on specific assignments & 4th Quarter Report Card Grades:
      ~ 4th quarter (and semester at RIHS) grades will be given as either PASS (P) or Incomplete (I).
      ~ No letters or standards based number grades/ratings will be given for the end of year report cards.
      ~ How does a student earn a PASS grade?
          - Students receive a PASS grade if they would typically have received an A, B, C, or D; or a 4, 3, or 2.
      ~ All grades will be given for the subject area, not specific standards or skills.
      ~ How does a student earn an INCOMPLETE grade? A student would receive an INCOMPLETE grade on the end of year report card, if one of the following occurs:
  • The student would receive an Incomplete (I) if the work equates to an F or a 1.
  • The student has not turned in work or has turned in minimal work (not enough to provide a rating of Pass) from April 14th to the end of the school year.
  • The student is not showing any progress in his/her understanding of the material from April 14th to the end of the school year. (Typically would have received an F or a 1.)
  • Staff are required to reach out to parents throughout the Remote Learning days when students are not “showing up” or not completing work. This may be done through the teacher, paraprofessional, secretary, administrator, etc.
   ~ How will an incomplete impact my high school credits or graduation status?
  • An Incomplete will impact high school credits.
  • You will most likely need to make up any credit where you received an Incomplete. This could have to be completed over the summer or next school year.
  • We are waiting for details from ISBE on summer possibilities. More details will come as soon as possible.
  ~ Will summer school/programs be provided for students who receive an incomplete in any grade level?
  • We are waiting for ISBE details around summer school recommendations or requirements. We will share RIMSD details as soon as possible.
    ~Will finals happen at RIHS?
  • The standard layout of finals will not occur. Teachers will continue with class instruction and assignments, providing students with a Pass or Incomplete based on work from April 14th to the end of the school year.
    We are using the suggested grading practices from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Decisions may change and updates will be provided.
  • Timeline: This current plan will take students through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Continue to watch and listen for updates.
 
What if I don’t have access to a device? Chromebooks were provided, beginning the week of April 6th. Contact your school for further details. Go to District Staff Directory and search by teacher name>>
 
What if I don’t have access to the Internet? Internet access is available locally. Go here for more details on available Internet Access >>
 
What if my child needs assistance with assignments or technology? Contact your child’s teacher between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Go to District Staff Directory and search by teacher name>>
 
What if my child receives special education, English Learner, or Challenge Group services? Special Education, English Learner, or Challenge Group supports are provided in each of the grade level details.
 
What will happen if schools close past April 30th? The online learning plans will continue. We will update any details as we move forward. More details will come as soon as things are decided and developed.