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Families First Coronavirus Response Act Information
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District has taken the position to protect their employees as much as possible. One significant way has been that we pay full daily rate when staff are on Expanded Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) regardless is for COVID-19 illness or Childcare. The benefit will expire on December 30, 2020. 
 
There is more information in the memo below about Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) with regards to Emergency Sick Days, Expanded Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA) and the application process. 
 
The school district has also been working with area child care providers to determine child care availability. Below is information from the YWCA of the Quad Cities specific to employees of RIMSD #41.
 
 
REMOTE/BLENDED LEARNING PLAN UPDATE
 
The Remote and Blended Learning Plans updates as of October 13, 2020. 
Black Hawk State Historic Site Educational Videos
 
They have produced two series of educational videos in an effort to provide teachers, students, and parents with online learning resources. These videos provide great introductory information to animals and ecosystems in and around our park.

The following link will take you to our website where you’ll find two YouTube playlists:

http://blackhawkpark.org/education.php

“Ecosystems at Black Hawk State Historic Site” showcases 3 of the unique ecological communities that make up Black Hawk State Historic Site.
“Mr. Chuck’s Critter Corner” has viewers join the park naturalist in investigating many of the different animals that call this region home. You’ll also find premade “Extended Learning” questions for each video as well as the answers linked on their website. Video subjects for “Mr.Chuck’s Critter Corner” include:

1. Animals in Your Backyard
2. Feathered Friends
3. Adaptations
4. Incredible Insects
5. Birds of Prey
6. Best Buddies (Interdependence in Nature)
7. Nature's Outcasts
8. Nocturnal Animals
9. Nature's Preparation for Winter

Their website also offers the entire audio tour of the Hauberg Museum (free) as well as free curriculum that accompanies our book Twelve Moons: A Year with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818.
Google Classroom
Check out these free webinars that cover a variety of topics regarding Google Classroom!
 
 
Google Classroom
 

Staff Online Resources Available for Continued Remote Learning
 
Please review these resources to assist yourself in the skills needed for Remote Learning possibilities. The resources are available on RIMnet and or as a PDF DOWNLOAD >>

In addition to your feedback about Remote Learning, we have also provided resources on a new State of IL curriculum requirement around LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Biusexual, Transgender, Queer). We have provided you ideas of ways you can begin planning for discussions with students around this topic. These are ONLY a sample of resources. There will be more to come and more you find on your own.

Lastly, we have provided resources around learning more about and ways to begin planning to speak with your students on Race and Equity. These are just some example resources. There will be more to come and more you find on your own.

In this full list of resources, you will see there are some labeled as REQUIRED for K-12 paras, Required for ALL paras, or Required for ALL staff. You will be given time when your contract resumes to complete the one noted as required. However, if you choose to do so early, you will then be able to use the time given when we are back in session for something of your choice. We are working with GCN to put the required videos in the online system so you receive credit for completion. PLEASE hold off on completing the required ones listed until you hear from the District that GCN is ready to deploy these required videos/webinars. You will have to complete the required ones in GCN and will receive actual hour credit/credit toward recertification. 

We encourage you to review any of the other resources that will assist you in planning for effective instruction in the future. We are only able to give actual hour credit or recertification credit for the videos that are required and will be placed into GCN. These are still great resources for your own continued learning.