- What can parents expect from the e-learning process?
- How does an E-Learning Day work for a student in 6th to 12th grade?
- What if a student needs help logging into a system or with an assignment?
- What are the remote e-learning grading and assessment procedures?
- What is the recommended length of sustained attention for students when engaging in remote e-learning?
- If needed, how can students and parents receive Technology Support?
- What if a student does not have Internet access on the E-Learning Day?
- What if a student needs assistance with a D205-issued device (hardware)?
- Which instructional technology tools exist to enhance remote e-learning for students?
An E-Learning Day is not intended to mimic an actual school day in its schedule and design, but rather advance the curriculum and learning to the fullest extent possible while away from school. During an E-Learning Day, students will provide evidence of their learning experiences in various ways based on their grade level.
- Staff members will be working throughout the hours of the standard school day, which includes dedicated time from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to be online daily to answer student (and/or, parent) questions about assignments by email, GoogleHangout, or other District-approved communication platforms.
- In addition, the e-learning experience is intended to provide the necessary flexibility for both students and staff, who are also working from home under unique circumstances during this health crisis. Thank you in advance for exhibiting patience when seeking responses and feedback from staff regarding student learning.
- Given the evolving challenges and changes resulting from the COVID-19 coronavirus situation, the District 205 E-Learning Plan may adjust to meet shifts at the state level, and to maintain the continuity of instruction for students by adapting instructional strategies. More information will be shared with parents in advance of any adjustments to the e-learning process.
- Not all work will necessarily be completed digitally; in grades EC-5, “non-tech” learning opportunities exist within the E-Learning Module Menu. Printed/written assignments can also be handed in upon return to school.
- Parents (EC-5) and students (6-12) must submit daily attendance using the processes identified below.
How does an E-Learning Day work for a student in 6th to 12th grade?
Attendance: Between 9-11 a.m. students in grades 6 to 12 must use their district-issued Chromebook, home computer, or mobile device to log into Google Classroom at https://classroom.google.com and follow the directions in the Daily E-Learning Attendance Directions for Students 6-12 to submit their attendance. If a student is unable to mark themselves present by 11 a.m., the student will be marked as an “Unexcused Absence.”
Similar to a typical school day, if a student is ill or unable to participate in the E-Learning Day, parents and guardians must call the school attendance line by 11:00am to report an absence from e-learning.
Assignments: 6-12 students will access e-learning assignments and materials by accessing the corresponding Google Classroom for each class. Teachers will post assignments by 9:00am each day.
What if a student needs help logging into a system or with an assignment?
Teachers will be working throughout the hours of the school day with dedicated time from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to be online and available for student (or parent) questions about assignments, e-learning, etc. Thank you in advance for exhibiting patience when seeking responses and feedback from staff regarding student learning. Technology Support is also available (below).
What are the remote e-learning grading and assessment procedures?
District 205’s approach to feedback, assessment of student work, and grading is aligned to guidance provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and designed to focus attention on key standards, ensure maintenance of existing knowledge and skills, and extend that knowledge and skill as much as possible in a remote environment. To that end, students and families should expect that teachers will provide feedback on student work in key content and skill areas, including formative feedback aimed at improvement and feedback that indicates a student’s level of performance (grades or scores). Student learning and demonstrations of learning in a remote setting may look different than in-person work, and will require flexibility on the part of teachers and students.
Guidance from ISBE indicates that student grades prior to the transition to remote learning can only be maintained or improved, provided the student demonstrates continued engagement and ability at a passing level after the transition to instructional remote learning day. In accordance with this guidance, D205 will assign final term grades based on a comparison of a student’s grade as of March 13, 2020 and the grade obtained at the end of the term including remote e-learning assignments. The higher of the two grades will be assigned as final. Note that during remote e-learning, students may be able to redo or make up some assignments from prior to 3/13/20, in collaboration with teachers, in order to improve their grades.
Students who do not engage in remote e-learning (e.g. not completing key, necessary assignments) may receive a grade of incomplete after multiple documented attempts by teachers and administrators to reach out to the students and families. Every effort will be made to work with students and families to provide opportunities for engagement that take into account individual or unique circumstances. More specific information by grade level follows:
|GRADE LEVEL||GRADING INFORMATION|
|Early Childhood||For trimester 3, students and parents will receive report cards with information for the following measures: LLD 9 Letter & Word Knowledge; LLD 10 Emergent Writing; and, COG 3 Number Sense and Quantity. All others will be labeled unable to rate (UR).|
|Elementary (K-5)||For trimester 3, students and parents will receive report cards with standards-based scores in a subset of standards in math and English language arts (ELA). For math, the standards will be based on where school teams are in the math curriculum. For ELA, 3-5 focus standards per grade for remote e-learning will be determined by the district. Using information from key assignments in those areas, teachers will assign final trimester 3 standards grades on the subsets of standards. Grades from trimester 2 will be assigned for those standards if higher than grades in those standards received in trimester 3. Process standard scores will not be assigned. Specials courses (art, music, Spanish) will be graded as pass/incomplete.|
|Middle School (6-8)||For semester 2 final grades, teachers will review student grades as of 3/13/20, compare to the end-of-semester grade that incorporates remote e-learning assignments, and choose the higher grade. A specific grading term in the gradebook that ends as of 3/13/20 will be set up for this purpose. Students with a grade of F or more than one standards-based score of 1 in a course at the end of the semester (who did not have a higher grade as of 3/13), may earn a grade of incomplete. This grade will remain incomplete in a student’s final record unless additional arrangements are made with the student’s teacher prior to the end of the year and any remaining work submitted in accordance with a plan agreed upon by the teacher (and student and parent/guardian). Elective and exploratory wheel courses such as art not already completed by 3/13 will be graded as pass/incomplete.|
|High School (9-12)||For semester 2 final grades, teachers will review student grades as of 3/13/20, compare to the end-of-semester grade that incorporates remote e-learning assignments, and choose the higher grade. A specific grading term in the gradebook that ends as of 3/13/20 will be set up for this purpose. Students with a grade of F in a course at the end of the semester (who did not have a higher grade as of 3/13), may earn a grade of incomplete. This grade will remain incomplete in a student’s final record unless additional arrangements are made with the student’s teacher prior to the end of the year and any remaining work submitted in accordance with a plan agreed upon by the teacher (and student and parent/guardian). If the student does not make up the incomplete, the student will be assigned no grade (NG) and will not earn credit for the course. Seniors must have successfully completed all of the credits required for graduation (i.e. with at least a grade of pass) in order to graduate.|
These District 205 guidelines for maintaining student engagement during remote learning were developed following guidance provided by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on March 27, 2020. The thresholds in the table below are inclusive of activity, reflection, and collection or completion of learning evidence. This may also include project time that spans multiple days, independent work, and direct teacher engagement.
|Grade Level||Minimum||Maximum||Recommended Length of Sustained Attention|
|Early Childhood||20||60||3-5 minutes|
||Class: 15 minutes/day Total: 90 minutes/day||Class: 30 minutes/day Total: 180 minutes/day||
1 subject area or class
|Class: 20 minutes/day Total: 120 minutes/day||Class: 45 minutes/day Total: 270 minutes/day||
1 subject area or class
Further, teachers may be providing periodic additional optional work, engagement opportunities, and enrichment opportunities - all of which will not negatively impact a student’s grade.
If needed, how can students and parents receive Technology Support?
Technical support will be available from school and District 205 technology staff by emailing ELearningHelp@elmhurst205.org. This email is operational on designated E-Learning Days only and actively monitored between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. When an email is submitted, a work ticket will be created and assigned to the appropriate staff member. Parents and students are urged to contact the teacher(s) or case manager(s) for curricular or instructional questions.
What if a student does not have Internet access on the E-Learning Day?
District 205 has limited numbers of district-issued Wi-Fi hotspots available for family checkout; these are available by contacting the school principal. If students do not have access to the Internet on an E-Learning Day, families should submit an excused absence similar to existing school policies by calling the school attendance line and leaving a message.
If unable to obtain Internet service or a technology device on an E-Learning Day, students will not be penalized in any academic manner; students will be provided the opportunity to make up any missed work or complete alternative assignments when returning to school with accommodations and flexibility provided if needed.
Comcast Internet Essentials Is Free to New Customers: families who live in a Comcast service area may sign-up for Internet Essentials with 60 days of complimentary service (normally available to all qualified households for $9.95/month).
Comcast Xfinity WiFi Is Free For Everyone: Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available to anyone for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots, and then launch a browser.
AT&T is expanding “Access from AT&T,” with low-cost home internet offering to qualifying households. AT&T will continue to offer internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through our Access from AT&T program. Click here for more information.
What if a student needs assistance with a D205-issued device (hardware)?
If you have access to personal technology that can be used for E-Learning, we ask that you try to use your technology to help conserve limited D205 resources.
If you do not have access to a working D-205 issued device or personal technology for E-Learning, opportunities to get a working replacement device (if available) will be provided on a pre-arranged basis.
You must submit a request in advance using the following form. You will then be contacted to confirm that a repair/replacement is possible; to confirm the drop-off/pick-up time; and, any additional detailed instructions.
To request device assistance, please fill out this form: D205 Technology Assistance Request
The following adjustments to instructional tools have been made to enhance remote e-learning while maintaining protection and privacy for our students.
Enabled for email within elmhurst205.org and to/from teachers only.
K-5 students are not able to communicate via email externally and are not able to email each other.
Enabled for video conferencing on a session that has been established by a teacher only.
K-5 students are not able to start Google Meet sessions.
For Grades 2-12+: GoGuardian Teacher is enabled on student Chromebooks and Chrome browsers at home.
GoGuardian Teacher is a classroom management tool that allows teachers to “look over a student’s shoulder” to supervise and support, schedule classroom sessions, interact with students, push web pages, block web pages, monitor student learning activities, etc.
Middle School (6-8)
Enabled for email within elmhurst205.org.
6-8 students are not able to communicate via email externally but they are able to email each other directly.
Enabled but restricted to sessions that have been established by a teacher.
6-8 students are not able to start Google Meet sessions.
High School (9-12)
Google Gmail and Google Meet are enabled for students to interact internally and externally without the restrictions that are in place for K-8.
Parents and students should contact teachers or case managers for curricular or instructional questions, which includes apps and other District-approved learning platforms used by teachers.
Important Parent Considerations
The virtual classroom is like the regular classroom. Other members of a student’s household may be present during and even participate in the classroom environment, just like they might at school. Any person who participates in the virtual classroom, including your student, will be held to the same standards of behavior that would apply inside a classroom in the school building. If you have questions about what these expectations are, contact a building administrator for more information.
Please remember that during classroom instruction, audio and video recordings and photography are not allowed without specific permission from an administrator or the teacher. The same applies to our remote learning instruction. Do not make audio or video recordings of remote learning instruction or take photographs of your child during instruction, which include any staff member or other students without express permission from the staff member delivering the instruction or an administrator. If you receive such recordings or photographs from a source other than the District, delete them and do not post or forward. We appreciate your cooperation.