Here are some important things students and their families need to know for the start of the 2020-21 school year:
-- D219 plans to offer instruction to all students via remote learning for the first semester of the 2020-21 school year. If the spread of Covid-19 decreases in our area and our schools can come up with plans to begin bringing students safely back to school for in-person instruction, we will do so in a limited fashion, for students who are most likely to benefit from in-person instruction.
-- Here is the general class schedule for the first semester:
Teachers will meet with classes during the assigned periods on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This is called “synchronous learning,” which means that students are expected to be in attendance on a given day at a given time for participation in that class. Teachers will be taking attendance during these days.
Teachers also will designate two class periods of office hours per week and communicate this to students. Office hours may be scheduled during early bird, study hall, or prep periods. Office hours are periods of the day in which teachers make themselves available to clarify assignments, answer curriculum-related questions, and provide social-emotional support to students.
Wednesdays will be used for “asynchronous learning,” which means that students will work independently and/or collaboratively with classmates to complete academic work and projects that will be assigned by all of their teachers. Wednesday is a school day and student attendance day. Students will be expected to submit their attendance via an Infinite Campus reminder and to complete activities and assignments as they would the rest of the week.
Students can access their individual school schedules via Student Portal, and parents can see their students’ schedules in Parent Portal.
-- D219 has chosen Canvas, a modern and innovative learning management system, to replace Google Classroom. Canvas allows teachers to provide instructional support, class calendars, assignments, and resources for students in a safe online environment. The district is sending students, parents and guardians more information, including how to log in and tips for how to use Canvas to partner with us in teaching and learning.
These two videos will introduce you to the potential benefits of Canvas