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Educational Instruction Remote Learning
Educational Instruction Remote Learning
Robert Richardson
Monday, March 30, 2020

Superintendent Update, 3-30-2020

Through the guidance of the Illinois State Board of Education and collaborative efforts of teachers and administrators. Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 has developed a Remote Learning Plan designed to  provide the students of HA instructional content. We understand that learners learn differently and have different strengths. Our teachers have prepared lessons to continue our students’ learning through this mandatory school closure. We believe the plan listed below should provide some clarity as to what the schools are doing and how and who to contact if further questions should arise. Together we will get through this challenging  time, and we are providing learning opportunities for the duration of the school closure. 

Hoopeston Area CUSD #11 Remote Learning Plan

 Definitions:

  • E-Learning - Instruction that takes place through online platforms where computers are needed.

  • Remote Learning - Instruction that takes place with the use of packets/worksheets where computers are not needed, but may be utilized.

E-Learning vs. Remote Learning by Level:

  • High School - A combination of E-LEARNING and REMOTE LEARNING will be used depending on the teacher and students availability to electronic learning.

  • Middle School - A combination of E-LEARNING and REMOTE LEARNING will be used depending on the teacher and students availability to electronic learning.

  • Elementary Schools - A combination of E-LEARNING and REMOTE LEARNING will be used depending on the teacher and students availability to electronic learning. Teachers that will be using E-learning will contact parents to let them know. 

Distribution of Educational Materials

  • Electronic materials are accessible via the internet. Contact your teacher through email if you are having difficulties obtaining the materials.

  • Hard copy packets will be distributed at the sack lunch locations; Rankin Lions Club, East Lynn Fire Station, Wellington Post Office, and 112 Coffee Shoppe in Hoopeston Monday through Friday 11 am - 12 pm beginning March 30, 2020.

  • If you encounter difficulties receiving your educational materials, email your teacher or building principal

Procedures for E-Learning and Remote Learning:

  • E-Learning and Remote Learning will begin on Tuesday, March 31.

  • Content: Teachers may do some review at the beginning but E-Learning/Remote Learning will focus mainly on covering NEW content.

  • Grading:  

    • When appropriate, teachers will continue to give assessments and grade them during E-Learning/Remote Learning.  

    • Per the state, any grades taken during E-Learning/Remote Learning will NOT negatively impact a student’s overall grade.  In other words, a student can improve on their current grade during E-Learning/Remote Learning but their current grade CANNOT decrease.  

    • MS/HS school students that need to complete a retake of a test or other school work, from before we closed, will be given the opportunity to do so.  

  • Communication: If you or your child has a question about the content/learning/grading as E-Learning/Remote Learning progresses, please send an EMAIL directly to the teacher.  Good communication with teachers will be the best way to help your child.

    • Email addresses can be found on each school’s website by clicking on “faculty & staff.”  

    • Emails sent BEFORE 1pm will be answered the same day as soon as possible by the teacher.

    • Emails sent AFTER 1pm will likely be answered the next day.

    • Please do NOT contact the building principal unless you have already contacted the teacher and have been unable to resolve the issue. 

  • If the closure continues for weeks to come, every MONDAY will be a packet exchange day for those participating in REMOTE LEARNING.  You will drop off the previous week’s packet and pick up a new packet.

  • If you have any problems with your school-issued Chromebook, email your building principal. They will provide assistance and/or schedule a time for you to exchange the Chromebook if needed.  

E-Learning/Remote Learning days count as instructional days.  As a result, our last day of student attendance is still scheduled for Wednesday, May 27. Thank you to everyone who has assisted our students and schools during this time, we appreciate you all!  

Robert Richardson