Return to School Planning Update, July 23, 2020
July 23, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
This letter includes updates on our return-to-school planning.
At its July 21, 2020, meeting, the Board of Education approved a return to school plan, including our Blended Learning and revised Fully Remote Learning plans.
Due to some enhanced health requirements and illness management processes we need to implement before safely resuming in-person instruction, we will be on our fully remote plan through at least Friday, October 2.
We have made significant upgrades to our remote learning processes compared to last school year. Some of these changes include extended instructional periods to provide opportunities for synchronous instruction multiple times per week for each class, along with additional academic and support periods at the end of the day.
Our first day for remote instruction is Monday, August 17. Enclosed with this letter is the fully remote class schedule for the Almond and O’Plaine campuses. In the next few weeks, building principals will send out more information so that our students will be ready to begin their classwork. The fully remote plan is in the Academics section of our website, at https://www.d121.org/domain/135
Q & A Session for Parents – Wednesday, July 29 at 6 p.m.
We will review some highlights about the fully remote plan, answer some frequently asked questions, and cover general return to school planning elements in a Q&A session for parents on Wednesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. We will post the recording of this meeting on our website.
If the meeting hits a participation limit, we will schedule additional meetings.
The link for this meeting is: https://meet.google.com/pqf-jiqs-njm To call in by phone, dial-in: (US) +1 662-481-2277 and enter PIN: 665 628 374#
We look forward to answering your questions at this session. The conversation will also help us develop an FAQ document about our fully remote plan, similar to the information we provided last spring regarding eLearning. Many of our parents found that helpful.
Over the next two months, we will continue to work on our internal procedures, including enhanced health requirements, as we receive guidance from the governor, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).
Thank you again for your flexibility and support as we work together to prepare for the
2020-21 school year.
John P. Ahlgrim, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools