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Remote Learning Plan

A message from Dr. Barry Reilly, Superintendent of District 87

District 87 Families, 

The last several months have been full of planning and perseverance. We are currently navigating one of the most unusual times in the history of our country. 

Since COVID-19 first appeared in the community, our top priority has been providing a safe and high-quality instructional environment for District 87 students and staff. As cases began to rise in our country and concerns about adequate safety measures emerged, district leaders determined the back to school plan would look different for the 2020-21 year. 

District 87 has made the decision to start the school year with students learning from home.

Several determining factors led to this decision.

  • As a large school district with over 5,200 students and hundreds of staff members, District 87 is responsible for helping reduce the spread of the virus in our community. 
  • Cases are on the rise across the nation and in our community. Other large school districts in the country who have returned are immediately shutting down classrooms, schools and entire districts due to positive cases.
  • Maintaining six-feet of distance between students/staff in our schools could not be guaranteed.
  • The intention is to be proactive instead of reactive. This decision allows staff and families to prepare for remote learning now, instead of hours before due to an outbreak. 

Remote Learning will be different this fall than it was in the spring. Attendance will be taken and assignments will be graded. Our teachers will use the D87 curriculum and supplemental resources for all classrooms and courses. This will allow for us to offer the full District 87 curriculum. Once the semester begins, the district will reevaluate the plan in October. If we can safely return to school, we will do so through a slow reentry and hybrid model. We will continue to work with the McLean County Health Department for guidance and support. 

Please know, the decision to go fully remote was not made lightly. District 87 is a tight-knit community of caring educators and families. Thank you for your trust, patience, and commitment. 

Sincerely,

Dr. Barry Reilly, Superintendent of Schools

Plan At A Glance - Fall 2020

 

Sarah Raymond

Bent, Irving, Oakland, Sheridan, Stevenson, Washington

BJHS

BHS

Model

Synchronized and Asynchronized for individual instruction/small groups

AM: Synchronized

PM: Individual/Enrichment

A/B Model

AM: Roundtable and Synchronized

PM: Band; Orchestra; Individualized Instruction

A/B Model

AM: Synchronized

PM: Individual office hours by class period 

Synchronized Instruction

8:45-10:00 and

12:45-2:00

9:00-12:15

9:00-12:30

8:30-12:15

Lunch Time

11:15-11:45

12:15-12:45

12:30-1:00

12:15-12:45

Asynchronized learning or individualized instruction

10:00 - 11:15
2:00 - 3:15
Office hours, check-ins with families

1:30-2:30:

Individual work time,

scheduled time with students

1:00-3:00:

Individual work time, scheduled time with students

12:45-2:15:

Individual work time, scheduled time with students

Remote Learning for First Quarter 2020

The educational mission of Bloomington Public Schools is to challenge, support, and inspire all students to learn and achieve to their highest potential in order to become productive citizens and lifelong learners. This mission continues even when the school day looks different. The relationship between a student, their teachers and their classmates is an essential foundation for learning to occur.

Remote learning is a new experience to everyone — students, families, staff, and administrators. Collaboration between these groups is vital in providing a robust learning experience for students.

Terms & Definitions

  • Remote Learning - While at home or in a safe environment, students use a D87-issued computer to receive virtual instruction from a teacher. 
  • Synchronous Learning - Students use a D87-issued computer to attend virtual meetings at scheduled times as a class to receive live instruction from the teacher. 
  • Asynchronous Learning - Self-paced learning where students complete assignments/activities on their own time, as directed by teachers. Students can interact virtually with the teacher as needed. Sometimes, your student’s teacher will want to meet with them to discuss their learning. This will be prearranged. Teachers are available during the afternoon to assist students as needed. 
  • In-person Learning - Students and teachers report to the school building for a traditional, face-to-face learning environment. 
  • Home Schooling - Not provided by public schools. Students are not enrolled in District 87 schools and families are responsible for providing all curriculum and instruction to students.

Expectations

  • Attendance will be taken daily.
    PK-5th grade: Will be taken daily by 9:15 via virtual attendance. 
    6-12 grades: Will be taken during every class period via virtual attendance.
    If a student will be absent, please contact your student’s school following regular attendance policies.  You can also contact your child’s teacher directly via email. 
  • Assignments will be graded.
    Students will receive information the first week of school on how the teacher will collect assignments. This may be through Google Classroom, Email, or on their daily calls. 
  • Support from a caring adult is needed.
    Young students in PK-5th grade or those receiving specialized services will require supervision and guidance from a caring adult beyond the classroom teacher. District 87 will offer technology training and support for families during orientation week. Students in junior high and high school should be able to work independently, but encouragement and accountability from parents/guardians is important.
  • Students need a reliable work space.
    If possible, students will need a safe, quiet environment to study. Headphones will also help a student concentrate on school work. Reliable internet connection is needed for students to participate in synchronous learning through a computer. Families who need assistance with internet service should contact their child’s school or fill out this form.
  • Communication is key.
    Teachers will be available during the school day to connect with families and students. One-on-one meetings or phone calls are encouraged to build relationships. View the Communication section in this document for examples of D87 communication tools.
  • Frequently asked questions are addressed here. 

August 24-28 is Orientation Week

All schools will host orientations during the week of August 24-28. This will be a time for students and families to pick up computer devices, receive remote learning instructions and guidance, establish relationships with teachers, and acclimate to the unique school year.

During the week, students can become familiar D87 devices and get connected with teachers. Staff will focus on building relationships with students and families. This is a transition week before the full remote learning schedule begins August 31.  

Sarah Raymond School of Early Education: Teachers will reach out to families to set up a time during the week to come to the school, pick up a computer device, and connect with the teacher. If you are unable to attend, your teacher will make arrangements to meet with you. Please expect a phone call from your teacher during the week of August 17.

Elementary Schools: Teachers will reach out to families to set up a time during the week to come to the school, pick up a computer device, and connect with the teacher. Daily sessions will be from 9-11 am or 1-3 pm. If you are unable to attend, your teacher will make arrangements to meet with you. Please expect a phone call from your teacher during the week of August 17.

Bloomington Junior High School: Each junior high student will have an arranged time to come to the school during orientation week with one caring adult to meet their teachers and receive a computer and remote learning information. View additional BJHS orientation information here.

Bloomington High School: A drive-through system will be arranged in the south-east student parking lot near the fine arts addition. Students/families will drive up to the building to pick up their computer device and receive information about remote learning. Pick up times are between 8 am and 2 pm August 24-28. View additional BHS orientation information here.

Learn more about Orientation Week here.

Examples of Daily Remote Learning Schedules 

Sarah Raymond School of Early Education

TIME (AM & PM)

ACTIVITY

8:45-10:00

12:45-2:00

Attendance and welcome, virtual instruction/activities from teachers, break time, and closing/dismissal.

10:00-11:15

2:00-3:15

Individual meetings with families and guardian check-ins.

As our youngest learners in the district, Raymond Rookies will require supervision and support from a caring adult during all learning sessions. All schedules will be available at 4 pm August 17 via Skyward.
Raymond teachers will provide core instruction virtually to students during the AM and PM session, including brain breaks and snack times. Attendance will be taken daily when students tune in to the virtual classroom. Teachers will be available for individual meetings, small group teaching, and guardian check-ins at the end of each session.

For more information, contact your student’s teacher, Principal Jeff Dobbs (dobbsj@district87.org), or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Diane Wolf (wolfd@district87.org).

Elementary Schools (Bent, Irving, Oakland, Sheridan, Stevenson, and Washington)

TIME

ACTIVITY

9:00 - 12:15 

Attendance and welcome, virtual instruction/activities from teachers, specialist classes.

12:15-1:30 

Lunch time and break

1:30-2:30

Enrichment activities, individual work time, and small group sessions. Time for families to connect with teachers.

Students in Kindergarten — fifth grade will require general supervision from a caring adult throughout the school day. All schedules will be available at 4 pm August 17 via Skyward. Class lists will not be displayed at our school buildings.

During the synchronous (morning) instruction, students will receive virtual instruction from their classroom teacher along with a specialist. This may be Art, Music, PE, Wellness, or Reading Interventionists. Attendance will be taken daily in the morning when students tune in to the virtual classroom.
During the asynchronous (afternoon) time, students will complete work independently as directed by the classroom teacher. Students/families may also be asked to meet with the teacher to receive individualized instruction or support. Teachers will be available during this time to connect. 

Update about 5th grade band: At this time, fifth grade band and orchestra is not available in the remote setting. Music staff 
are still formulating plans so that this program can begin when we return to school in person. Please visit www.district87.org/5thgrademusic for more information, or contact a music director with any questions. 

For more information, contact your student’s teacher, building principal, or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Diane Wolf (wolfd@district87.org).

Bloomington Junior High School

TIME

ACTIVITY

9:00 - 12:30

Roundtable welcome, followed by alternating virtual class periods on A/B daily schedule.

12:30 - 1:00

Lunch

1:00 - 3:00

Staff office hours and asynchronous learning

BJHS students will operate on an A/B schedule, alternating between half of their class periods each day. All schedules will be available at 4 pm August 17 via Skyward. Junior high students should be able to work independently, but encouragement and accountability from parents/guardians is important.

During the synchronous (morning) instruction, students will receive virtual instruction from teachers for their scheduled courses. Attendance will be taken when students tune in to each virtual class period. During the asynchronous (afternoon) time, students will complete work and enrichment exercises independently. Teachers will also be available during this time with office hours to connect with students and/or families.
Band/Orchestra classes will also be available for students in the afternoon, or in the morning before core instruction. Junior high students enrolled in high school classes will have schedules modified to attend the necessary BHS virtual classes.

For more information, contact your student’s teacher, Principal Amanda Jarvis (jarvisa@district87.org) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Diane Wolf (wolfd@district87.org).

Bloomington High School

TIME

ACTIVITY

8:30 - 12:15 

Alternating between virtual class periods on A/B daily schedule.

12:15 - 12:45

Lunch

12:45 - 2:15

Staff office hours and asynchronous learning

BHS students will operate on an A/B schedule, alternating between half of their class periods each day. All schedules will be available at 4 pm August 17 via Skyward. High school students should be able to work independently, but encouragement and accountability from parents/guardians is important.

During the synchronous (morning) instruction, students will receive virtual instruction from teachers for their scheduled courses. Attendance will be taken when students tune in to each virtual class period. During the asynchronous (afternoon) time, students will complete work and enrichment exercises independently. Teachers will also be available during this time with office hours to connect with students and/or families.

For students enrolled in classes at the Bloomington Area Career Center, please visit www.district87.org/bacc for detailed information, or email contactbacc@district87.org

For more information, contact your student’s teacher, Principal Tim Moore (mooret@district87.org) or Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Diane Wolf (wolfd@district87.org).

Special Education 

If your student receives specialized instruction through an IEP or 504 plan, you will be contacted by your student’s case manager. All Special Education staff will receive training and guidance on the development and implementation of the Individualized Remote Learning plan.  

 IEPs remain in place and should direct students’ learning.  

  • An IEP conference or amendment is required to develop the individualized remote learning plan.
  • Parents / guardians must be provided with opportunities to give input into their students individualized remote learning plan.  
  • Assistive technology (AT) required by the student’s IEP must be provided and documented in the plan.
  • Once plans for instruction have been created, communicated and established, delivery of instruction should be clear and consistent.
  • All providers must work collaboratively so that the instruction provided matches the plan.
  • As individual plans for learning are enacted, challenges and hardships identified will require the team to return to the planning phase and make changes as necessary through the IEP conference or amendment process.  

 For more information, contact your student’s case manager, building principal or Leslie Hanson, Director of Special Education (hansonl@district87.org). 

Multilingual Services

Classes/supports for multilingual learners may be redesigned to accommodate learning needs of the students and staff. We will remain responsible for ensuring that multilingual learners receive appropriate linguistic instruction and that we address the individual needs of multilingual learners.

For elementary students who regularly receive English Language Development instruction, a portion of their daily instruction will include ELD time. Elementary bilingual students will be assigned to a bilingual classroom teacher. For students who are in grades 6-12, their ELD and/or bilingual classes will be a designated course.

Students who are eligible for both multilingual and special education services are entitled to and will receive both, as determined by their multilingual and special education specialists/team.  

For more information, contact your student’s teacher, building principal or Kim Taber, Multilingual Coordinator (taberk@district87.org).

Food Service 

District 87 will continue to have meals available for students. Breakfast and lunch will be available with a modified, “grab and go” menu. Meals will be balanced and will contain grains, meat/meat alternatives, vegetables, fruit, and milk.

Under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, K-12 students qualify for free, reduced, or paid meals based on their family’s income. To apply for free or reduced meals, parents/guardians can complete the free/reduced meal application here.

A meal order form must be completed at least one day in advance of meal pick up. For more information on order forms, meal pricing, and distribution times/locations, visit www.district87.org/meals.

Contact Director of School Nutrition, Caroline Bubulka, with any questions bubulkac@district87.org

 Communication

District 87 uses multiple platforms to communicate with families and students. These tools are crucial for maintaining relationships and sharing information. Please check that your contact information is up-to-date in Skyward in order to receive these communications. Visit the links below for instructions on how to use these platforms.

The main communication tools used in District 87 are:  

For general questions, email connect@district87.org.