eLearning Day Staff FAQ

  • What is an eLearning Day?

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    The goal of an eLearning Day is to engage students in learning when school buildings are closed due to extreme weather such as a wintry, snowy conditions or other emergencies. 

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  • Why would BSD2 use an eLearning Day?

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    The primary reason for using an eLearning Day is to maintain the momentum of learning. As much as possible, the activities on an eLearning Day should be a continuation of the lessons the students have just received in-person. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) established this option for schools who have the ability to provide high-quality instruction electronically in the event of severe weather that would normally require a school day to be cancelled. Provided a school can meet several assurances, ISBE will grant the school the ability to provide instruction to students virtually and to count the day as a regular school day rather than using built-in emergency days at the end of the school year.

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  • How will we know if an eLearning Day will be taking place?

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    Inclement weather cancellations and an announcement of an eLearning Day will be relayed through BSD2 notification system and on both the District and school websites. Parents and staff will be notified no later than 6 a.m. if the District is closing its schools and holding an eLearning Day. (No announcement means it will be a normal school day.)

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  • What will an eLearning Day look like?

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    All Staff: School hours will remain the same as in-person learning days. The day will be spent providing live instruction that will mirror what they experience each day in the classroom.

    ElementaryFor students, the day will begin an hour later than normal. This will provide teachers planning time to adapt their lessons for the eLearning format. Students will join their classes through their teachers' virtual links, which can be found on both the eLearning page of the BSD2 website and the websites for their schools. Students will be engaged in live instruction for the entire five-hour school day.

    Specials: Students will follow their typical in-person Specials schedule. Please build this into the information you provide the students and their families to help them navigate their day.

    On an eLearning Day, elementary teachers should have a grade-level email ready to send at the start of the day to their students’ families and to school administrators. This email should share what the day will look like at their grade level. 

    Middle School: For students, the day will begin an hour later than normal. This will provide teachers planning time to adjust their instruction for eLearning. Students will follow their regular in-person schedule by joining their classes through their teachers' virtual links, which will be posted on both the BSD2 eLearning website and the Blackhawk Middle School website. Students will be engage in live instruction for the entire five-hour school day.

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  • How can we help students be successful on an eLearning Day?

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    Principals will coordinate training for students within their schools. Teachers will help to familiarize their students with what an eLearning Day will look like and preview the expectations during that day. Information will be shared with families to help them locate the links to our virtual classrooms, but this can also be shared with students as you prepare for the possibility of an eLearning Day over a “snow day.”

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  • What kinds of activities will be part of an eLearning Day?

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    The expectation from ISBE is that instruction will continue in the same progression as it would on a regular school day. Thus, depending on the content being covered that day, you may give students information on a topic, assign activities to practice a skill, have students collaborate with others on a project, or give an assessment to evaluate learning.

    Teaching teams can work together prior to an eLearning Day to discuss which platforms and tools the grade level/content area would like to use to help deliver content. Teams may collaborate around activity choice boards to be used during independent learning and application times, as well.

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  • Will students still receive special services?

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    Our specialists will continue to virtually meet with their student groups throughout the school day. If you have questions about how to best supply accommodations for students within your classroom during an eLearning Day, please reach out in advance to their case managers for guidance.

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  • Will paraprofessionals work with students on eLearning Days?

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    Paraprofessionals will continue to work with students as they would an in-person learning day. They will join the classrooms they support through virtual links, and work with students in breakout rooms created by teachers.

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  • How will attendance work?

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    Teachers will take attendance utilizing SDS on eLearning Days the same way they would for an in-person learning day.

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  • What if a student needs help with school work or a technical issue on an eLearning Day?

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    Content Support: Teachers will be available to support students during live instruction or through email.

    Tech Support: Assistance with any technology issues may be reached by contacting members of the District’s technology team:

    • Tioga School: Val Mrugacz, Technology Support Specialist,  630-521-2352
    • W.A. Johnson School: Joe West, Technology Support Specialist, 630-521-2348
    • Blackhawk Middle School: Manny Manago, Technology Support Specialist, 630-521-2347
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  • What if students do not have access to the Internet at home?

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    BSD2 schools are working to identify families that require this support, and supply them with mobile hotspots so their children can participate in instruction during an eLearning Day. If you are aware of a family in need of this support, please notify your school’s instructional technology specialist or technology support specialist.

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  • What if I must stay home with my own children on an eLearning Day?

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    We understand that many of our teachers may have their own children at home on an eLearning Day. Provided that you have a dedicated space in your home where you can provide synchronous instruction for your students, you are encouraged to do so. 

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  • What if I am sick and need a substitute teacher on an eLearning Day?

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    If you are sick and unable to teach your classes, you will request a substitute and provide sub plans as you would if it was an in person learning day. We will work with the use of internal subs as much as possible because they will have access to the technology needed. 

    All teachers will be sharing their passwords for Zoom links in their school office as was done in the past so that the subs will have access to your virtual classrooms.

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