Return to Learn
2020 Resources

Please visit the sections in this Landing Page to learn more about
Skokie School District 68's Return to Learn
2020.
D68 Metrics Dashboard
Data derived from the Illinois Department of Public Health
 
 
School Day Schedules back to top
Beginning November 9, 2020 the school schedule will be as follows:

Elementary Schools
Monday                     9:00 - 2:30
Tuesday - Friday       9:00 - 3:00

Old Orchard Junior High
Monday - Friday       9:00 - 3:00
 
Attendance back to top
More than ever, it is important for students to fully participate in learning. Building a strong classroom community will be a critical component to our success this school year.

It is the expectation that all students report for instruction each day of school unless a parent reports the child absent for an approved reason.

Parents must report a child's absence to the school absence lines before 9:00 a.m. each school day. Remote Teachers will take attendance each day at 9:00 a.m. as part of the first class meeting of the school day (through Zoom).

Schools will make calls to parents each school day if a child is reported absent by the classroom teacher.

Daily attendance data will be part of a child's permanent school records.
 
Instruction back to top
  • Priority students will engage in learning around grade-level standards. New learning will occur.
  • Physical materials and supplies for learning will be provided.
  • Intervention services for Reading and Math will be provided to qualifying students.
  • Special Education and English Learner services will be provided.
  • Districts are required to have students spend a minimum of five (5) hours a day engaged in learning. District 68 has developed the following guidelines for this state requirement:
 
Assessment back to top
District Assessments:
  • Classroom teachers will use assessments from their curriculum to measure student progress towards learning objectives.
  • District-wide assessments, such as NWEA MAP (Reading and Math) and Reading Fluency testing may not occur this winter unless students are in-person.
State Assessments:
  • At this time, the Illinois State Board of Education has indicated that school districts will be expected to administer all state tests this spring. More information will be provided by the district as we approach those testing dates.
 
Grading back to top
  • Students must fully participate in live teaching sessions with their teacher(s) and must complete work that is assigned.
  • If a child is having difficulty managing their learning and school responsibilities, parents are strongly encouraged to contact the classroom teacher, the school social worker, or the building administrator for assistance. District 68 recognizes that remote learning may be difficult for some students and families and we are committed to providing support as needed.
  • Teachers will use various means to determine how a child is progressing towards mastery of grade-level standards.
  • Kindergarten - 8th grade students will receive a report card three times during the school year.
 
Special Education Services back to top
Evaluations:
  • Evaluations may be completed either remotely or through a scheduled appointment.
    • Evaluation components that require in-person instruction (such as observational data collection or certain standardized measurements) may be completed as a follow up task once school resumes to in-person instruction.
    • Evaluation components that can take place during this time will be scheduled by appointment with appropriate safety protocols followed (plexiglass, masks, social distancing)
IEP Implementation:
  • All services outlined within an IEP will be provided during either in-person or remote learning.
    • There may be an adjustment in minutes provided to align with instructional hours under remote learning.
  • A distance learning plan will be developed to outline services in remote learning.
    • Upon return to in-person instruction, the IEP will be implemented as originally designed.
Meetings:
  • At this time, all IEP meetings will be held through video conference calls.
    • Per parental request, an in-person meeting may be held if all IDPH guidelines are followed.
 
English Learner Services back to top
Assessments:
  • EL screenings are conducted in person, using the WIDA Screener or the K-MODEL, with full health/safety protocols implemented, until further notice.
  • We are unsure at this time if the annual state assessment, ACCESS for ELLs, will be administered.
Instruction:
  • ESL teachers (classroom and resource) provide ESL instruction (oracy and literacy) during the class ELA block and will shelter math, science, and social studies instruction.
  • Bilingual teachers (Spanish at Stenson and Urdu at Highland) provide home language literacy during asynchronous learning time and content area support in the home language as needed, for those students that qualify.
Communication:
  • All parents and teachers are encouraged to use the Talking Points app to facilitate communication via translated text messaging.
  • Diana Juarez, our family/community liaison, can help arrange interpreters on an as-needed basis.
 
Early Childhood Center back to top
Schedule: The Early Childhood schedule will be Monday - Friday:

Morning Classes:           9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Afternoon Classes:       12:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Instruction:
  • Students will engage in learning around the state of Illinois Early Learning Standards. New learning will take place.
  • Physical materials and supplies for learning will be provided (for both in-person and remote learning).
    • For students in remote learning environments: Parents will be informed via email regarding scheduled pick up times
      • Pick up times are limited to during the business day (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
  • Remote Learning
    • Teachers will provide class schedules that highlight live (synchronous) and offline/recorded/independent (asynchronous) instruction.
 
Meals back to top
Skokie 68 Breakfast and Lunch Meal Community Distribution

We are happy to announce that beginning on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, Skokie School District 68 will be able to continue providing free meals to all children between the ages of 3 and 18 due to updated federal guidelines for school breakfast and lunch programs.
Please note the following:

  1. Breakfast and lunch meals will be available on school days only (no holidays or weekends).
  2. Buses will run between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. every school day. Please see the stop locations for food pick-up below.
  3. Additionally, a pickup option is available at OOJH between 8:00 and 11:00 am.
  4. Menus will continue to be posted on the District 68 website.
  5. Any question or clarifications should be directed toward our Director of Food Services:
    Susan Goriel
    (arbor@skokie68.org) | (847) 568-7592.
Bus Routes with Stop Locations & Times:
STENSON
AREA ROUTE
  • 7:30 AM - 9108 Lawler Ave.
  • 7:50 AM - Optima Towers
  • 8:10 AM - Frontage & Fireplug

DEVONSHIRE
AREA ROUTE
  • 7:30 AM - Crain & Kedvale
  • 7:50 AM - Greenwood & Bronx
  • 8:10 AM - Davis & Lamon

HIGHLAND
AREA ROUTE
  • 7:30 AM - Old Orchard & Beverly
  • 7:50 AM - Davis & Keating
  • 8:10 AM - Emerson & Keeler
 
Technology back to top
Devices
  • All K- 8 students will use their district issued iPad for remote instruction.
Accessing Learning
  • Elementary students will primarily use SeeSaw to access assignments.
  • Elementary families can also access information on the school website and teacher websites.
  • Old Orchard students and families can access information about assignments on Canvas.
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