Return to Learn
2020 Landing Page

Please visit the sections in this Landing Page to learn more about
Skokie School District 68's Return to Learn
2020.
 
School Calendar back to top
The school calendar for 2020-2021 will change slightly.

Key Changes include:

Students first day of school will be Thursday, August 27, 2020.

There will be 6 half days for teacher planning. These days will occur on Monday afternoons between August 31 and October 26.

November 2, 2020 will be a Teacher Institute day. This date was moved from November 3, 2020 which is now a state holiday for schools.
 
School Day Schedules back to top
The school schedule will be changed slightly for all schools.

Monday - Friday       9:00 - 3:00

* There will be six (6) Mondays between August 31, 2020 and October 26, 2020 when teachers will not be available after 1:00 p.m. Teachers will be engaged in professional learning and planning for remote learning. Teachers will assign work for students to complete during these afternoons.

Sample schedules are linked HERE. These schedules include about 50% synchronous (live teaching) and 50% asynchronous learning (student self-paced independent learning. See the section on Instruction for more information about the amount of time spent in live instruction per day.

Classroom teachers will share their schedule before the first day of school. Families who need flexibility in the asynchronous portions of the day should talk directly with the classroom teacher.
 
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
  • 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:
  • Most 1st - 8th grade students will participate in assessments such as MAP testing three times during the school year. Reading and Math is assessed in MAP. MAP testing will be done remotely.
  • Kindergarten and First Grade students will be assessed in their Reading Fluency three times during the school year. Reading Fluency will be done remotely.
  • Classroom teachers will use assessments from their curriculum to measure student progress towards learning objectives.
State Assessments:
  • We are unsure at this time if state assessments will be administered or not.
 
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) will be completed as a follow up task once school resumes to in-person instruction.
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) will 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) will provide home language literacy during the ELA block 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:

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

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

* There will be six (6) Mondays between August 31, 2020 and October 26, 2020 when Early Childhood staff will not be available. Staff will be engaged in professional learning and planning for remote learning. Teachers will assign activities for students to engage in on this day.

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.
 
In-Person Classrooms back to top
Transportation to and from school:
Information about busing will be communicated soon.

Safety Guidelines and Procedures:
All recommended safety guidelines and procedures will be followed, including:
  • Temperature/Symptom screenings before boarding a school bus or entering the school building
  • Social distancing on the bus and in the classroom and school
  • Required mask and frequent hand washing
  • Health Clerks on site at each school
Teacher Assignment/School Location:
Students may be assigned a teacher and a school building that is not their home school.

Instruction:
Grade-level standards and curriculum will be followed.
 
Meals back to top
Start of School - 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

7:30 - 7:45 AM
  • 9108 Lawler Ave.
  • Crain & Kedvale
  • Old Orchard & Beverly

7:50 - 8:05 AM
  • Optima Towers
  • Greenwood & Bronx
  • Davis & Keating

8:10 - 8:25 AM
  • Frontage & Fireplug
  • Davis & Lamon
  • Emerson & Keeler

 
Technology back to top
Devices
  • All K- 8 students will use their district issued iPad for remote instruction.
    • Parents of kindergartners and new students in 1st - 8th grade will be notified as to how to pick up their child's device.
  • iPads currently in student possession do not need to be returned before the start of school. Software updates can be made remotely.
    • Parents will be notified of times to bring in currently issued ipads that are having issues to the tech team.
Accessing Learning
  • The main way to access live remote learning (synchronous) will be Zoom. Students will receive specific information of when and how to access their live classrooms.
  • Kindergarten - 5th grade classrooms can expect to use SeeSaw and 6th -8th grade classrooms can expect to use Canvas as a learning management system.
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