Dear Parents and Guardians,
In light of the extended school closure by the state of Illinois, Westville School District is releasing the district’s new Remote Learning Plan.
Here are ways for students and families to stay connected during Remote Learning:
1. Read the District Remote Learning Plan provided below.
2. Access Remote Learning Plan activities that will be available on the district website for all schools located at www.gowestville.orgParents and students should remember that any grades assigned during remote learning will be based on the principle of “no educational harm to any student.” Grades may be used to increase a student’s academic standing, but will not be used to negatively hurt a student’s academic record.
3. Report cards are being mailed out Thursday April 2. Students who failed a course or wish to improve their second semester grade (especially at the high school) should utilize remote learning activities to improve their academic progress towards graduation.
4. Any family that does not have access to technology during remote learning should contact their building principal to request hard copy resources to support students during remote learning by Friday April 3rd at 1PM. Principals can be reached by the following methods:
WHS = Mr. Goodlove Email = email@example.com Phone = 267-2183 ext. 400
WJHS = Mr. Ellison Email = firstname.lastname@example.org Phone = 267-2185 ext. 300
Giacoma = Mr. Ford Email = email@example.com Phone = 267-2154 ext. 200
We are here to support our students and community. Our encouragement is that families will connect to greater extents as we all move forward through this journey together.
On behalf of our district- we wish safety and peace to all of our students and families,
Seth Miller, Ph.D.
Westville School District #2
Westville School District Remote Learning Plan
The Purpose of Remote Learning
During the period of remote learning Westville School District has developed a plan for student engagement. The purpose of remote learning is to provide all students opportunities for continued learning that focuses on critical state standards and minimizing instructional loss.
Grading and Academic Expectations During Remote Learning
The district understands that learning at home is not the same as learning at school. The purpose of remote learning is to provide all students opportunities for continued learning that focuses on critical state standards and minimizing instructional loss. Any grades assigned during remote learning will be based on the principle of “no educational harm to any student.” Grades may be used to increase a student’s academic standing, but will not be used to negatively hurt a student’s academic record.
High School Credit During Remote Learning
High school student grades will be based on the principle of “no educational harm to any student.” The grade that high school students had at the end of their third quarter will be used to set the minimum grade moving forward during the period of remote learning. Students will have opportunities to improve their overall semester grade if they fulfill clear expectations set by teachers. Students who were passing courses at the end of the third quarter will receive the same passing credit for academic time during remote learning. Students who were failing at the end of the third quarter will be given opportunities to improve their grade if they fulfill course expectations.
Remote Learning for Students with Limited Technology Access
Remote Learning activities will be made available online through the district website, social media pages, and/or through email. Additionally, alternative hard-copy resources will be made available to any student who needs to receive remote learning in that method. All students will have access to remote learning activities regardless of their access to technology.
Communication During Remote Learning
During the period of remote learning, the best means of communication with school personnel will be through email. A staff directory is available online for each school and can be accessed on the district website at www.gowestville.org. Additionally, teachers will be reaching out via email, phone calls, and/or other means to check in on students and families during remote learning.
Delivery Plan for Remote Learning
Teachers will use a wide variety of appropriate materials and activities designed to reinforce basic skills and important state learning standards. Teachers will be updating an online list of student activities that can be accessed off of school website at: www.gowestville.org. Comparable activities will be provided via hard copy as needed for students without the technology access.
Delivery Plan for Credit Recovery for High School Students During Remote Learning
High School students who have been enrolled in the Credit Recovery program through Project Success will have opportunities to continue this program online from home. Arrangements will be made with those students individually to make sure every student has access and appropriate login information to maintain academic progress during remote learning days.
Delivery Plan for College Express and Dual Enrollment Courses for High School Students
Students in College Express and/or Dual Enrollment at DACC have an online platform called “Blackboard.” Students have already had exposure with this program. A quick start guide including user ID and password retrieval, tech support contacts, Blackboard basics, and using Collaborate Ultra (conferencing tool) can be found at https://www.dacc.edu/online/bb-student-help. Students can talk to instructors via email/telephone at the DACC directory located at https://www.dacc.edu/directory. Further questions can be directed to the College Express director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remote Learning for Special Education Students and Students with 504 Plans
During remote learning, the district will provide opportunities for all students, including those who need special education services and/or students who have a 504 Plan. Parent/Guardians should anticipate being contacted from the district during remote learning days. Case managers will complete the remote learning plan for individualized remote learning for every student with an IEP/504 plan. Related service staff will assist with planning for remote learning and provide activities related to their goals. Plans will be created in collaboration with parents/guardians and prior to this being done families will be notified.
Transition from Remote Learning back to Onsite Student Attendance
When the period of remote learning has concluded the district will develop a transition plan based on the remaining time in the school year to appropriately transition from remote learning back to normal onsite student instruction.
Expectations for District Staff During Remote Learning Days
Many staff responsibilities will be able to be provided remotely. Some staff will be needed in the buildings at times to prepare, assist, or work in some function. Staff should not be in the building if they are exhibiting any symptoms associated with COVID-19. All staff are expected to maintain safe social distancing as prescribed by state and national agencies when in the building.
Teachers and Licensed Faculty – collaborate with peers/administration to prepare remote learning activities, contact students to connect/assist as needed, participate in staff communication
Aides, Secretaries, and Support Staff – assist as needed to help make copies and/or packets of materials with teachers, check-in with students to connect as needed, assist with mailings and district communication as needed
Food Service – assist with meal planning and ordering to meet the needs of food distribution, maintain records of food distribution, and continue cleaning and sanitation procedures for food service
Custodial and Maintenance – Continue cleaning and sanitation procedures, assist with deliveries and Inter-district mail as needed, maintain buildings and grounds responsibilities as needed
Administration and Non-Union Employees – maintain presence in buildings as needed, complete reports, and essential job functions for operational needs as appropriate, and collaborate with staff to assist with remote learning as appropriate