Reopening Plan Guide
This handbook will be updated as guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) evolves and as District 230 and Victor J Andrew High School plans are further developed.
From August 24th- September 21st, D230 will be in a fully remote learning platform. Within the fully remote option, students will follow their class schedule virtually. It is important to note that within this model, students will attend class through a live connection to class. Attendance will be taken daily for each class period and grading procedures for students will be similar to traditional grading practices.
Students while learning remotely will be held accountable for their attendance and participation. We do expect students to be in an appropriate environment and free from distractions. Additionally, students should be on camera during class time. Here is a link from our technology department regarding online learning protocols.
Please note that teachers are using the Google platform to broadcast their classes. We ask that students be provided with a designated, quiet space at home for remote instruction. Additionally, at this time, the background for the student will be whatever is captured on the camera. We ask that be considered when selecting a location.
If students need technical assistance, they should email to email@example.com.
Within Stage 1, all students will be in remote learning platforms. The bell schedule will be adhered to and students will be attending every class period according to the bell schedule. The exceptions are for study hall or lunches. Students who are not in their class will be determined as absent. This portion of the model is learning synchronously, or simultaneously, with the teacher and students together. This is distinctly different from the model from the spring of 2020.
It should be noted that Advisory will meet every day at 9:30 except for Wednesdays. Advisory teachers will be the first point of contact for helping students navigate the remote platform and transition to Stage 2 / 3.
These meetings are to achieve the following:
- Daily check in for teachers and students to determine the emotional well being of our students
- Check in regarding academic progress - grades, assignments, attendance, etc.
- Sharing daily announcements
- Reviewing important information through our guidance, dean's, and activities programs
The bell schedule applies to ALL STAGES of the Reopening plan, except Stage 4.
Most students will begin their day in Advisory, allowing for teachers to check in regarding academic and social emotional needs. Student attendance on Wednesdays starts at 10:04 am, as there is no zero hour or advisory on Wednesdays. Zero hour class periods are 44 minutes in length on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday to account for not having class on Wednesday.
0 8:35 a.m. - 9:19 a.m.
Advisory 9:30 a.m. - 9:59 a.m.
1 10:04 a.m. - 10:39 a.m.
3 10:44 a.m. - 11:19 a.m.
4 11:24 a.m - 12:06 p.m.
5 12:11 p.m. - 12:53 p.m.
6 12:58 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
7 1:45 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.
8 2:25 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Social & Emotional / PPS Supports & Services
Advisory has been moved to the start of the day in order to provide the opportunity for advisory teachers to check in processes to check in with students, monitor students’ emotional well-being, get academic updates, and share pertinent information.
Counselors are available to help with anything related to supporting students, academic progress, graduation requirements, course selection, and post-secondary planning. Parents/Students can locate their counselor’s name in Skyward under “Advisor.” For a complete listing of Counselors, see the VJA Student Services Team link below.
As a result of restrictions on physical space and challenges with course changes on this online learning platform, we have revised our course change process. As of August 14th, we will only allow for students to have changes to their schedules if:
There is an error or “hole” in a student schedule that needs to be fixed.
There is an administrative initiated need to change. If your son or daughter has specific issues in a class, they may direct their concerns to the appropriate division chairperson to initiate that conversation.
If students wish to drop a course, they can only do so to enroll in a study hall. Level changes will not be processed unless it is administrator initiated.
Andrew Social Workers
Social Workers are available to help students with social/emotional needs including but not limited to anxiety, depression, panic disorder and grief. Social Workers are listed below:
Kim Gierhahn firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Hernandez email@example.com
Anne Nixon-Hammoudeh - PALS & ULTIMA students only firstname.lastname@example.org
Nurses’ Office Protocols
Note that these guidelines may change as the CDC/IDPH modifies their guidelines
Nurses’ Office Phone: 708/342-5859
School Nurse Name: Teri Shiley, MA, BSN, RN
School Nurse Email: email@example.com
WHEN YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER IS NOT FEELING WELL
If your son or daughter is sick and will not be in attendance (virtually or in-person), please call the attendance office at 708/342-5895. When calling, be prepared to answer some questions about your child’s reason for being absent, including questions about symptoms, COVID-19 testing and results, and exposure to people who have tested positive for COVID-19.
If your child is not displaying one or more COVID-19 related symptoms (listed below), has not been diagnosed with COVID-19, and has not been exposed to COVID-19, the Attendance Office will follow typical protocols in partnership with the Nurses’ Office.
If your child is displaying any symptoms related to COVID-19, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or has been exposed to COVID-19, he/she will be advised to stay home until they have met the Return to School Criteria listed below before returning to school. Testing for COVID-19 is recommended.
ATTENDING SCHOOL REMOTELY WHILE ABSENT
Health permitting, students are encouraged to attend classes remotely while home due to illness. If illness prevents a student from attending classes remotely, the parent or student is responsible for contacting teachers for any missing assignments.
Co-Curricular Activities / Athletics
D230 acknowledges that student involvement in after school activities is an essential part of their experience. Throughout the four stages, opportunities to engage in these programs will be maintained. However, it will be an ongoing process to determine viability of programs based on social distancing constraints.
All activities will shift to a virtual platform as much as reasonable
Programs that cannot shift to a virtual platform will be modified as appropriate.
Programs that require on site participation will be approved based on plans submitted to the Assistant Principal of Student Activities.
IHSA or competition based competitive activities will adhere to all rules and expectations.
Transportation to campus on remote days is currently being reviewed. However, students that have access to cars may drive to campus on remote days as needed.
The IHSA has reorganized seasons based on the National Federation of High Schools (NFHS) and IDPH guidelines.
D230 will be participating in the athletics program while adhering to IHSA guidelines.
IHSA guidelines are available at https://www.ihsa.org/Resources/COVID-19
Students will need a physical on file prior to participation
Locker rooms may be used for certain activities, however, students will not be allowed to shower before or after practices. Students learning remotely, were reasonable, must come “ready to play”
Prior to every practice and competition, students must provide the Symptom Checklist to coaches
Appendix / Additional Resources
Questions / Resources:
Academics, grading, & technology - Associate Principal - Abir Othman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Counseling services, Dean's Issues, Health Concerns - Associate Principal Brian Nolan (email@example.com)
Facilities and cocurricular activities - Assistant PrincipalTim Dalton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
General questions - Principal Robert Nolting (email@example.com)