SCHOOL OPENING UPDATES: East Aurora, Central D301 And Geneva Start Aug. 31

SCHOOL OPENING UPDATES: East Aurora, Central D301 And Geneva Start Aug. 31

LAST UPDATE: AUG. 27

  • Editor’s Note: This article is based on searches of Kane County public school district websites and is updated weekly. Information has been changing rapidly, so be sure to click on the links provided below to find the most up-to-date information directly from your student’s school district. As always, if you are aware of updated information not mentioned here, please email kanecountyconnects@gmail.com.

Three Kane County public school districts will start classes on Aug. 31 — East Aurora School District 131, Central School District 301 and Geneva School District 304.

East Aurora is all remote, Central has a hybrid plan and Geneva offers a choice or remote, in-school or a combination.

How is school going so far for the other public school districts?

School District U-46 had some challenges with Zoom on Day 1, and other school districts are making slight adjustments and announcements as they adapt as they go. So far, we have seen no notifications of COVID-19 outbreaks.

Here’s a summary of what’s posted on school district websites — but we emphasize that the situation can change quickly. Please click the links below for updated information directly from your school district:

School Opening Information

Below is a list of Kane County public school districts as well as colleges and universities. Click on the link in each school district header to find the most recent information.

 

East Aurora School District 131

East Starts Aug. 31 — All Remote Through November

East Aurora School District 131 will begin the 2020-21 school year for all students with remote learning on Monday, Aug. 31.

A special 30-minute “Remote Learning PREVIEW Day” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28. Families will receive PREVIEW Day instructions through email on how students can make a first connection with their teacher, as well as try out their device.

Remote learning schedules for all grade levels, preschool through grade 12, are posted online. Students at all grade levels are expected to log in and make connection with their teachers five (5) days a week, for at least a portion of the day.

Breakfast and lunch meal distribution began on August 24 and will continue at five (5) school sites, as well as at bus stops throughout the district. See the complete school site and bus route locations.

Remote learning for all grade levels comes as District 131 responds to the coronavirus pandemic in a manner that prioritizes health and wellness of students and staff.

Remote learning is scheduled to continue through Nov. 3.

 

West Aurora School District 129

Virtual Learning Starts Aug. 24

WE CAN DO VIRTUALLY ANYTHING!

Monday, Aug. 24, was the first day of virtual learning for students in School District 129.

As a reminder, a portion of each day will be synchronous while other portions will be asynchronous.

Synchronous learning is learning that happens at the same time for the instructor and the learners, meaning that there’s real-time interaction between them (typically via Zoom). Asynchronous learning applies to tasks that students complete on their own (or in small groups) with limited interaction with the teacher.

At the middle and high school levels, synchronous and asynchronous learning will depend on whether it is a red or a blue day, whereas elementary students will have the same schedule on red days as on blue days.

If you are looking for more information in regards to the start of the 2020-21 school year, please go to the website by clicking on the link below!

2020/21 REOPENING PLAN

Batavia School District 101

Batavia Classes Under Way

Aug. 25, 2020

Now that school has started, you may be wondering about any changes to the plan or the calendar.

The leadership team continues to meet weekly to monitor guidance, assess local conditions, and make changes to the plan as needed. At this time there are no changes.

Any changes to the modes for learning (remote, Crimson/Gold hybrid, everyday) will be determined by the leadership team and communicated to the entire BPS101 community. The Board of Education has approved the 2020-21 calendar for the days that school will be in session.

Secondary families may also be wondering about the plan for allowing additional students to access in-person learning. Both RMS and BHS are working on a process to allow priority groups of students to return. These plans will be communicated directly to the impacted families.

In the meantime, BHS and RMS have item pick up days scheduled for students to access the schools.

 

Central School District 301

Central Changes To Half Days

 

Aug. 25, 2020 Update

We are preparing information to go out to our families to better detail what school will look like this year for both remote-only and hybrid students. We expect to have these letters to our families tomorrow.

We have mailed student pre-certification slips, lanyards, and clear pouches to students participating in hybrid learning. Watch your mail for these important items. As a reminder, all students attending school in-person must have a signed pre-certification slip in order to enter a school bus or building.

We have put together another parent resource to support our families going into this school year. This Parent Resources page is linked here. Included on this page are building tours, tips for supporting your students and more.

2020-21 School Year Details

At the Board meeting on Aug. 17, 2020, the board approved a change to the elementary alternating schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of attending school in person two full days a week with the other three days remote, students will instead attend school for half days five days each week.

Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend school from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend school from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. When not participating in face-to-face instruction, students will participate in remote learning at home.

With this change, lunches will not be served. All specials (art, physical education, music, health) will be completed during remote learning, in addition to students working on homework to reinforce skills taught during the day, activities to reinforce their learning or projects to show mastery of understanding.

The district is moving forward with the hybrid plan for middle school and high school schedules. Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend school full day on Mondays and Thursdays, and will be remote learning on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend school full day on Tuesdays and Fridays, and will be remote learning on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

 

Geneva School District 304

Geneva Starts Aug. 31

Learning Plan Overview

lEARNING pLAN RECENT OVerview

 The Geneva 304 Board of Education approved the following updates to the 2020-21 school calendar on Monday, Aug. 10:
  • The first day of school for K-12 is now Monday, Aug. 31.
  • The first day for Geneva Early Learning Students is Wednesday, Sept. 2.
  • The updated 2020-21 School District Calendar is on this page.
  • The A/B In-Person Learning Schedule can be found on this page.
The district will continue to communicate additional details with families. Please stay tuned to the District website and 304 Connects.
Please click here to read the Back Together 304 Learning Plan for Fall 2020-21, which provides a framework and additional details for both learning options.

Click this link for the Back Together page.

 

Kaneland School District 302

Kaneland Doing OK With A Day, B Day, Since Aug. 20 Start

Aug. 23, 2020

Dear Kaneland Families and Staff:

Congratulations to everyone that has helped to make the first two days of this school year a success for our Kaneland students including our A Day, B Day, and Remote!

The administration and staff have been reviewing and adjusting all processes and procedures along the way.  When adjustments can be made, they are.  We will continue to make necessary modifications to ensure that our students have the opportunity to learn in the most effective manner possible.

The purpose of our message today is to provide families with some important reminders:

Self-Certification – Thank you for meeting the daily self-certification requirement, it is very helpful to reduce the number of students that are screened on-site. When a student is pre-certified each day, our staff is able to more quickly ensure that students are on their way to their classrooms. The self-certification procedures may be found here.

School Lunch Information – When you send your student with a lunch for school, please pack as many disposable items as possible.  Hopefully, this is only temporary, as we are aware of the environmental impact of garbage.  Also, if you are eligible for a free lunch, please encourage your student to pickup a lunch for their application days.  All students at the MS and HS may also purchase lunch for application days on the days they are at school.  100% remote students that are eligible for a free lunch may pick up their lunch on Mondays and Thursdays between 9 and 11 a.m. at Kaneland HS or Kaneland Harter MS.

Application and Remote Learning Days – We are asking all parents to refrain from engaging in classroom activities and discussions during an on-line session.  We do appreciate parents helping their students with any technical challenges.  By refraining from helping students while they are on-line, the teachers will be able to better assess the knowledge and skills of each student, as well as build independence with our learners.  As always, we appreciate your continued support of your student with any and all assignments while off-line.

We are asking that parents be mindful of the home environment when students are participating online. For example, families should make every effort to dedicate a quiet space with appropriate lighting in the home to be used as their learning area.

Also, younger siblings (non-school age) should be encouraged to allow their older sibling (student) to engage in school work during the school day.  Elementary parents may find these parent support videos helpful.

Lastly, we are asking that each student complete their application work on the application day that it is assigned for them to complete.  In order for the Hybrid model to work, students must be able to complete work when they are not at school on their application day.

There is no need to complete an attendance form for the hybrid application day.  Attendance is taken through the work completion. If your child is ill on an application day and unable to complete the work, please call your child into the school office on that application day.

Thank you for your support with these three requests!

Kaneland Return to Learn Plan

 

School District 300

Aug. 25 Update

D300 Attendance Notifications Begin this Week

Beginning this week, District 300 will activate our attendance notification protocol.

This means if a student is absent from a Remote Learning class, a parent will receive a phone call, an email, and a text message informing them of the absence.

At the beginning of each academic year, all parents and guardians are opted in to receiving attendance notifications through phone calls, emails, and text messages. Parents and guardians are welcome to adjust their attendance notification delivery preferences by completing the form available by clicking here.

 

School District U-46

Distance Learning Began Aug. 24

Mensaje en español se encuentra al final.

The district re-opened for teaching and learning on Monday, Aug. 24, implementing our Distance Learning Program for K-12th grade students before launching similar programming for our preschoolers a week later, on Aug. 31.

For the second quarter, Oct. 26 to Jan. 15, students in grades K-8 can either continue with only the Distance Learning Program through their home school or participate in a hybrid of our Distance Learning and in-person instruction.

All high school students will continue with Distance Learning through the second quarter.

A team of administrators, teachers, teaching assistants, community leaders, and Board of Education President Sue Kerr worked collaboratively through the summer to develop the district’s plan. A July 27 Board of Education resolution approved the reopening plans for grades Pre-K through 12.

Zoom Restored for Majority of Users

Mensaje en español se encuentra al final.

Aug. 24, 2020

Dear U-46 students, parents and staff,

What a first day! We have received confirmation from Zoom that their services have been restored for the majority of users. Students and teachers should be able to connect via Zoom for any remaining live instruction today. Alternatively, if teachers have already arranged to connect via Google Meet, that is fine too. All of us are eager to see each other today on either platform.  Going forward, we will most likely continue to use Zoom for live instruction.

Many thanks to our resilient teachers, staff and families who remained patient and quick to find their way to Google Meet amid the widespread Zoom outage. I visited a dozen Zoom classrooms this morning and I was impressed with how well everyone handled the situation. Some teachers even led their class from both Zoom and Google Meet.

For parents who might still be experiencing difficulties, please contact our Help Desk at helpdesk@u-46.org or by calling 847-888-5000, ext. 4295.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding.

All best,

Tony Sanders, Superintendent School District U-46

 

St. Charles CUSD 303

District 303 Learning In Person And Remotely

 

Parents and students now have to fill out a self-certification form to attend classes.

In-Person Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic is a modified school day with a modifiedschedule where face masks and social distancing in classrooms and throughout school buildings are required by ISBE and IDPH.

When asked if their child would attend in-personlearning, with their understanding of pandemic circumstances at the time of the survey, 74% of parents indicated that their children will attend or are likely to attend in-person learning.

Full Remote Learning

Full remote learning is taught by a district certificated teacher through a district provided technology device. Students will receive all instruction online and will not attend school in person.

It is a comprehensive learning model with a focus on core academic areas. Lessons may be delivered in real-time or recorded to provide opportunities for review and asynchronouslearning.

As part of the return to school survey, 12% of parents indicated that they would not send their children to in-person school in the fall. In order to accommodate families who believe that an online option is best for their child, full remote learning will be offered to families who wish to option on a semester-by-semester basis.

Common to both in-person and remote learning are regular attendance, assignments, grading and feedback. Students in both settings will receive a meaningful educational experience focused on their academic knowledge, skills, and competencies.

Families who wish to change from in-person to remote learning can fill out this form.

 

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