District 219 will employ e-Learning days as part of its District Emergency e-Learning Plan. The goal is to provide continuity of education for students on days when school otherwise would have been canceled due to an emergency situation. An e-Learning day is an online, asynchronous learning day. On e-Learning Days, students use their district-issued Chromebooks to connect to the Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, to access assignments for the day.
What is considered an “emergency situation”?
Any situation that makes a school building inhabitable and/ or transportation for buses and cars unsafe and/ or any other situation that the superintendent deems an emergency situation. This may include but not limited to, incremental weather. The district may use up to 5 emergency days per year.
How will students “attend” school if the day is asynchronous?
They will be required to check-in for attendance by logging into Canvas and clicking a prompt at the top of the screen. This will take students to Infinite Campus and they will complete a “self-certify” check in by 1pm.
What if a student has a question or needs assistance?
Teachers and paraprofessionals are expected to be available throughout the day to meet virtually with students. Case managers and teachers (and/or paraprofessionals) will also be available to ensure specific needs with students and families are met. The HelpDesk will be available for remote assistance with technology.
What if a student needs a mobile hotspot for Wifi?
Students who do not have high-speed Internet at home are eligible to check out a mobile hotspot through D219 at no charge and may keep the hotspot for the duration of the school year. Students are encouraged to pick up a hotspot at the beginning of the year or as soon as it is necessary in order to support on-going academic success. Please visit the Technology Service Center located in your building to reserve a mobile hotspot.
How can parents and families support students during an e-Learning day?
It is highly recommended that Parents and Guardians activate their Canvas Parent accounts. The Canvas Parent account creates an “observer” role with the child’s Canvas courses. The observer role gives parents and guardians the ability to view assignments, grades and set up notifications and alerts. For more information, please visit: https://dev.niles-hs.k12.il.us/canvas-parent.
Here is the D219 E-Learning Plan for Emergency Days.