ELearning

Champaign Unit 4 E-Learning Plan
Posted on 12/09/2020

December 7, 2020

Dear Unit 4 Families and Staff,

Generally during the winter months, we are often faced with the potential of needing to use “emergency snow days”. Those emergency snow days often require that we add instructional days at the end of the school year. While the General Assembly has allowed for school districts to conduct instruction remotely when the Governor declares a disaster due to a public health emergency (such as the COVID-19 pandemic), Illinois school districts also have an opportunity to establish “e-learning” programs which would allow students to attend classes remotely in the event of a school closure emergency, such as during a winter storm. The e-learning program, if adopted and utilized, would be very similar to the model currently used for the District’s remote learning days during the COVID-19 pandemic. By utilizing an approved “e-learning” program, the District and students will be able to continue school when they are not able to attend in person during emergency situations such as during a winter storm when the school buildings are not accessible. This will alleviate the need to “add days” at the end of the school calendar in such situations.

What are the next steps?

In accordance with the State approval process, a public hearing will take place on December 14th, 2020 at 6:00pm during the regular meeting of the Champaign Unit 4 board. During this hearing, the terms of the proposed e-learning program will be presented and an opportunity for public comment will be provided. Following the school board’s adoption of the e-learning program by written resolution (if they so adopt), a proposal will be submitted to the Regional Office of Education for verification.

How does Champaign Unit 4 plan to use its e-learning program?

When a school closure is necessary (typically in the case of severe weather), an emergency notification will be issued by school officials. The District Administration will monitor developments, such as weather conditions, to prepare for an e-learning day if needed.

While emergency days will continue to be built into the District Calendar each school year, the e-learning program will help ensure that the required number of instructional days are met by using e-learning days in lieu of emergency days. Since an e-learning day counts as a student attendance day, a make-up day would not be needed at the end of the school year.

Activities, practices, and rehearsals which occur outside of the normal school day would be addressed on a case-by-case basis when an e-learning day is confirmed.

What are the general expectations and responsibilities of the e-learning program?

When an e-learning day is implemented by the District Administration, information will be shared with families as soon as possible. Families will be notified by School Messenger, emails and on the District’s website. Additional information regarding the District’s proposed e-learning program, including the protocol regarding general expectations and responsibilities of the proposed program, can be found below:

We look forward to sharing an update with families after the verification process is complete.

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