COVID-19 News & Updates
Updated on August 8, 2020
Dear Robinson CUSD#2 Families,
The early days of August are one of my favorite times of year as an educator as we prepare to welcome our students back into our schools. This year has been extremely challenging but I want to assure you that the excitement and anticipation that our staff feels is still there and we can’t wait to see our students.
As mentioned in my message earlier this week, online registration on Skyward is in progress and will remain open through Sunday, August 9. Please remember that we need all Robinson CUSD#2 students to be registered through Skyward, regardless of whether they will attend in person or participate in remote learning. If for any reason you need to access the registration system after August 9, you may contact your child’s school office and they can assist.
Our Back-to-School planning group of 33 individuals is wrapping up some last details on our overall plan and we anticipate having the full plan completed early next week. I am extremely grateful to this team for their generous gifts of time and expertise to plan for our safe return to school. Even when complete, our plan will be continually reviewed and revised as necessary to respond to changing conditions. In my message on August 2, I shared the completed draft of the section on Face Coverings and today I want to share our draft of the Instructional Design section of the plan. This section provides information about in-person learning and remote learning.
If you wish to select the remote learning option rather than returning for in-person learning on August 24, please contact your child’s building principal anytime from August 10 through August 14.
I hope that you will enjoy these last days of summer and stay safe and healthy.
Our committee and our staff are preparing to welcome the majority of our students back for in-person learning on August 24. However, at the same time, we are building the district’s capacity to provide remote learning as necessary.
School start and stop times at Washington Elementary School (8:10-2:35) and Lincoln Elementary School (8:20-2:45) will remain the same as in the past. The start and stop times at Nuttall Middle School (8:00-1:45) and Robinson High School (8:00-1:40) have been modified to allow teachers time to check in with students learning remotely and plan and create content for those students. Families selecting in-person learning do not need to complete any additional steps beyond registering through Skyward.
Robinson CUSD#2 has taken several steps to enhance our capacity to provide remote learning. We have purchased enough devices to allow for every student in the district to be assigned a school-owned Chromebook. In addition, we have options to assist students who may have no Internet access. Finally, our technology committee has developed training for both students and teachers to familiarize them with remote learning and the specific platform we will be using. There are three different scenarios that we anticipate remote learning may be utilized:
Remote Learning from First Day of School
Enrollment: Families electing to enroll their child in remote learning starting on the first day of the school year should first register their child as normal through the Skyward online registration system. Families are then asked to contact the building principal between August 10 and August 14 to indicate that they would like to participate in remote learning. The principal will explain the remote learning program and ask the parent to provide information about Internet access and contact information. Students will be enrolled in remote learning for a period of one academic quarter. At the end of each quarter, parents will have the option to re-enroll the student in remote learning or to return the student to in-person learning.
Teacher and Curriculum
K-5 Elementary Students: All K-5 students participating in remote learning will be assigned a homeroom teacher at their grade level. In addition, each student will be assigned a remote learning teacher. The remote learning teacher will be fully licensed teacher working for Robinson CUSD#2 but may or may not be the same as the homeroom teacher. At the K-5 level, the district will provide access to a commercial online curriculum for students enrolled in remote learning. The remote learning teacher will be in touch with each remote learning student daily. The remote learning teacher will coordinate the remote learning content with what is being covered during in-person learning to allow for a smooth transition from remote learning to in-person learning should that become necessary. In addition, the homeroom teacher will contact the remote learning student on a regular basis to build and maintain rapport in preparation for a potential return to in-person learning. Students will be expected to engage daily in the curriculum (unless ill or absent) and participation will be tracked. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) will continue to work toward progress on IEP goals. IEP minutes will be determined on an individual basis based upon the students’ current percentages in special education and the students’ individual needs. IEP minutes will be met with a combination of virtual, telephone, videos, emails, and/or work assigned. Activities will consist of group meetings, individual meetings, independent work, or providing accommodations to the students for testing and general education assignments.
6-12 Students: For students in grades 6-12 participating in remote learning from the beginning of the year, the content will be provided by the same teacher who would be providing the instruction in person. The curriculum will match what is being covered in the physical classroom and will be provided through Google Classroom. The in-person instructor will monitor progress, assess, and provide feedback as needed. Students will be expected to engage daily in the curriculum (unless ill or absent) and participation will be tracked. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP) will continue to work toward progress on IEP goals. IEP minutes will be determined on an individual basis based upon the students’ current percentages in special education and the students’ individual needs. IEP minutes will be met with a combination of virtual, telephone, videos, emails, and/or work assigned. Activities will consist of group meetings, individual meetings, independent work, or providing accommodations to the students for testing and general education assignments.
Technology: All students participating in remote learning will be issued a school-owned Chromebook. Students will log in to their device using their school-issued Google credentials. The devices are protected (filtered) through the GoGuardian software which insures the devices are used for educational purposes only. This software is compliant with the Child Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The district will work with families to assess their Internet service and will assist with addressing any gaps in Internet access needed to facilitate remote learning.
Remote Learning During a Small-Scale Quarantine or Extended Absence
In the event that a student learning in-person comes under quarantine or has any other extended absence, the student will be provided with material by his or her classroom teacher as has been the normal practice during absences in the past. This may be supplemented by online content at grades 6-12.
Remote Learning if District School Buildings Must Close
The Instructional Design Committee has revised the district’s remote learning plan that was utilized in the Spring of 2020 to reflect new mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education and our increased capacity to provide instructional content through technology. If we face the unfortunate circumstance that our school buildings must close to in-person learning, this plan will be implemented. We will provide every student with a school-owned device and work with families to insure that every child has adequate access to the Internet. All of our teachers will shift to providing online content on the Google Classroom platform.
Published on August 3, 2020
Good afternoon Robinson CUSD#2 Families,
The online registration process for the 2020-2021 school year is currently underway and will continue through next Sunday, August 9, 2020. Please visit our school website for detailed information and access to the online registration portal.
As you know, the end of last school year was unlike any we have ever experienced. The start of the 2020-2021 school year will be very different as well. Our team has been working diligently to plan a safe return to in-person learning for our students and staff. At the same time, we recognize that some families may not be comfortable with their children returning to in-person learning under the current conditions. A remote learning option will be available. Again, the committee is working very hard to plan the best way to provide this opportunity for our students.
We will have additional information for you on the remote learning option by the beginning of next week as well as instructions on how to contact us if you decide this is the best option for your child. Please note that regardless of whether your child will attend in person or participate in remote learning, we need all students to complete online registration.
Finally, many of you have asked about what types of face coverings are allowable. I am copying the draft of the face covering section of our district plan below for your reference. We hope to have the entire plan complete and communicated to our families, staff, and community by sometime early next week.
On behalf of our Robinson CUSD#2 staff, thank you for your support and we very much look forward to working with your students soon!
All students and staff must wear a face covering while inside school buildings and while riding on a school bus. Any type of cloth face covering which fits snugly around the mouth and nose is acceptable. For some students, a gaiter-type face covering may be more comfortable and easier to manage. Disposable masks are also acceptable. Clear face-shields do not meet the requirements from ISBE and IDPH. As with any clothing or accessories worn at school, all face-coverings must be free from content advertising alcoholic beverages, drugs, violence, suggestive messages, or any content that interferes in the learning process or exhibits poor judgement.
Families are encouraged to obtain at least 2 reusable masks/face coverings per child to allow for daily laundering. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency will also provide one reusable mask for every student and staff member in Illinois schools. Our schools will have plenty of extra masks available if families are unable to provide one or if a student’s face covering becomes lost, damaged, or soiled during the school day. Individuals must wear a mask or other appropriate face covering as described above to enter school buildings or a school bus and it must remain on while in the building unless the individual is eating or drinking.