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E-Learning

E-Learning Announcement

 

Parents and Community Members of the Tri-Point School District

The past couple of days have provided us with weather conditions that are less than favorable for transporting students to and from school.  The forecast for next week predicts extremely low temperatures and calls for snow to also be in the forecast. Because of this forecast and the possibility of missing numerous days in the near future, Tri-Point is going to implement e-learning days. An e-learning day is a day that students stay at home but complete assignments through online options and it gets counted as a school day.

 

E-Learning is a new option following a change in the law in Illinois. The State Legislature changed what can be counted as a school day. The new law eliminates the requirement of a minimum number of hours that constitutes an instructional school day. This gives school districts the opportunity to take learning out of the classroom through online instruction, independent research projects, work-based learning and internships, according to the Illinois State Board of Education.

Online learning, sometimes called e-learning, utilizes many different types of digital learning. In the Tri-Point school district, almost every student in grades K-12 is involved with some kind of online learning every day.  We purchase subscriptions to online learning tools, have access to numerous learning games, utilize the Google Classroom, and have many additional online applications. Each grade level of teachers has collaborated and will continue to collaborate on any digital learning day to collectively develop lessons that are grade level appropriate and a continuation of what has been happening in the classroom.

  • Examples could include a review of content in science or social studies, a reinforcement activity in a subject, a video introduction to a unit, physical activities of some kind, or a spelling or writing prompt.  
  • At the junior high and high school level, many of our students are already engaged in digital platforms for classes utilizing google classroom. In these cases, teachers will simply assign experiences as though the student were in attendance.

 

We realize that some students and families may have limited internet access.  Some of the e-learning activities won’t need any more than a cell phone that can access the district webpage or Facebook page to see what the work is that has been assigned. Please watch your Class DoJo account, email accounts, and voice mail for information from your student’s teacher.  Some of the assignments may require your student to log in using a user name and password – teachers may be sending that information to you in the near future.

We have just added an E-Learning tab to each building section on the school district webpage.  For instance, If your student attends school in Piper City, you would click on the e-learning tab under the Upper Elementary/Junior High tab.  When you choose the e-learning tab under your school, there will be a link to click to see the current e-learning assignment.  In the event that we choose to use an e-learning day, we will send out an outreach telephone call and email announcement that will announce the e-learning day and remind parents and students where to go to get information on the daily assignments.

Please be patient with us as we work through the process of adopting e-learning in Tri-Point Schools

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