Minor Enrollment Shift for Second Semester
There will not be significant enrollment changes between in-person students and remote learning students for the second semester, Dr. Hewitt reported. Parents were asked to select their children’s learning choices by November 17.
In grades K-5 across the district, six students will move from in-person learning to the Remote Learning Academy, and 39 students will shift to in-person learning from RLA. At the junior high, 11 students will switch to RLA and 26 will switch to in-person learning.
All students in the district who did not change learning environments will continue with the same teachers for the second semester. K-5 students who switched will receive placement and teacher information on December 18. At the junior high, the formula is more complex due to the different levels of English language arts, math and world language. Students changing placements will be notified of their new schedules in early January.
Draft Calendar Presented for 2021-22
The draft calendar for the 2021-22 school year follows the typical pattern of previous years, with one exception. Teachers typically return on the third Monday in August for two institute days with students starting the school year on Wednesday. The draft proposal for next year has the first Teacher Institute Day on Tuesday, August 17 and the first day for students on Thursday, August 19.
Parent/teacher conferences, school improvement planning days, and state holidays remain the same as the current calendar, except that Casimir Pulaski Day, March 7, 2022, becomes a student attendance day. This places the last day of school on Wednesday, June 1, 2022.
The 2021-22 school calendar will be finalized and approved at the Dec. 15 meeting.
Illinois School Report Cards Impacted by Pandemic
The annual Illinois School Report Card, traditionally released on Oct. 30 every year, was impacted by the school closures last spring due to the pandemic. The state did not conduct the Illinois Assessment of Readiness last March, which measures student achievement in Illinois Learning Standards. Only the demographic and financial data is published in the reports. The links to the interactive report cards for each school are posted on the district website School Report Card page.
District Mobile App Nears Release
The District 28 mobile app is nearing completion, which is the final stage of a two-year project to refresh and enhance parent communication.
A parent communication survey conducted in September 2019 indicated that 82% of respondents were either likely or very likely to use a mobile app. The app will allow users to customize calendars and save events to their devices, receive push notifications and send emails to district staff. A notification center will house district-wide and school-wide emails. Quick links will access website resources and news and social media feeds will keep parents up to date with what’s happening in the schools and district.
All parents will receive login information via email and instructions on how to download the app and customize it for their children’s schools, said Communications Director Terry Ryan. The app is expected to launch at the beginning of the second semester.
Other components of the communication project, which was based on parent feedback, included a new website design and a new notification system with more effective text messaging.