Remote Learning Program

Updated: April 27

Wednesday, April 29 will be an “early dismissal” day for students ending 1:00. Staff will be in a presentation from 1:00 to 2:30.

Arlyn’s Remote Learning Grading Policy has been posted.

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Arlyn School and Arlyn Transition will remain closed to students through at least Thursday, April 30. However, school is “open” virtually, and we will continue implementing our Remote Learning Plan on weekdays for the month of April.

Please review the school schedule below.

School days will follow a regular schedule every day. There is no shortened schedule for Wednesday.

Plans for remote learning are currently being implemented. It is likely that plans will change as we adapt to unforeseen situations. Instructions and details will appear here as they become available. Please check back often for information about Arlyn’s Remote Learning plan.


EXPECTATIONS FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING DURING REMOTE LEARNING DAYS

The expectations below are intended to provide structure to a new and unanticipated circumstance. The goal of Remote Learning is to maintain a level of consistency and support for students over an extended period when student attendance on campus is not an option.

We ask that all stakeholders be flexible during this difficult process. We expect teachers to be flexible around student challenges, technical difficulties, deadlines, and grading. We ask that students be flexible regarding technical difficulties and teacher response times. Parents, we greatly appreciate your patience and partnership with Arlyn staff as we work together to figure out how to best move learning forward.

With everyone working together, we can make the best of a very unique situation for the good of the students and their learning.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

  • Students are expected to maintain appropriate communication during remote learning days, and at all times. Communication is logged.
  • Students must check their Arlyn email account each morning by 8:00 a.m. and review assigned work and make a plan for the day. Logins are monitored automatically.
  • Check in with your homeroom teachers’s Homeroom page on Google Docs.
  • Assignments must be turned in each day for the purpose of taking attendance.
  • Respond to your Case Manager by 8:00 a.m. so your teacher knows you have a plan for that day.
  • If you are ill and cannot work on a day, your parent or guardian must contact the school as usual. Any work due will be made up per teacher instructions.
  • If you receive individualized services such as Occupational Therapy, or Speech Language Therapy, follow the plan given to you by your clinician.
  • Students should communicate with teachers about daily and long-term assignments via email or Google Classrooms or Docs.
  • For daily assignments, in order to give teachers time to respond, students must communicate questions about those assignments during the times listed below.
  • Students must complete assignments and submit daily check-in requirements to teachers via the requested format (Google Classroom, Google Docs, email, etc.) by the end of 8th Period (Middle School 9th Period). Teachers will take attendance based on the work you turn in for daily requirements.

FAQ

Question: “How can I communicate with my teachers and therapist?”

Answer: “Teachers and Clinicians will be available by email throughout the day and will respond through identified electronic means.”


Question: “I have ELA with Mr. Ward first period, when should I email him with a question about an assignment?”

Answer: “Mr. Ward will be responding to email regarding Period 1 ELA from 8:20 – 9:00.”


Question: “How will my teachers know to mark me present for a class?”

Answer: “You should email your homeroom teacher by 8:10 each morning to let them know you have a plan for the day. Teachers may ask you to join a shared Google Doc during the designated class time.”



Class Schedule – Subject to Change

Students should follow their schedule while working at home.

Daily School Schedule

8:00 – 8:20Check In
8:20 – 9:00Period 1  
9:00 – 9:40Period 2
9:40 – 10:20Period 3
10:20 – 11:00Period 4
11:00 – 11:20Check In
11:20 – 11:40Lunch
11:40 – 12:20Period 6
12:20 – 1:00Period 7
1:00 – 1:40Period 8
1:40 – 2:20Period 5 (Advisory)

Middle School Schedule

Please refer to the individual schedules that were emailed to you for specific classes.

8:00 – 8:20Check In
8:20 – 9:00Period 8
9:00 – 9:40Period 2
9:40 – 10:20Period 3
10:20 – 11:00Period 4
11:00 – 11:20Check In
11:20 – 11:40Lunch
11:40 – 12:20Period 5
12:20 – 1:00Period 7
1:00 – 1:40Period 9
1:40 – 2:20Period 6 (Advisory)

TEACHER EXPECTATIONS

  • Post and publish course work on Google Docs, Classroom, or email by 8:00 a.m. daily.
  • Assignments should be meaningful yet manageable for a student’s total workload.
  • Indicate the method for students to turn in the assignment electronically. Recognize that students may not have printers at home.
  • Include due dates on all assignments. Be clear to students how assignments will impact their grade.
  • Respond to email messages from students on a timely basis.
  • Communicate with students and administrators with any concerns about attendance and progress.
  • Take class attendance daily.

CLINICIAN EXPECTATIONS

  • Provide individual, group, and parent/family counseling as indicated on IEPs.
  • Groups will be conducted online or by other means.
  • Maintain contact with students and families.
  • Be available for check-ins as needed.
  • Monitor student participation in Remote Learning through regular email contact.

Arlyn School Remote Learning Grading Policy

April 17, 2020

The Illinois State Board of Education has issued guidelines that give school districts flexibility in grading but suggest that remote learning must not negatively impact a student’s grades or otherwise impact a student’s academic standing. Arlyn School has  examined different options for grading that honor these guidelines.

Arlyn School’s policy on grading is based upon the principle of no educational harm to any child. This pandemic and the statewide suspension of in-person instruction – the first in modern history – has impacted our entire society. Grading during this period of unprecedented crisis will include pass/incomplete options. We expect that student learning continues during remote instruction and want to minimize any negative effects on students.

As we transition into a more extended closure period, students are expected to continue with the learning activities assigned during remote learning. We are mindful of the impact of time on tasks, time on screens, and time on reflection during this pandemic. We understand that this situation is unique and stressful for both students and teachers. It is not possible to deliver the same experience or the same curriculum as if students were in the classroom each day. Teachers have adjusted their fourth-quarter curricula to modify lessons to the essential understandings, concepts, and skills most necessary as building blocks for future learning.

We have deployed specialists and educational support personnel to help students in need of intervention. Students are encouraged to complete all of the work assigned and reviewed during the remote learning period. If students cannot or do not complete the work, an incomplete grade may be issued and a return to work incomplete remediation period.

  • Grades for the current term will be reported on a pass/incomplete basis
  • We will issue an incomplete to students who are unable to complete the instructional remote learning activities in a timely fashion
  • A traditional grading structure (A-D) will be used for students who would benefit from grades other than pass/incomplete (students who want letter grades for class rank, GPA, etc.), provided:
    • The student’s current grade is maintained or improved and does not decrease from the 3rd Quarter Grade. This is provided the student demonstrates continued engagement and ability at a passing level after the transition to instructional remote learning days;
    • Students can improve grades as they demonstrate attainment of prior and future skills and work;
    • The use of ‘F’ (failing grades) is not in place during remote learning. Instead, a grade of Incomplete (INC) will be issued with an opportunity to complete the 4th Quarter instructional activities when the remote learning period ends.

We will continue to update you on Arlyn’s remote learning program, ISBE guidance, state assessments, PSAT/SAT, graduation requirements, etc. 

We are committed to being flexible during these unprecedented times and plan to expand our remote service delivery to include more connections between students and staff during the coming week.