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Bellwood School District 88
Cook County, Illinois

E-Learning

E-Learning

Welcome to our E-Learning 2.0 page!

Welcome Back to the 2020-2021 school year. On June 23, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) released a 60-page joint-guidance document for reopening schools in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. District 88 has been working through the logistics of both a hybrid learning model (two days of socially-distanced onsite learning and three days remote) and a full remote learning plan (E-Learning 2.0).

On July 17, Superintendent, Mark Holder announced that the district would be focusing on a remote-only start for the first quarter via our E-Learning 2.0 Plan. The district will continue to develop plans for the hybrid model to prepare for an eventual safe return to onsite learning. More information about reopening can be found on our SD88 Reopening Page.

It is important to note that the data and guidelines around COVID-19 continue to change daily, requiring school districts to be agile and adaptive in their planning. We will continue to monitor public health conditions and the latest guidance from federal, state and local health officials, and we will be ready to adapt should we receive additional directives.

Title I After School Program

Bellwood School District 88 is expanding our after school program for the 2020–2021 school year and offering it to all students in kindergarten through 8th grades. If you have an interest in your child participating, please complete the online registration form below. The program will take place remotely and will start on ​Monday, October 19, 2020, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and will conclude on Tuesday, March 30, 2021. ​If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s school.

E-Learning 2.0

Returning to school and learning may be challenging for many students following a long and extended summer break due to COVID-19. This updated E-Learning 2.0 Plan expands upon the previous plan and will offer additional guidance and expectations for all. This plan will address student, parent, and staff expectations, daily instructional schedules, Illinois Learning Standards, grading, attendance, Google Classroom, additional supports, accommodations, and communication. See our 2020-2021 School Calendar for a list of student attendance days.

We are committed to providing a high-quality education for our students. Our plan aims to provide a structure that mirrors in-person instruction as best as possible.

General Expectations

Student work on remote learning days will be aligned to the Illinois State Standards, our curricular resources, and learning objectives. We feel that there are many important pieces that make this work, including initial communication, attendance processes, instructional practices, and connectivity. Like any activity, we feel it is best to be prepared and well-practiced. Students will utilize a district issued device and/or a device that their parents provide to meet all E-Learning expectations during this remote learning period.

Ensuring all students have access to remote instruction, includes ensuring all students have the necessary technology, training, support, and internet connectivity to engage in the instruction the school is providing and to meet the school’s expectations regarding grades. Accessibility also includes regular communication with teachers such as, via Remind, email, phone call, or an online learning platform; all platforms meet FERPA & COPPA standards.

The district’s secure, integrated, and recommended standard for remote instruction is Zoom (Zoom Privacy Statement) and/or Google Meet (Google Suite Privacy & Security Guidelines). Teacher’s will first initiate a meeting with his/her class by sending out a calendar invite and/or a website link to the session. Students will need their district-issued email address to gain access. If you do not have that information, please contact your child’s teacher. If you choose to opt out of virtual meetings, please email your child’s teacher and principal. All teachers’ email addresses are located on each school’s page under Our Staff.

The E-learning Hotline, (708) 410-3045, and the E-Learning Helpdesk are available as well. 

Acceptable Use Agreement

All students that were in need of a device received one during our Chromebook & Instructional Material Distribution week. Students and parents were made aware of our Acceptable User Agreement. During distribution, all parents who picked up a device, signed and acknowledged that they received a copy of the agreement. Students, parents, and teachers alike will be held to the standards outlined in the agreement.

E-Learning Schedule

During the E-Learning Day, please expect a more detailed schedule from your child’s teacher, which could include when virtual lessons, class meetings, and a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction will take place. Teachers will also be available during specific office hours. Please contact your child’s school for a more detailed schedule of learning activities.

Google Classroom

District 88 will continue to use Google Classroom, a free and secure learning network for teachers, students, and schools. It provides a safe way for us to connect, share content, access classwork, participate in discussions, and receive important class information or announcements. 

screenshot of google classroom, joining classroom

To sign into Google Classroom, you will first need to sign into Google using your district email address and password. If you need that information, please contact your child's teacher or email the E-Learning Helpdesk. Once they are logged into Google, they have two options. First, they can click on the waffle icon which is found in the upper corner of the Google home screen, and choose the classroom icon from the top-down menu. Second, they have the option to log into their Clever account and choose the Google Classroom icon. 

Clever Badges

Clever Badges allow students to access their digital curricular resources such as: SuperKids, Amplify Science, Imagine Language and Literacy, Imagine Español, Imagine Math, Imagine Math Facts, BrainPop, Epic Books, and Google Classroom. Once they are in their account they can click on any of the icons and will be taken to that program. Accessing the program through Clever is set up so no usernames or passwords are required. For some of the programs to work correctly, they will need to be logged into their District 88 email account.

Help

For questions or concerns with accessing any of our digital curriculum please contact the E-Learning hotline at (708) 410-3045, or E-Learning Helpdesk at elearning@s.sd88.org.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the latest information about E-Learning 2.0.