March 13, 2020
Dear Hazel Crest School District 1521/2 Parents
For the 2019-20 school year, the Illinois General Assembly
passed a law that provides flexibility on how to approach teaching and learning
during emergency days and "snow days." As a result, District 152% is
planning to introduce e-Learning days this year. This innovative approach to
learning ensures that instruction does not stop during inclement weather, and
e-Learning days will apply to all students in grades PreK-8.
In the past, if a snow day / emergency day was called by the
District, that "instructional day" was added to the end of the school
year. This often resulted in a lost day of student instruction. This process of
adding a day at the end of the year cannot address the concepts and skills
learned in an earlier term. This also extended the school year, which caused
scheduling conflicts for parents and our summer programs.
Parents will not be expected to assume the role of teacher
during e-Learning days. Our plan will ensure that teachers and support staff
will be available to assist students with their assignments during the hours of
a school day (9am - 2pm), via school email. The assignments for e-Learning are
designed to be engaging and meaningful and will allow students to learn while
Students will be required to log and submit evidence of
their learning experiences, found on the district website under E-Learning.
Students in PreK (full-day only) through grade 8 will need to be engaged for 5
clock hours. If students are unable to participate during the e-Learning day,
accommodations will be made to assist them in making up the missed work.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Linda
McClinton at [email protected].
Dr. Kenneth Spells Superintendent