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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the revised plan for the fall? (8/3/20)

All students will start the school year remotely through October 30. The district will continue to monitor guidance from state and public health officials and adjust as needed at the end of the first quarter.

Do I need to change my child's registration or select a different option for fall? (8/3/20)

If you have already completed online registration for the 2020-21 school year in ParentVUE and selected either the Online Academy or A/B/C Schedule from the previous plan, you do not need to re-register your child or change your selection as all students will start with remote learning.

Will my child have a teacher from his or her school? (8/3/20)

Yes, your child will be taught by a teacher from your home school. Online Academy is no longer an option at this time. In the revised plan, all students will start remotely with teachers and classmates from their own school.

Is there a deadline to register for school? (8/3/20)

While there is not a formal deadline to complete your online registration, we strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible so we can complete course schedules and class lists.

When is the first day of school? (8/10/20)

The first day of school is September 3. A revised school calendar is available at http://www.ipsd.org/calendar/SchoolCalendar2021.pdf

Will my child be able to participate in athletics? (8/3/20)

The Illinois High School Association announced their plans for the 2020-2021 school year on July 29, 2020. A new “condensed” schedule was presented allowing some traditional fall sports to continue, while moving others to the spring. The plan shifted programs to different seasons; but will allow every student-athlete the opportunity to participate. The IHSA ruling came shortly after Governor JB Pritzker announced new state rules restricting youth and adult recreational sport activities. As it currently stands, District 204 will follow the Governor's and IHSA guidelines for participation. Updated District statements related to high school participation will follow, but the District is bound by the parameters of the Governor's position. The latest restrictions are available on the Restore Illinois website.

Will my child be able to participate in extracurricular activities? (8/3/20)

Students will have options for extra-curricular activities and athletics in an environment that adheres to public health guidelines. Clubs will start virtually with plans to move to small groups that meet the district's safety requirements.

How will the district administer assessments? (8/10/20)

SAT Testing Dates: At this time, we plan to offer the optional National SAT testing dates for students that have registered through the College Board with safety protocols in place. For the in-school SAT test that is required for graduation, we plan to offer that to seniors that were not tested last spring on September 23 with safety protocols in place. Results should be available to students around October 15. Makeup dates will be offered later in the year for students unable to test

PSAT/NMSQT: The PSAT/NMSQT is an optional assessment for juniors to qualify for National Merit recognition and scholarships. At this time, we plan to offer the PSAT/NMSQT for juniors on October 14.

District Assessments: District 204 administers other assessments (e.g. aimsweb, CogAT) to monitor progress and for program and course placement. Remote administration is being explored for these assessments. Some assessments may be delayed until later in the year.

Will kindergarten and first-grade students have devices? (8/3/20)

Yes. All students in kindergarten through twelfth grade will have district-issued devices.

What support is available for working families? (8/10/20)

Several community partners have created programs to provide child supervision for working families. The YMCA is offering a Safe ‘n Sound Remote Learning Program from 9 am to 3:30 pm, three and five days a week in some of our schools. Fox Valley Park District’s eCare program is from 7 am to 6 pm, with two-, three-, and five-day options in park district facilities. Naperville Park District has indicated it will also have a program. We will share all program details, including how to register, as soon as we receive the information.

Are the same high school electives offered with remote learning? (8/3/20)

Yes. One of the benefits of starting remotely for all students is that the course offerings for high school are the same as in-person instruction and will be taught by a teacher from your child's school.

Will preschool still be offered? (8/3/20)

Remote learning at the preschool level will be accomplished by work packets and activities that are aligned with the preschool curriculum. These packets will be sent to the home on a weekly basis. Regularly scheduled time between staff and parents will be included in the remote learning plan to discuss student progress, problem solving strategies, and social emotional status. Board Certified Behavior Analysts as well as Assistive Technology specialists will also be available for consultation on behavioral strategies and the use of assistive technology devices.

How will the STEPS program operate? (8/3/20)

The STEPS students will have online coursework in their pathway that follows the following blocks:

  • Academics block
  • Vocational block
  • Community block
  • Independent Living block

Students attending College of DuPage will be scheduled to accommodate their COD schedule. Monday will be designated as a student choice coursework option, which will also be in a remote platform.

Will Driver's Education still be offered? (8/3/20)

Driver's Education will be offered for high school students enrolled in the fall semester. The classroom portion of Driver's Education will be delivered online. The district is still working on plans for behind-the-wheel instruction that will be in accordance with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, local health authorities and District 204 guidelines for in-person instruction.

How can I verify my online registration has been accepted? (8/3/20)

  1. Login to your ParentVUE account
  2. Click on “Student Info” on the left menu
  3. Scroll down to the box "2020-21 Online Registration Status"
  4. If the box contains an "Accepted Date" the district has received your registration and no further action is needed.
  5. If the box is blank and does not contain an acceptance date AND you have not started your online registration, you can begin registration here.

What if my child is sick and can’t participate in remote learning for the day? (8/10/20)

Attendance will be taken by teachers and absences will be reported by parents. Parents can either call the attendance line or use the ParentVUE website or mobile app to report an absence.

How can I get meals for my child? (8/10/20)

The district’s Food Service program will begin Thursday, September 3. Grab and go meals will be available for students and packaged as a breakfast and lunch combo. Pick up will be between 12 PM and 2 PM, Monday – Friday at all 21 elementary schools. Families will need to pre-order daily or weekly meals using an online form before 9 AM each day. Breakfast/Lunch combination meal prices per day are $4.35 ($0.70 for reduced eligible families). Meals will be charged to PushCoin account. Free/reduced eligible families will need to complete the application available on the district’s website.

Special Education FAQ

How will special education instruction be delivered? (8/3/20)

Teachers will have the option of delivering instruction or teletherapy remotely or through scheduled in-person services. In some cases, both may be used. For scheduled in-person services, a student would come into a select building to receive such services as speech, social work, OT, PT, screenings, reevaluations, initial evaluations, braille instruction, and certain other forms of specialized instruction. This option will only be considered for those students who either cannot complete the evaluation/screening components in a remote manner or for those students whose challenges are so severe that access via remote is beyond their capacity.

Select buildings utilized for scheduled in-person services will be physically arranged to maintain social distancing guidelines and the PPE of both face masks and face shields will be provided to staff. In addition, plexiglass dividers will be between the student and the staff member. Students will be expected to wear a face mask, unless medically exempted. Further details regarding scheduled in-person services are being developed and will be forwarded to parents once they are finalized, including transportation. We do realize that the nature of some of the related services (OT/PT) necessitates close contact; we are working through whether there is a way to maintain safety guidelines in these cases.

How will I know the manner in which special education will be delivered to my child? (8/3/20)

Case managers will work together with the family to assist them in developing a remote learning schedule for the delivery of services. This process is what we did in the Spring and what ESY staff did prior to ESY. In this way, the parents can assist in making sure the student is prepared and ready to engage in the remote learning, or scheduled in-person services, at the scheduled time and understand how services will be delivered.

If my child receives scheduled in-person services, will it be in small groups or individual, or both? (8/3/20)

At this time, all special education services in a scheduled in-person model will be 1:1.

Are scheduled in-person services safe? (8/3/20)

Social distancing guidelines will be maintained as well as the established safety protocols of PPE and disinfecting areas after each student session.

Is transportation provided for scheduled in-person services? (8/3/20)

We are working on those details and will provide more information soon.

If my child is recommended for scheduled in-person services but I don't want them in the building, how will they get their service? (8/3/20)

In those cases, students will be provided synchronous or asynchronous service with their teacher or related service provider. No one will force your child to go into the building.

What about preschool and Preschool for All students? (8/3/20)

ISBE guidance states as follows: "For students who would normally receive a half day of instruction, a minimum of 2 total clock hours per day is required. ISBE strongly recommends for half-day students that on any Remote learning day that at least 1.5 hours per day of synchronous learning with real-time instruction and live interaction between students and their teachers take place."

Please note that the instructional time required for Preschool For All (PFA) programs remains 2.5 hours.

Currently, the plan is for a combination of work packets and scheduled in-person services. The possibility of synchronous or asynchronous instruction is being explored but preschool students will not be assigned a District device.

What about the timelines for evaluations and reevaluations? (8/3/20)

The school day timelines for initial and reevaluations continue to apply, just as if in-person learning was occurring. We also have a number of evaluations that we concluded last year with the promise that we would reopen once school was back in session. This is now an opportunity for teams to discuss whether the student could drop in for the specific purpose of completing such things as, for example, a psychological assessment or speech assessment. Of course, parent surveys, interviews, and some assessments may be able to be done remotely.

Do IEPs or Section 504 Plans need to be amended? (8/3/20)

No. The remote learning plan and documentation of services will be the tools that will be used.

How will we conduct IEP and 504 meetings? (8/3/20)

All meetings will be held remotely.

Will my child's 504 Plan be implemented? (8/3/20)

Yes. Similar to the Spring, case managers will reach out to the students on their 504 caseload and develop a 504 remote plan. Parents will be a part of the development of the Plan. Parents will be informed of how all of their child's teachers will be notified in order to implement the components of the student's 504 Plan.

What about a student's Behavior Intervention Plan? (8/3/20)

The BIP is a document developed for the school setting and to the extent it applies to remote instruction, we will deliver the services. However, it is not designed or written to be implemented in the home. However, we will have our DST Behavioral team conduct regularly scheduled "office hours” with parents who need ongoing behavioral support at home.

What about students who have Assistive Technology devices? (8/3/20)

Our FAPE obligation includes providing AT devices for learning and communication. Our AT specialists will have regularly scheduled time with parents to check in with them or provide professional development on the functions and use of their child's device.

What about our students coming from Early Intervention Services? (8/3/20)

ISBE currently provides no flexibility in the timeline for evaluating students as they transition from Early Intervention. These evaluations must be completed and a placement recommendation made prior to the student's third birthday. ISBE guidance suggests that these evaluations be conducted through electronic means, which is difficult (if not impossible) to accomplish with a play-based assessment. At this time, we will rely on existing information and communicate with Early Intervention providers to determine eligibility and services.

If a student comes in from Early Intervention and we determine eligibility, does there need to be an IEP and service the student via remote learning? (8/3/20)

Yes, we have an obligation to provide a FAPE to every student.

Feedback

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