District 7 Parents,
Thank you for being patient over the past two weeks while we shifted gears to a new way of teaching and learning. As you know, on Tuesday, March 31st, the Governor announced an extension of the stay-in-place and school closure through the end of April.
During the first two and a half weeks of the closure, District 7 implemented an e-Learning/Home-Based learning plan. Under guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), all days moving forward will be titled “Remote Learning Days”, and all districts must develop a Remote Learning Plan. The Remote Learning Plan being developed will be closely aligned to District 7’s e-Learning plan.
During the extended closure, the District’s priorities will continue to focus on the needs and well-being of the students and families, to ensure meals are provided to those who need them and to continue providing remote learning activities for all students.
We have learned a lot about providing e-learning/remote learning in a short time. We are extremely proud of District 7 staff for continuing their work despite the challenges, questions, and concerns that are raised.
Remote Learning Planning Day (Friday, April 3rd)
Due to the extended closure announcement from the Governor, District 7 is providing the staff with a day to review, plan and to prepare for the coming weeks. On Friday, April 3rd, District 7 Staff will have opportunities to teleconference with their colleagues and to participate remotely in professional development. Students will have the day to enjoy activities with their families, complete any assignments that are due on Friday, or catch up on learning activities they’ve missed. Students and parents may still email questions to teachers this Friday or any future Planning Days. Please understand, however, that teachers will be unavailable to communicate in the same manner as a typical Remote Learning Day.
On Friday, we hope to have the details of the Remote Learning Plan available for parents. Once it is completed, we will email a summary of the plan as well as making it available on the District 7 website. Remote Learning for all students will resume on Tuesday, April 14th after Spring Break.
Dr. Jason Henderson
- Feed children by providing daily meals Monday through Friday
- Communicate accurate information on a regular basis
- Engage students academically and socially
District 7 parents,
I’m hopeful that everyone is safe at home today and that your students have been able to access the assignments that the teachers have provided. I also hope those of you that requested meals were able to pick them up today or that they have been delivered.
I wanted to reassure those middle and high school students and parents who might be struggling with the e-Learning assignments that our staff is committed to helping you! We are particularly aware of parents with multiple students at the middle and high school level who are receiving dozens of emails regarding assignments and that they are difficult to distinguish. We are brainstorming ideas that will hopefully make this simpler moving forward.
If your students are struggling on this first day to complete their assignments or are overwhelmed, please reassure them that their teachers are going to be flexible and will help them through this as we move forward. I also want to continue to reassure students and parents that any assignments completed during the time of school closure WILL NOT negatively affect their grades.
At the end of this email is a list of two local businesses that are offering 60 days of free internet services to help families during the time of school closure. If you know of anyone who might need internet service, please pass this information on to them.
There are many rumors that continue to fly around social media regarding school being closed for a longer period of time than just two weeks. Although this is certainly possible, we have not received any further directives yet. As soon as we have more information, we will pass it along to parents and the community.
Dr. Jason Henderson
Businesses offering free internet
Charter is offering 60 days of free internet access (click link below)
Madison Communications is offering 60 days of free internet access (click link below)
Our District 7 community didn’t let a little rain scare them away…everyone is working hard to prepare and deliver meals to families across the District!
District 7 parents and community members,
I am sending this brief message today to let you know of some updates to the District 7 web page located at www.ecusd7.org. On the homepage, you will now see only two banners to click on in the middle of the page. The first of these banners is labeled “SCHOOL CLOSURE: COVID-19 INFORMATION”. Clicking on this link will take you to the location where all information related to school closure will be housed. This will include all messages to parents and community members, a link to Frequently Asked Questions, a list of local restaurants offering free meals/snacks for students, and other timely and important information. We will continue to send out information via email and social media, but we wanted to let you know that everything will be housed on this website if you are looking for the most up-to-date information as well as any past communications.
We continue to receive word of more restaurants that are providing free meals for students and we will update this list continuously as we get information. For the most up-to-date list, click here: http://ecusd7.org/covid19/#tab-id-4. If you know of families that need meals, please have them contact the District Office at 656-1182.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to call your child’s school between the hours of 8 AM and 1 PM. The District Office can also be reached during this same time frame. We will keep parents informed if we are forced to shorten or eliminate these hours.
Dr. Jason Henderson
District 7 Parents,
I wanted to thank all the members of the community who have reached out to volunteer their services or areas of expertise in this time of need. In particular, I wanted to update the community that District 7 is ready to begin providing breakfasts and lunches to those families who completed the survey or have reached out to us by phone. If you know of other families in need of meals, please have them contact the District Office at 656-1182. As a side note, at the end of this email are the list of local businesses who have volunteered to provide meals/snacks to students at their place of business.
In addition to meals, we continue to add to our list of FAQs including the two (2) new questions below. The FAQ list is located on the district website and will be updated as more questions are asked and answered. The entire FAQ list can be found directly at the following link: http://ecusd7.org/wp-content/uploads/bsk-pdf-manager/2020/03/FAQs_Regarding_School_Closure_from_March17-30.pdf
Will assignments that are completed during at-home or e-Learning count towards grades?
NO—assignments and lessons that are completed at home will not affect student grades. This is a directive from the Illinois State Board of Education. District 7 will NOT require that students complete the work nor will we give any sort of disciplinary action if assignments are not completed. While this is the case, we hope that most students will make the choice to engage with their teachers and complete any assignments. Our teaching staff is trying everything possible to maintain some level of continuity and routine for students and keep them moving forward with their education. We are counting on parents to help their students develop a daily routine that includes completing school work and assignments.
What do we do if our child is unable to access the digital platforms recommended by the classroom teacher?
All materials related to accessing our digital technology platforms can be found on the District 7 website: http://ecusd7.org/parents/digital-resources-asp/ This site provides direct links to Clever, Schoology, and Tigerview along with a digital content manual that walks through the steps of accessing digital items based on a child’s grade level. The last page of the document provides “Troubleshooting Tips” that may help answer some of the most common errors in accessing the content. If you are still unable to access the content, please email your building principal with your name, student’s name and grade, and where your issue is occurring. For a more prompt response, it would be beneficial to send a screenshot of the error if that is feasible.
Thanks again for your continued support. Please feel free to reach out to your building principal or the District Office with any questions you may have.
Dr. Jason Henderson
Local Businesses providing meals/snacks for students
McAlister’s Deli will offer a free lunch for kids from 11 a.m. to 1p.m. Monday through Friday. Free lunch will include a turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, applesauce and a cookie. No other purchase necessary.
312 Great Place Dr., Edwardsville
Crazy Bowls & Wraps: Every child that comes to location they will offer free kids quesadillas Monday thru Friday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. Meal will include a drink, crispy treat, chips and no additional purchase necessary.
6679 Edwardsville Crossing, Edwardsville
Source Juicery: Snack bags or fresh fruit for kids in need. If you call ahead, they will deliver to your car.
228 N. Main Street, Edwardsville
Edwardsville School District #7
708 St. Louis St
Edwardsville, IL, 62025
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