Dear Dimmick Families,
As we transition to District-wide remote learning starting Monday, November 23 through Friday, December 4 please be sure review the information below from the District Pandemic Learning Plan.
Remote Learning: Students will be required to participate in learning sessions that meet ISBE requirements. Sessions will include a blend of live, recorded, and digital lessons. Parental guidance and assistance may be required to support younger learners participating in remote learning.
In accordance with ISBE requirements, students will need to complete 5 hours of learning each day to count toward a full school day and toward attendance.
Scheduled sessions will be incorporated into the weekly schedule to ensure all students remain on track with their in-person learning peers.
Parents electing for remote learning are expected to ensure that their child is an active participant each day that school is in session. Active participation means:
Students will remote in and follow the regular school day schedule each day that school is in session.
Students will have a location in the home that is quiet, distraction free and conducive to learning.
Parents will ensure that students are engaged in the learning activities developed by the teachers.
Parents will ensure that their children are adhering to all school rules, dress codes, etc. while participating in remote learning.
Students are expected to complete all assigned work or activities on time.
If the student is experiencing technological issues parents should contact the school as soon as possible.
When remote learning, anything within view of the device’s camera must be appropriate for school.
All district expectations remain in effect during the interruption of in-person learning. Students are subject to discipline for disrupting the remote learning environment to the same extent that discipline would be imposed for disruption of the traditional classroom
All courses will be graded according to the student handbook.
Assignments will be linked via Google Classroom (3-8) or SeeSaw (K-2).
Special education, 504 and RtI support will be provided.
Classroom lessons shared by the teacher are assigned to students and are for supporting student learning. No session may be recorded, shared, reproduced, or published in any manner without the teacher’s permission.
Devices will be provided for those who need them.
If parents cannot afford internet service, there are options available. Please contact the school and we will provide a list of providers/options.
Students who do not participate through in-person or remote learning without a valid excuse will result in an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences in excess of 10% will result in a referral to the truancy officer.
NOTE: All parents electing to go with Remote Learning will be required to attend a mandatory parent meeting to review the expectations of remote learning and the technology that will be used.
While the district will strive to provide a high-quality remote learning experience, please note that there is no substitute for in-person learning.
School-wide transition to remote learning: Should conditions, change and remote learning be required of all students, the District may schedule a remote planning day to allow the teachers the opportunity to prepare for the transition. Instruction will be conducted from the school as long as it is permissible and remote learning will continue to follow the regular school day schedule from 8:30AM to 1:45PM.
Contingency Plan for Parents and Students: Please note, District-wide remote learning may be required for a period of time under certain conditions. Given the uncertainty and ever-changing nature of the pandemic, we strongly advise parents to develop a contingency plan should the District need to shift to remote learning for all for a period of time. If District-wide remote learning is implemented, the regular daily schedule (8:30AM-1:45PM) will be followed. Additional support may also be scheduled from 1:45PM-3:30PM Monday through Thursday and 1:45PM-3:15 on Friday when appropriate. Technology tutorial links for all parents can be found by clicking on the following link:
After clicking on the link, select the “Google Apps” tab in the top left corner and select “Classroom” for grades 3-8 or select the “Other Apps” and select “SeeSaw”. These will be the two platforms used.
The staff at Dimmick plans to continue to work from the school during this period so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or are experiencing technological difficulties. If you are unable to connect for any reason, please try to resolve the issue and if unsuccessful contact the office instead of the teacher as we do not want to interrupt the instruction of the class. We will do everything we can to resolve the issue.
We ask that when your child is participating in “live” remote learning that you treat it like a normal class and ensure that there are no disruptions.
We also want to encourage all families to be safe and thoughtful during Thanksgiving and follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommendations. We need everyone to do their part to minimize the spread of Covid in our community so that we can reverse the trend of increasing positive cases.
We also ask that you continue to communicate confirmed cases in your immediate family so that we are informed of how Covid is impacting our school and community. You can send your information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to track the local data and consult with the local health departments to determine the best course of action moving forward. We will inform families as soon as we make a decision.
I want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your continued support!
Mr. Ryan Linnig