Remote Learning

Schools Closed Through the End of the School Year

Governor Pritzker announced that Illinois’ school buildings will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year to slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives. This announcement was not unexpected, and the staff of District 28 is committed to providing the best education we can under our remote learning conditions. We will continue to work through the implications of the closure as we proceed with this year’s learning and plan for the 2020-21 school year.

What follows are a few quick pieces of information we can share now.

D28 Remote Learning Update April 24, 2020

We are striving to stay connected with our students and families as we all adjust to learning at home for the remainder of the school year. We will continue to have remote learning days Monday through Friday, with e-learning activities facilitated by our librarians and other staff on Fridays so that teachers can collaborate. As a reminder, parents who wish to contact a teacher should continue to use email.

We are also working on the many issues and logistics relating to celebrating the accomplishments of our students and closing out the year with the exchange of personal items at school with books and devices that are at home.

Our teachers are doing AMAZING work, and I am very thankful for the appreciative comments we have received from parents. Like you, many teachers have the same struggles balancing family and work life in the same house. I ask for everyone’s patience as we continue to refine our processes.

Video Conferencing

The district has taken a cautious approach to video conferencing due to the many safety and security issues that arose among districts across the country during the initial weeks of e-learning. After creating an additional level of security through the ‘Clever’ portal, our teachers and students tried it on a limited scale. Now that we’ve had many Zoom meetings across the schools without incident, and teachers have more experience with it, we are expanding its use. Student attendance at video conferences remains at the discretion of the parents. As we do so, we are mindful that families have different home environments and what is "just right" for one may be "not enough" or "too much" for others.

In kindergarten through 5th grade, students will have live video conferencing Monday through Thursday. Video conferences will consist of either a class meeting or teacher office hours. Each student will receive schedule details from his or her classroom teacher. Junior High teachers will continue with X-Block video conferencing and schedule office hours or ‘by appointment’ meetings as needed.

For office hours, the teacher will designate the time of day, and students will have the option to participate. ‘By appointment’ video conferencing can only be initiated by the teacher, as it is designed to be short, small-group or individual meetings to address specific needs of the student(s) identified by the teacher.

As a reminder, live video conferencing is not intended to provide large group, direct instruction. Video conferencing is intended for community building, classroom feedback and to preview and discuss assignments. The video chats should be about 20 to 30 minutes long, depending on the type of conference and the age of the children.

Live video conferencing is also being used by special education, EL, and intervention teachers, in various ways to serve the unique needs of their students.

Access to Buildings

We know that many teachers and students have items they would like to pick up from the schools before the end of the school year. As soon as we have a plan to safely allow people into the buildings, we will share the details.

End-of-Year Events

We are developing plans to honor our eighth-grade students, and principals will explore options for celebrating 5th graders as they move on to NBJH next year.


As the remainder of the year unfolds, we are keeping our focus on education and the health of our students, staff and families. We will provide ongoing, up-to-date information as we are able.

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Technical Support

When technical issues arise, including damages and malfunctions, you can request help through the Tech Help Request Form. Technology support specialists will responding to these requests. Replacement of devices will be at the discretion of the Technology Team after examining the device. 

Remote Learning Days

Teachers will be available to answer questions and provide student feedback from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Remote Learning Days (Monday-Thursday except April 9). If your child has a question outside of the available time please email your teacher and they will respond the next day between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Lessons Provided

Teachers will not be assigning additional work beyond the daily expectations. If parents would like to engage their children in additional learning we encourage using the online math programs (DreamBox or ALEKS),  reading or journaling, and when applicable, practicing an instrument. Additionally, there are many available resources online for virtual museum tours, ideas for simple science experiments at home, etc on the Remote Learning Supplemental Activities.  

Teacher Workdays

During teacher workdays (April 3, 9, 17, 24), teachers will be in planning meetings from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
K-5 Grades
Students will have learning activities on Teacher Workdays (Fridays, April 3, 17 and 24 and Thursday, April 9) that are coordinated by our schools’ librarians and other staff.  These learning activities are designed for students to complete while teachers are in their collaborative work sessions.  While the regular classroom teachers will not be available, questions can be directed to school librarians and other staff who will be available to assist you. 
Mrs. Sanchez (Greenbriar) | Mrs. Benz (Meadowbrook) | Mrs. LaCerra (Westmoor)
Grades 6-8
NBJH will provide students with a schedule of activities across various content areas.  These activities will be opportunities for students to practice and apply previously learned skills. To access the activities, your child should log in to the school website, Friday Activities. The first activity will be to complete the Google form for daily attendance. If your child has questions, please email Ms. Greene, our school librarian, or Mrs. Heller, our Gifted/Talented Coordinator.   

Grading

Grading will consist of feedback and communication to students and parents. ISBE has established a predominant statewide grading expectation:  while student learning continues during the remote learning period, grades must not have a negative impact on a student’s academic standing.