*IMPORTANT* COVID-19 Information

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Parent Communication Regarding School Closure and Remote Learning

March 30, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians of Moline-Coal Valley District #40:

We are certainly in the middle of an unprecedented time. My first hope is that your family is safe, healthy, and protected. I wanted to reach out and provide some updated communication regarding school closures and MCV#40’s E-Learning/Remote Learning Plan.
Calendar Details:

  1. All schools remain currently closed through April 30th. However, we do expect the Governor to make an announcement soon to extend the school closures.

  2. Tues. March 31st - April 3rd teachers will be planning for Remote Learning

  3. Beginning the week of April 6th, we will officially begin Remote Learning

  4. All Act of God days, all Remote Learning Planning days, and all actual Remote

    Learning days COUNT as official days of instruction and will NOT need to be

    made up. We will NOT adjust our calendar, the last day of school is June 2.

Remote Learning Plan Details:

  1. MCV#40 has an approved E-Learning/Remote Learning Plan by the Regional Office of Education. We have collaborated with the leadership of our various employee groups and the plan overview will be on the website soon.

  2. Teachers/staff will continue to work from home. The week of April 6th, they will begin formally reaching out to students using google classroom, google meets or hangout, skype, zoom, dojo, or other virtual classroom settings at least 3 times per week. Many teachers have already been doing so. If you are not hearing from your teachers beginning the week of April 6th, please email your principal.

  1. Teachers and staff will be checking email frequently throughout the day to be available to respond to any needs or answer any student or parent questions.

  2. Building principals will be communicating electronically with families weekly.

  3. Instruction will take place through electronic devices or with elementary paper

    instructional packets which will be distributed at meal pick up sites on Wednesdays (for K-4 families). Students in grades 5-12 or for K-4 families that have a computer/internet at home, will likely NOT need any paper resources.

  4. Learning can be a review or new content, however, it will be age-appropriate, doable at home, and be aligned to the learning standards.

  5. Teachers may be sharing an E-Learning Hub where daily lesson plans are organized by grade/course and can be easily accessed.

  6. Grading, for the most part, will be “Pass” or “Incomplete” but no student will fail or have their academic standing harmed during remote learning. We understand the many hardships our families may be facing during this difficult time.

  7. All required state testing has been suspended for this year.

  8. Credits needed to graduate for 12th graders is under current review by the Illinois

    Dept. of Ed. We hope to provide updates on graduation soon.

  9. If families have any technology needs or in need of any other support, they can

    email the teacher or the principal or leave a voicemail on the school office phone.

  10. IEP or 504 meetings will continue to be held virtually, if possible, and building

    principals will coordinate those meetings in collaboration with the case managers.

  11. Teachers will keep track of which students are engaging in remote learning and which students are not. They may reach out to those students not responding to

see if any needs can be met. We understand what a terrible time this is for our

students and families. We simply ask that everyone do the best that they can.

Meals and Electronic Device Details:

  1. We will continue to distribute grab and go meals to families as long as schools are closed. All kids 18 and under are eligible and can come to Bicentennial, Deere, or Wilson on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00am-12:30pm. We will be giving multiple meals during the three days per week of meal distribution.

  2. If K-4 families do not have an electronic device at home, the district can provide one loaner per family. Please reference the email sky alert that went out earlier today or contact your elementary school principal. Students in grades 5-12 already have devices.

Again, if you have any needs or any questions, please email your building principal or leave a voicemail on the school office phone. Our main goal during this time is to keep kids emotionally and physically safe, keep kids fed, and to provide ongoing learning engagement opportunities. Stay safe and we hope to see you at school soon.

Rachel Savage, Ed.D.
Superintendent Moline Coal Valley School District #40