Frequently Asked Questions

    • The information below is accurate as of April 4 at 4 p.m.

      Frequently Asked Questions

      1. Is there a calendar that tells us the A-B-C day schedule? Yes, the A-B-C Day Calendar and A-B-C Schedules can be found online at https://www.d300.org/Coronavirus/e-Learning

      2. Can you explain the calendar? Yes, the A-B-C schedule for middle school and high school outlines what classes students take each day and at what times. The A-B-C calendar informs students what letter day it is. For example, April 1st was an “A” day. It is an “A” day for all middle school and high school students. Students will only attend classes that are scheduled for the “A” day. April 2nd was a “B” day and April 3rd a “C” day. Monday, April 6th will be an “A” day and so on.

      3. For middle school and high school: Does a student have to log in during their lunch or ASP, ELT? What about late start or early release? No, students do not have to be logged in at these times. Students will follow their current academic schedule as outlined in the A-B-C Day format. They do need to participate in PE, health, and all other electives.

      4. Is a lunch break built-in? A lunch break is provided for students in the elementary schedule. There is no lunch break for middle school and high school students given the variation in lunch schedules and the manner in which we structured the A-B-C day schedule.

      5. Can I turn off the camera and microphone? Yes, it is important to clarify that the district is not turning cameras and microphones on. We are, however, temporarily allowing for their use. This does not mean that the cameras are always on and recording.

      Being conscious of concerns regarding students using cameras, the district selected Zoom and Google Meets as these allow the user (student) to control the use of their Chromebook camera and microphone. In both applications, the student is given a choice to disable their camera and microphone. Students should check with their teacher(s) regarding their requirements for participation. Both Google and Zoom platforms have a chat room feature to allow for questions and comments.

      Students can access tutorials on how to use their cameras and microphones in their Student Help Desk class in Haiku. Students can also submit Help Desk tickets for a Digital Learning Coach to assist them with their technology.

      6. Do students have to download anything or create an account for Zoom or Google Meets? No, the district will load or “push” the application out to registered devices on our end. Students will not require an account. Links to classes will be provided to students via invitations or emails from their teacher.

      Note: Zoom licenses were released by the parent company on April 1st and they were pushed out to Chromebooks on the same day. All Zoom accounts are active as of April 2nd, 2020.

      7. What happens if my child misses a class? We have taken every precaution to ensure this does not adversely affect a student. However, students should communicate in advance, whenever possible, with their teachers to discuss an absence and to make up any missed assignments. Students are expected to make up any missing assignments.

      8. Will assignments be graded? Yes, there will be graded assignments. The following outlines our grading policy per ISBE guidance:

      • Teachers will continue to decide which assignments will be assessed

      • Assignments can be given a grade of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “incomplete”

      • No “F” or “Zero” grades will be given

      • Fourth quarter grades may not result in a student failing a class

      • The lack of attendance and completion of assigned work may result in students being assigned a grade of “Incomplete.”

      • An “Incomplete” grade will result in no final grade being assigned and no credit being issued for the class until the assignments are made up.

      • If a student fails to make up assignments before the end of the fourth quarter or second semester, then they may need to make up the work during summer months or the following school year within an established timeframe to receive a grade and to earn credit.

      9. How much work can teachers assign between classes? Assignments should be directly related to what is being taught and should be manageable.

      The district adopted the A-B-C block schedule for middle school and high school to help minimize course load each day and to reduce the time in class. Combined these serve to minimize workload and provide adequate time for assignments to be completed at the end of each day (12:30 p.m.).

      Given that this is all new it may take some time for everyone to find their balance. We ask that you communicate directly with your child's teacher(s) if you have concerns with what is being assigned outside of class. Communication is crucial at this time.

      10. Will a grade be posted to the report card for high school students at the end of the semester? How will the final semester grade get calculated? Yes, all high school students will receive a final grade on their report card of an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “Incomplete” as previously addressed. In addition, grades will be posted on the transcript.  Final grades will be calculated as follows:

      • First semester grades from 2019-2020 are already posted to transcripts and are NOT impacted by the school closures and e-Learning during the second semester.

      • For a second semester class:

        • The student has a grade for semester 2 midterm. This grade becomes their initial grade.

        • Students will complete and submit assignments after March 16 to be graded.

        • The semester 2 midterm grade will be compared to grades recorded after the midterm. At the end of the semester, students will be issued, at minimum, the midterm grade earned unless there is a lack of participation in e-Learning, in which case an “Incomplete” may be issued.

        • Example 1: If a student earned a “C” for the semester midterm and then earns a cumulative semester grade of a “D” the lowest final grade they can be given is a “C” for the semester.

        • Example 2: If a student earned a “C” for the semester midterm and then earns a cumulative semester grade of a “B,” the student would naturally earn a “B” for the semester.

        • Example 3: If a student earned a “C” for the semester midterm and then does not participate or complete assignments/assessments during the fourth quarter, the student will be assigned a grade of an “Incomplete” for the semester. The incomplete will be posted until such time as the student makes up the missed assignments.
      • Dual credit and Transitional Math courses will follow agreed-upon grading practices as established in collaboration with ECC.

      11. Will a grade be posted to the report card for middle school students at the end of the fourth quarter? How will the fourth quarter grades be calculated?

      Yes, all middle school students will receive a fourth quarter grade on their report card of an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “Incomplete” as previously addressed.  Final grades will be calculated as follows: 

      • First, second, and third quarter grades from 2019-2020 are already posted to report cards and are NOT impacted by the school closures.

      • For a fourth quarter class (except Health and Exploratory) the student has a grade for third quarter. This grade becomes their initial fourth quarter grade. 
      • Students will complete and submit assignments during fourth quarter to be graded. 
      • The third quarter grade will be compared to grades recorded during fourth quarter (i.e. during e-Learning).  At the end of fourth quarter, students will be issued, at minimum, the third quarter grade earned unless there is a lack of participation in e-Learning, in which case an “Incomplete” may be issued. 

      • Example 1: If a student earned a “C” for third quarter and then earns a fourth quarter grade of a “D,” the lowest final grade they can be given is a “C” for fourth quarter.

      • Example 2: If a student earned a “C” for third quarter and then earns a fourth quarter grade of a “B,” the student would naturally earn a “B” for the fourth quarter. 

      • Example 3: If a student earned a “C” for the semester midterm and then does not participate or complete assignments/assessments during the fourth quarter, the student will be assigned a grade of an “Incomplete” for the semester. The “incomplete” will be posted until such time as the student makes up the missed assignments.

      • For fourth quarter Health and Exploratory classes: 
      • Since the fourth quarter has only begun for students in these classes, all students will receive a final grade on their report card of an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,’ or “Incomplete.” Teachers will use the work that is completed during e-Learning to capture and report student progress for the fourth quarter.

      12. How will fourth quarter report cards for K-5 students be reported? Teachers will use the work that is completed during e-Learning to capture and report student progress for the fourth quarter.  The district is working on reviewing the fourth quarter report cards to ensure that it reflects a student’s overall performance for each subject area.

      13. Is attendance taken? Yes, as requested by ISBE we are tracking attendance through logins and participation. If your child will miss a class, we ask that you communicate an absence with your child’s teacher(s) and determine the best option for making up any missed assignments/activities. It is not necessary for a family to call the school office when a student is going to be absent from school.

      14. What if I cannot assist my child during the day? Not all activities and lessons will be delivered live. Staff may opt to record their lessons and will continue to post activities and assignments as we have during our e-learning days. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for students to learn and interact with their peers and teacher in a meaningful way. We suggest that you communicate any concerns with your child’s teacher(s) to determine what flexibility they can offer to help you.

      15. My child is working and now has hours during what would be the school day. How will this impact them? The district will continue to operate within our established hours of operation. And, students are expected to attend and participate in classes. However, we will continue to provide flexibility and support knowing that each family circumstance and schedules differ. We will also provide an assurance that student grades will not be adversely impacted. We will continue to emphasize the need for participation as an opportunity for learning. We feel strongly that it is also important for students to engage with their peers and teachers. We believe that the transition to our use of virtual or real-time activities allows us to provide a sense of stability and comfort for our students. We truly are working to make the best of the situation for everyone.    

      16. What are the behavior expectations for students while at home during virtual lessons/instruction? Students are expected to be engaged and participate with the materials to the greatest extent possible. Behavior viewable to others should be appropriate, promote pride in school, and respectful of teachers and classmates. Students who do not uphold acceptable behavior while at home engaging in school-sponsored academic activities can expect to be contacted by an administrator to intervene accordingly.

      17. What if my child is struggling with their thoughts due to the current COVID pandemic?

      The district has several Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health resources available on the district website to assist parents with their students while at home. If additional support is needed, parents and/or students (depending on age) have access to teachers, counselors, social workers, school psychologists, administrators, and others through virtual means. If you need someone to talk to, don't hesitate to reach out. Our first priority is the health of our students and their social-emotional well-being.

      18. Has the district calendar for April changed? Yes, the district calendar for April and May will likely include revisions, pending board approval:  

      • Students will not have classes on April 10 and April 13 (these two student non-attendance days are part of our current calendar and will remain part of the calendar)

      • Pending board approval, Monday, April 20th will become a student attendance day

      • Pending board approval, Friday, May 1st will be a non-student attendance day

      • District 300 will send parents and guardians an additional message after the April 14 Board Meeting to communicate all calendar changes

       19. What are the expectations?

      Educators will:

      ●      Create lessons and instructional activities that are essential to a student’s understanding of the content

      ●      Utilize resources such as DLCs and other instructional coaches for instructional planning and  support

      ●      Be available for student/parent questions or concerns. Staff will respond to email or messages within a reasonable timeframe. Emails or messages received after 2 p.m. will not be responded to until the subsequent day.

      ●      Keep a focus on student social-emotional well-being

      ●      Contact parents/guardians and/or related service or support staff (counselor, dean, case manager) if there are concerns about student engagement and/or work completion

      ●      Inform building principal of any needs.

      Students will:

      ●      Ensure readiness to learn

      ●      Complete all work assigned by teachers

      ●      Communicate with teacher(s) any needs or issues related to engaging in e-Learning

      ●      Make every effort to participate in virtual opportunities with teacher(s) as able

      ●      Review teacher/peer feedback

      ●      Reach out to teachers and counselors with questions

      Parent(s)/Guardian(s) will:

      ●      Encourage their child to complete assigned work

      ●      Communicate concerns to teachers and/or related service or support staff

      ●      Consider appropriate working conditions for your child(ren) to find success throughout the entire school closure period

      ●      Monitor and support your child(ren)’s participation and engagement in eLearning on a daily basis

      Administrator(s) will:

      ●      Provide support and problem-solving for staff and families

      ●      Manage systems and procedures to ensure student access to instructional resources/materials (i.e. Chromebooks, Pre-K materials, etc.)

      ●      Provide continuous communication supportive of e-Learning

      ●      Keep a focus on student social-emotional well-being

      ●      Contact parents/guardians and/or related service or support staff (counselor, dean, case manager) if there are concerns about student engagement and/or work completion

      ●      Review teacher/peer feedback

      ●      Reach out to teachers and counselors for questions or support needs

      20. What about prom? Proms were originally scheduled for April 25th. Thankfully our schools worked to secure back updates. Updates regarding prom were sent home to families earlier this week. If you didn’t receive an email, information can be found on each school website.

      • Dundee-Crown – moved to May 6th
      • Hampshire – moved to May 22nd
      • Jacobs - moved to May 29th

      Please note:

      At this time, only current students that attend one of the D300 high schools can attend our prom. Alumni of the high schools in D300 and students who attend schools from other districts or institutions will NOT be allowed to attend. 

      Rescheduled dates are subject to change based on any new guidance from our Governor or the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding large gatherings.

      21. Has the district made alternate plans for graduation? Graduation is currently scheduled for May 16th. We have also secured a backup date of June 6th at the Sears Center. 

      Please understand that the backup date is subject to change based on any new guidance from the Governor or Illinois Department of Health.

      22. Has the district selected backup dates for middle school recognition events? Yes, please see below:

      School

      Back Up Date/Time frame of Event (to be secured through HS APO’s)

      Location

      AMS

      Tuesday, June 9

      7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

      DCHS

      CMS

      Wednesday, June 10

      7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

      DCHS

      DMS

      Tuesday, June 9

      7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

      HDJ

      HMS

      Wednesday, June 10

      7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

      HHS

      WCS

      Wednesday, June 10

      7 p.m.- 8 p.m.

      HDJ

      23. What about 8th grade dance and end of the year field trips? Currently, there is no change to the dates for these events. Unfortunately, if schools are closed or meeting size restrictions extend beyond these dates these events will be canceled.

                    School

            8th Grade Dance

              Great America Trip

      AMS

                     5/21/20

      5/24/20

      CMS

                    5/15/20

      5/20/20

      DMS

      5/15/20

      5/21/20

      HMS

      5/15/20

      5/19/20

      WCS

      5/15/20

      5/20/20