Posted on March 16, 2020 · Posted in News

After reading the below guidelines and going over them with your child, please fill out this verification form.

The goal of e-learning days is to prepare our students for online learning environments. College classes expect online learners to be engaged and present in the learning environment for the duration of the class. In order to gain experience and build online skills, students will actively participate in 30 minute class periods next week and 40 minute class periods the following week. Even though students are not physically in the building, class activities will occur in real time. In addition to better preparing students for college classes, changes to e-learning format meet all of the Illinois State Board of Education’s new requirements for online instruction.

NOTE: The 30-minute schedule is for the week of March 17-20 and the 40 minute schedule is for the week of March 23-27

Attendance
If a student is physically unable to do schoolwork the same procedures as a regular school day are in place. An email from a parent must be sent to Mrs. Cook mcook@stlaurence.com or phone call to (708) 458-6900 x226 by 9:00 am.

Students who are absent from a class without being called/emailed in by a parent will be treated as a cut class which will result in a 3 hour detention. A student who is absent for a whole day without being called/emailed in by a parent will be treated as truant which will result in two 3 hour detentions. Parents will be contacted for each class in which a student is marked absent.

Attendance will be taken and submitted within the first 3 minutes of each class period using Google Forms. A link to the Google Form will be posted in Google Classroom prior to the start of class.

There is no need to submit or be in attendance for a study hall.

Attendance will be submitted by the teacher into the school’s attendance software. If a student is not present, you will be considered absent or truant just as would during a standard school day and your parents will be notified by a school representative.

If there are wi-fi issues at home, students will need to log on using cellular data.

All students must be present for the full duration of each class – whether it is 30 or 40 minutes.

At the conclusion of the class period, the teacher will prompt student dismissal.

Student Participation Expectations
Teachers will be engaging with students using Google Hangouts. Links to all e-learning activities will be posted in Google Classroom prior to the start of class.

Online experiences may include online chats, group work completed in Google (docs, sheets, slides, etc), viewing a short video and responding, teacher presentation via screen share, etc.

Just as in-class participation is critical to learning, full participation in each e-learning class period is necessary for student growth. The new e-learning format will maintain the same level of instruction and interaction between teachers and students as is experienced during a traditional school day.

Teachers will be available to answer students questions throughout the duration of class in real-time via Hangouts or email

Participation Reminders
When participating in online learning experience (including video communication and chats), all students must wear school appropriate clothing and use school appropriate language.

REMINDER: After reading the below guidelines and going over them with your child, please fill out this verification form.