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AERO School District 806
Remote Learning Plan for Pandemic School Closing
March 16, 2020 Through May 26, 2020

This plan has been developed in of the reality of our local capacity to provide professional development, access to technology, and the unique needs of our students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide educational opportunities for continued learning and minimize instructional loss. AERO administration and AERO educators/staff will provide students and families with routines and structures to ensure they stay connected to school and learning. Given the reality of the digital divide, AERO is committed to providing digital and non-digital access to content. AERO will implement remote learning that addresses the needs of students and families by taking in consideration diverse learning needs, home living situation, access to technology, and access to parental support. Since home is the new classroom, AERO’s remote learning plan must work within a multitude of family and home contexts.

Student Expectations

  • Students will be assumed present unless called in by 9:00 a.m.
  • Students can access work available by paper packet or electronically through the Remote Learning website or Google Classroom by 9:00 a.m.
  • Students should complete assignments and submit them to their teachers by the deadline communicated by the teacher.
  • Students can communicate with teachers via email or other electronic applications, such as the Remind App, that are in use by the specific teacher.
  • Students without internet access at home can return completed work to AERO Educational Center or PRIDE Alternative School between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m

AERO Teacher and Employee Expectations

  • Teachers create electronic coursework and assignments as needed for each Remote Learning Day through the end of the academic school year.
  • Teachers will notify their direct supervisor of a parent request for paper materials and assignments. Teachers will provide via email, resources to immediate supervisors within 24 hours of parent request, to accommodate for copying and distribution.
  • Teachers/employees shall be available and engaged in remote learning activities between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on school days as designated by the AERO Remote Learning days calendar. Daily remote learning activities will include:
    • Direct instructional time – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (daily instructional tasks should not exceed 3 hours)
    • Planning time (in a 60-minute block) – between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    • Communication with parents and staff (in a 60-minute block) – between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (may occur throughout the day based on parent preferences/availability)
  • Every teacher will attempt contact with each family minimally one (1) time per week. Teachers and Related Services providers will log their parent contacts in Embrace. Teachers and Related Service providers will utilize the AERO Remote Learning Services Log to document services that are provided.
  • Assignments will be focused on the most critical outcomes of the course and essential to the pacing of the curriculum.
  • Assignments may be collected and graded, as communicated by the teacher.
  • PRIDE Teachers should update their online gradebook weekly.
  • Teachers/Related Service providers will participate via phone meetings, as needed, per immediate Supervisor.

Teacher Tips

  • Make things simple. Whenever possible, use technologies with which your students are familiar.
  • Clearly articulate desired learning outcomes.
  • Share daily reminders about expectations and routines.

AERO has designated remote learning planning days as follows:

  • AERO/PRIDE will use Monday, April 6th (1/2 day) and Tuesday, April 7th and Wednesday, April 8th as full days of Remote Learning Planning Days.
  • Outlying Classrooms have already transitioned from “eLearning Days” to “Remote Learning Days”. Professional development will be provided based on classroom needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How will student attendance be verified?
    Attendance will be taken on our Remote Learning website.
  2. Should a student expect assignments daily?
    Assignments will be determined by the student’s Individualized Remote Learning Plan. Activities and resources will be updated during Remote Learning Days.
  3. What about a student who doesn’t have access to the internet at home?
    Students who currently do not have internet access at home will be provided non­ digital access to content (paper alternatives).
  4. Should teachers and students be available for all five hours on Remote Learning Days?Teachers will be available by email 9:00am and 2:00pm. Students are expected to check in during that time. Communication between parents and AERO staff may occur throughout the day based on parent preferences/availability.

Required Statement of Assurances

  • Ensure access from home or other appropriate remote facility for all students participating, including computers, the Internet, and other forms of electronic communication that must be utilized in the proposed program. How has electronic participation been ensured?
  • AERO has provided laptops/notebooks to staff. We surveyed the individual needs of our families and students and have issued Chromebooks and/or iPads. As stated above we are also providing hard copies of instructional materials for parents/students on a case by case basis. The instructional materials as with lunches are available between 9:00am and 2:00pm Monday through Friday.
  • Address the extent to which student participation is within the student’s control as to the time, pace, and means of learning. What flexibi lity, if any, in regard to time, pace, and learning, is afforded to the student?
  • Each student is learning at their own pace. Each student’s Individualized Remote Learning Plan is guided by his/her teacher and monitored on a daily basis. All instructional staff including related services are working from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day. Students’ completed work is reviewed by AERO staff and as each student progresses through assignments, more content and instruction will be added on an individual student basis. Student attendance is recorded daily, and this helps AERO instructional staff with time, pace and learning progress. The attendance form will show the participation rate. AERO supervisors and teachers are monitoring attendance daily. Teachers and supervisors are contacting (via email and phone calls) parents and any necessary adjustments to the Individualized Remote Learning Plan will be made on an ongoing basis.
  • Ensure that all teachers and staff who may be involved in the provisions of remote learning have access to any and all hardware and software that may be required for the program. How has access to hardware and software been ensured for staff?
    Access to AERO’s student data base, “eSchool” has been provided and opened to all AERO instructional staff. Laptops/notebooks are available for those staff who need the equipment. All related services staff have AERO issued laptops/notebooks.
  • Ensure an opportunity for any collective bargaining negotiations with representatives of the school district’s employees that would be legally required and including all classifications of school district employees who are represented by collective bargaining agreements and who would be affected by remote learning.
    AERO School District 806 has negotiated with the AERO Education Association and has a signed Memorandum of Agreement (attached) pertaining to the work performed by bargaining unit members during the “Remote Learning Days” as declared by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. The “Remote Learning Days” began March 31, 2020 and will continue through the remainder of the 2019-2020 School Year.
  • Transitioning from Remote Learning to In-School (Person to Person Learning).
    AERO is committed to designing and implementing a “Return to In-School Learning Transition Plan”. AERO will draft the transition plan once we have a better idea of when the transition will occur e.g., Summer or Fall or later in the 2020-2021 school year.

Sincerely,
Dr. James W. Gunnell Signature
James W. Gunnell, Ed.D
Executive Director of Special Education

MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN AEA AND A.E.R.O.

The parties to this Agreement, A.E.R.O. and the A.E.R.O. Education Association, IEA-NEA, (“Association”) have discussed work to be performed by bargaining unit members (“employee(s)”) during the Remote learning days declared by the Illinois Governor for the
2019-2020 school year (beginning March 31, 2020), and the parties have agreed to the following terms and conditions for the specified time period:

  1. Employees shall be available and engaged in remote learning activities between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on school days as designated by the A.E.R.O. Remote Learning days calendar. Daily remote learning activities will include:
    • Direct instructional time – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (daily instructional tasks should not exceed 3 hours)
    • Planning time (in a 60-minute block) – between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.
    • Communication with parents and staff (in a 60-minute block) – between 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (may occur throughout the day based on parent preferences/availability)
  2. Every teacher will attempt contact with each family minimally one (1) time per week. Teachers and Related Services providers will log their parent contacts in Embrace. Teachers and Related Service providers will utilize the A.E.R.O. Remote Learning Services Log to document services that are provided.
  3. Employees unable to perform their regular duties on a remote learning day will use sick leave and provide notification using A.E.R.O.’s regular notification procedure.
  4. Insurance and other benefits will continue/will continue to accrue during the Remote Learning Days, as detailed in the parties’ CBA.
  5. Privacy Rights: In the event a member of A.E.R.O. leadership learns – through employee self-reporting or otherwise – that an employee has been diagnosed with COVID-19, A.E.R.O. will take appropriate action, but in no event will A.E.R.O. identify the employee or share the employee’s personally identifiable medical information unless required by law or subpoena.
  6. In the event an employee’s internet is not operable or the employee does not have internet service, the employee shall immediately notify his/her direct supervisor to receive direction.
  7. Employees are responsible for all A.E.R.O. devices and equipment while in employees’ possession. In the event A.E.R.O. devices and/or equipment becomes inoperable or damaged, an employee must immediately notify the IT help desk and their supervisor.
  8. A.E.R.O. has designated remote learning planning days as follows:
    • A.E.R.O. / PRIDE will use Monday, April 6 (1/2 day} and Tuesday,  April 7-8 as full days (as described in para. 1., above.)
    • Outlying Classrooms have already transitioned from e-Learning Days to Remote Learning Days. Professional development will be provided based on classroom needs.
  9. This Agreement does not constitute and shall not be deemed an admission on the part of either of the parties of any wrongdoing, liability, error or violation of the parties’ collective bargaining agreement. Nor shall this Agreement be presidential, create a past practice by A.E.R.O., alter the past practice established by the bargaining relationship between the parties, or be subject to or introduced in a grievance arbitration.

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