JTHS implements emergency E-Learning days for 2019-2020 School Year

5/30/2019, 12:57 a.m.
The Joliet Township High School Board of Education approved a plan to implement Emergency E-Learning Days at the Board of ...

The Joliet Township High School Board of Education approved a plan to implement Emergency E-Learning Days at the Board of Education meeting on May 21, 2019.

The plan, developed by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators, will be implemented at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. E-Learning Days would eliminate the loss of instructional time during unscheduled school closures. If an Emergency E-Learning Day is necessary, it would be considered a regular school attendance day and would not be made up at the end of the school year. During the 2018-2019 school year, JTHS experienced three emergency school closures during the winter season due to weather, and an additional three days were added to the school calendar as a result.

"The purpose of an Emergency E-Learning Day is to provide a continuum of learning for students in the event that school needs to close," said JTHS Superintendent Dr. Cheryl McCarthy. "Teachers will leverage the district's 1:1 technology resources to provide students with relevant, meaningful and manageable assignments that students can be engaged in when school has been cancelled. The goal is to minimize disruption to the academic progress caused by emergency school closures and to make emergency days as educationally productive and engaging as possible."

The Emergency E-Learning Plan outlines specific responsibilities for teachers, staff, and students. This includes making the announcement of an E-Learning Emergency Day no later than 5 a.m. the morning of the school closure. The announcement will be made through the standard modes of communication used by the school district, including text message, automated phone call, social media, and the Emergency Closing Center.

Per this plan, teachers will post attendance procedures and relevant class assignments for students to access by 9 a.m. the morning of the Emergency E-Leaning Day. Assignments will be aligned to curricular objectives and will require no more than 50 minutes to complete per class. Teachers will be available to assist students online through their Learning Management Platform.

Student expectations include recording their attendance one time between 9:30 and 11 a.m. by navigating to www.examlogin.com and entering in the provided attendance code. Students must then complete each class assignment. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, students should consult with their teachers. For example, students without access to power or the

internet should see their teachers the following student attendance day.

JTHS Technology Support Staff will work from home and are available to assist students, parents, and staff with technical support on Emergency E-Learning Days. Students and parents should call 815-727-6860 for assistance or email centralstudenthelpdesk@jths.org (Central Campus) or weststudenthelpdest@jths.org (West Campus).