Q. Where can I find the updated school calendar?
An updated District calendar was approved by the Board of Education on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2020, and is posted on the District website at this link
. The plan includes these important updates:
Remote Planning Days (RPDs) will be applied as 6 half-days on the calendar.
Any half-days scheduled on the 2020-21 District calendar will be an off-site learning day for all K-12 students (A & B students will learn from home those days). The updated A/B schedule can be found at this link
Staff will utilize the remainder of those days for planning, collaboration, and professional development.
The learning activities provided to K-12 students on those off-site learning days may vary by grade level, and moving forward all schools will be communicating further information to families about the specific learning schedules and expectations.
The District will continue to communicate additional details with families. Please stay tuned to the District website and 304 Connects. Thank you.
Q. What can I expect from my child’s teacher if my student is absent due to COVID-19-related circumstances??
It is important to note that we have always had student absences of varying lengths; during this unprecedented year, our default practice will be to treat student absences as would in any typical year. Teachers will continue to push out assignments, and students who are feeling well may access and complete any work that comes their way. Additionally, teachers can save work for students to complete upon their return, and if students are part of the in-person learning setting, they can continue to access any work provided for off-site learning days via Microsoft Teams. ?
Q. What is a teacher’s availability if we have questions during the school day?
In our hybrid A/B plan, teachers are working hard during the school day supporting both their on-site students and providing learning activities for off-site students. Teachers may not be available to communicate with parents during the regular hours of the school day because their focus will be on supporting students during this time. Our teachers will do their best to follow up with families and students as they have done in a typical year.
In the meantime, if a student or parent needs technical support, we have the following supports in place: First, please check for answers to your questions on the 1:1 Troubleshooting Guide
. To request additional help, a student may open a Web Help Desk Ticket
, or a parent may email Home Access Center Support
and describe the issue. An alternative, especially for younger students, is to open a Web Help Desk Ticket by using your child's login information.
Q. Has Geneva 304 considered a shared learning platform that all students will be expected to use?
Yes, Geneva 304 is utilizing Microsoft Teams as the common starting point for all K-12 students and teachers. Teams will be the one-stop shop for students to:
- Start their day
- Access their class resources or school information
- Participate in online meetings with their teachers
- Perform other routine tasks such as ordering lunch or indicating their attendance
Today, a message was emailed to families via 304 Connects with a preview of what that experience will be like for students. Please see a copy of that message at this link
. Next week, all students will be receiving a student checklist from their teachers containing important steps they will need to take to set up their Teams app. Also, email instructions
have been sent to families for conducting 1:1 device updates for grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 12. After you complete this update from home, students' 1:1 devices will automatically launch Microsoft Teams upon startup, for your convenience! (Devices provided to students in grades K-3, 6 and 9 already have this feature installed.)
To watch the sneak preview video for Middle School Students, click here
To watch the sneak preview video for High School Students, click here
Q. Where can I find a copy of the A/B In-Person schedule?
Please see the most recent version of this schedule at this link
Q. Where can I find the updated school calendar?
The District calendar that was approved by the Board of Education on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, is posted on the District website at this link
. Please note the new first day of school for students K-12 is now Monday, Aug. 31. The first day of school for the Geneva Early Learning Program is Wednesday, Sept. 2. The District will continue to communicate additional details with families. Please stay tuned to the District website and 304 Connects. Thank you.
Q. Where can I find the joint statement regarding updates to the Back Together 304 plan?
The communication that was sent today can be found at this link
. It also has been emailed via 304 Connects, posted on the home page of the District website, and on its Facebook and Twitter pages.
Q. Will middle school Accelerated & Enrichment classes be offered in the Online-Only Learning model?
Yes, online accelerated Language Arts and Math classes will be offered at the middle school level.
Q. Will elementary Accelerated & Enrichment classes be offered in the Online-Only Learning model?
Yes, elementary A/E students who are enrolled in the Online-Only Learning model will have the opportunity for enrichment in reading and acceleration in math. Such opportunities may include differentiation, small-group enrichment, and some self-paced work and may not be provided by an A/E teacher. Additional details regarding online-only A/E programming at the elementary level will be determined once final enrollment in Online-Only Learning has been established.
Q. In addition to the information provided on this page, where can I get more details about the In-Person Learning and the Online-Only Learning options?
The Back Together 304 Learning Plan for 2020-21 has been posted to the website at this link
. This document provides a framework for the overall plan, organized by each option. We also encourage families to review the Back Together 304 webpage
, which includes all recent District 304 communications, family resources, and state guidance.
Q. Will GHS students who select Online-Only Learning have the opportunity to take courses beyond the standard list of core academics and graduation requirements?
The district is exploring ways to provide Online-Only Learning students with additional courses beyond the core classes that have previously been shared. Some additional elective and accelerated offerings will be available to Online-Only students. Once families have selected their learning option, the district will evaluate the master schedule and notify online-only families what additional courses will be available.
Q. How will fees be affected for families who select In-Person Learning?
Families of students who select In-Person Learning will be responsible for all fees for the 2020-21 school year as previously shared with families during the registration process. While a discounted fee structure was evaluated, the resources needed to provide quality instructional experiences and safe learning environments during this unique experience outweigh the consideration.
Q. What will elementary recess look like?
Students will participate in recess during their In-Person Learning days. Masks will not be required when students are outside if appropriate distancing can be maintained. Playground equipment will not be used due to cleaning/disinfecting requirements. Students will have to wash their hands upon returning to the building.
Q. If my child participates in In-Person Learning and receives special education services, what is the number of in-person attendance days?
If you choose the In-Person Learning Option for your special education student who receives special education services through a Learning Behavior Specialist/Special Education Teacher, Vision Teacher or Hearing Teacher, this child will attend school in-person daily (5 days per week). This will ensure that s/he receives the services that are listed on her/his Individualized Education Plan.
The District is encouraging parents/guardians to elect the In-Person Learning Option for their special education student so that students can work on all IEP goals, make progress in the general education curriculum, and receive services listed in their IEP. Additionally, guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education strongly encourages daily in-person learning occurs for students who receive special education services.
If you have further questions regarding the In-Person or Online Only Learning Options for students who receive special education services, please contact the following staff:
- Elementary: Please contact Jamie Benavides, Assistant Director of Student Services for Resource Services, at [email protected]; or Melissa Groot, Student Services Coordinator for FAST and SLC, at [email protected]; or your building principal.
- Middle School: Please contact Melissa Groot, Student Services Coordinator, at [email protected] or your building principal.
- High School: Please contact Shannon DelRe, GHS Student Service Coordinator, at [email protected]