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DeKalb District 428 releases specifics of remote learning plan

DeKalb School District 428 released specifics of its remote learning plan on Thursday, detailing at least three hours of face-to-face class time at each level.

Elementary school students will attend live, synchronous classes from 9 a.m. until noon every day. Teachers will provide instruction, give students time to complete tasks, and put students in groups to work together in Google Meet.

The document said there will be a heavy emphasis on literacy and math during these sessions. Music, art and physical education will also be offered, with pre-recorded sessions put into Google Classroom.

The document also noted that devices for kindergarten through the second grade are on order and might be delayed. If that happens, teachers will push information out through e-mail. Delayed devices are something that has plagued other districts in DeKalb County.

Elementary attendance will be filled out by parents on a Google Form each day.

Middle school students will attend four 45 minute classes four days on a rotating schedule. On Wednesdays, students will go to all eight classes for 24 minutes per class. The live, synchronous portion runs from 8:45 a.m until 12:30 p.m. every day.

Student support hours run from 1:30 p.m until 2:30 p.m. Attendance will be logged by teachers onto Skyward.

High school students will have varying classes depending on the day – four classes of 50 minutes each on Mondays and Thursday, three 50 minute classes on Tuesday and Fridays, and seven 25-minute classes on Wednesdays.

The school day starts at 8:50 a.m. every day except Wednesdays, which is at 9 a.m. Each day also features extra teacher support time in the afternoon. Teachers will handle attendance through Skyward.

Students with Individualized Education Plans will receive all services as well. Special education teachers and all related services will be working withing Google Classroom to integrate their services into the IEP.

IEP meetings will be held through GoToMeeting.

Five-day meal boxes can be picked up on Tuesdays from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the high schools, both middle schools, and Cortland and Malta elementary schools. Pickup is also available on Thursdays from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the high school and middle schools.

The document also includes options for families without internet access, including, which provides low-cost devices and free internet. Also included in Xfinity WiFi free for everyone, including non-customers. The district also offers hotspots. Requests can be made to

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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