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ISBE survey: Most students will be learning remotely this fall

Wednesday, Aug 12, 2020

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Most students in Illinois will be learning remotely this fall, according to results from an Illinois State Board of Education survey.

Parents and students wondering what their school district’s plans for the fall semester are amid COVID-19 concerns can find out through a new portal from the Illinois State Board of Education.

ISBE has been surveying the state’s more than 850 school districts on reopening plans and it published a dashboard on the department’s website that allows everyone to see which options districts are planning to offer this fall.

Of the more than 850 districts, 671 that cover more than 1.6 million students had responded as of Wednesday.

Most of the districts, or 319, plan to offer a blended model. That will cover more than 525,000 students.

About 200 districts serving 153,000 students will be doing in-person instruction.

About 150 districts serving about 921,000 students will offer only remote instruction.

Some of that could change as districts get closer to their start date.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

19 Comments
  1. - Donnie Elgin - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 12:26 pm:

    Chicago and Rockford Diocese catholic schools are in-person


  2. - Lt Guv - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 12:51 pm:

    Donnie, isn’t it about time you get a new drum?


  3. - DownSouth - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 1:12 pm:

    In Highland we have this happening already
    https://www.bnd.com/news/local/education/article244903302.html?


  4. - El Conquistador - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 1:36 pm:

    @DownSouth - Folks in some areas of state will only do the right thing after it blows up. In-person schooling is doomed to fail till a vaccine.


  5. - Liandro - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 1:46 pm:

    “In-person schooling is doomed to fail till a vaccine.”

    My wife and I are thinking along that line too, even in rural areas. We’re homeschooling one for the first time (she wanted to) and sending another to a smaller class sized private school (what she wanted, too).

    This school year is going to be an adventure for everyone, no matter which path they take…students, teachers, schools, parents, governments. Everyone.


  6. - Central IL Center Right - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 1:56 pm:

    Will be interesting to see if the President’s press conference today impacts this


  7. - Mason born - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 2:58 pm:

    I wonder what the makeup is by geography and elementary vs high school.

    Seems to be mainly in person or hybrid down here w a few remote to start. Here’s hoping it all works out whatever way schools try it.


  8. - ChrisB - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    – In-person schooling is doomed to fail till a vaccine. –

    Compared to Remote Learning which was doomed to fail from the start.

    Teachers better step it up this time around. What happened last spring was unacceptable.


  9. - Cool Papa Bell - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 3:21 pm:

    @ El Conquistador

    I really don’t think it’s doomed to fail. If a district can adhere to a mask/face covering rule and keep students in classes at about 50% capacity I think it would work.

    Our district started out with a blended model and then flipped to all virtual. It was a let down to see that they wouldn’t even try.

    Use a mask, keep your distance, practice proper sanitation and schools would be open.


  10. - JDuc - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 3:26 pm:

    We have option of “Hybrid” or remote. We are doing remote.


  11. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 3:41 pm:

    It will change to more remote. Distrust 186 is planning to receive their hybrid / remote plan this week; I expect they will move to 100% remote.


  12. - RNUG - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 3:42 pm:

    See autocorrect got me. Supposed to be district … but it actually reads OK the other way.


  13. - Not a Billionaire - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 4:16 pm:

    Monmouth was going to be blended until the Superintendent got it. Then it went all online


  14. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 5:02 pm:

    =I really don’t think it’s doomed to fail. If a district can adhere to a mask/face covering rule and keep students in classes at about 50% capacity I think it would work….

    Use a mask, keep your distance, practice proper sanitation and schools would be open.=

    That is correct. I am a rural supt. With mask, sanitation, distance there is a 95% reduction in transmission. Add to that half the kids, we are small, and things should be ok. If not, we will go to remote. Our staff want students in school, we have not had one dissenter.


  15. - JS Mill - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 5:04 pm:

    =What happened last spring was unacceptable.=

    That is a ridiculous response. Schools are not providers of online learning. We contract that service. If you want us to provide a slick (but far less effective) product like K-12 school then you need to be prepared to pony up in a big way. We provide in-person experiential, real time learning. Best practice.


  16. - Pundent - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 5:15 pm:

    =With mask, sanitation, distance there is a 95% reduction in transmission. Add to that half the kids, we are small, and things should be ok.=

    That seems to be the route that the Archdiocese of Chicago is also following. But they’re also requiring parents to sign an assumption of risk and waiver of liability form. Seems a bit contradictory don’t you think?


  17. - Teach - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 5:39 pm:

    =What happened last spring was unacceptable.=

    When it’s announced by the state on day one that grades can’t be negatively impacted, of course many students checked out. And many parents didn’t enforce. When teachers got the call at 4pm on a Friday, and told going remote Monday, it was a case of do the best we could with no training and limited resources.

    Many districts have been planning and training, and this time around, the students can be held accountable for completing work.

    We’d certainly be glad to have you sign up as a sub though if you want to make an impact on education, because it’s almost impossible to find one these days.


  18. - A - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 8:12 pm:

    Those criticizing remote learning would almost certainly be the very last people to sub or volunteer in those classrooms. They need to be careful about their health you know


  19. - Suburban Mom - Wednesday, Aug 12, 20 @ 8:43 pm:

    Apparently Rich’s filter blocks quotes from 4th century saints about how bishops who lead people astray are very particularly bad people, apropos of the very, very bad idea of reopening Catholic schools in Illinois at this moment.


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