Homewood-Flossmoor High School brought 65 students back to campus the week of Nov. 16 to assist them in meeting the needs of remote learning.
Jennifer Rudan, multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) coordinator, told the District 233 school board Planning Committee that the students will get special assistance from 30 mentors. Each of the mentors, drawn from H-F staff, will be working with two or three students on a weekly basis to help them overcome the root causes of why they struggle.
Rudan said the number of volunteer mentors has staff “repurposing ourselves and our goals” to work closely with the students.
H-F’s feeder districts — Homewood District 153 and Flossmoor District 161 — have also instituted special programs that bring select students back into schools.
Rudan said in general, H-F students are doing “exceptionally well” with remote learning. The assessment by the Student Services staff finds the number of A grades given in the first quarter was up 9%. She said the number of F grades was up by 3%.
H-F will meet all Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines for bringing students back to campus, she said. The students are working in four classrooms.