Flossmoor School District 161

Columbus Day, teacher recognitions, remote learning updates round out D161 discussions

October 18, 2020 - 17:15
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Columbus Day could become a thing of the past — at least in name — for Flossmoor School District 161, but officials said it deserves more discussion before making any permanent changes.

The topic was raised early during the school board's meeting Tuesday, Oct. 13, one day later than normal because of the federal holiday. Superintendent Dana Smith said the question came up in submitted public comments for the meeting.

D161 to test the waters of in-person blended model with return of some students

October 17, 2020 - 11:28
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Flossmoor School District 161 intends to move forward with bringing a limited number of students in its special education programs back into its buildings as early as Oct. 26.

Jackie Janicke, the district’s director of special education, presented a report to the school board and led a conversation about a blended model of instruction for interested families with students, giving a possible start date and a schedule for the change. 

District 161 students, parents offer input via remote learning surveys

October 01, 2020 - 19:26
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District 161 school board members got a look at student and parent responses to the district's remote learning programs.

During a special  board meeting Sept. 29, Superintendent Dana Smith shared results of remote learning student surveys. Smith summarized the findings telling board members responses were limited, and officials wanted to protect the identity of students who answered.

Parental and staff data also has been made public.

District 161 continues to refine school reopening plan

July 28, 2020 - 21:01
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The Flossmoor School District 161 reopening plan dominated the school board's virtual meeting on Monday, July 27, as district officials continue their pivot to holding school during a pandemic. 

The 18-page plan and an associated 14-page frequently-asked-questions document are expected to grow by about half a dozen pages, at least, before being posted by Friday, according to Superintendent Dana Smith.

D161 board to review detailed draft reopening plan on Monday

July 17, 2020 - 20:17
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At its July 13 meeting, the Flossmoor School District 161 Board of Education approved a plan that would allow parents to choose between a hybrid in-person/remote learning option and all-remote learning when school opens in the fall.

At the board's July 20 meeting, discussion of a more detailed draft plan is on the agenda . 

District 161 board votes to offer two school options for fall semester

July 13, 2020 - 21:45
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Flossmoor District 161 board members approved a plan on Monday that provides families a choice between all-remote learning and a hybrid approach to school attendance for the 2020-21 academic year.

A third option — returning to in-person school five days per week — did not receive strong support from parents or staff on recent surveys conducted by the district. About 27 percent of parents preferred that option, but only 15 percent of staff opted for it.

District 161 board to meet Monday to consider school reopening plan

July 12, 2020 - 16:20
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The Flossmoor School District 161 board is planning to meet Monday to consider a reopening plan for fall semester. 

The district recently conducted staff and parent surveys to gauge support for several options in the complex project of reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. The results were posted on the district website.

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