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

October 18, 2020 - 17:15

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

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 153 staff wrestle with adapting assessment to remote learning situation

October 16, 2020 - 14:45

Homewood District 153 administrators and teachers are looking at ways to administer learning assessments now that students are attending school remotely. The unprecedented situation is raising a number of challenges.

At the school board meeting Tuesday, Kathy Schaeflein, director of curriculum and instruction, and Cathryne Czarnecki, a member of the district's assessment team, provided the school board with an update on planning for assessment generally, and testing in particular.

District 161 students, parents offer input via remote learning surveys

October 01, 2020 - 19:26

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 sees success with remote learning as it works out the kinks

September 01, 2020 - 21:09

An all-remote start to the 2020-2021 school year wasn't Plan A for Flossmoor elementary schools, but so far so good, according to officials.

“We really did have a positive start,” Superintendent Dana Smith told members of the District 161 Board of Education at its Monday, Aug. 31, special meeting. “A number of things went really well last week.”

New guidelines force Homewood, Flossmoor schools to move to remote learning

August 16, 2020 - 15:28

Elementary schools in Homewood and Flossmoor will not open as planned. Homewood District 153 and Flossmoor District 161 officials announced on Saturday that new directives from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health forced them to move to a remote learning plan for all students.

District 153 survey shows parents want schools open, most favor hybrid approach

July 12, 2020 - 06:23

Parents of students in Homewood schools overwhelming want their children back in the classroom this fall, but they prefer a hybrid approach that will reduce class sizes and help the district manage pandemic safety measures. Nearly three quarters of the district's families completed the survey. 


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