In order to provide additional class time devoted to grade-level reading, we plan to reassign the 30-minute science and social studies block as additional reading or math time. We are not cutting science and social studies out completely; we are just making the necessary time for our relentless focus on every student achieving grade-level reading skills - the learning skills that empower students for their entire lives. To adjust, we will continue to enhance our reading and writing blocks with science and social studies content and students will still encounter science and social studies in ELA and Math. These changes do not apply to our dual classrooms because they follow units of study where all subjects are already embedded in one topic. Again, these changes DO NOT apply to our dual classrooms because we do units of study where all subjects are embedded into one.
Our D205 Mission is to accelerate learning for all students. We believe that:
ALL students must learn and grow
We accept shared responsibility for student growth
We make decisions based on what is best for students
We are a future-focused community of learners
Our reading curriculum integrates significant time for science and social studies content. Students are reading about these topics on a consistent basis in their K-5 classrooms as part of the common curriculum and among the individual book choices students make. We will not report on science and social studies achievement on the standards-based report card at the elementary level during any grading period this year.
Due to the current COVID-19 metrics in DuPage County, District 205 will transition from hybrid to remote instruction for two weeks beginning Wednesday, October 21, 2020, implementing an Adaptive Pause in accordance with IDPH guidelines. All students will transition to instruction via Remote Learning, consisting of daily synchronous (real-time live) and asynchronous (recorded and/or self-guided) learning opportunities based on daily schedules provided by teachers. Open this story for more information.
As we begin to phase students back to in-person learning, a daily health self-certification form will need to be completed for every student before they enter any building. The form can be accessed here. If you would like a daily text message reminder to fill out the self-certification form, text YES to 67587 to enroll in text message notifications.
Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will transition from hybrid to remote instruction for two weeks beginning October 21-November 4, 2020, implementing an Adaptive Pause in accordance with IDPH guidelines. The pause to in-person instruction comes because DuPage County has entered into Substantial Community Transmission. COVID-19’s presence in the community has increased to a level that stands to expose our families and staff to health risks. Expand this story for next steps.
The start of the school year has been stressful for many families as parents struggle to balance work with remote and hybrid learning. Staff at the Elmhurst Park District and Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 have been working behind the scenes for weeks to come up with the best solution to help as many families as possible during this tough transition.
Club Ed. is a new program for children K-5 that will offer a convenient, self-directed E-Learning opportunity at various D205 and Park District locations. This program will provide a structured schedule that alternates designated time for self-directed E-Learning and recreational activities including indoor/outdoor games, arts and crafts. Children will be in a group of 15 participants or less in a format that meets all CDC health and safety guidelines. Face coverings will be required at all times except while eating.
I hope you are safe and staying well amid what can only be described as trying and troubling times. The news of recent days is both disturbing and intolerable. Our District 205 Vision ensures that all students graduate life ready. Life ready graduates in today’s world must embrace tolerance and diversity. Our mission and belief statements articulate our commitment to all students. Today, we reaffirm our vision, mission and beliefs in the wake of the murder of George Floyd which has left the nation hurt, confused, and searching for answers. But, our vision, mission, and beliefs alone will not bring about the changes needed to help our students understand each other or create a culture where colleagues are treated with respect, and where an equitable education is a reality for all of our students regardless of their race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or ability.
In response to the the COVID-19 outbreak, the D205 Foundation has launched a Community Impact Fund. With your philanthropic support, this fund will allow the Foundation to rapidly deploy flexible resources to Elmhurst schools and community based organizations who are at the front lines of the COVID-19 outbreak.