How do I access District 69’s e-learning platform?
- PreK: Preschool teachers will post a daily Skill Board on Seesaw at the start of each day that utilizes Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD.
- Kindergarten-2nd grade: All assignments, activities, and announcements will be posted daily by teachers on Seesaw.
- 3rd-8th Grade: All assignments, activities, and announcements will be posted daily by teachers on Schoology.
To access your child’s e-learning platform please click on one of the links below:
To review the Parent/Caregiver guides please click on one of the links below:
To review the Student guides please click on one of the links below:
Student Guide to Schoology – Chromebook
Student Guide to Schoology – iPad
What if I need help logging in or using Seesaw or Schoology?
Parent/Guardian and Student tutorials on Seesaw and Schoology will be provided by the district. Training sessions via Google hangouts with language support are available during the first week of the extended e-learning timeline to support families in navigating these platforms.
Monday 3/30 11 a.m.
Seesaw Help: English/Spanish
Call-in: 1 319-449-0113
PIN: 287 796 574#
Monday 3/30 – 2 p.m.
Schoology Help: English/Assyrian
Call-in: 1 413-853-0287
PIN: 746 617 196#
Tuesday 3/31 – 6 p.m.
Seesaw Help: English/Assyrian
Call-in: 1 470-241-4957
PIN: 624 270 222#
Tuesday 3/31 – 7 p.m.
Schoology Help: English/Urdu
Call-in: 1 601-779-1293
PIN: 913 651 785#
Wednesday 4/1 – 8:30 a.m.
Seesaw Help: English/Urdu
Call-in: 1 574-404-3340
PIN: 263 553 594#
Wednesday 4/1 – 9:30 a.m.
Schoology Help: English/Spanish
Call-in: 1 650-530-7340
PIN: 988 370 153#
Why is the District only using Seesaw and Schoology?
The district has chosen to utilize a consistent e-learning platform that is developmentally appropriate for the age of the students. By utilizing Seesaw and Schoology, the District can ensure the following:
- Consistency and ease of use for students and parents
- A level of familiarity for students and families to ‘jump right in’
- Continuity in instruction across grade levels
- A centralized place to go for information and resources
- High-quality PD and training for staff, students, and families
Will attendance be taken?
Yes, for students in grades PreK-8, parents/guardians are required to submit a daily attendance form for their student(s). The form will be sent each day through Seesaw or Schoology. Attendance is being taken to ensure all of our students have access to e-learning and are being provided educational resources by the district.
Is the district offering tech support? If so, what do we do if we need tech help?
Yes, the district is providing tech support for families during this time. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your request or needs for support.
We will do our best to respond to all help requests in a timely manner. Once your request is submitted to email@example.com, our staff will route your request to the appropriate person. Please be patient with our team as we expect to be receiving a high volume of requests in the first week of e-learning. As a reminder, our common business hours are 9:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday.
How do I engage my child in e-learning?
Setting a daily schedule and routine is very important for engaging in e-learning. We suggest creating a daily schedule for students that works for the entire family. Having a daily routine helps mimic the school experience as much as possible.
We know that this is a new experience for our students and their families, and there is a period of adjustment for everyone. The e-Learning plan has been designed to allow for an adjustment period and a gradual build-up, similar to how the beginning of the school year is designed to establish routines and help children transition. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you need additional ideas for creating a positive learning environment at home for your child.
Can my child work with other students in the class on assignments?
It is important to remember that the most effective way to stop the spread of COVID-19 is to practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. Therefore all activities have been created as independent work. However, if students want to collaborate with each other, they should receive permission from their parents/guardians to work with their peers via telephone or another virtual tool.
Are the assignments graded?
Per ISBE guidance, e-learning assignments will not negatively impact a student’s academic standing. Subsequently, assignments will not be graded. Instead, teachers will provide students with formative feedback on their work.
Please note: Lincoln students will not have grades entered in Infinite Campus as they have in the past. Rather, e-learning assignment feedback will be shared via Schoology.
How do I contact my child’s teacher?
District 69 staff can be reached via email. Click here for the District’s directory.
During e-learning, all of our staff observe Common Instructional Hours (9:30 – 12:30 and 1:30 – 3:30) Monday-Friday. During those hours they are available to provide support to students and their parents/guardians in Seesaw or Schoology and via email if questions arise.
What if I want more assignments/resources for my child during this time?
Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher and share your desire for more resources. From there, they will work to support your child’s needs.
What if my child’s teacher is providing too much work and my child can’t complete it all?
Communication is key! Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher and share your concerns regarding the workload. From there, they will work to support your child’s needs.
What if my child has a Section 504 plan or an Individualized Education Program (IEP)?
During e-learning, staff will continue to provide accommodations and modifications to support your child’s access to their learning. If your child typically receives services from a special education teacher and/or a related service provider they will continue to receive support from these specialists. Given the structure of e-learning and the varying needs of each child, the service delivery model is more flexible and will look different from school-based programming. You should direct any questions or concerns to your child’s case manager who will be monitoring your child’s transition to e-learning.
What if my child receives English Language Learners (EL) services?
We will continue to support our EL learners. Our EL Interventionists will continue to serve our EL students and provide support in collaboration with their classroom teachers. Should there be an additional need for language support for your child, please reach out to your classroom teacher or EL Interventionist. Family Liaisons continue to be available to support home school communication.
How can I support my child’s social-emotional needs during this time?
The social, emotional, and psychological well-being of our students is the most important thing during this time of social distancing and new routines. As you talk to your children about what is happening in the world, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and The World Health Organization (WHO) are primary sources of information and can ensure that the things you share are accurate. Some strategies to prioritize in supporting your children include:
- Reassuring your child
- Sharing stories of people working to stop the pandemic
- Showing them how they can cope with unpleasant emotions in healthy ways, and
- Establishing routines with them to promote predictability during their day
Our SEL Specialists, who support our students socially and emotionally throughout the school year, are working and available by email. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to them if you have specific questions about how to support your child socially or emotionally. You can find your grade level SEL Specialist’s contact information here.
What if we don’t have internet access at home?
Families that qualify for free or reduced lunch in the Comcast service area can sign up for 60 days of free Internet Essentials service. To sign up or to learn more, visit www.internetessentials.com. There are also two dedicated phone numbers 1-855-846-8376 for English and 1-855-765-6995 for Spanish.
If this is not a viable option, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and they will do their best to support your family in navigating this.
Is the district still providing food service during the closure?
Starting on Monday, March 30, all District 69 students and anyone in your household under 18 years of age are eligible to receive one FREE delivered to your home school breakfast and lunch per day, Monday through Friday. Each child may select either a vegetarian (e.g., sun butter and jelly) or meat sandwich for lunch. All lunches come with fresh fruit and a snack item. Deliveries will be made daily between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Final delivery routes and times will be determined based on the number and location of families who participate. You will be emailed information about your delivery route and times by Sunday, March 29.
You can enroll at any time during school closure by completing the School Meal Delivery Sign-Up. Due to the lead time required to order additional food and add an address to a route, it may take several days to start receiving meals once the enrollment request is submitted. You will be contacted with a start date and estimated delivery time.
Additionally, anyone under the age of 18 is eligible to ‘drop-in’ and receive free meals on Mondays and Wednesdays from 11am-1pm outside of Lincoln Jr High. There will be a yellow school bus in the circle driveway that will have meals available. No registration is required for this service.
What if I need additional support/resources during this time?
We’re all in this together during this unprecedented time. If you need additional support or resources, please let our community school’s team know and they will do their best to help you navigate community resources during this time. Please contact Sarah Rankin, email@example.com.