E-Learning can provide continuous learning when school is canceled. While e-learning cannot replace the learning and engagement that occurs in the physical classroom between our students and educators, it can provide ongoing learning and minimize the instructional impact on our students when school is closed.
Due to the pandemic COVID-19 and Governor J.B. Pritzker’s expanded statewide order to “Stay At Home” through the end of the school year, Butler District 53 physical school buildings will remain closed.
We are excited to report that Butler School District 53 received full verification approval from the DuPage Regional Office of Education for the Butler D53 e-Learning Program in lieu of emergency days. This program was approved by the Board of Education at the April 13, 2020 board meeting. At the start of that meeting there was a public hearing on this topic. The e-Learning Program is valid for three years beginning in the 2020-2021 school year.
We are working with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Regional Office of Education, DuPage Health Department and Centers for Disease Controls and area school districts on any modifications to the e-Learning schedule and any further measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic and school closures.
Teachers and staff have worked very hard in a short amount of time to assemble e-learning opportunities for students while school is closed. Updated lesson plans will be posted at approximately 8:30 a.m. each day of e-learning. In order to keep to routines, we are encouraging e-learning from 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m. and a break from 12 - 12:45pm. It is important that we all take care of our physical, emotional, and social needs during this time.
The lessons and activities can be accessed through either Seesaw or Google classroom. Students must show proof of participation on e-Learning days, as required by ISBE.
Digital Resource Support
Social Emotional Resources
D53 Social Emotional Newsletters
Social Emotional Newsletter No. 1 - Establishing Routines
Social Emotional Newsletter No. 2 - Coping and Calming Strategies
Social Emotional Newsletter No. 3 - Positive Mental Health and Resiliency
Social Emotional Newsletter No. 4 - Movement and Brain Breaks
Social Emotional Newsletter No. 5 – Kindness and Helping
Social Emotional Newsletter No. 6 – Alternative Learning Activities
Social Emotional Resources
Talking to children about COVID-19
COVID-19 Support and Resources
Social emotional resources
Family/Child At-Home Activities
How to contact your teachers
1) Send your child’s teacher an email to their school email address.
2) Teachers, principals and other licensed professionals will be available by email from 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m daily.
3) Staff will respond to all communication requests in a timely manner during scheduled hours.
FAQ for Parents
Frequently Asked Questions for Butler SD53 Parents
This document will serve as an FAQ with information regarding e-learning days for parents and students. As this unfortunate situation continues to evolve with new information daily, we are committed to communicate any changes with you via email and to update these FAQ’s.
Q: What is an e-learning day?
A: E-Learning can provide continuous learning when school is canceled. While e-learning cannot replace the learning and engagement that occurs in the physical classroom between our students and educators, it can provide ongoing learning and minimize the instructional impact on our students when school is closed. The goal of e-learning is to maintain learning for students and should align to the scope and sequence of the current curriculum.
Due to the pandemic COVID-19 and subsequent state-wide school closings, District 53 transitioned to e-learning starting on Tuesday, March 17.
Q: How do I get in touch with my child’s teacher on an e-learning day?
A: Teachers will post the assignments by 8:30 a.m. on all e-learning days. Teachers generally will be available from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. by email or whatever preferred method your teacher regularly communicates with your child. Because of varying family, work and school obligations, please allow 24 hours for teachers to respond.
Q: Whom do I contact if I need technical assistance with e-learning?
A: Please contact tech support with a request for help with specific technology needs. During e-learning days, tech support will be available from 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. We will do our best to respond as soon as possible. Complete the form.
Q: How can I provide feedback about e-learning?
The District has sent out surveys to obtain feedback from parents and students.
Q: Are the school social worker, school psychologist and guidance counselor available during e-learning?
A: It’s as important as ever to take care of our mental and emotional health during this challenging time. All Butler and Brook Forest resources remain available and our school psychologist, social worker and guidance will be maintaining regular office hours and connections with students on e-learning days.
Q: When will we know if school resumes after April 30?
A: Protecting the health, safety, and well being of our students and staff is our top priority. We continue to work closely with health departments, county officials and other partners and will clearly communicate any updates regarding the resumption of school.
Q: What is the status of spring events like graduation?
A: We know there are a lot of questions surrounding major upcoming events such as graduation. These are treasured activities and we know how important they are to our students, families, staff and community. Our leadership team is carefully monitoring the rapidly changing situation and continuing to discuss its impact on each event. We understand the desire to know as far in advance as possible the status of events, and we are working to balance that need with our continued hope to maintain events if at all possible and safe to do so. If and when any decisions are made in terms of events, we will notify all parents and staff via email.
Q: Whom do I contact if I have further questions about e-learning days that are not answered here?
A: With any inquiries, it is best to reach out to your child’s teacher. If they are not able to assist you, then please contact your building principal.