March 31 Update - Remote Learning Days

Remote Learning Days

Update: March 31, 2020

Dear Henry-Senachwine Parents, Guardians, and Students:

On behalf of all Henry-Senachwine School District Staff, I can share that we miss all of our students and are looking forward to getting back in touch with the students and families. The well-being of all of the students is our priority and we want to make sure we stay connected during these times.

Recently, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) informed schools that, beginning Tuesday, March 31st, schools would be operating using Remote Learning Days. Remote learning days are currently scheduled through April 30th, but could be extended if ordered so. Also, schools are able to utilize remote instruction planning days to allow schools to prepare for remote learning. Henry-Senachwine teachers and staff have been preparing this week and are excited to take our next step.

Our first goal is to connect with you. The teachers and staff will be in touch with you shortly, just to connect and check in with students and/or parents. This may be done through a phone call, email, and/or through an online platform like Google classroom. If you have not been in contact with a teacher or staff member by the end of the day Wednesday, please contact your student’s school so we can troubleshoot any communication issues.

Pick-up of paper packets and requested devices for students in grades PK-8 will occur on Wednesday, April 1st at HSGS/JH. A pick-up schedule and directions will be provided soon. HSHS students can contact Dr. Hill if you are in need of materials.

Remote learning plan summary points are provided further below. In developing our remote learning plan, we have used recommendations provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. Specific grade-level details will be available through your student’s teacher or school.

We recognize that these are exceptional circumstances for all. We are focused on connecting with students, supporting the students and providing opportunities for continued learning. As remote learning will be new for many of us, we plan to patiently move forward and improve each day, together as a school community!


Dr. Michael Miller

Remote Learning Plan Summary Points

Learning: Paper Packets and Online Platforms

• Remote Learning begins on Thursday, April 2, 2020

• Teachers will provide students in grades PK-8 paper packets including instructions, assignments, activities, and resources. Distribution of the first round of paper packets is scheduled for Wednesday, April 1. The first round of paper packets have been prepared to last through April 10th.

• Some teachers, especially at the high school, may use online platforms (e.g. Google Classroom) to connect and engage the students. The teachers will provide students with instructions on how to connect. If your teacher is using an online platform and you need assistance in connecting online, please let your teacher know so we can work on connectivity.


If using paper packets, we ask that the students/parents connect with the classroom teacher to confirm attendance and participation each day, beginning at 9:00 a.m. and no later than 1:00 p.m. You can confirm attendance by sending your teacher an email. Junior High students should send their homeroom teacher an email to confirm attendance. Your teacher may provide you with additional information on check-in.

If using online platforms (e.g. Google classroom), students are expected to check their Google classroom by 9:00 a.m. Your teacher may provide you with additional information related to check-in. Teachers using an online format will have his/her initial post to students by 9:00 a.m.

• Teachers will monitor student participation through classroom discussion, interacting with teachers, project completion, and/or hardcopy paper packet submission.

• Teachers will be available from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on remote learning days to post work, provide instructions, and/or answer student questions. Your teacher(s) will provide you with information on ways to connect with him/her.

• The administration will be available on remote learning days and can be reached by contacting the school office or by email.


• Grading will be grounded in the recommendations provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. During this time of remote instruction, student grades will not decrease. A student who is not able to be engaged, or who chooses to disengage, in remote learning will receive an incomplete. The content from remote learning may need to be made up after the transition back to regular in-person school resumes.

Specific information regarding grading will be available soon through your student’s school.

Upcoming Schedule

Tuesday, March 31     Planning Day

Wednesday, April 1     Planning Day
                                       HSGS/JH Packet & Device Distribution (schedule to come)

Thursday, April 2         Remote Learning Day (RLD)

Friday, April 3               Remote Learning Day (RLD)

Monday, April 6           RLD
Tuesday, April 7          RLD
Wednesday, April 8    RLD 
Thursday, April 9        RLD & Planning Day 
Friday, April 10            Not in Attendance 

Contact Information

Henry-Senachwine High School
Dr. Jon Hill, Principal

Henry-Senachwine Grade/Junior High School
Dr. Julie Nelson, Principal

Henry-Senachwine School District #5
Dr. Michael Miller, Superintendent


Upcoming Events

Apr 10

Easter Break

Back to school on April 14th

Apr 18


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