Remote Learning

General Guidelines for All Teachers

Multilingual Considerations

Our families come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and include students and parents with varying levels of proficiency in English and their home language.  All staff members are recommended to build on families’ cultural and linguistic backgrounds to provide students with authentic language activities that allow them to participate and access materials in both English and their home language.

Special Education and Related Services

Students with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during times of disruption and change. To ensure ongoing growth and progress, districts should focus their planning efforts on how to continue serving these students to the greatest extent practicable by tailoring remote learning that provides educational benefits to students with disabilities. All decisions regarding special education must comply with guidance from the U.S. Department of Education.

The basic guidelines and options/opportunities are based on the following core beliefs:

     IEPs remain in place and should direct students' remote learning. Be mindful that a student’s program may require commencing a team meeting.

     Adhere to local procedures and leverage local leadership.

     Emphasize structure and consistency for students with special needs.

     Students with special needs benefit greatly from ongoing motivation and excel when relationships with adults and peers are strong.

     Resources should be viewed broadly and include leveraging local associations, professional organizations, government agencies, and more.

    Affirm that all students can achieve growth in all capacities. Learning opportunities should occur 24/7 and should be tracked, when applicable

Professional Learning During Remote Learning Days

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)



I would like to take another opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your continued patience, flexibility, and dedication to your work and the children of Cicero during this extremely challenging time. 

Over the past month, we have all been navigating uncharted territory when it comes to restructuring the way we conduct business and educating the thousands of students we are responsible for. But, with creative thinking and incorporation of the District's 21st-century technology infrastructure, together, we have remained steadfast in ensuring that our approach to learning and interactions with students continue to fulfill the District's mission of igniting the road to excellence. 

Though we are not physically able to be with our students, our Remote Learning structures have established a foundation for all of us in District 99 to continue our strong foundation for learning through utilizing teacher-provided resources and differentiate instruction as needed to best support personalization for our students. With our continued support of District-issued student devices and online learning platforms, the District is instilling the true value of Remote Learning through clearly articulated lesson plans and both synchronous and asynchronous classroom engagement.

We understand that all of us are facing different challenges of our own, it is with this in mind that the district administration with assistance from the union leadership, have developed a Remote Learning Plan, that provides flexibility and supports for all. I thank you again for your hard work and dedication. I am confident that the education of our children is in good hands.