• Dear Zion-Benton Families,

    After significant planning and deliberation, Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 made the difficult decision to continue its Interactive Remote Learning model for the remainder of the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year for most of its students.  Although most students will remain remote, the District recognizes the importance of prioritizing in-person instruction or support for specialized programs.  As a result, as recommended by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), we have prioritized in-person instruction for our specialized, most supported programs in our Special Education, Bilingual, Project Recover, and Tech Campus programs.  In addition, principals will be identifying those students struggling most in remote learning and prioritizing in-person support.   

    For students remaining strictly in our Interactive Remote Learning model, they will continue to function within a structured schedule and routine, with some minor changes to maximize virtual live instruction opportunities and to help students manage their time.  Students’ schedules will be similar, with class start times remaining the same as they were during the first quarter.  However, the district has added 20 minutes of virtual live instruction to each school day, resulting in 100 additional virtual live instructional minutes each week.  As much as the Board of Education, administration, and staff want nothing more than to return to our buildings and classrooms with our students, we simply could not do so while ensuring the safety of our students, staff, and the greater Zion-Benton community give the state of the pandemic in our area. 

    However, we know in making this decision, we must make sure our students’ academic and social-emotional needs will continue to be met in this remote environment. As a result, in this model, students will continue to:

    • Follow a structured schedule that approximates a regular school day
    • Receive three hours of virtual live instruction Monday-Friday in their courses coupled with at least two hours of additional independent practice and personalized in-person or virtual support from teachers and other certified specialists
    • Maintain access to academic, social-emotional, Special Education, and bilingual support services during and after the school day
    • Maintain access to after school programming, activities, and athletics as permissible by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois High School Association (IHSA)

    For more information about what your student's day will look like in the Interactive Remote Learning model during the second quarter, please see the district's updated Interactive Remote Learning Plan.  For more specific information about your student's daily schedule, pease see the ZBTHS's daily schedule or New Tech's daily schedule and utilize this website to learn about the various resources available to you.

    Thank you for your partnership.  We look forward to working with you to ensure a strong finish to the semester.

    Sincerely,

    The District 126 Administration

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