Dear Zion-Benton Families,
After significant planning and deliberation, Zion-Benton Township High School District 126 made the difficult decision to adopt its Interactive Remote Learning model for the first quarter of the 2020-2021 school year. 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. 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.
In the unprecedented and unanticipated closure this past spring, the district did its best to accommodate the varying needs within our school community while operating under the conditions of an emergency stay-at-home order. As we are no longer operating within a stay-at-home order and have evaluated the initial remote learning experience, the district has incorporated feedback from students, parents, and staff to develop its Interactive Remote Learning model. In this model, the district is confident staff can provide a rigorous and engaging learning experience for all students, an experience that is both different from and better than the spring of 2020 experience. In this model, students will:
- Follow a structured schedule that approximates a regular school day (8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
- 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 the daily schedule for students and other details, please see the PDF of the approved plan, watch the short video introduction to the plan, and utilize this website to learn about the various resources available to you.
Thank you for your partnership. We look forward to successful start to the school year.
The District 126 Administration