• Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the first day of school?

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    Our traditional Freshman Zero day is set for Friday, 8/28/20.  Only incoming freshman students in the Class of 2023 are required to log into their teachers’ virtual Zoom classrooms following their traditional 1-8 class periods from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.


    The first official day of school for all students is Monday, 8/31/20.  The day for all students begins remotely at 8:30 following the Interactive Remote Learning Plan schedule.  Use these links for the  ZBTHS Daily Schedule or for the NTZB Daily Schedule.

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  • How do I get to school for after school activities, tutoring, or athletics?

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    Students can be dropped off by parents/guardians, or students can drive their own cars.  If bus transportation is necessary, use this link to see our bus schedules and bus stops.  D126 Bus Schedules.

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  • How long with the Interactive Remote Learning Plan be in effect?

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    The commitment to date is at least through the first quarter, which ends on Friday, October 23, 2020.  Prior to this date, administration will work with the Board of Education to determine whether to extend the commitment to remote learning.

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  • What will students be expected to do on a school day?

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    Students will be expected to virtually attend assigned classes daily and complete an additional two hours of independent or small group work during each school day.  

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  • Will the SAT be administered?

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    The District plans to administer an SAT to current seniors on Wednesday, October 14, 2020.  Later in the month sophomores and juniors will be given the option to take a PSAT NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) on Thursday, October 29, 2020.  Information will be shared in early September with students through their advisory.  

    In April, the District plans to administer the state of IL required SAT Test to all junior students.

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  • Why is synchronous learning only three hours instead of all day?

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    District 126 exceeded the state's recommendation of 2.5 hours of virtual live instruction each day.  In making this decision, the District examined best practices and research regarding online instruction and determined students would be more engaged and energized in the model it adopted.  Research shows that learning synchronously and remotely all day would ot be as effective and could cause fatigue and other health issues as students, and most people for that matter, are not accustomed to learning that way for 6-7 hours per day.  Instead, the students will use the remaining part of the day to complete homework, study, and meet with other D126 students and staff for collaboration and support. 

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  • Will students be required to “attend” school every day?

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    Students will have to attend virtual live classes on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Teachers will take attendance on these dates. 

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  • Will students be graded this year? If so, how will it be different from the spring of 2020?

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    The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has encouraged districts to return to its normal grading policies.  The district understands some students may have struggles beginning in this new model of learning and will encourage its teachers to be flexible as the year gets started, but students should expect to attend class daily and complete assigned work and assessments resulting in a semester grade, with assessment and grading policies to resemble “pre March 13, 2020” policies.

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  • Will students be expected to continue to work outside of class periods?

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    Students will be assigned work outside those synchronous learning times and will be expected to continue to complete assigned work, collaborate with classmates virtually, and meet with their teachers and classmates beyond the synchronous learning day.  Independent asynchronous assignments result in at least two hours of additional work time. Although the synchronous/live virtual schedule is different from a traditional in-person learning schedule, students will be expected to complete assigned work between each synchronous class meeting and work with peers and their teachers as instructed. 

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  • Who can I call if I have general questions about the district’s Interactive Remote Learning plan?

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    If you have additional questions about the district’s program, please contact Dr. Melissa DiGangi, the district’s Director of Teaching and Learning, via email (digangim@zbths.org) or phone (847-731-9794).  If you have questions specific to your student's specific school, please contact the building principal, Dr. Chris Pawelczyk at ZBTHS (847-731-9303 or pawelczc@zbths.org) or Mr. Christopher Kubic at New Tech (847-731-9805 or kubicc@ntzb.org). 

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  • What if my student cannot find assignments or needs help navigating resources during the school day?

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    Students should always feel welcome to email their teachers for any help locating assignments on each teacher’s course within Canvas (ZBTHS) or ECHO (New Tech).  They can also contact ZB-IT at zbths.org/it.  Each campus will also have an "Internet Cafe" available for student use during each school day. 

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  • What if my student cannot complete an assignment due to technical issues?

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    ZB-IT is available to support students via zbths.org/it.  ZB-IT is available via phone and web chat, or in walk-up support if the student is in the building. Students should communicate with their teacher(s) if their assignments will be delayed due to them seeking assistance through the servicedesk.

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  • How does a student receive an assignment?

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    Students will be expected to attend assign classes daily via Zoom.  They can access their class via a Zoom link on each teacher's Canvas (ZBTHS) or ECHO (New Tech) page.  Teachers will also post any assignments with respective due dates on their individual teacher page. 

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  • How will my student receive Special Education services?

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    Teachers and instructional aides will provide accommodations for learning tasks.  In addition, Special Education personnel (e.g., case managers, social workers, etc.) will be available remotely or in-person to support students’ needs by appointment.  Lastly, the district will provide supervised spaces for Special Education students during the school day to work and receive additional guidance and support. 

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  • What type of device can I use during Interactive Remote Learning days?

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    Activities can be completed using various forms of technology, such as the student’s District 126 issued Chromebook, personal computer, smartphone, or other mobile devices. 

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