frequently asked questions for parents

What do we do if we need technology support with our school-issued chromebook or other device?
If you experience any technical difficulties with your school-issued device during remote learning days, please email our technology director Scott Herrig directly at sherrig@gkschools.org. This service is available right now! The team will do their best to get back to you promptly. Thank you for your patience!
Whom should I contact if my child needs help with school work?Please reach out directly to your child’s classroom teacher via email. We are available to help you.
How will my child’s attendance be taken and how will this work be graded?
It is not mandatory that students and families access the additional resources we are sending (stipulated by “Act of God” day parameters or “Remote Learning Day” parameters), but we strongly encourage you to do so. This work will be accounted for with the final due date being 5 school days after reopening. For younger students, this provides an additional opportunity to get in-person clarity and support from their teachers. 
Will teachers be available if we need help?
Yes. Teachers will be available for questions from 9-11am and 1-3pm each remote learning day via electronic communication.
Does my child have to log in by a certain time each day?
The work can be completed at a time that is convenient for your family. We recommend establishing a daily schedule and routine that your child can follow to maintain a sense of normalcy. Additionally, GK staff will be emailing you with additional suggestions for keeping your child meaningfully and purposefully engaged while we are out of school. It is entirely your decision whether you participate in these additional activities. Again, our goal is to provide ideas beyond typical school work for you to consider while school is closed.
Does my child have to follow a schedule regarding work completion?Your child will be able to work at his or her own pace and can begin the work any time that is convenient during the time schools are closed. All assigned remote learning activities will be due 5 school days after reopening.
Does my child have to turn in the work that is completed?
Yes. When we re-enter school, we are prepared to clean all school issued devices to minimize the transfer of germs. Again, students will have 5 school days after reopening to turn in all work. However, if directions indicate a shorter timeline, students should submit their work when completed. 
What is the parent participation expectation with regard to the work provided?
While younger students may need more support, the remote learning lessons are designed to be independent in nature. 
Will there be additional work added if schools are closed longer than currently anticipated?
If more remote learning days are required, additional plans will be sent to families via email. The additional plans will also be posted on the web at that time.
My child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Will my child be receiving remote learning plans specific to his/her IEP?
  • Students will have access to general education grade-level remote learning for all appropriate activities during the identified remote learning days.
  • IEP teams are developing remote learning plans aligned to specific goals and objectives listed on your child’s IEP. In some cases, these may need to be adjusted and some goals may not be measured during remote learning. If this is the case with your student, the case manager will contact you directly.
  • You will have access to general education, special education, and related service providers throughout the identified remote learning days.
My child has an IEP and my child’s annual review or evaluation are due during school closure. Will we still hold the previously planned meeting?
At this time, designated remote learning days are Mar. 31- Apr. 7, 2020. All meetings that are scheduled to take place during this period of time will take place remotely at the scheduled date and time. For meetings scheduled after April 7, 2020, they will also occur, however, how the meetings will take place (face to face or remotely) has yet to be determined. If you have any questions regarding your child’s scheduled IEP or eligibility meeting, please reach out to the Director of Student Services. 
My child has an IEP. How will I be able to communicate with my child’s special education teacher and related service providers during school closure?
Our staff will be available via email over the course of the school closure (currently through April 30th, 2020).   
My child has an IEP. How will progress toward goals be monitored?
Goals and data collection may need to be modified during remote learning days. In some cases, not all goals will be able to be measured. Your child’s case manager will communicate this with you in the days to come. Upon return to a regular schedule, teachers and related service providers will engage in their typical skill assessment to determine a student’s progress toward their IEP goals and address any needs on a case-by-case basis.
What additional resources are available to families during this time?
Free Online Resources from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

ISBE and GK staff have identified some free online resources that can be sources of activities and inspiration:
ISBE has received tentative approval from the United States Department of Education to waive state-mandated testing (SAT, Illinois Assessment of Readiness [IAR], and DLM) and reporting including:
  • Authority to waive all federally mandated assessments, including the SAT, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), and Dynamic Learning Map assessments (DLM)
  • Authority to waive the requirement for Illinois to report on school accountability indicators for 2019-20
What does this mean for Genoa Kingston students?
This means there will not be state-mandated testing this year. Specifically:
  • GK students will not take the school-day SAT in the spring of 2020
  • GK students will not take the IAR in the spring of 2020
  • GK students will not take the DLM in the spring 2020
Will Genoa Kingston or the state administer the SAT this year? 
As of March 24, ISBE stated, “we know the free SAT provided by the state is the only opportunity many students get to take a college entrance exam. ISBE is working with the College Board on developing options to allow current 11th grade students to take the SAT in the fall. We hope to have more information on these options by the end of April."
As soon as Genoa Kingston receives an update regarding the free SAT provided by the state, we will share with families.
Will GKHS students be able to take Advanced Placement (AP) exams in the spring of 2020?Yes, GKHS students will be able to take AP exams in the spring of 2020.
CollegeBoard, the organization overseeing AP exams, has provided the following guidance regarding AP tests:
  • Students will have the option to take the exam online at home
  • CollegeBoard has enhanced its online testing security to prevent cheating
  • Each exam is estimated to take approximately 45-minutes
  • The exam covers content that students learned through March of 2020
  • CollegeBoard has resources available for students and staff that includes study guides, content materials, and virtual lessons. Information can be found at:

AP Resources:

More information about AP exams is expected to be released on April 3 and I will provide that information once available.
Will GKHS students take final exams in the spring of 2020? 
At this time, final exams and the final exam schedule remain unchanged. GK is currently reviewing this topic and we hope to provide a final decision by April 10.
What is the status of ISBE’s 2020-2021 Summative Designations for GK Schools?
ISBE has four summative designations to indicate how well schools are serving families. Those designations are Exemplary Schools, Commendable Schools, Underperforming Schools, and Lowest-Performing Schools.
All GK schools are currently designated as Commendable Schools. ISBE will freeze all existing school designations for the 2020-2021 school year.