Frequently Asked QuestionsFrequently Asked Questions

School attendance

When will my child attend school in-person?

Our plan for the 2020-21 school year is to provide hybrid instruction, which is a combination of both in-person and remote attendance days. Using the first letter of the student’s last name, each student will have an assigned schedule of two in-person instruction days and two remote instruction days each week.

What if our family has students who reside in the same home with different last names?

We can help. Contact your students’ school(s) to receive assistance from the building principal(s). After review and approval, the principal will notify you and if necessary, work with the transportation department to coordinate bussing.

When will I receive my child’s school assignment letter?

For students attending the Dual Language/opt out program for kindergarten and for students attending a special education cluster program, students will receive their school assignment letter on August 5, 2020.

Will I have to submit a form to select my child’s attendance choice?

Beginning July 31 through August 7, all families will be asked to complete a form to select either hybrid or full remote learning for the first semester of school. Please look for this communication coming soon.

Special Education 

What is the district’s process for holding IEP meetings?

The district will continue to hold all necessary special education meetings either virtually or in person within required timelines. Compliance timelines have not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If my child has an IEP and qualifies for related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language services, and/or social work services will they still receive their services?

Yes, any student with an IEP that qualifies for related services will continue to receive the related services as outlined in the IEP either in person or via a tele-therapy platform.

If my child has an IEP will he/she continue to receive the academic minutes contained in their IEP?

Yes, any student with an IEP will receive all services outlined in the IEP.

If my child’s IEP includes special education transportation, will that service continue?

Yes, all services outlined in the IEP will continue.

If I have specific questions about my student’s IEP who should I contact?

Please contact Director of Special Education, Lisa Caparelli-Ruff at 630-299-5524, or Assistant Director of Special Education, Maya Raab at 630-299-7911.

If my student has an IEP and participates in a specialized program or classroom what does my child’s attendance plan look like?

Student’s who receive IEP services in specialized programs or classrooms will attend in person Monday through Thursday at their assigned school building and will receive remote instruction on Fridays. Arrival and dismissal times for elementary, middle and high school will be identical to the schedule outlined in the guiding document for the respective grade level. District 131 will mail a notice regarding your student’s school placement and transportation information will be mailed by August 1st.

IEP 

What is the district’s process for holding IEP meetings?

The district will continue to hold all necessary special education meetings either virtually or in person within required timelines. Compliance timelines have not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If my child has an IEP and qualifies for related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language services, and/or social work services will they still receive their services?

Yes, any student with an IEP that qualifies for related services will continue to receive the related services as outlined in the IEP either in person or via a tele-therapy platform.

If my child has an IEP will he/she continue to receive the academic minutes contained in their IEP?

Yes, any student with an IEP will receive all services outlined in the IEP.

If my child’s IEP includes special education transportation, will that service continue?

Yes, all services outlined in the IEP will continue.

If I have specific questions about my student’s IEP whom should I contact?

Please contact: Director of Special Education, Lisa Caparelli-Ruff at 630-299-5524, Assistant Director of Special Education, Maya Raab at 630-299-7911

Health 

Can I send my child to school if they have had a fever in the last 24 hours?

No, all students must be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 72 hours before returning to school.

What if my child becomes sick or shows symptoms while at school?

On-site nursing staff will assess your child and the school will notify a parent or emergency contact to pick the student up from school.

Is my child responsible for bringing his/her own face mask?

It is preferred that your child bring their own washable cloth facemask to school.

Will there be any changes to the required immunization schedule for my child to attend school?

No, there is no change the immunization schedule. Students must have immunizations completed per the IDPH guidelines.

Will I receive notification if my child is exposed to another student with COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, the district has developed procedures to notify parents of possible exposure.

Student Services

What if my child feels anxious or nervous about returning to school?

We encourage close communication between parent and school personnel regarding your child’s social emotional well-being. Social workers, school counselors, and other staff are available to provide support to your student.

What type social-emotional supports will schools offer for students?

Social workers and school counselors are working proactively to provide opportunities to develop various resources for teachers, students, and staff. Teachers will approach all students with an understanding that additional social emotional support could be required.

Will the district take attendance on all days (remote learning and in person)?

Yes, teachers will take attendance every day. If your child will be absent, please call the school attendance line to report their absence.

Will students practice social distancing while at school?

Yes, students will be expected to practice social distancing and wear a facemask while at school.

How will the school keep my child’s school supplies separate from other students?

Each child will have their own individually labeled container, cubby, or designated area for their supplies.

Technology

What if a student’s device is not functioning properly?

The Tech Team will have a “repair station” at East Aurora High School ‘s Atrium (Door 8). Students and parents can bring the device in to be examined may visit Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This summer, before the school year begins, students/parents may call 630-299-8377.

My iPad doesn’t turn on.

Please ensure its charged. If the battery is completely dead, it may need to be plugged in for a few minutes before it will reboot

I cannot load a webpage on my device.

Ensure you have connected to your WI-FI. If it is, disconnect and rejoin.

I cannot log in to a classroom app or website.

Contact your teacher to ensure you have the correct log in information and to ensure you are in the system

My laptop is frozen and doesn’t respond when I click on anything.

Hold the power button in for 6-10 seconds. The little red light by the keyboard will turn off, hold until it turns back on. This will reboot it

I cannot log into Google or to Office 365

Ensure you are adding the “ @d131.org “ after your username when logging in. Confirm if you are using capital letters in the password.

My Laptop doesn’t turn on.

Connect the laptop to the power cord. Make sure the cable is secure both into the laptop as well as the power brick.

Meals

Will students receive breakfast and lunch? What about on remote days?

Meals will be provided to all students each day of the week, no matter if your child is physically attending school that day or remotely learning from home. Meal pick up for remote learning students will be daily from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. During this timeframe, parents/students can pick-up both breakfast and lunch.

Meals will be available at all elementary Schools, middle Schools, Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy and East High School.

Note: Students attending Early Childhood Center should pick-up meals at Benavides STEAM Academy; students attending the Gonzalez Child Service Center can pick up meals at O’Donnell Elementary.

Individual schools will share instructions with door numbers indicated for food pick-up for the days that your child is remotely learning from home.

Bus Transportation

What will happen if my student does not have a mask?

Buses will be equipped with extra face masks, should your child forget theirs at home.

What will happen if my student does not self-certify they are symptom free for the day?

The student will sit in the front seat and will require a temperature check as well as a certification from the building staff indicating they are symptom free.

Will my student be required to sit in their assigned seat?

Students will be directed to their assigned seat in order to ensure we can account for everyone’s well-being. Should a student someone experience COVID-19 symptoms, proper notification can be made to students in the immediate surrounding areas.

Will gloves be required to ride the bus?

Gloves will not be required in order to board the school bus.

Preschool Questions

When will I know my child’s teacher and site?

Preschool classroom assignments will be mailed home on August 7.

What precautions are you taking to keep my child safe/healthy?

The preschool program will take all of the precautions that the district is taking: smaller class sizes, fewer staff members in an out of classrooms, no visitors in school, no field trips, individual supplies and toys, frequent sanitation and cleaning, face coverings, and protective clothing/coverings for diapering.

What if my child won’t/can’t wear a mask?

In preschool our job is to teach independence and how to be a successful student. We will work to teach our children how to wear a mask, we have prepared lessons! However, we need your help to get your child used to this before the children come to school. We will provide resources in your child’s placement letter. Children that are unable to wear the make during school, will be asked to participate in remote learning for their safety.

School attendance

When will my child attend school in-person?

Our plan for the 2020-21 school year is to provide hybrid instruction, which is a combination of both in-person and remote attendance days. Using the first letter of the student’s last name, each student will have an assigned schedule of two in-person instruction days and two remote instruction days each week.

What if our family has students who reside in the same home with different last names?

We can help. Contact your students’ school(s) to receive assistance from the building principal(s). After review and approval, the principal will notify you and if necessary, work with the transportation department to coordinate bussing.

When will I receive my child’s school assignment letter?

For students attending the Dual Language/opt out program for kindergarten and for students attending a special education cluster program, students will receive their school assignment letter on August 5, 2020.

Will I have to submit a form to select my child’s attendance choice?

Beginning July 31 through August 7, all families will be asked to complete a form to select either hybrid or full remote learning for the first semester of school. Please look for this communication coming soon.

Special Education 

What is the district’s process for holding IEP meetings?

The district will continue to hold all necessary special education meetings either virtually or in person within required timelines. Compliance timelines have not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If my child has an IEP and qualifies for related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language services, and/or social work services will they still receive their services?

Yes, any student with an IEP that qualifies for related services will continue to receive the related services as outlined in the IEP either in person or via a tele-therapy platform.

If my child has an IEP will he/she continue to receive the academic minutes contained in their IEP?

Yes, any student with an IEP will receive all services outlined in the IEP.

If my child’s IEP includes special education transportation, will that service continue?

Yes, all services outlined in the IEP will continue.

If I have specific questions about my student’s IEP who should I contact?

Please contact Director of Special Education, Lisa Caparelli-Ruff at 630-299-5524, or Assistant Director of Special Education, Maya Raab at 630-299-7911.

If my student has an IEP and participates in a specialized program or classroom what does my child’s attendance plan look like?

Student’s who receive IEP services in specialized programs or classrooms will attend in person Monday through Thursday at their assigned school building and will receive remote instruction on Fridays. Arrival and dismissal times for elementary, middle and high school will be identical to the schedule outlined in the guiding document for the respective grade level. District 131 will mail a notice regarding your student’s school placement and transportation information will be mailed by August 1st.

IEP 

What is the district’s process for holding IEP meetings?

The district will continue to hold all necessary special education meetings either virtually or in person within required timelines. Compliance timelines have not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

If my child has an IEP and qualifies for related services such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language services, and/or social work services will they still receive their services?

Yes, any student with an IEP that qualifies for related services will continue to receive the related services as outlined in the IEP either in person or via a tele-therapy platform.

If my child has an IEP will he/she continue to receive the academic minutes contained in their IEP?

Yes, any student with an IEP will receive all services outlined in the IEP.

If my child’s IEP includes special education transportation, will that service continue?

Yes, all services outlined in the IEP will continue.

If I have specific questions about my student’s IEP whom should I contact?

Please contact: Director of Special Education, Lisa Caparelli-Ruff at 630-299-5524, Assistant Director of Special Education, Maya Raab at 630-299-7911

Health 

Can I send my child to school if they have had a fever in the last 24 hours?

No, all students must be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 72 hours before returning to school.

What if my child becomes sick or shows symptoms while at school?

On-site nursing staff will assess your child and the school will notify a parent or emergency contact to pick the student up from school.

Is my child responsible for bringing his/her own face mask?

It is preferred that your child bring their own washable cloth facemask to school.

Will there be any changes to the required immunization schedule for my child to attend school?

No, there is no change the immunization schedule. Students must have immunizations completed per the IDPH guidelines.

Will I receive notification if my child is exposed to another student with COVID-19 symptoms?

Yes, the district has developed procedures to notify parents of possible exposure.

Student Services

What if my child feels anxious or nervous about returning to school?

We encourage close communication between parent and school personnel regarding your child’s social emotional well-being. Social workers, school counselors, and other staff are available to provide support to your student.

What type social-emotional supports will schools offer for students?

Social workers and school counselors are working proactively to provide opportunities to develop various resources for teachers, students, and staff. Teachers will approach all students with an understanding that additional social emotional support could be required.

Will the district take attendance on all days (remote learning and in person)?

Yes, teachers will take attendance every day. If your child will be absent, please call the school attendance line to report their absence.

Will students practice social distancing while at school?

Yes, students will be expected to practice social distancing and wear a facemask while at school.

How will the school keep my child’s school supplies separate from other students?

Each child will have their own individually labeled container, cubby, or designated area for their supplies.

Technology

What if a student’s device is not functioning properly?

The Tech Team will have a “repair station” at East Aurora High School ‘s Atrium (Door 8). Students and parents can bring the device in to be examined may visit Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This summer, before the school year begins, students/parents may call 630-299-8377.

My iPad doesn’t turn on.

Please ensure its charged. If the battery is completely dead, it may need to be plugged in for a few minutes before it will reboot

I cannot load a webpage on my device.

Ensure you have connected to your WI-FI. If it is, disconnect and rejoin.

I cannot log in to a classroom app or website.

Contact your teacher to ensure you have the correct log in information and to ensure you are in the system

My laptop is frozen and doesn’t respond when I click on anything.

Hold the power button in for 6-10 seconds. The little red light by the keyboard will turn off, hold until it turns back on. This will reboot it

I cannot log into Google or to Office 365

Ensure you are adding the “ @d131.org “ after your username when logging in. Confirm if you are using capital letters in the password.

My Laptop doesn’t turn on.

Connect the laptop to the power cord. Make sure the cable is secure both into the laptop as well as the power brick.

Meals

Will students receive breakfast and lunch? What about on remote days?

Meals will be provided to all students each day of the week, no matter if your child is physically attending school that day or remotely learning from home. Meal pick up for remote learning students will be daily from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. During this timeframe, parents/students can pick-up both breakfast and lunch.

Meals will be available at all elementary Schools, middle Schools, Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy and East High School.

Note: Students attending Early Childhood Center should pick-up meals at Benavides STEAM Academy; students attending the Gonzalez Child Service Center can pick up meals at O’Donnell Elementary.

Individual schools will share instructions with door numbers indicated for food pick-up for the days that your child is remotely learning from home.

Bus Transportation

What will happen if my student does not have a mask?

Buses will be equipped with extra face masks, should your child forget theirs at home.

What will happen if my student does not self-certify they are symptom free for the day?

The student will sit in the front seat and will require a temperature check as well as a certification from the building staff indicating they are symptom free.

Will my student be required to sit in their assigned seat?

Students will be directed to their assigned seat in order to ensure we can account for everyone’s well-being. Should a student someone experience COVID-19 symptoms, proper notification can be made to students in the immediate surrounding areas.

Will gloves be required to ride the bus?

Gloves will not be required in order to board the school bus.

Preschool Questions

When will I know my child’s teacher and site?

Preschool classroom assignments will be mailed home on August 7.

What precautions are you taking to keep my child safe/healthy?

The preschool program will take all of the precautions that the district is taking: smaller class sizes, fewer staff members in an out of classrooms, no visitors in school, no field trips, individual supplies and toys, frequent sanitation and cleaning, face coverings, and protective clothing/coverings for diapering.

What if my child won’t/can’t wear a mask?

In preschool our job is to teach independence and how to be a successful student. We will work to teach our children how to wear a mask, we have prepared lessons! However, we need your help to get your child used to this before the children come to school. We will provide resources in your child’s placement letter. Children that are unable to wear the make during school, will be asked to participate in remote learning for their safety.