Remote learning refers to learning that happens outside of the traditional classroom because the student and teacher are separated by distance and/or time. Remote learning can be real-time or flexibly-timed, and it may or may not involve technology. These days are counted as pupil attendance days for calculation of the length of the SASED programs official calendar under 105 ILCS 5/10-19 and 5/10-19.05, added by P.A. 101-643. Five remote learning planning days, taken consecutively or in separate increments, may be used to develop, review, or amend SASED’s plan or provide professional development to staff about remote education; i.e., Remote Learning Planning Days. See 105 ILCS 5/10-30, added by P.A. 101-643.
Blended remote learning days refers to school attendance days during which SASED provides hybrid days of in-person and remote instruction to students. Once the State Superintendent of Education declares that SASED must use remote learning days or blended remote learning days, the Executive Director implements these days in collaboration with member districts for grades pre-kindergarten through 12. These days are counted as days of attendance and are pupil attendance days for calculation of the length of a school term under 105 ILCS 5/10-19 and 5/10-19.05, added by P.A. 101-643. Typical blended remote learning days include remote instruction with ½ day to full day in-person two to four times per week.
Blended remote with intensive in-person service refers to a specific type of blended remote learning day during which SASED provides a hybrid model consisting of remote instruction with 15-90 minute in-person instruction for related services and 1:1 instructional stations one or more times per week.
Synchronous Learning occurs when there is a scheduled time for the educator and students to meet together virtually for instruction in real time.
Asynchronous Learning occurs when the student is working independently at their own time and pace without real time live instruction or interaction with the educators or other students. Learning in this mode may include virtual instruction through pre-recorded content.