District 7 Adopts Online Learning Plan


The District 7 school board met Monday in the auditorium at Liberty Middle School for its regular monthly meeting.

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The Edwardsville School District 7 School Board has voted to adopt its proposed online learning plan as well as a distance learning policy that will allow qualified students to learn outside of District 7 school facilities.

Superintendent Patrick Shelton said the snow days are not over. Rather, the program would allow the district to use online learning days instead of emergency days, as needed.

“What we’re voting on tonight is strictly our ability to use this generally, which is required by the state,” board chairman John McDole said. “How it will be implemented, not before winter 2023, is yet to be determined.” He said feedback from parents and community members will be used to determine how the online learning days will be used.

The online learning plan will not be used until all District 7 students have access to 1-1 devices, which is expected to happen in 2023. Once introduced, the plan will be in place for all three next school years.

The policy for a distance education program will provide eligible students with the opportunity to participate in a district-provided educational program at locations outside of District 7 schools. The program curriculum must align with the Learning Standards and Illinois school board policies and provide educational experiences consistent with those of the same grade level for up to one month, according to Jennifer Brumback of the school’s policy committee.

Norma A. Roth