Back-to-School Toolkit

Downers Grove Grade School District 58 looks forward to welcoming K-8 students and families on the first day of school, Sept. 1, 2020 for Remote Learning. To help families prepare, here is some helpful back to school information.

What will school look like this fall

School District 58 students will start the new school year 2020-21 in a remote learning environment.

Remote Learning will involve 2.5 hours of synchronous (live) instruction by a District 58 teacher and 2.5 hours of asynchronous learning. Asynchronous could mean independent work, a video lesson, group work, digital learning and others. There will be a regular daily and weekly schedule for staff and students, which will include specials such as music, art and PE. Similar to school in-person, there will be structured times to start and end school and specific synchronous class times. 

The synchrous portion of Remote Learning will be teacher-led lessons via Zoom, student collaboration and small group instruction. There will also be a continued focus on the social emotional wellness of students and direct instruction related to that.

The instructional day will be held between 8:15 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for Grades 1-8. Students will meet five days a week on regular school days. (Here is the approved 2020-21 calendar). Kindergarten sessions will be 8:15-10:45 a.m. for the AM session and 12:00-2:30 p.m. for the PM session. Each school will develop a daily schedule that allows students, families and teachers to plan and structure their day. To the greatest extent possible, the remote learning schedule will mirror the onsite learning schedule. For students with extenuating circumstances whose situation does not allow them to follow this schedule and participate in synchronous learning activities, alternative learning options will be provided. Depending on the situation, the alternate learning options may include pre-recorded lessons by District 58 staff, or curated materials that align with the lesson objectives. Families and/or students who are unable to participate in scheduled learning activities due to extenuating circumstances should contact their building administrator. 

More details about this plan can be found on our Remote Learning webpage. 

Hybrid Plan: In-person and remote learning begins Oct. 20, 2020

On Oct. 20, the District entered the Hybrid Model phase, which allows in-person learning in the schools as well as a remote option for families who choose. The onsite portion of the Hybrid Model will include strict health and safety protocals. It is also designed to allow the District to move from hybrid onsite to remote learning depending on pandemic conditions.  Learn more about the Hybrid Plan here.

2020-21 Calendar

The start to the 2020-21 school year will be delayed from its original start date to provide much needed time for our teachers to prepare for the significant change in teaching. View the amended 2020-21 calendar.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is a time for parents to meet as a group with their children’s teachers to learn about the curriculum for the various grade levels and ask questions. This year Curriculum Night will be held as a virtual event. 

2020-21 School Supply Lists

Please see the school supply lists for each school and grade level. It is recommended that while the District is starting the year with Remote Learning that students obtain the supplies. It is anticipated that many of the supplies will be needed during Remote Learning as well as when schools in our region return to onsite learning due to the movement to Phase V in the Restore Illinois Plan. Please visit our school supply list webpage.

Health Examination and Immunization Requirements

View student health examination and immunization requirements (Spanish). There are specific requirements for students entering preschool, kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade, as well as for all new students. Visit the Health Services page for more information. Please note that these vaccinations and/or health examinations are required by state law even though the District is in remote learning. 

Schools of 58 Parent Handbook

The 2020-21 Schools of 58 Handbook is published in late summer. It is important to annually review this handbook to understand District 58’s procedures. The 2020-21 handbook is currently in DRAFT format. Due to the ongoing pandemic and the move to Remote Learning, some items in the handbook could change. For any major changes, we will release an addendum to the handbook later in the year.

Registration information

Learn more about District 58 student registration. Plus, access the below links to pay fees.

  • Pushcoin (Pay K-8 registration fees)
  • E-pay (For preschool tuition)

Day Care during Remote Learning 

District 58 is working with providers to offer families day care during Remote Learning that would include providing oversight and guidance to students during the synchronous and asynchronous portions of their day.

Family Resources

Visit the Family Resources page to access information regarding communications, fees and fee waivers, student accident insurance and more.

Teacher Assignments

District 58 emailed elementary parents with their child’s teacher assignment for the 2020-21 school year.

Kindergarten/New Families

Kindergarten parents and new families can learn additional information about the District 58 experience at www.dg58.org/family-resources/kindergarten.