GURNEE – The new school year began with remote learning in Gurnee School District 56.
There were many challenges that had to be overcome, from technology to teacher training to logistics.
In-service training, which usually spans two days, was extended to four days to start the school year.
Teachers had several training sessions on social-emotional learning for students and staff to keep everyone mentally healthy.
There were many breakout sessions to attend, so teachers could meet with others who teach the same subjects in the four buildings districtwide. Physical education teachers met together, as did art teachers, music teachers, technology staff and librarians. An incredible amount of time and effort went into these sessions.
Superintendent Colleen Pacatte, her administrative staff and teachers went above and beyond to prepare for the first day of instruction.
Parents picked up supplies from Spaulding School on Aug. 24 to take home in preparation for remote learning. Teachers, administrators and support staff worked hard preparing the supply packages and delivering them to families as they drove up in front of the school.