Remote Learning

InFocus 105: Renewal

Jan 29, 2021

January is traditionally a time of renewal and new starts. How does that apply to a global health crisis? We'll take a closer look at how new vaccines and treatments are changing the way healthcare professionals are caring for patients and working to keep others healthy. The New Year may also bring new rules that affect how we live and work. We'll explore what some of those options look like, and what you need to know as you make your own resolutions and plans.

A second Randolph County school district has decided to transition into remote only learning through the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Due to an increasing number of COVID positive results among students and staff in the West Frankfort School District, the district has decided to return to remote only learning.

Due to a number of students and staff in the Harrisburg School District testing positive for COVID-19, students will go to full-time remote learning starting Thursday.


In-person learning is being paused this week for eighth grade students at Murphysboro Middle School.

The district notified parents Monday about a second eighth grade teacher and one eighth grade student who tested positive for COVID-19.

Remote Learning At Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Schools weren't the only organizations trying to navigate a changing landscape this year.  

Support organizations like the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois are making changes this fall to help area students.

After a second student tested positive for COVID-19, Centralia High School is switching to remote-only learning until September 21.

After starting the academic year with a remote-only learning model due to COVID-19, Frankfort Community School District 168 in West Frankfort is pivoting back to a hybrid schedule starting on September 14.

Perry County Dist. 32

A southeast Missouri school district is switching to remote-only learning for the time being to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

The Perry County School District in Perryville will close its campus at the end of the school day this Friday.

Carbondale Schools Cope with COVID Changes

Aug 31, 2020

In July, the Carbondale Elementary School District decided to start the fall semester in full remote learning.

As WSIU's Benjy Jeffords reports, it meant the school district needed to buy every student a Chromebook.

The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

This week the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois started being a remote learning site for their members.

Like lots of organizations, The Boys and Girls Club of Southern Illinois has had to make a lot of changes to adapt to COVID-19.

After an electrical system failure resulted in a fire on the campus of John A. Logan College on the first day of the fall semester last week, administrators decided to move all classes online through Friday.

Now, school president Ron House says face-to-face and hybrid classes will resume on campus starting on Monday.

Boys And Girls Club Of Southern Illinois
Benjy Jeffords / WSIU

Next week the Boys And Girls Club Of Southern Illinois will operate as a remote learning site, as some area schools choose to begin their school year online.

Kids Korner
Carbondale Park District / Carbondale Park District

Students are starting school this week, but in Carbondale parents have some options.

Instead of heading back to the classroom this fall many students will continue remote learning.


Another southern Illinois school district is switching to a remote-only learning model to start the academic year.

The Zeigler-Royalton School District is suspending in-person learning for the time being due to rising COVID-19 cases in the school community.

A new portal on the Illinois State Board of Education's website provides parents and students with information on what their school district's plans are for the start of the academic year.

Kindergarten through 8th grade students in Mt. Vernon will start the academic year remotely.


Carbondale Community High School is joining the elementary school district in starting the upcoming academic year with remote learning only.


The State of Illinois rolled out its guidance for in-person school learning to return this fall.

During a special briefing Tuesday, Governor J.B Pritzker said one of the most essential mitigations will be face coverings.

Illinois students have been e-learning for more than a month now. Reliable internet connectivity is still one of the major hurdles for many rural districts.

Alex Moore is the superintendent at Montmorency. They’re a K-8 district in Whiteside County with around 230 students.

“On a good day, I get four megabytes per second download speed, so I knew that was going to be an issue,” he said. “About half of our families probably have decent internet.”

Even that “good day” download speed doesn’t meet the FCC’s minimum recommendation for e-learning.