Return-to-School Planning Underway

Return-to-School Planning Underway
Posted on 06/12/2020
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 Two task forces of teachers and administrators, one focusing on Health and Safety, the other on Teaching and Learning, are meeting weekly to review best practices and the ever-evolving health and safety guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).  Our work centers around creating scenarios for conducting school under both Phase 3 and Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan.  In-person instruction is not allowed in Phase 3, while Phase 4 allows for the resumption of in-person instruction “under guidance from IDPH.”  

 

Based on IDPH’s current guidance, we will be able to welcome students and staff back to school in August if certain stipulations are met, such as:

  • providing health screenings before individuals can enter the building;
  • adhering to social distancing practices in classrooms, hallways, etc.;
  • requiring face coverings for some staff and students;
  • limiting school bus ridership to no more than 10 students at a time; and
  • adhering to revised cleaning/sanitizing protocols.

 

This guidance may change at any time, however, updates are expected by the end of June.  In the meantime, district staff is working to identify various ways to meet the IDPH/ISBE expectations so that our buildings can reopen for the new school year.  To that end, parents are being asked to complete short survey.  An email with a link to survey was sent on Friday, June 12 and a reminder with the link will be sent on Monday, June 15. Please complete this survey by 4 p.m., Wednesday, June 18. Parents' responses will help guide and inform our reopening plan.

 

Once we have both the updated state guidance and parent survey responses, our task forces will be able to design a more focused and detailed reopening plan, which we will bring back to parents for further feedback at the end of June or beginning of July.