State Releases School Reopening Guidelines

State Releases School Reopening Guidelines
Posted on 06/24/2020
Back to school 2020 Safe and HealthyDistrict 28 shares the state’s priority to bring students back for in-person learning for the 2020-21 school year. There are several challenges schools face as we work toward that goal.

The district has formed two task forces made up of a broad representation of teachers and administrators that began working in the first week of June on our reopening plan. Working under guidelines issued by the Illinois State Board of Education on June 23, we are able to focus our time and energy on identifying the specific changes and adjustments to daily school operations that will allow us to reopen our school buildings.

The district’s Health and Safety Task Force will apply the state’s comprehensive guidelines and requirements to establish new rules and updated procedures. They will be using feedback received in a recent parent survey. We are also collaborating with the other districts in the township to develop our logistical plans and safety protocols.

The Teaching and Learning Task Force will provide guidance to help teachers prepare for the modifications to our classroom spaces and instructional materials and strategies necessary to bring students safely back to school. The task force is also refining remote learning practices and technology should the need arise. Plans are also being prepared for students who will be unable to return to in-person learning.

The state guidelines include health and safety measures as well as academic priorities and policies. Health and safety measures include:
Face coverings to be worn at all times by all adults and children 3 years old and older, with some exceptions for medical conditions. If you have not already done so, please make sure your child has several washable, reusable face coverings.
Schools must be set up to allow for social distancing as much as possible.
Daily symptom screening and temperature checks of students and staff or a self-certifying process.
Increased school cleaning and disinfection protocols.
School bus capacity up to 50 students with symptoms check, face masks, and as much social distancing as possible.
Limited use of playgrounds, socially distanced physical education and safety precautions for music and instrumental groups.

Educational priorities include:
Return to traditional grading policies
Provide daily in-person instruction to students least-able to engage in remote learning.
Establish remote learning for students who cannot attend in-person learning.
Identify standards not covered during remote learning in spring 2020 and determine learning gaps.

You are invited to download view the full ISBE document, Starting the 2020-21 School Year.