2020-21 REOPENING OF SCHOOLS
This page serves as the home for our latest information related to the D181 2020-21 reopening of schools.
We continue to follow the guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). While we hope to make progress against COVID-19, we know that this situation continues to be fluid, and modifications may be necessary as health officials learn more about this virus.
We'll continue to update this page and send updated documents to our school community by email.
BOE Action Related to Reopening of Schools
At the Monday, Aug. 24, Board of Education meeting the Board approved changes to the 2020-21 calendar including Tuesday, Sept. 8, as the first day of student attendance for the 2020-21 School Year. To view the calendar, click here.
At the Thursday, Aug. 13, Special Board Meeting, the D181 Board of Education approved the AM/PM Hybrid Model and Remote Learning Model as part of the 2020-21 Reopening Plan.
- Daily student attendance in the morning or afternoon with remote learning during the other half of the day for students in grades 1-8. Preschool and Kindergarten will follow their regular half-day schedule.
- Elementary School daily in-person instruction will focus on Literacy, Math and WIN/Intervention in elementary.
- Middle School daily in-person instruction will focus on Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and World Language.
- Remote learning includes all subjects not delivered in-person.
- No lunch or recess onsite
The AM/PM Hybrid Model includes the following details:
Keeping our students, staff, and schools #d181healthy
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote a culture of safety in D181 schools, we've created a series of videos on various topics related to the reopening of schools. Our latest videos highlight Health and Safety Protocols (1) & Proper Face Covering Usage (2) and Proper Handwashing (3). We will continue to share these messages with our families, students, and staff throughout the year. Thank you!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (Click here for the full version)
- Q: How will safety routines be established and monitored at the start of the school if I select in-person instruction for my child?
- Q: Will I be able to change my selection from in-person to remote?
- Q: Can the transition period be extended for the remainder of the semester?
- Q: What if my child is unable to attend school; at what point will my child receive remote?
- Q: When are the working groups and taskforce getting together?
- Q: How will you handle math placement?
- Will Field Trip fees be refunded?
- Q: How does remote learning differ from the spring 2020 eLearning/remote learning?
- Q: My child does not have a medical condition, but I would like to choose the parallel remote learning option. Will I be able to select that option if I feel that this is the best option for my family?
- Q: Are services provided through virtual platforms confidential?
- Q: If my student needs individual assessment for eligibility, but they are remote, how will this be done?
- Q: What can we expect in terms of communication if the school has a positive case of COVID-19?
- Q: What will be the return-to-school process following a COVID-19 related absence?
- Q: What are the current health and safety guidelines regarding bus transportation this school year?
- If a child has a medical mask exemption, are there other face-coverings that we can find for them that will keep the rest of the classroom including the teacher safe?
- Q: What will special education services look like?
- Q: What will a special education student’s day include?
- Q: How will special education and related services be provided if the district is required to return to full remote learning?
- Q: In a hybrid model, would my student with an IEP be able to attend full-day in person daily?
- Q: In a hybrid model, how would my student who receives ELL services be supported?
- Q: How will student social-emotional needs be addressed?
- Q: How will the District support teachers/staff during this time?
- Q: What medical experts helped to develop the plan?
- Q: How was the framework developed and evolved?
- Q: Will the District partner with any organizations to provide child care for those who need it?
- What procedures are being followed to clean and sanitize the schools prior to and during the school year?
- Will there be any responsibility for students to clean desks or workspaces?
- How will we handle tornado drills and active shooter drills in the setting of social distancing?
- Q: What if the school needs to switch from in-person to remote because of health and safety issues?
- How is the District improving the operation of the heating and cooling systems in the schools?
- Are our systems at or above ASHRAE minimum standards?
- What are we doing to improve air quality? Do we have DCV (demand controlled ventilation)? If so has it been disabled?
- During the hour allotted for cleaning between AM/PM sessions, can windows be opened?
- What is the filtration system in bathrooms?
- What defines close contact?
- Are there any current domestic or international travel restrictions?
- What actions should be taken by students/staff sent home with COVID-like symptoms?
- If a student is sent home sick with suspected COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., runny nose, fever, diarrhea, etc.), must all their siblings/household members be sent home as well and quarantined for 14 calendar days?
- In what capacity can we safely utilize Instructional assistants/specials/teacher librarians?
- How will District nurses help with monitoring children with symptoms who are out on quarantine and answering parent questions?
- What cleaning products are being used in schools?
- How will air flow be managed in areas that require additional ventilation?