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Return to School Plan for Second Quarter

District 204 has developed the following plans to safely bring students into the classroom for the second quarter. Middle school and high school plans will be implemented the week of November 2. The early childhood and elementary plans are being piloted the week of October 12 with implementation starting the week of November 2. Parents with children in pilot classrooms have already been notified and made their selection for in-person or remote learning. All other parents will be asked soon to make a selection of in-person or remote learning for the remainder of the second quarter.

What is the EARLY CHILDHOOD plan? (10/5/20)

Early childhood students that will attend in-person instruction will be divided into two groups and attend two days a week to receive instruction. Within each group, students will either attend the morning session from 8:15 am to 10:45 am or the afternoon session from 12:15 pm to 2:45 pm. On the days students are not at school they will complete activities at home. Students who remain in full remote learning will continue to receive packets from their teacher for at home activities. In-person days will be Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday. Mondays will be a day of remote learning with the entire class having activities at home.

EC Schedule 

What is the ELEMENTARY plan? (10/5/20)

Elementary school students that will attend in-person instruction will be divided into two groups and attend two mornings a week to receive instruction. In the afternoon, they will complete asynchronous assignments/activities and specials. Students who are at home on those days will receive remote, synchronous instruction in the afternoon, while completing their asynchronous assignments/activities in the morning. Students who remain in full remote learning will continue to receive synchronous instruction from their teacher every afternoon and complete asynchronous assignments in the morning while their teacher is with the in-person students. In-person days will be Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday. Mondays will be a day of remote learning with the entire class. This plan allows students to retain their same teacher for the remainder of the second quarter.

Elementary Schedule 

What is the MIDDLE SCHOOL plan? (10/5/20)

Middle school students who attend in-person instruction will be divided into two groups and attend two days a week from 8 am to 12:59 pm to receive instruction. On the days students are not at school they will complete asynchronous and synchronous assignments/activities. Students who remain in full remote learning will continue to receive synchronous instruction from their teacher and also complete asynchronous assignments/activities. In-person days will be Tuesday/Wednesday and Thursday/Friday. Mondays will be a day of remote learning with the entire class. This plan allows students to retain their same course schedule and teachers for the remainder of the second quarter.

Middle School Schedule 

What is the HIGH SCHOOL plan? (10/5/20)

High school students who attend in-person instruction will be divided into groups by grade level and alphabetically by last name. In-person instruction will be on Mondays from 7:25 am to 2:05 pm. Remote learning will continue Tuesday through Friday for all students. For students who stay on remote learning and for in-person students not at school, instruction will be delivered in a combination of synchronous and asynchronous. This plan allows students to retain their same course schedule and teachers for the remainder of the second quarter.

Days of in-person attendance:

  • Nov. 2: Juniors and Seniors: A-L
  • Nov. 9: Juniors and Seniors: M-Z
  • Nov. 16: Freshmen and Sophomores: A-L
  • Nov. 30: Freshmen and Sophomores: M-Z
  • Dec. 7: Juniors and Seniors: A-L
  • Dec. 14: Juniors and Seniors: M-Z
  • Jan. 4: Freshmen and Sophomores: A-L
  • Jan. 11: Freshmen and Sophomores: M-Z

High School Schedule 1

Instruction

Will my child keep his or her teacher? (10/5/20)

We are trying to keep students with their same teacher through the end of the first semester, but that may not always be possible due to staffing limits.

Will high school and middle school course schedules change? (10/5/20)

No. Your student will have the same courses for the remainder of the semester.

When is the new plan being implemented? (10/5/20)

Some elementary schools are piloting the program beginning the week of October 12. All schools anticipate beginning the changes the week of November 2.

Will I have the option for my child to continue with remote learning? (10/5/20)

Yes, all parents will have the option to continue remote learning.

If I select in-person, can I change my mind before the end of the semester? (10/5/20)

No, you may not make a change in your selection. Changes will only be made at the end of the semester.

Will there be a change to enrichment or intervention services? (10/5/20)

Students will continue to receive a range of services from intervention to enrichment, including reading improvement, English Language Learners, Project Arrow and many other support services.

Will there be a change for students with special needs who have a Remote Learning Plan? (10/5/20)

For special education students with Remote Learning Plans, the established schedules for services will remain intact.

Health and Safety

What safety measures are in place at school? (10/5/20)

The COVID-19 pandemic has made safety in our schools more important than ever. District 204 administrators have created safety measures based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department. The four primary safety measures required of all staff and students when on campus are as follows:

  • Self-monitor COVID-19 symptoms check including temperature before coming to school.
  • Wear a face mask/covering upon entering school regardless of social distancing.
  • Maintain a safe social distance of at least six feet between you and others.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

Hand sanitizer is available in each classroom and students will be reminded of the importance of frequent hand washing. Signs have been placed around schools with information on hand washing, social distancing, and wearing face masks.

Please watch our safety video to see what measures are in place at school.

What cleaning measures have been implemented? (10/5/20)

The district has enhanced cleaning procedures to meet or exceed CDC and IDPH guidelines. Products used are Environmental Protection Agency approved disinfectants for use against coronavirus. This includes special attention to more frequent disinfecting of high touch areas (student desks, door hardware, stairwell handrails, switch plates, offices cafeteria tables/seats, teacher work areas).

Please watch our safety video to see what measures are in place at school.

What happens if there is an individual who tests positive for COVID? (10/5/20)

The district coordinates efforts with the health department to identify anyone who had recent contact with the individual in order to minimize the spread of infection. Students and staff who were considered in close contact (less than 6 feet for greater than 15 minutes) will be notified directly and advised to quarantine for 14 days and report any changes to their health status to their medical provider and the school. In addition, all parents and staff within the school will be notified when there is a confirmed positive case.

How will my child continue to receive instruction if he or she has to quarantine for 14 days and can't attend school? (10/5/20)

Your child will be able to participate in remote learning with other students who are already learning remotely.

What happens if a student gets sick while at school? (10/5/20)

Students who are believed to be symptomatic of COVID-19 will be placed in an isolation area near the health office. Parents will be notified to pick up their child. If parents or emergency contacts for the student are unresponsive, 911 may be called to remove the student from the building. It is important that parents have current emergency contacts documented in their online registration.

Will my child have to wear a face covering? (10/5/20)

The Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health are requiring face coverings at all times while anyone is in a school or on a bus. If your child will be at school for athletics, extra-curricular, or scheduled in-person services and can't wear a mask for medical reasons, please have your physician provide a note documenting this and give the physician's note to your school's nurse. The form for this is on the district's website.

Are water bottles allowed? (10/5/20)

Students who are in the buildings will be encouraged to bring their own water bottles. Water filling stations will be accessible, but water fountains will not be available for use.

Food Service

What options will be available for food service for students who select in-person? (10/5/20)

Elementary School: Students who attend in-person will not eat lunch at school.

Middle School: Students who attend in-person will not eat lunch at school.

High School: Students who attend in-person on Mondays will eat lunch at school.

Will meals still be available for students who continue remote learning? (10/5/20)

Yes. Organic Life and District 204 will continue serving free meals to all children to help ensure children have access to nutritious food as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Organic Life will continue to provide curbside pick-up at elementary schools of grab and go breakfast and lunch at no cost for all children.

Transportation

Will district transportation be provided? (10/5/20)

Yes. All families who are eligible to receive district transportation will be able to select if they wish to use it through the end of the semester.

Special Education FAQ

How will special education instruction be delivered? (8/3/20)

Teachers will have the option of delivering instruction or teletherapy remotely or through scheduled in-person services. In some cases, both may be used. For scheduled in-person services, a student would come into a select building to receive such services as speech, social work, OT, PT, screenings, reevaluations, initial evaluations, braille instruction, and certain other forms of specialized instruction. This option will only be considered for those students who either cannot complete the evaluation/screening components in a remote manner or for those students whose challenges are so severe that access via remote is beyond their capacity.

Select buildings utilized for scheduled in-person services will be physically arranged to maintain social distancing guidelines and the PPE of both face masks and face shields will be provided to staff. In addition, plexiglass dividers will be between the student and the staff member. Students will be expected to wear a face mask, unless medically exempted. Further details regarding scheduled in-person services are being developed and will be forwarded to parents once they are finalized, including transportation. We do realize that the nature of some of the related services (OT/PT) necessitates close contact; we are working through whether there is a way to maintain safety guidelines in these cases.

How will I know the manner in which special education will be delivered to my child? (8/3/20)

Case managers will work together with the family to assist them in developing a remote learning schedule for the delivery of services. This process is what we did in the Spring and what ESY staff did prior to ESY. In this way, the parents can assist in making sure the student is prepared and ready to engage in the remote learning, or scheduled in-person services, at the scheduled time and understand how services will be delivered.

If my child receives scheduled in-person services, will it be in small groups or individual, or both? (8/3/20)

At this time, all special education services in a scheduled in-person model will be 1:1.

Are scheduled in-person services safe? (8/3/20)

Social distancing guidelines will be maintained as well as the established safety protocols of PPE and disinfecting areas after each student session.

Is transportation provided for scheduled in-person services? (8/3/20)

We are working on those details and will provide more information soon.

If my child is recommended for scheduled in-person services but I don't want them in the building, how will they get their service? (8/3/20)

In those cases, students will be provided synchronous or asynchronous service with their teacher or related service provider. No one will force your child to go into the building.

What about preschool and Preschool for All students? (8/3/20)

ISBE guidance states as follows: "For students who would normally receive a half day of instruction, a minimum of 2 total clock hours per day is required. ISBE strongly recommends for half-day students that on any Remote learning day that at least 1.5 hours per day of synchronous learning with real-time instruction and live interaction between students and their teachers take place."

Please note that the instructional time required for Preschool For All (PFA) programs remains 2.5 hours.

Currently, the plan is for a combination of work packets and scheduled in-person services. The possibility of synchronous or asynchronous instruction is being explored but preschool students will not be assigned a District device.

What about the timelines for evaluations and reevaluations? (8/3/20)

The school day timelines for initial and reevaluations continue to apply, just as if in-person learning was occurring. We also have a number of evaluations that we concluded last year with the promise that we would reopen once school was back in session. This is now an opportunity for teams to discuss whether the student could drop in for the specific purpose of completing such things as, for example, a psychological assessment or speech assessment. Of course, parent surveys, interviews, and some assessments may be able to be done remotely.

Do IEPs or Section 504 Plans need to be amended? (8/3/20)

No. The remote learning plan and documentation of services will be the tools that will be used.

How will we conduct IEP and 504 meetings? (8/3/20)

All meetings will be held remotely.

Will my child's 504 Plan be implemented? (8/3/20)

Yes. Similar to the Spring, case managers will reach out to the students on their 504 caseload and develop a 504 remote plan. Parents will be a part of the development of the Plan. Parents will be informed of how all of their child's teachers will be notified in order to implement the components of the student's 504 Plan.

What about a student's Behavior Intervention Plan? (8/3/20)

The BIP is a document developed for the school setting and to the extent it applies to remote instruction, we will deliver the services. However, it is not designed or written to be implemented in the home. However, we will have our DST Behavioral team conduct regularly scheduled "office hours” with parents who need ongoing behavioral support at home.

What about students who have Assistive Technology devices? (8/3/20)

Our FAPE obligation includes providing AT devices for learning and communication. Our AT specialists will have regularly scheduled time with parents to check in with them or provide professional development on the functions and use of their child's device.

What about our students coming from Early Intervention Services? (8/3/20)

ISBE currently provides no flexibility in the timeline for evaluating students as they transition from Early Intervention. These evaluations must be completed and a placement recommendation made prior to the student's third birthday. ISBE guidance suggests that these evaluations be conducted through electronic means, which is difficult (if not impossible) to accomplish with a play-based assessment. At this time, we will rely on existing information and communicate with Early Intervention providers to determine eligibility and services.

If a student comes in from Early Intervention and we determine eligibility, does there need to be an IEP and service the student via remote learning? (8/3/20)

Yes, we have an obligation to provide a FAPE to every student.

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