While keeping the above mentioned key considerations/core ideas in mind, District 96 teachers and administrators began with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the state’s five-phase reopening plan, Restore Illinois. In addition, the district administered a survey to all parents in the district, in which they could provide feedback about the reopening of school. This guide outlines the educational plans and protocols in place for the reopening of the school year, based on which phase the state of Illinois is currently in. We know that a requirement to pivot to remote learning could be determined by ISBE, IDPH and/or the Governor based on COVID 19 virus metrics. We believe that in-person learning presents a better opportunity for our students. We are working with district teams to establish our return to learn plans.
Governor Pritzker announced on June 23 that Illinois schools can return to on-campus learning with enhanced safety protocols. District 96’s Return to Learn outlines the protocols we are putting in place based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Board of Education and the Centers for Disease Control.
District 96 is tentatively scheduled to return to a hybrid learning model in the fall of 2020 with a start date for students on September 2nd. District 96 is planning to return to school for some in-person learning this fall. Schedules, classroom spaces, and day-to-day operations will be adjusted to allow for social distancing and smaller groupings. Work will be done to decrease the amount of areas students visit.
At home learning will be available for families of students who prefer remote instruction for their child or are medically excused. Even with schools opening in the fall for in-person instruction, District 96 will offer at home options for families of students who prefer remote instruction for their child or are medically excused from in-person learning.
Families do not need a medical excuse for remote learning. Remote learning is an option available to any families who are interested in this instructional model for their child.
District 96 will work with students, staff and families to ensure that all students learning remotely will be provided with the highest quality learning experiences as possible.