D96 COVID-19 Information & Resources » Phases

Phases

 

The 2019-2020 school year provided a glimpse into what we can expect as we plan for the 2020-2021 school year. If the 2019-2020 school year is any indication of what 2020-2021 will be like, district staff can expect a great deal of complexity at the start of the year.  This document outlines the different learning options for District 96 in the different phases.

 

According to ISBE guidance, in-person instruction may resume while the state is in Phase 4. It is important to note that these requirements are subject to change pursuant to updated public health guidance and changing public health conditions. All districts must follow IDPH guidelines, which provide the following.  These IDPH guidelines will be mandated in District 96:

  • Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings.
  • Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space.
  • Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible.
  • Require that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings.
  • Require an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection.

 

Phase 1 – Rapid Spread

During this phase, strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are in place. Only essential workers remain on school sites as necessary. All students and staff engage in Remote Learning, which includes more rigorous guidelines, based on feedback from the Spring 2020 experience.

 

Phase 2 – Flattening

During this phase, strict stay at home and social distancing guidelines are in place. Only essential workers remain on school sites as necessary. All students and staff engage in Remote Learning, which includes more rigorous guidelines, based on feedback from the Spring 2020 experience. 

Phase 3 – Recovery

During this phase, social distancing guidelines are in place. Gatherings of 10 people or less in space are permitted. This means:

  • Most students and staff engage in Remote Learning, which includes more rigorous guidelines, based on feedback from the Spring 2020 experience.
  • Students in some special education programs may return to campus for learning.
  • Staff is on site as required.

 

Phase 4 – Revitalization

During this phase, social distancing guidelines are in place. Gatherings of 50 people or less in space are permitted. This means all students and staff are on site, with the option of Remote Learning for some.

 

Phase 5 – Illinois Restored

During this phase, school resumes as “normal” with new public health guidelines in place.

A region entering back to Phase 3 would require the district shift back to remote learning. The administration will provide a separate guide and plan with details should this happen.

 

A region entering Phase 5 requires that a vaccine be developed to prevent additional spread of COVID-19, a treatment option readily available that ensures health care capacity is no longer a concern, or no new cases reported over a sustained period.