Safety Protocols for Returning

We are looking forward to seeing you soon.  The return to in-person learning is what we think is best for our students academically, socially, and emotionally.  The decision to return is based on research, recommendations of health officials and the findings of our Restart Task Force and the plans of other schools locally and across our nation.

The health and safety of our students and staff is of upmost importance as we approach increasing social contacts.   Our need to take care of one another is as great as it has ever been.  In order to return to a hybrid model of in-person learning, we all must have patience and must be dedicated to following the safety protocols at school every day.  We will follow the guidance of health officials and implement the public health and safety measures that are shown to limit the spread of the virus, such as mask wearing, health screenings, frequent hand washing, and maintaining physical distancing to the greatest extent possible.  Our chances to continue and maintain an in-person learning model increase with the successful implementation of safety precautions.

Masks and Health Screenings

All staff and all students will be required to wear masks with breaks throughout the day. At this time, students are expected to provide their own masks. If a mask is left at home, one will be provided. Health officials say that mask-wearing protects teachers and other adults in the building as much as it protects the students.

Staff will meet students outside to do temperature checks and symptom survey.

All students and staff will have a daily health screening.

Physical Distancing

Physical distancing guidelines within a school setting are different than those out in the community.

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends students maintain 3 to 6 feet of distance or to the degree possible while in the classroom if students and staff members are wearing masks and are symptom free.

The Learning Environment

Classroom furniture will be arranged to maintain recommended 3 to 6 feet physical distancing as much as possible.

Student movement around the school throughout the day will be planned and organized to maintain physical distancing and minimize transitions as much as possible, with fewer students in hallways, restrooms, cafeterias, and food serving lines.

Hand sanitizer will be available in every classroom and in every space in every school. Dispensers will be checked nightly and refilled.

Drinking fountains will not be used. Students are expected to bring water bottles to school.  Lockers will still be available.

Signage on walls and stickers on floors will help students maintain physical distancing.

Ventilation systems have been serviced and will be frequently checked to make sure indoor spaces are properly ventilated.  HEPA air filters will be placed around the building to increase air quality.

In an effort to limit exposure, and as a general rule, parents and visitors will not be allowed in schools during the school day at this time.

Field trips, travel, and large gatherings such as assemblies will not be scheduled at this time.

We are encouraging our parents to do a daily health screening before bringing students to school.  If there are concerns, please keep the students safe at home.

Information continues to be fluid; please know we are working hard to ensure a safe opening of in-person learning.  We look forward to seeing you soon!


Orientation

We are very excited to return to school soon.  In accordance with District 11’s calendar we have adjusted the reopening process.  We will be holding our orientations starting the week of August 24th.  During orientation times, we will check out the Chromebooks to our students and provide a training to ensure our students know how to use them and can access their classes.  We will also be distributing schedules, textbooks and novels at this time.  To assist with safety measures, we ask that only students enter the building on the orientation days.  Please complete the Chromebook Checkout Form and return on or before orientation day in order to able to check out a Chromebook.  If you prefer to email them in, please address them to lisa.defouw@d11.org.  

August 24:  Seniors with last name beginning with letters A-M will come in from 9:00-10:15 and names N-Z from 10:30-11:45.
August 25:  Juniors with names A-M 9:00-10:15 and names N-Z from 10:30-11:45
August 26:  Sophomores with names beginning A-M 9:00-10:15 and names N-Z 10:30-11:45
August 27:  Freshman with names beginning A-M 9:00-10:15 and names N-Z 10:30-11:45

We will be following our regular schedule daytime schedule of 7:45-2:45 when classes commence.  We normally have a five minute passing period in between classes.  This fall we are adjusting the schedule to include a staggered ten minute passing period, allowing students to increase hand washing and have an outside access for a mask break. 

We deeply appreciate the positivism our community is showing regarding flexibility and adaptability.  We are so thankful to be returning to our hybrid model of instruction for this fall, we truly can’t wait to resume our adventures in learning and reconnecting with our community.  We will continue to keep you posted as we approach our reopening!!