• During the District 86 Board of Education meeting on June 25, Superintendent Tammy Prentiss, Principal Bill Walsh from Hinsdale Central and Principal Arweny Pokorny Lyp from Hinsdale South provided an update on the work of the Recovery-Revitalization-Restored Committee, which is a group composed of teachers, department chairs, and building and district administrators that is charged with identifying scenarios and developing plans for our return to school in the fall. This update included:

    • The names of the people serving on the committee.

    • A commitment from the district to plan and lead with an equity lens in accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education's (ISBE) equity statement, which reads "Illinois has an urgent and collective responsibility to achieve educational equity by ensuring that all policies, programs, and practices affirm the strengths that each and every child brings within their diverse backgrounds and life experiences, and by delivering the comprehensive supports, programs, and educational opportunities they need to succeed."

    • The principles the committee is using to guide its work, which include:
      • Prioritizing the health and safety of students and staff.
      • Fostering the personal well-being and mental health of students and staff.
      • Providing cohesive and purposeful, varied and flexible instruction and assessment to support meaningful student learning and growth.
      • Empowering students to be engaged, responsible and accountable, while also building self-management and independent learning skills.
      • Providing consistent communication within the school community.
      • Building classroom and school communities by promoting connections among students and staff.

    • Feedback shared by students, staff and parents/guardians in conjunction with a pre-decisional survey they completed about remote learning.

    • Data from a research project that Hinsdale Central student Isabella Xu conducted on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on teenagers throughout the Chicagoland area.

    • The list of topics that are covered in the document the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health created regarding the resumption of in-person learning. Superintendent Prentiss shared that the document, which was released on June 23, features a lot of information, but lacks clear or definitive guidance or direction on a number of critical issues.

    • The list of organizations the committee is working with (the governor's office, IDPH, DuPage County Health Department, DuPage high schools and feeder schools, and Cotter Consulting) to "design a comprehensive Return to School Plan with an understanding that the 2020-2021 school year will not be 'school as usual,' but rather the realization of a new educational reality in Illinois." Superintendent Prentiss shared that the schools in DuPage County are talking/meeting on a regular basis, and working closely and collaboratively with each other on the plans and preparations for next year.

    • The three instructional models (in-person, hybrid and remote) that are being considered, explored and discussed for the start of the 2020-21 school year.

    • Considerations related to the use of an in-person instructional model, which include:
      • Using appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings.
      • Prohibiting more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space.
      • Requiring social distancing to be observed as much as possible.
      • Requiring schools to conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks, or requiring individuals to self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering a school building.
      • Requiring an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection.

    • Considerations related to the use of a hybrid instructional model, which include:
      • Creating a hybrid schedule that features class period minutes that are consistent with the schedule for Remote Learning 2.0.
      • Identifying a schedule that would allow students to see their teachers in person.
      • Identifying one day per week for conducting in-person small groups.

    • Considerations related to the use of a remote learning instructional model (i.e., Remote Learning 2.0), including:
      • Determining the length of a class in minutes.
      • Embedding social-emotional learning into the curriculum.
      • Determining the time of day and schedule of periods.
      • Embedding intervention, resource and related services into the school week.

    • A chart depicting the continuum of the potential instructional models.The district's placement on this continuum will be determined by the status of the health conditions in DuPage County. The continuum also accounts for a variety of important issues, such as health guidelines, interventions and supports for at-risk students, etc.

    • Information about the Return to Play plan that the district's athletic directors and coaches are working on. This plan will include, but not be limited to:
      • The steps that will be taken when a student-athlete tests positive for COVID-19.
      • A severe weather plan for outside events. This will be particularly important at Hinsdale South due to the lack of available indoor space.
      • Limitations on skin-to-skin contact for sports, which we anticipate will be prohibited or restricted by IDPH.
      • Protocols for teams that meet off campus for camps, including the process for completing health and temperature checks.

    • Next steps in the planning and preparation for the start of the school year, which include:
      • Awaiting further guidance from government groups.
      • Holding additional Recovery-Revitalization-Restored Committee meetings.
      • Giving a presentation to PTAC on July 9 and collecting feedback from its members.
      • Presenting the Recovery-Revitalization-Restored Committee's final recommendations for the start of the school year, which will be shared during the board meeting on July 23.
      • Implementing the recommendations on the first day of school, which is scheduled for August 12.

    The update given during the meeting can be accessed by visiting https://bit.ly/3dBB0Jg.