During the board of education meeting on July 23, the administration presented the district’s plan for the start of the 2020-21 school year. This plan was developed by the Recovery-Revitalization-Restore Committee (R3), which is composed of teachers, department chairs, school nurses, and building and district administrators.
While our ultimate goal is to return to in-person instruction on a full-time basis, local and state health guidelines, especially the ones related to social distancing and capacity restrictions, do not allow for a safe return to this model to start the school year. As a result, we will begin the year on August 17 in a hybrid model without lunch service. Through this model, which will feature a combination of in-person instruction and remote learning, we believe we can effectively meet the diverse learning needs of our students, while also keeping them, our staff, our families, and our community healthy and safe.
Below is a general overview of our plan for first semester.
- As mentioned above, we will start the year in a hybrid model without lunch service. Students will be divided into two groups (A and B) for the purpose of providing access to in-person instruction, while also complying with health and safety guidelines. Each class will meet in-person twice a week and remotely two or three times per week. You can access additional information about this model, including the schedule, by visiting https://bit.ly/3g0kft8.
- Our goal for first semester will be to move to a hybrid model with lunch service that follows our normal bell schedule (periods 1-10 and a 25-minute lunch from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). You can access additional information about this model by visiting https://bit.ly/2ZVzY7m.
- Students who would prefer to engage in virtual learning from home will be put in our online program. Edgenuity, which is a company that has provided our students with access to online learning solutions for several years, will be the primary medium for delivering instruction to those taking part in this program. Any student who selects the online program will remain in it for the entire first semester and will not be able to shift to another model. You can learn more about the online program by visiting https://bit.ly/30N9fc6 and https://bit.ly/2X5u5CA. You can also access the list of courses that will be offered via the program by visiting https://bit.ly/3hM50EQ.
- Nearly all of the district’s clubs and activity programs will provide students with access to a remote/hybrid experience.
- On July 29, the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) announced its plans for the 2020-21 school year (https://bit.ly/3fiKjig). These plans include a modified schedule that features truncated fall, winter, spring and summer seasons. Our athletic departments will keep our students and families updated on how IHSA's plans will impact our teams and their seasons.
- Our schools are reviewing their lists of events and activities for the year to determine which ones can proceed as planned, which ones should move to a virtual format, and which ones may need to be rescheduled, postponed or canceled. For example, we have determined that Open House/Curriculum Night and fall parent-teacher conferences will be conducted virtually. Both buildings will keep students, staff, families and community members updated on the status of their efforts.
You can access additional information about the different components of our plan via the links on the left.
While we will be fully prepared to implement this plan to start the school year, we must also be ready to adjust it should any of the following occur:
- Shift to a different phase under the Restore Illinois Plan in West Suburban Region 8.
- Experience a change in the health conditions at the community, county or state level.
- Receive a directive from the county or the state.
With this in mind, we encourage you to check this site throughout the year for the latest news and information about COVID-19 and its impact on our schools.