2021-2022 School Year
We hope you and your families are having a wonderful summer. As promised, the District will continue to keep you updated as we prepare for the 2021-2022 school year. Our first update of the summer includes our Instructional Delivery Plan for Quarantined Students.
We will strive to “return to normal” as much as possible with more hands-on and optimal in-person instruction. At the same time we still need to plan for the possibility of quarantined students due to a positive COVID-19 case or close contact. Therefore, we have developed the above plan that we believe will keep our students on pace in class without disrupting in-person learners. Please note this plan is based on the most current information from the ISBE and is subject to change if new requirements are put in place.
This plan is intended only for students who are quarantined due to diagnosis of COVID-19 or close contact. The plan, which includes livestreaming for students in grades 3-8, will not be available for students who are home due to illness (other than COVID-19) or traveling. Students who are home due to extenuating circumstances (ex. recovering from surgery) will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Our youngest learners (grades K-2) will complete work through Canvas and/or for pickup in the school office when faced with quarantine. This is because they have limited to no prior experience with remote learning.
What is livestreaming? When will it be used at grades 3-8?
Livestreaming means transmitting classroom instruction via Zoom for quarantined students to view only. We recognize not every lesson will lend itself to livestreaming. In grades 3-5, whole-class reading, writing, and math lessons should be livestreamed if students are quarantined. Other learning experiences (science, social studies, reading/writing workshops, etc.) will be determined by the teacher based on overall feasibility of the activities. In grades 6-8, quarantined student participation via livestreaming will be determined by the teacher of each class period based on feasibility. Assignments will be available through Canvas and/or for pickup in the main office for any student who is ill or quarantined, just as we have done in typical school years.
Update on Remote Learning
With the exception of students who are quarantined due to the diagnosis of COVID-19 or close contact, the District will not be conducting any remote learning this school year. As of May 19, 2021, the Illinois State Board of Education has ordered all schools to resume full, in-person instruction for all student attendance days with remote learning options only for students who are “under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.” Therefore, no student will be a full-time remote learner.
We continue to head into the 2021-2022 school year with the same safety protocols that we ended this past school year with. Thus, all students and staff will wear face masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, maintain 3-6 feet of physical distancing, and complete their daily health certification. We continue to follow safety guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Cook County Department of Public Health. Should we receive updated guidance that can be readily implemented in our schools, we will be sure to inform you of changes to our protocols.
Thank you for your ongoing partnership and support.
Dave Kroeze, PhD
Superintendent of Schools
John Deiter, PhD
Incoming Superintendent of Schools