I hope your week is going well! It has been wonderful to have so much energy in our school buildings these past couple of weeks. The start of a new year is always such an exciting time!
With the holiday weekend ahead, I want to provide you with an important update regarding our Instructional Delivery Plan for Quarantined Students.
Update to our Instructional Delivery Plan for Quarantined Students
We have learned from our experience this past year that local and state guidelines can change quickly and that the protocols we establish at the beginning of the school year are always subject to changes in guidance. Most recently, the Illinois State Board of Education and our Regional Office of Education provided more guidance on remote learning, citing that “districts must provide remote instruction to any student who is under quarantine or excluded from school consistent with guidance or requirements from a local health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
This change comes along with the Cook County Department of Public Health’s 7-day quarantine guidance for unvaccinated individuals who have traveled out of state. Therefore, after reviewing the most recent guidance, our Instructional Delivery Plan for Quarantined Students will account for all quarantine scenarios, including post-travel quarantines.
Effective immediately, for grades 3-8, students in all quarantine scenarios may livestream into class, complete materials through Canvas, or pick up materials in the school office when a livestream experience is not possible for a specific lesson. We know that our youngest learners have little to no experience with remote learning, so K-2 teachers will continue to post learning materials online or provide materials for pickup in the school office. Additionally, we will have designated staff members to conduct daily Zoom check-ins with our K-2 students in quarantine. Student absences related to quarantine should continue to be reported to the school nurse. Teachers will then follow up with the student/family individually to coordinate instruction.
Staff will need 24 hours after being notified of a quarantined student to prepare materials, lessons, and Zoom links. We know that nothing replaces children learning inside the classroom, so we urge our District families to minimize the possibility of quarantine to the greatest extent possible.
Thank you for your support and understanding with this change in quarantine protocol. I hope you all have a restful holiday!
John Deiter, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools