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Board of Education Meeting

May 20

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Memorial Day - No School

May 27

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End of Nine Weeks

May 28

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Last Day of Classes - Early Dismissal

May 28

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Report Card Day

May 28

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Board of Education Meeting

Jun 3

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Board of Education Meeting

Jun 17

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Juneteenth

Jun 19

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Board of Education Meeting

Jul 15

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Teacher Institute - No School

Aug 12

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Meet the Teacher (Elementary)

Aug 13

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First Day of School

Aug 14

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Frequently Asked Questions

Updated August 29, 2023

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Current Guidance

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

Updated 8/29/23

Q: There has been different information given by nurses in different schools. Why? 

A: No two families or situations are identical, and every case may be somewhat different. Parents should always contact the nurse in their child’s building with specific information pertaining to their child and the nurse can help answer those questions.

Q: Does my child need to have a negative test in order to return to school after testing positive for COVID-19? 

A: No. 

Q: Does my child need to stay home from school if someone at home tests positive for Covid?

A: No, unless your child is experiencing a fever (100.4 or greater), diarrhea, or vomiting. Your child will need to stay home until they are fever-free without fever-reducing medication and no longer experiencing vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Q: Can I send a copy of my child’s Covid vaccination card to the nurse at school?

A: While the vaccination is not a required one, you may submit a copy of the record to the school. 

Q: My child has Covid-like symptoms (fever of over 100.4 and/or vomiting during the past 24 hours). What should I do?

A: You may choose to test your child for Covid. Your child will need to stay home until they are fever-free without fever-reducing medication and no longer experiencing vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.

FACE COVERINGS/PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (PPE)

Q. What type of face coverings will be required?

Masks are optional and not required.

Q. Will students be required to wear face coverings at all times?

Masks are optional and not required.

Q. What if a student forgets to bring a face covering?

Disposable face coverings will be available for all students, staff, or visitors who would like one.

SYMPTOM SCREENING

Q. Will students need to take a COVID-19 test every time they exhibit one or more symptoms?

Testing for Covid is not required. The family will be contacted by the school building nurse to discuss specifics related to the child’s symptoms.

Q. Will schools be offering COVID-19 testing?

No. We will not be testing students for COVID-19.

Q. Should children be kept home if they exhibit symptoms of COVID-19?

Your child will need to stay home until they are fever-free without fever-reducing medication and no longer experiencing vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Q. What if a parent sends their child to school with a fever? How would you know?

If a student arrives at school or develops a fever at school, the student will be evaluated in the Health Office. The school will contact the parents immediately and have the parents pick up the child. The CDC defines a fever as a temperature of 100.4 degrees or more.

Q. If a student has year-round allergies and sneezes frequently, will that be problematic?

No.

SAFETY/DISINFECTING/SANITIZING

Q. Will there be hand sanitizers in each room?

Yes.

Q. How often will cleaning/disinfecting occur?

High-touch surfaces in classrooms will be cleaned regularly. Bathrooms, hallways, cafeterias, gyms, and entryways will be cleaned on a regular basis or as used/needed. Buses will be cleaned by the transportation company.

Q. Will students be permitted to have water bottles at school?

Students are able to bring individual water bottles from home. Bottle-refilling stations will be available, and water fountains are available.

Q. Will frequent hand-washing be mandated?

Students and staff will have frequent opportunities to use hand sanitizer or to wash their hands with soap and water.

SCHOOL/CLASSROOM PROCEDURES

Q. Will schools allow visitors into the building?

Yes, visitors are allowed in school buildings. All school visitors should self-screen for the following symptoms prior to each visit: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, a loss of taste or smell,  and sore throat.

If visitors exhibit symptoms or test positive for Covid within 48 hours of their visit to the school, the visitor should notify the school nurse about their symptoms/test results.

Q. Will playgrounds be open?

Yes.  Playgrounds will be open for student use.

RETURN TO LEARNING PLAN

GENERAL QUESTIONS

Q. How will the District accommodate high-risk students with pre-existing conditions or immunocompromised students?

Given the ISBE Declaration to return to in-person learning, the District will support medically compromised students through our Homebound/Hospital Instruction policy. Students would be assigned a teacher of record at their home school, and a highly qualified teacher/tutor would provide direct instruction and/or support. Homebound/Hospital Instruction to the student when a physician certifies that 10+ days of school will be missed due to a medical condition. Homebound/Hospital Instruction requires 5+ hours per week of instruction unless the physician certifies a need for less.

Q. Can my child access remote learning if they are excluded?

For the start of the 2023-24 school year, live streaming during the school day for students who are out with an exclusion will not be provided. With the use of a variety of applications such as SeeSaw or Google Classroom, our students can access missing assignments this way.

Q. Can my child access remote learning for non-COVID-related reasons?

For the start of the 2023-24 school year, live streaming during the school day for students who are out with an illness will not be provided. With the use of a variety of applications such as SeeSaw or Google Classroom, our students can access missing assignments this way.

Q. Are there any changes regarding immunizations for this year?

There are no changes to grade-level immunization requirements for this year. All students must meet immunization requirements.

TRANSPORTATION

Q. Will face coverings be required to be worn on the bus?

No, face coverings are not required to be worn on the bus.

Q. Will students who take the bus be health screened before they get on the bus?

Parents will self-certify the health screening before students board the bus.

ACTIVITIES & EXTRACURRICULARS

Q. Will extracurricular activities or sports be allowed?

Extracurricular activities and sports are allowed.

Q. Will band/orchestra/choir be offered this year?

Yes.