School Year 2020 - 2021 Fall Reopening Plans
Thank you to our families and staff for your feedback, support, and patience as we plan for the reopening of schools for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Please find the latest information regarding reopening below.
Instruction Options for Students
Field Middle School and Winkelman Elementary school opened for in-person instruction for students on August 24. A concurrent remote option is also available. However, it is important to note that the current increasing positivity rate in our region may lead to a school shut down, putting all students and staff into remote learning at any time. We urge parents to prepare for this possibility.
What to Do If My Child is Sick
School Reopening Dashboard
District 31 will reopen school for all students five days a week IF we are able to ensure all elements on our newly developed “dashboard” are green. All of these items are necessary for school to start. The dashboard allows our community to monitor progress for a return to in-person school.
A second dashboard will be added once school is in session in order to determine when and if it is necessary to move from one model of learning to another (i.e. move from in-person to remote learning).
- Matrix for Keeping In-Person School Open
- Matrix items above remain in green
- Staff daily attendance does not fall below 85% for three consecutive days
- Sub fill rate does not fall below 90% for three consecutive days
- Student daily attendance (in-person instruction) does not fall below 75% for more than three consecutive days
E-learning Plan/Remote Learning Plan
The District has careful prepared an eLearning Plan and Remote Learning Plan that is being used to guide students through the 2020- 2021 school year.
View eLearning Plan/ Remote Learning Plan
In order to provide continuity of service for all of our students, District 31 will provide various live streamed and web-based individual or group instructional, educational and related service sessions (“Activities”) through electronic platforms to students, such as Google Meet. While the middle school will be utilizing live streaming as a core component of the E-School program, the elementary school will also have opportunities to live stream.
Students will be logging into the remote meeting platforms and engaging with District 31 staff and other students from home. The utilization of online and remote meeting platforms and participation in remote instruction and Activities may result in other students, parents, or others having the capability to view the other students (and possibly other family members) in these groupings. This access could occur in real time or thereafter, depending on who views the remote instruction and Activities during delivery and/or how the particular platform and/or those participating maintains the data. Further, depending on the electronic platforms utilized, the platform may otherwise maintain, utilize or disclose school student record information and other protected information for its own purposes, including for the platforms’ own product development or marketing purposes in accordance with the platform’s terms of service. Any disclosure of information carries with it the potential for an unauthorized re-disclosure of the information, resulting in the information no longer being protected by federal and state confidentiality laws.
When your student is participating in remote learning, please ensure your student is in a quiet location with minimal distraction, and that his or her device is not visible to the public. We note that no virtual classroom, group, or individual session should be recorded, downloaded, or shared in any manner by students or parents. Your student remains subject to the District 31 Acceptable Use Policy.
The District’s goal is to provide access to continuous learning opportunities for our students to support them as we move towards full, in-person instruction. Your student’s participation in these Activities constitutes a waiver of all claims against the District arising out of and connected with your student’s participation in any of these Activities, and agreement to not audio or video record such Activities.
If you have any concerns regarding your student’s participation in remote learning through virtual meeting platform(s) during this period, especially regarding your student’s privacy or confidentiality rights, please contact your building principal.
Bus Cleaning Procedures
Learn about North Shore Transit bus cleaning procedures by watching this short video.
1. Will there be transportation services?
Families may sign up for bus services by August 1 with District 31 partner North Shore Transit. Students will sit one per seat. However, siblings may sit together. This will limit ridership to approximately 24-30 students on a bus. Students will have assigned seats. Students and bus drivers must wear masks on the bus.
2. Does my child have to wear a mask?
All students and staff are required to wear a mask on school grounds. They may take it off outside if social distancing can be maintained and while they are eating.
3. What do I need to do if my child has a health condition that prevents them from wearing a mask?
Students need a doctor’s note in order to be exempt from wearing a mask.
4. Will temperatures be taken when students and staff enter the building?
All students and staff need to self certify EVERY morning that they do not have a temperature or any of the symptoms related to COVID-19. Parents will be able to certify for their children.
5. What will happen if there is a student or staff member with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
We will be assisting with contact tracing and following the guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Individuals who have been in contact (within six feet for 15 or more minutes) will be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.
6. If my child is quarantined at home or home recovering from an illness (but able to participate), will they receive instructional support?
We are developing a plan to ensure that students at home will be provided their instruction.
7. What happens if our family is not able to support the time frames detailed in the e-learning plan in terms of a daily schedule?
Contact your building principals or assistant principals in order to set up a meeting so we can determine how best to support your child.
8. What happens if we have a major life change and need to change our school platform (change from distance learning to in-person or vice versa)?
Students should commit to their selected platform until winter break. However, if there is a life change, contact your principal or assistant principal to determine how to best support your child.
9. What are attendance and grading guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year?
ISBE requires compulsory attendance of school for any student enrolled in our programs unless they meet traditional absence requirements. In addition, school grading practices must be adhered to in order to show student progress and progression.
10 Our child may have learning gaps from the Spring 2020. How will you support my child?
We recognize that all students were impacted by the pandemic and have developed assessment protocols and testing in order to determine how to best support students moving forward.
11. How do we find out about specifics of Field and Winkelman programming?
A final handbook is being developed and will be published soon. In addition, we encourage you to reach out to your building principal or assistant principal or the appropriate district administrator to get your questions answered.