New Guidance Needed
Mask requirements, social distancing, and other guidelines have not been updated since the state moved into Phase Five in the Restore Illinois plan last Friday, June 11, district officials said.
“It could not be said enough that we must follow the requirements from the state, and we’re basing our decision upon the current requirements,” said D204 Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley. “We do know things will change this summer and when they do we will modify our plans accordingly.”
Talley added that on June 16, 2021 he will be part of a group of superintendents testifying to ISBE about procedures that may need updating.
“These measures include mask wearing, social distancing protocols, lunch protocols, and other measures,” said Talley.
Talley said he would like ISBE to release their new guidance now, as there are fiscal, and social and emotional learning implications if they delay their decision.
What is certain however is that the district will have five days of in-person learning as well as remote options for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a health department.
D204 schools will have their pre-pandemic schedules. Secondary schools will get rid of block schedules. Those had lengthened class periods while cutting down the number of classes taken each day, and switched off which days students took certain classes. High schools will instead return to a traditional eight-period day.
Middle school students may have an additional period for Lunch/Achieve. Achieve will be a period used to help students with Social Emotional Learning (SEL), those struggling, and to conduct general check-ins. Half of the students will be eating lunch while the other half are in the Achieve period, then they will switch.
Early childhood students will have snack and motor, which includes the use of playgrounds. At the elementary level, the plan is to use a variety of rooms including gyms and stages.
For high school, administration is considering open campus for juniors and seniors. A full plan for high school lunch still hasn’t been set.
District administration said they hope updated guidance will come from the state in the summer to provide more flexibility for lunch, and they will modify other plans accordingly.
Naperville News 17’s Aysha Ashley Househ and Christian Canizal report.
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