Back to School 2020-2021 Letter.

Back to school 2020-21 letter.
Posted on 07/06/2020

Woodland CUSD #5 Community,

I write to you following a fourth of July weekend.  One that personally was a bit different with less family members congregating to celebrate our country with the traditional assortment of meats, salads, sweets, and patriotic wear.  Just like this fourth of July I would lend a guess that this fall school will be a combination of traditions we see typical with the opening of school and new rules and regulations built around the health and safety stipulations given to us by IDPH, ISBE, and the Governor. 

 

Please understand that as Woodland continues to fine tune our “Return to School Plan” as we have to provide rules and regulations that one may or may not personally agree with.  The plan is not a representation of the administration, Board of Education, or staff’s personal views on the situation but a development based on the rules and regulations put in front of us and backed by our insurance and legal counsels.

 

We have developed a plan that highlights precautions that are in the best interest of all 550 of our students but also the 100 plus staff members that work with these students on a regular basis.  But we also do not forget about the families of students and staff they each come home to each evening.  We must also protect them in developing protections and plans that do not allow the spread between school and home.  This Woodland plan is about all of us, the whole Woodland community who has or will most likely be affected by this virus before a vaccine is developed and administered in the next year.

 

This coming school year will be like no other with the strong possibility that we utilize all three of our plans through the school year (Remote Learning, A/B Day Learning, and Full In Person Instruction).  The plan of attack will be refined, developed, and worked through in the coming month.  We have chosen to not send it out today because change is almost inevitable with rules and regulations before our August 17th start date.  What we have provided is a “glimpse” or highlights of the plans if a student/teacher is infected in school, in your child’s class, or in the community.

 

We ask that you remain patient and understand that we are getting different information each and every day from local, state, and federal institutions to combat issues that arise.  We will do our best to continue to provide constant communication and feedback as we draw closer to August.

 

I wish each of you a happy July, hoping that each of you can get away from the stresses of society and the world to enjoy your family and friends in these unprecedented times.

 

With you in health and wellness,

 

Dr. Ryan McGuckin

Superintendent

Woodland CUSD #5

 

 


 

Tentative highlights from plan:

 

Currently Woodland CUSD #5 has NOT decided on which Back to School Model we intend to choose for August.  Possible Options:

  • Full-Remote Learning for all Prek-12 students
  • Full-In Person Instruction for all Prek-12 students
  • A/B Day Schedule (Student only goes on their given day)
    • In Person Instruction 2 Days a Week
    • Remote Learning 2 Days a Week
    • Likely All Students Remote Learning on Fridays to allow for extended help / planning

 

Please note that there are possibilities that will be discussed in the next month where JH and HS students being on “One School Model” and Prek-6 may be on another “School Model”

            In this situation it would be likely where Prek-6 would be in person instruction everyday and JH/HS would be on a A/B schedule

 

Woodland parents will have a choice for their students:

  1. Do NOT send their student(s) to school and choose to homeschool them (Woodland out of the picture completely)
  2. Do Not send their student(s) to school and choose to do work remotely through Woodland (like you are absent in the past – work sent home and brought back) – does not include Zoom component if we are in school in its entirety
  3. Hybrid – student stays home remotely and comes to school for various tests, quizzes, and specific learning opportunities, turn in homework, collect feedback on work, and return home
  4. Full compliance with school decisions: Agrees to send/not send based upon the Woodland plan for the given day/week/month.Adhering to all health and safety policies and procedures.

Important information regarding each choice

  1. Parents who do NOT send their student(s) to school and choose to homeschool them (Not registered as a student at Woodland)
    1. Will NOT be allowed to participate in any curricular or extra-curricular activity at Woodland.
  2. Do Not send their student(s) to school and choose to do work remotely through Woodland (like you are absent in the past – work sent home and brought back) – does not include Zoom component if we are in school in its entirety.In order to gain attendance protocols students, need to have work completed and electronically turned into appropriate teacher(s) by 8:00 AM the following day.
    1. Will NOT be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activity at Woodland as the committee and the Board of Education feels that if a student is not in the school setting participating in extra-curriculars many of which put the student greater at risk for infection in addition to fan support is not reasonable at this time.
  3. Hybrid – student stays home remotely, may come for only half or part of day, and comes to school for various tests, quizzes, and specific learning opportunities, turn in homework, collect feedback on work, and return home
    1. May participate in extra-curricular activities if student maintains a 95% attendance presence.Remote day’s work is due by 9:00 PM the day it is assigned to gain an attendance credit for the day.Test/quizzes are completed the same day as requested by the teacher to continue to participate in extra-curriculars.Full extra-curricular participation with student eligibility both social and academic being met
    2. All transportation to and from school to accommodate the modified schedule will be a requirement of student’s family not the school district
  4. Full compliance with school decisions: Agrees to send/not send based upon the Woodland plan for the given day/week/month.Adhering to all health and safety policies and procedures.
    1. Full extra-curricular participation with student eligibility both social and academic being met

If a family chooses to send your student(s) to school, we will ask that they follow Health and Safety Protocols from IDPH:

  1. Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness will be asked to remain or stay home
  2. Families and staff need to immediately let the administration know of possible cases to the school where the individual attends school to assist with tracing and limit contact
  3. If a student/staff member has symptoms occur but do not have a positive test a student or faculty member will be out 14-days from when symptoms first appeared
  4. Those who have had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 should isolate at home and monitor for symptoms for 14 days
  5. Student(s) wear a mask unless a doctor’s note is obtained.

 

Face Coverings

  • Everyone must wear a face covering at all times (Mask)
    • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has communicated that face coverings and social distancing are the goal whenever and wherever possible. Face shields have not been deemed effective for source control and are only to be used when other methods of protection are not available or appropriate.Face coverings must be worn always in school buildings even when social distancing is maintained
  • A doctor’s note may be obtained for a student to not be required to wear a mask because of prior or current medical ailments.
  • In the case of a doctor’s note being obtained and a student not being required to wear a mask, we would ask that the family considers the child wearing a school provided face shield.The school district believes that “something is better than nothing” in terms of protecting the students and teachers in the school setting, thus requesting but not requiring the shield.

Students / Staff / Parents Entering Building:

  • Thermometer checks of all students and staff
    • Students/Staff Temperature must be BELOW 100.4
  • Students report to First Period Classroom upon arrival not gym or the hallways
  • Student Designated Entrances
  • Staff Designated Entrance
  • Parents/Guardian Not Allowed in building unless having a meeting
    • Pickup of kids stay in vestibule
    • Drop boxes in vestibule for forgotten materials
    • Adults/Children Enter – Temperature Check Required

Bus

  • Bus Monitor – takes student temperature
    • Student will NOT ride the bus if temperature OVER 100.4 degrees
    • Student uses hand sanitizer before entering bus
    • Students must be wearing a mask when entering the bus as well as the entire bus route
  • Families (Live in same house) sit together in same seat (2)
    • Use multiple seats if more than two family members on same bus
    • If on bus without family member sit alone
  • Individual students encouraged to sit next to window
  • Throw away masks offered for every trip
  • Sanitization of each bus will occur after each route
  • Student utilize hand sanitizer when exiting the bus and entering the school building

Classrooms

  • Hand sanitizer station in each classroom – Enter and Exit with teacher pushing button/providing sanitizer to each student
  • Less furniture (moving to hallways / closets / staff homes) to allow for six foot between desks
  • No carpet areas
  • No common areas (group tables)
  • Rows of desks
  • Emphasis on the 6-foot apart rule as much as possible
  • No sharing of materials (glue, colored pencils, pens, etc)

Food Services

  • Breakfast in Classrooms starting at 7:45 AM and ending at 8:15 AM
  • Location of lunch TBA – one option currently revolves around:
    • Lunch – Using Small Gym and Cafeteria – desk dividers on each table
    • Each student MUST be 6 foot apart while eating at lunch tables unless divider provided
    • Will also utilize classrooms to allow for 6-foot barriers as needed for student eating
    • Sanitization of tables and chairs following each use

Outside Activities – Recess and PE

  • Recess and Physical Education will happen daily but will need to be managed per IDPH guidelines.

 

Student/Teacher Diagnosed with COVID

 

Student / Teacher tests positive for COVID-19

(IDPH will clarify whether this period of exclusion starts from the date of positive test or date of onset symptoms) – Date from positive test is typically the recommendation

 

  • PreK-6 Classes:– All Students and their teacher in that student/teacher classroom are moved to Remote Learning for 14 Calendar Days
  • 7-12 Classes– Students that are within a two ROW Radius of the student are moved to Remote Learning for 14 Calendar Days
  • If One to One contact between student and teacher – individual student and teacher will be moved to Remote Learning for 14 Calendar Days
  • If a 7-8 teacher tests positive – Will be case by case basis on “classroom contact” of what grades and students will be 14-Calendar Day Remote Learning (Most likely entire 7-8 will be remote learning for 14-calendar days)
  • If a 9-12 teacher tests positive – Entire 9-12 student body will move to 14-Calendar Day Remote Learning

 

 

 

14 Calendar Days

 

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Teacher / Student exhibits one or more symptoms of COVID-19

(Fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea)

 

  • Period of exclusion starts on the date of onset of symptoms
  • Teacher/Student asked to get COVID test
  • Families and Teacher(s) of students in class sent letter home about contact and options given regarding attendance until test results back

Classroom Teachers and Staff do NOT have to be quarantined at home until test and/or when test comes back negative

 

 

14 Calendar Days

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Teacher / Student has contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

 

Period of exclusion starts on the date of the most recent close contact

 

 

14 Calendar Days

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Teacher / Student is in close contact with someone who exhibits one or more symptoms of COVID-19

 

 

Period of exclusion starts on the date of the most recent close contact

 

 

14 Calendar Days

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Teacher/Student has returned from a location with sustained widespread transmission, potentially including areas located within the United States or Foreign Countries

 

 

14 Days


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