Guidelines for Returning to School
June 24, 2020
Good Afternoon SD 308 Students, Staff and Families,
I hope that you and your families are safe and well, and enjoying the warm summer weather. I’d like to provide you with some highlights from the joint guidance document regarding the return to school that was released yesterday afternoon by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Our district leadership teams are currently reviewing this critical information as we plan for our return to school. It’s important that we gather your feedback to assist in our planning, you will receive a link to share your input on a survey in the next few days.
Face-to-face instruction is encouraged as much as possible, with specific safety precautions, social distancing and face covering requirements. The guidance document is very specific regarding the use of physical space and limiting groups of students gathered together. I’m thrilled that students and teachers will have the opportunity to engage in learning in-person at school, though things will look different than they have in the past. I encourage you to review the full state guidelines here. In summary, the plan includes:
- All students and staff will be required to wear a face covering indoors (with the exception of meal times) and on the bus, unless there is a prohibiting medical condition.
- Six foot social distancing should be practiced as much as possible.
- No more than 50 people can gather in a room or on a bus at one time.
- Increased cleaning and sanitization will occur in school buildings.
We understand that you have many questions, and at this time we don’t have all the answers. I assure you that we are working diligently to bring our students and staff back this fall safely and efficiently, in line with state guidelines. We will share our plans as soon as possible to give everyone ample time to prepare and be ready for school to resume on August 19th. As plans are formulated, and information is ready to share, we will keep you informed.
We appreciate your patience and understanding, we are eager to have a solid plan, but want to be sure we build something that meets the needs of all students and families.
Dr. John W. Sparlin
Superintendent of Schools