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Heritage Return to Learning – DRAFT #1 Proposal
The Board of Education, administration and staff of Heritage District #8, would like to first thank all our parents and stakeholders for their help in completing the parent survey sent out in early July. We had over 300 students represented in the parent responses received and used this data to draft the following proposal.
This draft proposal will be reviewed at the July 2020 Heritage School Board meeting. We will continue to monitor recommendations from the CDC, the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, Champaign-Urbana Public Health District for Champaign County, and the Regional Office of Education #9 in Champaign. Recommendations and clarifications have been coming to schools on a daily basis and these plans will be adjusted accordingly.
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District for Champaign County will be the primary contact and advisory agency for instances such as a teacher, staff member, or student who is sent home with symptoms or recorded at or above temperature, any confirmed cases of exposure and protocols for school to follow for closing the school or an area of school or a classroom for cleaning along with timeline for quarantine for instances of confirmed or suspected exposure. Champaign-Urbana Public Health District will communicate with the district for contact tracing purposes, for communication of positive tests and protocols to follow (especially if a report or test result occurs during a weekend or overnight ahead of next school day warranting closure), and also in guiding schools with HIPPA compliance for lawful following of medical and employee and student record privacy under FERPA.
We are proposing a Blended Learning Approach:
We recognize the importance of having our students in school and the importance of safety for our students and staff. With the CDC/IDPH Guidelines in mind, we propose that we follow a blended learning approach for our district.
School day hours:
Students will attend school Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Students in HS and JH would alternate periods between morning and afternoon classes. Morning classes on one day and afternoon classes on the next day. Elementary teachers would create a schedule maximizing core curriculum.
Masks: all students and staff will be required to wear masks during the school day, unless outside for classes/recess. Students who do not wear a mask or refuse to wear a mask will be sent home unless we have a doctor’s note on file at which point, parent/guardian will be required to provide them with a face shield. Masks will be available at both schools if needed.
Temperatures: all students must have their temperature taken before attending school. Anyone with a temperature over 100.4 cannot attend school. Parents are responsible to check and monitor their child’s temperature and temperatures will be randomly checked throughout the day.
Social Distancing: Students will be required to social distance throughout the days in hallways and classrooms.
Lockers/Locker Rooms: Students will not be allowed to use hallway lockers or locker rooms. Students are encouraged to bring a backpack to carry with them throughout the day that will hold supplies and necessary classroom materials. Textbooks will be kept in classrooms.
Breakfast/Lunch: Breakfast/Lunch will be sent home with students (ISBE will determine eligibility for breakfast and lunch and we will announce that when received) at the end of each day. Students will receive lunch for the current day and breakfast for the next morning to be eaten at home before school.
Remote Learning: Students will be required to complete an hour of remote learning each day outside of school.
***PARENTS AND STUDENTS MUST BE PREPARED TO MOVE TO FULL-TIME REMOTE LEARNING AT ANY GIVEN TIME. GRADES WILL COUNT FOR ALL REMOTE LEARNING ASSIGNMENTS.
Students must wear masks/face coverings on the bus at all times and must have had temperature certified by a parent/guardian before getting on the bus. Student temperatures will also be randomly checked before getting on the bus. Students will not be allowed to get on a bus with a temperature of 100.4 or above.
No more than 50 students on a bus and social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible. There will only be one shuttle time at each school. Time will be given at a later date.
Extra sanitation efforts will be used in all areas. Hand sanitation stations have been installed throughout both buildings. Extra electrostatic cleaning devices have been ordered and will be available throughout both buildings. Building custodians and cleaning personnel will conduct daily cleaning and disinfection at the end of each day. Carpets and soft surfaces in classrooms will be removed where possible.
Extracurricular activities must follow the IDPH requirements set forth for the school setting, which include social distancing, appropriate use of PPE, limiting the number of individuals in one space to 10 individuals during Phase 3 and to 50 or fewer in Phase 4, and cleaning and disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Athletics will follow the guidelines provided by the IESA/IHSA.
Registration packets will be mailed out to families on July 20th. Packets must be filled out prior to attending registration days on Aug. 5th and 6th. When dropping off registration packets and payments one person per family allowed in and face mask/coverings are required. Kindergarten and new student registration is by appointment at the prospective school. Kindergarten and new Elementary/JH students will call the Heritage JH/Elementary building, in Homer, at 217-896-2421 to set up an appointment. New students that will be attending the HS will need to set up an appointment at Heritage HS, in Broadlands, at 217-834-3393.
Further Guidance & Frequently Asked Questions:
Face shields are not effective protection against coronavirus and should only be used in situations when other methods of protection are not available. IDPH also appreciates that there may be a small minority of individuals who have a medical contraindication to using face coverings. If face shields can be tolerated, face shields might be utilized in these situations, understanding their limitations and the heightened need for strict adherence to social distancing. A physician’s note documenting the medical contraindication will be required for any individual who is not able to wear a mask.
Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing are key to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staff and students should clean hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol may be used. Staff and students should avoid touching their mouth, eyes, or nose as much as possible. Staff and students should use hand sanitizer upon entering the classroom each time. Hand sanitizer will be placed in common areas throughout each school building.
Students and staff are restricted from borrowing or sharing of any items. The CDC recommends that electronic devices, toys, books, and other games or learning aids not be shared. Electronics, including, but not limited to, iPads, touchscreens, keyboards, remote controls, lunchroom keypads, door entry systems, etc., should be cleaned before and after use. Items that must be shared or communally used, must be cleaned after each use and individuals must perform hand hygiene between use.