Carlinville schools planning for return of in-class learning
linville Community Unit School District No. 1 superintendent Becky Schuchman provided an update on how the district is planning to handle the start of the 2020-21 school year when the School Board of Education met June 15.
“I know the big question on everyone’s mind is the start of school (for next school year),” Schuchman said. “There are obstacles and some challenges to all of it.”
“As a public entity, we’re going to have to follow the CDC and IDPH guidelines for insurance purposes,” Schuchman said.
This includes measures such as one staircase designated for students to go to upstairs classrooms and another for those traveling to class in a lower level.
“We’re trying to acquire all of the cleaning supplies we’ll need,” she added.
Temperature checks for those getting on school buses will likely be required. If a student has a temperature about 100.4 degrees there’s a chance they could be refused entry onto a bus.
Prior to picking up students, all bus drivers will need temperature checks as well.
“We might be looking at more e-learning days,” Schuchman said.
The first day teachers are required to attend is Tuesday, Aug. 11. The plan is for students to begin attending Thursday, Aug. 13.
“We’ll come up with a plan and try to explain what that looks like,” Schuchman said.
In a June 23 press conference Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced guidelines for schools opening with in-class learning later this year.
“The virus has not gone away, it is still infecting and affecting people,” he said. “It’s our behavior that has made all the difference.”
“Classroom learning provides necessary opportunities for our students to learn, socialize, and grow. The benefits of in-person instruction can’t be overstated,” Pritzker said
“Illinois is a diverse state and school districts and places of higher learning across Illinois will face unique challenges within how they’ll operate in their communities,” Pritzker said.
School districts will be tasked with implementing a plan that meets needs of community and children they serve, according to Pritzker.
“Schools and districts must also prepare for the potential need to return to remote instruction,” Pritzker said.
The Illinois Emergency Management Agency will provide public K-12 districts in Illinois with 2.5 million cloth face masks cost-free to the districts, Pritzker said.
Phase four re-open guidelines, per Pritzker
1. Maintaining a six-foot distance
2. wearing face covering in public places
3. washing hands frequently
K-12 school guidelines
1. Require use of appropriate protective equipment
2. Prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people
3. Require social distancing when possible
4. Conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks
5. Increase cleaning and disinfection schoolwide