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CCSD93 In-Person Learning Plan for Preschool

Updated January 5, 2021

Dear CCSD93 Community,

I am pleased to share our updated plan for providing preschool students with in-person learning opportunities moving forward. Please review the following in its entirety.

 

Updated In-Person Hybrid Learning Plan for Grades Preschool-5

Key Highlights

  • Students received notification via email on 1/5/21 of their current class and grouping placement.
  • We encourage students to attend in person if possible, however, families who wish to remain fully within Remote Learning may do so
  • Students in remote learning will maintain their current schedule for circle time and small groups and continue to use the choice board for asynchronous learning.  
  • In some cases, slight adjustments to the therapy schedule may be needed for remote learning students with an IEP.  In that case, a staff member will contact a parents/guardian to arrange that schedule change.
  • Full day students will attend for a half day only.  All full day students attending in-person will attend school in the am session.  They will continue to join their teacher for afternoon small groups via zoom and using their choice board for asynchronous learning.  
    • Full day students attending in-person will NOT have an afternoon circle time, as that time may be needed for travel after the am session and to eat their lunch.
    • Full day students attending remotely will continue to have morning circle time, morning small groups, afternoon circle time and afternoon small groups via zoom. 
  • Classrooms will be cleaned between the morning and afternoon and after each afternoon session.
  • Children attending in-person will be given a cold lunch to take home with them after their in-person session if indicated on the upcoming survey (see details below), while fully Remote Learning students can continue to stop by their elementary school for lunch pickup.

Key Health & Safety Requirements

As previously shared, those returning to in-person learning will be required to adhere strictly to the following safety protocols without exception: 

  • Students are required to wear a mask for the entire duration of in-person learning and on school buses.
  • Students are required to maintain social distancing of six (6) feet at all times. This means that student socialization while in school will be vastly different than years past.
  • Families are required to submit a daily COVID-19 Self-Screener for each child before leaving for school, and if the student has experienced any of the listed symptoms or potential exposure, they must stay home.

In addition, each CCSD93 school will have the following safety protocols in place:

  • Classrooms will be cleaned between the morning and afternoon sessions.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned in the evening.
  • Should a COVID-19 case become present:
    • CCSD93 will strictly follow cleaning and sanitizing protocols.
    • CCSD93 will work with the DCHD to strictly follow contact tracing and quarantine procedures, which include fully quarantining all members of a cohort in the event that two of its members become COVID-19 positive.

Why Will Full Day Students Attend in the A.M. Only?

  • This eliminates lunch time, which public health guidance has continued to caution as a significant risk for transmission because students cannot wear masks while they eat and droplets known to carry COVID-19 have a much greater chance of spreading. 
  • This reduces the total amount of time students will wear a mask in a given day as they can remove the mask when they arrive home.
     

Critical Factors Influencing the Plan

The health and safety of our students, staff members and community at large have been the driving factors in our decisions from the onset of the pandemic. Health experts continue to learn about the virus, and our public health organizations consistently provide updated guidance to school districts, including CCSD93, for the health and safety of all. 

The health and safety guidance we have received has continued to prioritize limiting interactions of students outside of small “cohorts”, reducing the opportunities our students have to remove their facemasks, maintaining social distance, and frequent handwashing.

Our Community Transmission Risk Level, along with all other health guidance, comprises what we call Health Data. In addition, considerations related to Staffing, Quarantine Restrictions, and Safety Protocol & Equipment influence our ability to hold in-person learning. Please review the graphic below for more information on these four In-Person Learning Factors.

Improving - Return to In-Person Learning

Potential Setbacks

Please be aware that should any of the four In-Person Learning Factors in the graphic above reach levels that are not acceptable, some or all students may need to return to fully remote learning. As recommended by the IDPH, this would be considered an “adaptive pause” to prevent disease transmission. Please reach out to your child’s principal with questions.

Sincerely,

David H. Hill, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
CCSD93