District 45 is excited to announce the transition to full-day in-person learning beginning on April 12, 2021, for students in grades 1-8. Remote learning remains an option for all families. Early childhood and kindergarten families may continue in half-day remote or half-day in-person learning.

The Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools, by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on March 9, 2021, provides increased programming flexibility, making this transition possible.

Updates to the Return to School Website will be occurring over the next few weeks as we continue preparations for the next phase of in-person learning. Updates regarding Early Childhood are forthcoming.

Action required: Please complete the learning model selection form for each child in your household by March 19, 2021 at 9 AM.

OPTION 1: FULL IN-PERSON LEARNING

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

  • 1:1 Google Chromebooks

  • Teachers will instruct their in-person students and their remote students at the same time for the full day of school.

  • Regular attendance, grading practices, and report cards

  • The instruction for students in special programming (cross-categorical, multi-needs, STARS, etc.) may look different based on individual student needs.

  • With the exception of individuals with medical exemption letters, face coverings will be required for all staff, students, and all visitors while in District buildings.

  • Student spacing may be reduced to 3 feet in classrooms and hallways.

  • Symptom self-screening before school

  • Increased school wide cleaning and disinfecting

  • Students will be permitted to remove face coverings during lunch with a minimum of 6 feet social distancing required.

  • Transportation will be provided to all students who qualify.

OPTION 2: FULL-TIME REMOTE LEARNING

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS

Early Childhood

In-person students will attend five half-days per week. Remote learners will be in remote only classes that will include a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning. Livestreaming will not be routinely used at the early childhood level.

LIVESTREAMING/CONCURRENT INSTRUCTION GUIDANCE

Elementary School

Teachers will instruct their in-person students and their remote students at the same time for the full day of school.

Remote Learners

  • The students’ Chromebooks provide a window into their physical classroom space, allowing for ongoing interaction between home and school.

    • Remote learners will log into their class at the start of each school day through Zoom or Google Meet.

    • Remote learners will be away from their device for lunch and breaks, along with independent work time that will be scheduled throughout the day to support core instruction.

  • Remote learners may join smaller breakout rooms throughout the day with in-person students, other remote students, and/or the teacher, providing various means of instruction.

  • Remote learners will have the ability to unmute and engage with their teacher and peers during whole group and small group activities as coordinated by the teacher.

  • Classrooms are equipped with a microphone and speaker to ensure that students at home can hear the instructions and interactions in the physical classroom.

  • Remote learners will also participate in special area classes (art, music, & physical education) through livestreaming/concurrent instruction.

In-Person Learners

  • In-person learners will spend time both on and off of their device during the school day. In some instances, in-person learners may log into Zoom or Google Meet to work in groups with other in-person and/or remote learners.

  • In-person students will be away from their device for lunch and breaks, along with independent work time that will be scheduled throughout the day to support core instruction.

Middle School

Teachers will instruct their in-person students and their remote students at the same time for the full day of school.

Remote Learners

  • The students’ Chromebooks provide a window into their physical classroom space, allowing for ongoing interaction between home and school.

    • Remote learners will log into each class through Zoom or Google Meet.

    • Remote learners will be away from their device for lunch and during in-person passing periods.

  • During classes, remote learners may join smaller breakout rooms throughout the day with in-person students, other remote students, and/or the teacher or staff member, providing various means of instruction.

  • Remote learners will have the ability to unmute and engage with their teacher and peers during whole group and small group activities as coordinated by the teacher.

  • Classrooms are equipped with a microphone and speaker to ensure that students at home can hear the instructions and interactions in the physical classroom.

  • There is not a designated period for student support, rather help may be requested during the class period or through electronic communication with the teacher in line with the traditional school experience.

In-Person Learners

  • In-person learners may spend time both on and off of their device during the school day. In some instances, in-person learners may log into Zoom or Google Meet to work in groups with other in-person and/or remote learners.

  • In-person students will be away from their device during lunch and passing periods, along with some types of independent work within the classroom.

  • There is not a designated period for student support, rather help may be requested during the class period or through electronic communication with the teacher in line with the traditional school experience.


SCHOOL HOURS

Beginning on April 12, 2021

Early Childhood AM 8:30am - 11:00am

Early Childhood PM 12:15pm - 2:45pm

Kindergarten AM 8:15am - 10:45am

Kindergarten PM 12:00pm - 2:30pm

Grades 1-5 8:15am - 2:30pm

Grades 6-8 8:30am - 3:15pm


HEALTH & SAFETY


District 45 will consider the following guidance and information when evaluating the sustainability of continued in-person instruction:

  • Weekly call with DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) medical experts and other county superintendents where unpublished current DCHD, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data is discussed

  • Data from Northwestern University - local metrics specifically for Villa Park, Lombard, Elmhurst, and Oakbrook Terrace

  • School transmission rates as collected by DuPage County Superintendents and DCHD

  • School quarantines in DuPage County

  • Community hospitalizations

  • Community and staff vaccination rates

  • Collaboration with neighboring superintendents

  • District 45 staffing and quarantines

Parents and guardians are encouraged to review the District’s COVID-19 dashboard. It should be noted, however, that the DCHD data published on the dashboard represents the official public release of DCHD metrics and is 2 weeks behind. The Northwestern metrics, referenced above, are updated weekly on the D45 COVID-19 Dashboard.


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