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2021-2022 Princeton Elementary 115 Return to Learn Plan

Updated March 1, 2022

 

 

PES Dist. 115 Parents and Guardians, Students, and Staff:

 

To date, the following information is representative of PES Dist. 115’s current “Return To Learn” plan…

 

 Please note:  This guidance is subject to change pursuant to changing laws, public health conditions and updates from the ISBE, CDC, and IDPH.  

 

  • Masks.  Masks are recommended at this time, and not required. It is recognized that masks provide some protection against the spread of the virus, so they are still welcomed in school for students, staff, and visitors, if you so choose. 

  • Social distancing.  Schools are encouraged to provide up to 3 feet of distance between students, or to simply space students out as best as possible.  Efforts will be made by PES teachers to create distance amongst students, as this assists in reducing the number of individuals that may need to quarantine/isolate in the event of a positive case within  the school.

  • Quarantines/Isolations.  Quarantine/isolation procedures will still be in effect for students and staff that are positive cases.  Quarantine/isolation procedures and protocols differ depending on symptom/virus onset.  PES Dist. 115 school nurses will assist with the understanding of these protocols and procedures.

  • Remote instruction.  All students will return to fully in-person learning.  Remote instruction will only be made available to students while they are in quarantine/isolation.  Remote instruction for students in quarantine during the 2021-2022 school year might include, but will not be limited to... individual pencil/paper learning packets, work assigned in Google Classroom on Chromebooks, etc.  It should also be noted that teacher assistance with remote learning while in quarantine will be limited to email correspondences or phone calls that can be returned during the contractual school day.

  • Screening/Testing programs vs. Diagnostic Testing programs.  While there are screening/testing programs that allow for random percentages of students to be screened for the virus at frequent times, these programs are not applicable to PES due to the frequency associated with administering the screenings and the amount of staff needed to perform them efficiently.  However, PES is planning for a diagnostic testing program that will allow rapid tests to be administered at school by the school nurses.  A separate document will be emailed soon that outlines the necessary consent, locations, procedures, etc. that parents/guardians and staff need to know relative to rapid testing.

  • Vaccination verification.  There is no vaccination verification required at this time from PES.  However, per statute, the school does reserve the right to ask for this in the event that vaccination verification has a direct impact on required school procedures.  Should vaccination verification be required at any time, this information will be gathered in a confidential manner.

  • Capacity limits.  There are currently no capacity limits at schools.  Therefore, parents/guardians may return to dropping off students at school beginning at 7:15 a.m., where they can return to congregating in the schools’ gyms/cafeterias.   Students should not be dropped off any earlier than 7:15 a.m., as doors will remain locked, and staff supervision will not be available until that time.

  • Breakfast and lunch.  The universal free breakfast and lunch program offered during the pandemic through the Food and Nutrition Service and United States Department of Agriculture has been extended through June 30, 2022.  Therefore, all students wishing to eat breakfast and/or lunch at school may do so free of charge during the 2021-2022 school year.

  • Disinfecting.  PES Dist. 115 will continue disinfection measures that were taken regarding facilities and equipment throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

 

Should you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your child’s building principal.  As stated previously, this guidance is subject to change pursuant to changing laws, public health conditions and updates from the ISBE, CDC, and IDPH.  

 

Respectfully,

 

J.D. Orwig, PES Superintendent

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