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Education

DeKalb Superintendent lays out tentative plans for Fall 2020 re-entry pending COVID-19

DeKalb District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven outlined tentative re-integration plans for the Fall start of the 2020-2021 school year to the school board on Tuesday.
File caption: Zachary Henderson, 10 and his mom Mary Moses take a selfie before the first day of school at Lincoln Elementary School Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 in DeKalb.
DeKalb District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven outlined tentative re-integration plans for the Fall start of the 2020-2021 school year to the school board on Tuesday. File caption: Zachary Henderson, 10 and his mom Mary Moses take a selfie before the first day of school at Lincoln Elementary School Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 in DeKalb.

DeKALB - DeKalb District 428 Superintendent Jamie Craven outlined tentative re-integration plans for the Fall start of the 2020-2021 school year to the school board on Tuesday.

Craven stressed there are no formal plans in place yet, and no further guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education as of Tuesday. However, he said there are three general plans in place depending on the situation, going from regular school, to split sessions, to full e-learning.

With any possible re-entry plan, Craven said it's all uncharted territory.

"We are in such unique times in education, we're trying to do things and create things we've never done before and policies we've never had before," Craven said. "I'm not being critical of the state board when I say we have not received anything."

The fall re-entry discussion came up during committee reports. Member Jeff Hallgren broached the subject, asking for regular updates, which the board and Craven eventually agreed to provide.

Craven outlined three broad plans that have come up during weekly meetings with the other superintendents in the county.

The first plan, he said, is a regular fall start. That could look like a late post-Labor Day start, or even starting on August 1 with the idea that there would be another wave in late fall.

The second plan is a hybrid, which would anticipate around 15 students allowed per class. This would necessitate an 'A' day and 'B' day, with 'A' students going Monday and Wednesdays, 'B' students Tuesday and Thursday, and Fridays either alternating or institute days.

Plan C is if remote learning is still in place by the fall.

"We have to work with our staff to see what lessons were learned," Craven said. "We have to see what we can do better and what we can do to make this a more fulfilling experience for our children."

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