SHABBONA – The Indian Creek School District 425 released its plan for fall re-entry amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and their "Roadmap to Reopening" plan could automatically register children to attend in-person five days per week if parents don't opt out.
The plan's origins came about due to surveys sent to D-425 parents, with feedback showing most wanted the opportunity to choose whether to send their child to classrooms in person or not, documents show. The plans, however, hinge upon whether enough children opt for e-learning. If 25% of district students choose e-learning, the remaining students will attend class in person five days per week on a regular schedule.
If not, district officials will need to determine, on a building case by case basis, whether to continue on the five day schedule or amend in-person to allow for less populated classes.
Students must register for e-learning by Wednesday, July 29, or they will automatically be placed in in-person learning for the fall. Registration ends July 29. Classes begin Aug. 24.
If 25% or more of district students opt for e-learning, those who do will attend school remotely for the entire semester. For those who don't choose e-learning, they'll attend school in person five days per week, documents show.
If less than 25% of students do not opt for e-learning, the district will decide on a per building basis whether to continue to offer a five day schedule, documents show.
Students attending school remotely will be on the same schedule as in-person during their school day, with log ins and attendance taken. Grades will be given and curriculum and instruction will be the same regardless of whether a student is in the classroom or attending virtually, documents show.
A teacher will be designated for each grade through fifth grade for e-learning, while grades six through 12 will have their regular classroom teacher instructing per period using an online live streaming platform.
Transportation and school schedule
School days will be a full one, with buildings open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for parents to drop off and pick up their children, in the hopes this will reduce the number of children riding the bus, documents show.
Buses will be limited to 49 students each, but social distancing "will not be achievable," documents show. Bus drivers will check temperatures of each student prior to their boarding, and complete a daily symptom check.
For those in Waterman, they will be to walk or get dropped off at Indian Creek Middle School, as that bus route will be eliminated, the plan states.
Safety and cleaning
Like all surrounding districts in the county, D-425 students will be required to wear masks unless outside or eating, and refusal to wear a face covering in buildings will lead to students being automatically placed into an e-learning program after their second warning.
Social distancing will be maintained as able, documents show, and programs such as physical education will continue but adhere to social distancing guidelines and no locker rooms in the middle or high school be be allowed for use.
A student may wear a face shield provided they have a doctor's note, documents show.
Parents will be required to complete an online self-certification symptom check for each of their children every day, and all students and staff will have their temperatures checked prior to entering buildings or the bus every day.
Custodians will clean buildings daily with soap, water and botanical pray, and iWave technology – a special air purification system – will be installed in the D-425 building HVAC systems. Hand sanitizer will also be available in classrooms and hallways.