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U-46 working on plan for upcoming school year
By Seth Hancock
Schools will be allowed to reopen this fall according to the Illinois State Board of Education, but changes to the school day are expected.
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced on June 23 that schools will be allowed to reopen under Phase 4 of his reopening plan during the COVID-19 shutdown. However, few details have been released on guidelines.
School District U-46 announced it is working on planning for the upcoming year.
“In late May I established a Learning Transition Team with three subcommittees working on plans in the areas of instruction, operations, and health and wellness,” Superintendent Tony Sanders said in a press release. “These teams are developing plans for what school might look like for each phase of the Restore Illinois plan.”
Sanders added: “A lot of work has to be done before we finalize our plans. We need guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health regarding Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan which we expect in the coming days. We will need to involve our three local health departments and our Regional Office of Education to ensure our plans comply with local guidelines.”
Some of the suggestions include a modified on-campus return with social distancing guidelines like mandatory face masks and alternate schedules, hybrid learning using in-person and distance learning or continuing distance learning.
A special Board of Education meeting was scheduled to discuss plans and the district plans on sending a survey to families.
Additionally, the district has announced it has continued to hand out taxpayer funded Chromebooks for summer programming as well as taxpayer funded meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack) through the summer.