In-person instruction resumes January 19
CCSD21 operated under an Adaptive Pause from Monday, November 30, to Friday, January 15, meaning all students engaged in learning virtually, from home. Current data continues to reflect a high rate of community spread of COVID-19, but it is substantially lower when compared to November’s rates. Likewise, school-based faculty and staff health data is strong. Therefore, in-person instruction for in-person students to resume on Tuesday, January 19. Distance Learning Academy students will continue to learn virtually.
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Revised Return to In-Person Schooling Plan
At its regular meeting on September 24, 2020, the CCSD21 Board of Education adopted the Revised Return to In-Person Schooling Plan. View the complete plan and key summarized components below:
Hybrid return to in-person learning
The district will welcome students back to in-person learning using a hybrid schedule when conditions allow and metrics are met and sustained.
Due to the need to maintain strict social distancing of six feet in all classrooms, the district will not be able to operate full day classes for students. Rather, students will be assigned to in-person learning teams. Students’ in-person learning team assignment will be communicated by the school. Mathematics, Language Arts, and a Homebase/SEL period will be conducted each day of in-person learning. Science, Social Studies, and all special/exploratory classes will continue to be offered remotely.
Data and metrics
The district will continue to monitor multiple sources of COVID-19 infection data and will implement adaptive pauses to in-person instruction at the classroom, school, or district level as conditions require.
Sources include data from the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health, as well as the COVID-19 Dashboard maintained by the Northwestern Medicine’s Surgical Outcomes and Quality Improvement Center. In addition we are tracking our internal data on the CCSD21 COVID-19 Data Dashboard.
Mitigation of spread
Scenarios in which we would make an immediate decision to return to an adaptive pause include individual schools crossing our 3% confirmed active COVID cases threshold or if an order to return to remote learning was issued by the Governor, Illinois State Board of Education, or state or county public health officials. Any other decision to return to an adaptive pause will be made with a solid understanding of trending data, including current rates of exclusion or confirmed cases within our schools, and with as much advance notice given to families as possible. Please continue to consider your family’s contingency plan should a closure occur at the classroom, school, or District level.
Health and safety protocols
Families must submit a certification of health for every child every school day. An email reminder will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) on file every morning at 4:00 AM. Students showing any signs of illness may not attend school. Students will not be allowed to enter a CCSD21 building until the child’s health can be verified.
When on site and as an additional measure, students’ temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer. All students and staff members are required to wear a face covering and must practice strict 6-foot social distancing.
Hybrid In-Person Learning Team Assignments
Due to the need to maintain strict social distancing of six feet in all classrooms, the district will not be able to operate full day classes for students. Rather, students will be assigned to in-person learning teams. Students’ in-person learning team assignment will be communicated by the school.
The CCSD21 pre-k program is a half-day program. All pre-k students will participate remotely each Monday with in-person sessions being held Tuesday through Friday each week.
Approximately half of each in-person class will attend in the morning, and half will attend in the afternoon. Daily in-person instruction will include Math, Language Arts, and Classroom Community Meeting/SEL activity. Science, Social Studies, and all specials will be offered remotely using both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.
Due to the complexity of the middle school master schedule and availability of exploratory teaching staff, all grade levels will not be able to attend in-person instruction at the same time. Each student group will have designated school days where they will attend in person for their Homebase, Math, and Language Arts.
The site linked above offers resources to support students during the 2020-2021 school year: instructional and health/safety expectations, technology tutorials and troubleshooting, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions about CCSD21’s plan for the 2020-2021 school year are answered within this document. Please continue to reference this document as information will be updated regularly.
Please direct any other questions or concerns to [email protected].
2020-2021 school year plans
CCSD21 began the 2020-2021 school year with full-time distance learning for all students. View the plan:
CCSD21 initially planned to welcome all students back in person to begin the school year. However, guidance and data at that time could not allow the District to safely move forward.
Distance Learning Academy or home/assigned school enrollment
For the duration of the 2020-2021 school year, School District 21 is maintaining a full-time Distance Learning Academy. Parents received a detailed explanation (explanation image) on July 31 about the Distance Learning Academy, remote instruction for all students, and the resumption of in-person learning. Families elected in August to enroll their child(ren) in the Distance Learning Academy or in remote learning with their home/assigned school.