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July 15, 2020

COMMUNITY UPDATE

The staff and administration are working hard to develop a plan for "return to school" that focuses not only on learning, but more importantly on making sure we are doing all we can to insure that our staff and students are safe.

As we continue to look at our options, we refer to a number of different resources such as the results from our family surveys, staff surveys, ISBE Guidance, the CDC, the local Department of Health, conversations with our local districts, meetings with superintendents from North Cook, Dupage, and Lake Counties and ideas shared from our own 73.5 administration, staff, and parents. While we want our students to return to school, we have to weigh all of the information to make the best informed decision possible.

We have two teams, one focusing on the educational component and the other on the operational side of returning. The education team is reviewing and strengthening the remote learning, providing guidelines for consistency and developing clear expectations. The operation team is working on identifying the proper signage for the buildings which would include the entrance ways, the classrooms, the halls and in the classrooms. These signs will be ordered at the end of this week and will include signs in our five top languages. This team is also looking at creating the protocols within the classroom such as how to line up safely, plans for mask breaks, protocols for the use of the restrooms, etc.

As you can tell, there is a lot of very thoughtful and important work being done to prepare for your students. Given the most recent national increase in the COVID cases, we are considering the best possible plan for your students. We expect to be able to share that plan by July 29th, realizing that parents and guardians need to make plans for their busy lives as well. These are some very difficult decisions and we will continue to need to analyze all of our data before making a final recommendation. We can assure you that we will keep you up to date!

 

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