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District 87 Transition to In Person Learning

We are excited to begin the transition of inviting students back to school for hybrid, in-person learning. At this time, in-person learning will be available for students in PreKindergarten through Sixth Grade. 

In-person instruction will occur two days a week, either on Tuesday and Thursday or Wednesday and Friday. Monday will be a remote learning day from home for all groups. Students will learn from home the two remaining days of the week. Families have the choice for their students to attend school in person through the hybrid model, or continue full-time remote learning from home. 

Students in Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First Grade, and Second Grade who have chosen in-person learning will return to school the week of October 26

Students in Third Grade through Sixth Grade who choose in-person learning will return to school the week of November 9

Students who continue remote learning full time will be assigned a remote learning teacher from their grade level. 

For the remainder of the fall semester, District 87 students in grades 7-12 will continue full-time remote learning from home with their current teachers. 

A hybrid option for these students to return to school in person will be available starting January 5, 2021, for the spring semester when second semester schedules go into effect. More information will be provided to families as that date approaches. 

What to expect

  • Families who did not complete the remote/inperson form on Skyward will be assigned In-Person Learning. If you have any questions, please contact your building principal.  
  • For any student, in person or remote, class lists may be modified and students may be assigned a different teacher/team.
  • Families with students in grades 3-6 will be notified of their schedules/teachers no later than the week of November 2.
  • Family members who choose in-person learning will be assigned the same days to attend school. 
  • All Illinois Department of Public Health safety guidelines will be followed. Students who attend school in person will be required to self certify, wear a mask, and social distance. 
  • Transportation will be provided for students who qualify. 
  • Breakfast and lunch will be available. 
  • This decision is binding until Jan. 5, 2021.
  • Special education services will be provided for in person and remote learning students following a student’s appropriate IEP or 504 Plan. 
  • Multilingual services will be provided for in person and remote learning for students who qualify for services.
  • This process may be modified.

Hybrid In-Person Model for Pre Kindergarten (Sarah Raymond Students)

Your student will be assigned to a group (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday) and follow the schedule below. Each student will attend two days a week for a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) session.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday 


  Tues/Thurs
Group

Remote Learning
at home

(8:45-10 AM)
(12:45-2 PM)

In Person
Instruction

(8:45-11:15 AM)
(12:45-3:15 PM)

Asynchronous/
Independent 
at home

In Person
Instruction

(8:45-11:15 AM)
(12:45-3:15 PM)

Asynchronous/
Independent
at home


Wed/Fri 
Group

Remote Learning
at home

(8:45-10 AM)
(12:45-2 PM)

Asynchronous/
Independent
at home

In Person
Instruction

(8:45-11:15 AM)
(12:45-3:15 PM)

Asynchronous/
Independent
at home

In Person
Instruction

(8:45-11:15 AM)
(12:45-3:15 PM)


Remote Learning Model for Pre Kindergarten (Sarah Raymond Students)

Each school day, students will attend a virtual Zoom class with a District 87 teacher. Morning (AM) students will attend from 8:45-10 am with asynchronous/independent work time from 10-11:15. Afternoon (PM) students will attend from 12:45-2 p.m. with asynchronous/independent work time from 2:00-3:15. Teachers will provide activities to families for students to complete during asynchronous/independent work time.


In-Person Model for Elementary (K-5) Students

Each student will be assigned to a group (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday) and follow the schedule below.

On Independent Learning days, students will be offered learning opportunities from 12:45-2:30. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday 


  Tues/Thurs
Group

Remote Learning
at home

(9:00-12:15)

In Person
Instruction

(9:00-2:30)

Independent 
at home

In Person
Instruction

(9:00-2:30)

Independent
at home


Wed/Fri
Group

Remote Learning
at home

(9:00-12:15)

Independent 
at home

In Person
Instruction

(9:00-2:30)

Independent
at home

In Person
Instruction

(9:00-2:30)

Remote Learning Model for Elementary (K-5) Students

Each school day, students will attend a virtual Zoom class with a District 87 teacher from 9 am to 12:15 pm, with asynchronous learning from 12:45 to 2:30 pm.


In-Person Model for Sixth Grade Students at BJHS

Each sixth grader will be assigned to a group (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday) and follow the schedule below. On Mondays, all In-Person students will attend all core classes (no PE/AFL) through remote learning at home. On Independent Learning days, students will be offered learning opportunities. If students need assistance on Independent Learning Days, they may connect 6th grade staff during office hours 2:15 - 3:00 p.m. 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday 

Tues &
Thurs
Group

Remote Learning
At home

(9:00-12:30)

In Person
Instruction

(8:00-1:30)

Independent
Learning
At Home

In Person
Instruction

(8:00-1:30)

Independent
Learning
At home

Wed &
Friday
Group

Remote Learning
At home

(9:00-12:30)

Independent
Learning
At home

In Person
Instruction

(8:00-1:30)

Independent
Learning
At home

In Person
Instruction

(8:00-1:30)

Remote Learning Model for Sixth Grade Students at BJHS 

Each school day, students will attend a virtual Zoom class with a D87 teacher from 9 am to 12:30 pm, with asynchronous learning from 1:00-3:00 pm.


Health and Safety Protocols

While the health and safety of students and staff has always been our top priority in District 87, the current circumstances call for increased safety measures to provide a healthy learning environment. District 87 is following guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

  • Face masks must be worn by all individuals in the school building and on buses. 
  • A social distance of 6 feet will be observed in school. 
  • Students must complete a self certification form each day before attending school to confirm they are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Outside visitors will have limited access to District 87 property and must complete a self certification form before entering the building.
  • All schools will be deep-cleaned and disinfected every night.

For a complete outline of safety protocols, click here. 


Frequently Asked Questions

In-Person Instruction

How should families indicate their choice of attending school in person or continuing remote learning through this hybrid model?
A selection form is available for all families with students in grades 3-6 through Skyward Family Access. Two options are available — full remote learning or in person hybrid learning. Anyone who does not complete the selection form will be marked as attending school in person. Instructions for completing the form are available here. If you have any questions about completing the form, please contact your building principal or email registration@district87.org

When will we find out our child’s teacher and class schedule?
Families with students in grades 3-6 can expect to receive their schedule by the week of Nov. 2.

Is there a possibility of students switching teachers a third time during the school year if the plan is modified again? 
The students will be placed in a class and this will be their class for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.  

How will students be split into two groups if they are attending in person?
The students will be divided into two groups that are close to equal in size, either the Tuesday/Thursday group or the Wednesday/Friday group. 

What will take place on independent learning days when students aren't learning in person? 
Teachers will provide learning activities and materials for students to complete on independent study days when asynchronous learning will occur. 

Should students bring supplies to school? 
Students will be able to take supplies back and forth and be expected to use their own supplies while in the classroom. Students may use a backpack to transport supplies, devices, any personal belongings. 

When is the first day of school for students attending in person?
For students in Kindergarten through Second Grade, the first day of in-person learning will be October 27 for the Tuesday/Thursday group, or October 28 for the Wednesday/Friday group. For students in Third Grade through Sixth Grade, the first day of in-person learning will be November 10 for the Tuesday/Thursday group, or November 11 for the Wednesday/Friday group.

What will a typical in-person day look like for students at Sarah Raymond school?
Your student will be assigned to a group for attending in person (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday). Each student will attend two days a week for a morning (AM) or afternoon (PM) session. Upon arrival at school, students will wear their mask and go to a designated door to enter the building. They will be greeted by their teacher and taken to their classroom. Students will begin their daily learning. There will be mask/bathroom breaks along with stretch breaks. Recess will occur outdoors, weather permitting. The building will be disinfected in between the two sessions. Bus transportation will operate as in year’s past.  Students will be in one classroom unless they need specialized education. At the end of the day, students will be dismissed by bus number. Walkers/Pick Up Riders will be released last.

What will a typical day look like for Elementary students? 
Your student will be assigned to a group for attending in person (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday). School will begin at 9 am. Upon arrival at school, students will wear their mask and go to a designated door to enter the building. They will be greeted by their teacher and taken to their classroom. Students will begin their daily learning. There will be mask/bathroom breaks along with stretch breaks. Lunch will be served in a variety of areas, including the classroom, IMC, Gym, Lunchroom and empty classrooms. Students will have a specialist (Art, Music, PE) during their day. At the end of the day, students will be dismissed by bus number. Walkers/Pick Up Riders will be released last. The school day will conclude at 2:30. 

What will a typical in-person day look like for sixth graders attending BJHS?
Your student will be assigned to a group for attending in person (Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday). School will begin at 8 am. Upon arrival at school, students will wear their mask and go to a designated door to enter the building. Upon arrival, they will enter the building and be greeted by BJHS staff and escorted to 6th grade classrooms. Students will begin their daily learning. There will be mask/bathroom breaks along with stretch breaks. Lunch will be served in a variety of areas, including the IMC, Gym, Cafetorium, and empty classrooms. Students will have Arts for Life and PE during the in-person school days. At the end of the day, students will be dismissed by bus number and escorted by staff to those buses. Walkers/Pick Up Riders will be released last. The school day will conclude at 1:30 p.m.
Band and orchestra classes will occur remotely at the end of the in-person school day. Students will return home and tune in to attend these music classes via Zoom. On Mondays, when all sixth graders will attend school from home via remote learning, the schedule will include all classes except for PE and Arts For Life.

Remote Learning

What changes can elementary families expect if they are continuing with remote learning?
Your student may have a new teacher and classmates. The time of remote learning (9-12:15 Monday through Friday) will stay the same, with asynchronous learning in the afternoon. 

What changes can Sarah Rayond families expect if they are continuing with remote learning?
Your student may have a new teacher and classmates. The time of remote learning (8:45-10 for AM students and 12:45-2pm for PM students Monday through Friday) will stay the same, with asynchronous/independent learning from 10-11:15 for AM students and 2-3:15 for PM students.

What changes can sixth grade families expect if they are continuing with remote learning?
In person, your student may have a new teacher/team and classmates. The times for 100% remote learning students (9 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday through Friday) will stay the same, with asynchronous learning in the afternoon. 100% remote learning students may have a different teacher/team.

When will we find out our child’s teacher and class schedule?
Families with students in grades 3-6 can expect to receive their schedule by the week of Nov. 2. At that time you will have your students schedule and their assigned teacher. These changes depend on the number of families that sign up for hybrid in-person learning vs 100% remote learning. 

Health & Safety

Are students required to wear face masks to attend school? 
Yes. For everyone’s protection, students must wear a face mask while attending school, even when social distance is maintained. Students must also wear a mask while riding the school bus. Masks may be removed while eating.

What if my student is unable to wear a mask? 
Accommodations for face coverings may be made for students who have a medical condition, are under the age of 2, have trouble breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated, or unable to remove the face covering without assistance. Physicians notes are required for students who are not able to wear a face covering. 

How will social distancing be observed in buildings?
Classrooms will be adjusted to allow students to sit 6-feet apart. Large groups cannot exceed 50 people in a space at one time. Schools will provide signage and guidance during the day to promote social distancing. Hallways and stairs will be marked so traffic moves in one direction.

How will students safely use restrooms and water fountains? 
Restrooms will be deep-cleaned and disinfected daily. The number of students allowed in a restroom at a time will be limited. Students are encouraged to bring reusable, clear water bottles to school. Water bottles may be filled periodically throughout the day from bottle-filling stations. Water fountains will be out-of-service. 

How should families screen for symptoms at home?
Parents/students and staff members will be required to self-certify that they have completed a screening for COVID-19 symptoms prior to reporting to school. Students who do not self-certify before arriving at school will be held in a designated area until a parent can verify they are symptom free.

Will school staff be screened for symptoms? 
Staff will self-certify that they are symptom free each day.

Will classrooms be cleaned daily?
Yes. In addition to nightly cleaning, each classroom will be equipped with cleaning supplies to spot clean high-traffic areas throughout the day. In addition, extra tables, chairs, couches, rugs, etc. will be removed so the classroom will be clutter free and easier to clean.

Will students have the opportunity to frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer? 
Hand sanitizing stations have been stationed throughout each school. Students will be encouraged to wash their hands as often as possible. Hand sanitizer will also be provided in each classroom.

Will family members be allowed to enter school buildings?
All visitors to District 87 buildings must make an appointment with the school before entering. Please call the school to schedule a meeting. Masks are required. Please maintain social distancing. A self certification form must be completed by guests upon entering the school. These forms are available in the front office of each school, or on the main school website under “visitor protocol.” 

What about the ventilation system in schools?
All district air handlers are computer controlled, have filtration that is changed on a regular basis by maintenance staff, bring in outside air, and meets all required air exchanges per hour per AHSRAE requirements. 

How will recess be handled? 
Students will be in their class cohort when outside. Social distancing will be expected. 

Food Service

What will school breakfast and lunch look like? 
Meals will be served with modified periods and locations. Students will eat their lunch either in the classroom or a designated area in the school with no more than 50 people present at a time. 

Can students bring their own lunch to school? 
Yes.  

Transportation

Can students ride the bus to school? 
Yes. Bus routes are being modified to keep the number of riders, monitors, and drivers at 50 per bus. All students riding a bus will be given an assigned seat, with two students per seat. 

Are bus routes available?
Yes. Bus routes are available on each school website. If you have any questions about which stop your student will use, please call your school.

Are students required to wear a mask while on the bus? 
Yes. All people on the bus, including students, bus monitors, and drivers will be required to wear a face mask while on the bus. Students are also encouraged to wear a mask while waiting in a group at the bus stop. 

What is the bus company doing to make sure the busses are cleaned and disinfected every day?
Every bus will be wiped down and disinfected multiple times a day.

Can I drive my student to school?
Yes. Please use the designated drop off locations at each school. Drivers are asked to stay in the car. Students must exit the car with a mask on.

Special Education

How will special education services be provided safely to students in person? 
We will continue to provide the special education supports and services as documented on the student's IEP.  Should a student require time out of the general education classroom to receive specialized instruction, safety measures and protocols will be in place. 

How may special education and related services be impacted by wearing a mask?
We are purchasing adapted protective face coverings and masks for those that may need this level of PPE to access their special education services. These adapted masks will allow access to a staff and students lips to assist with receptive language processing and effective communication.

How can social distancing guidelines be adhered to when working with students with complex special needs?
We will provide gloves and other PPE that may be worn by staff and the student when providing services that require hand-over-hand instruction and other methodology for physical prompting and cueing. 

Will Special Education students be receiving their IRLP minutes for the full minutes on the IEP?
The IRLP will continue to be in place during this hybrid model. 

Multilingual Services

How will multilingual services be provided safely during in-person learning? 
Multilingual learners will continue to receive appropriate linguistic instruction and ELD services. 

How may multilingual services be impacted by wearing a mask?
Knowing that the visibility of the mouth is important for language learning, teachers may use adapted protective face coverings and masks. These adapted masks will allow access to staff’s and students’ lips to assist with receptive language processing and proper language development.