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Mulberry Grove CUSD #1

Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services

August 10, 2021

Introduction

COVID-19 has caused substantial disruption in our lives and the lives of our children.  Recognizing that students across remote and in-person settings faced significant academic, social, emotional, and mental health challenges as a result of the interrupted education and the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Congress made emergency funds available to local school districts to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19.  Most recently, funds available through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Act require that school districts develop a Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services.  As such, this plan has been developed in accordance with the ARP Act and the Illinois State Superintendent of Education declaration of July 9, 2021; is aligned with guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and addresses adjustments needed in response to evolving COVID-19 pandemic circumstances.  Taking the public’s input into account, this plan was also developed through meaningful consultation with a collaborative of students, parents, school and district administrators (including special education administrators), teachers, school staff, food service staff, transportation service staff, labor association leaders, and county health department officials.  Opportunity for the public to provide input was provided from July 15-20 through a web-based comment platform.  Upon request, this plan will be provided in an alternative format accessible to parents who are individuals with a disability as defined by the ADA.  This plan will also be made publicly available on the district’s website.  School strategies in this plan may be removed based upon local conditions, levels of community transmission (i.e., low, moderate, substantial, or high), local vaccine coverage, use of screening testing to detect cases in K-12 schools, and consultation with local public health officials to determine the prevention strategies needed.  School officials will communicate any changes in plans to staff members, students, and parents through the district’s regular communication platforms.  We all play a role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 so our children can return to regular school days and activities.

Maintaining the Health and Safety of Students, Educators, and Other Staff

In accordance with the Illinois State Superintendent of Schools July 9, 2021 declaration, Mulberry Grove CUSD #1 will be open fully for in-person learning for the 2021-22 school year.  Under the declaration, remote learning is only required to be provided to students who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine or who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine, only while they are under quarantine consistent with guidance or requirements from a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health. If a student does not meet the above criteria, but requests remote learning due to a medical condition, the request for remote learning will be evaluated under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If the student has a qualifying medical condition, the student may be provided home/hospital instruction. Pursuant to Governor Prtizker’s Executive Order 2021-18 issued on August 4, 2021 all individuals, including students, staff, and visitors MUST wear a face covering inside Illinois school buildings, unless an individual cannot wear a mask or cannot safely wear a mask due to a documented medical condition. The district will fully implement this mandate for all staff, students, and visitors at the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

  1. Face coverings/Mask Use

Everyone. Executive Order 2021-18 requires that all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to P-12 schools wear a mask while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

The following categories of people are exempted from the requirement to wear a mask:

The State and CDC Order continue to require passengers and drivers to wear masks on school buses.

 Appropriate mask use (i.e., coverin over face AND nose, correct fit across the face and the correct material used for masking) is essential to prevent transmission. Please see the CDC Guide to Masks.

  1. Physical Distancing

  1. Handwashing and Respiratory Etiquette
  1. Facility and Transportation Cleaning, Disinfection and Ventilation

  1. Contact Tracing in Combination with Isolation and Quarantine
  1. Screening Testing

  1. Promoting Vaccination

  1. Disabilities or Other Health Care Needs

  1. Visitors

  1. Collaboration with Public Health Officials

  1. Plan Review