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C-WC #5 Plan for Opening School 2020-2021
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Carmi-White County Unit #5


Carmi-White County CUSD #5 has been working on a plan for reopening our schools for the 2020-2021 school year. This document provides educational plans and operational protocols, based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the Egyptian Health Department, and the C-WC Transition Team.

The district’s transition team is comprised of district administrators, teachers, support staff, parents, representatives from the Egyptian Health Department, and White County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), along with consultation from other personnel.

This guide outlines the educational plans and protocols in place for the start of the school year. As requirements change, this plan will be automatically updated. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, it is possible the district could return to remote learning. (A remote learning plan is being developed that will be more intensive and rigorous than last spring.) It is important to note that the health and well-being of students and staff are of the utmost importance. While school may look a little different, the district’s commitment to providing a quality education for all students remains the same.

We are currently in Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan, therefore IDPH guidelines will:

All public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students must follow these guidelines. THESE GUIDELINES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Back-to-School Nights, Open Houses and Orientations will be done virtually or in small groups.


The health and well-being of our students and staff is a top priority as we strive to provide a safe learning environment. The following protocols are in place for students and staff:

Health & Wellness

All CDC and IDPH guidelines must be followed for the safety and well-being of our educational community.  Daily, all students and staff members are required to complete the COVID-19 screener.  Each school will have an isolated space for any individual who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms during the school day.  

Per guidelines, face masks are mandatory, and students will be social distanced to the greatest extent possible. The limit of 50 individuals in one space, which includes school buses, will be observed.   Each school will also limit access to visitors and volunteers.  

Any individual with symptoms associated with COVID-19 should stay home.  These symptoms include a fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.  Families and staff members are asked to report possible infections to the school so that contact tracing may occur.  If a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19, CWC #5 will follow IDPH guidelines for quarantine.  Those individuals must follow doctor’s orders, be out of school for at least fourteen days, and can return to school upon the presentation of a doctor’s note.  

Students/employees that were in close contact (defined as closer than six feet for more than fifteen minutes) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 must self-quarantine for fourteen days.  

Considerations will be given to the impact that COVID-19 has on the mental health of faculty, staff, students, and their families. The mental and emotional well-being of students and staff members will be monitored closely. Access to school counselors and social workers will be readily available.


For the health and safety of all students, C-WC #5 is providing parents with a choice regarding their child’s education. Daily attendance and engagement of students is expected whether students are participating  in-person or remotely. The school district will continue to address curriculum needs by focusing on essential standards and addressing any areas of learning loss during the school closure. To give staff time to finalize instructional plans, the first day of student attendance will be Thursday, August 20th (instead of the 17th that was originally on the school calendar).  In order to maximize the instructional minutes provided for students, Early Childhood through Grade 5 will follow a regular school schedule. Results from our recent parent survey indicated that approximately 25% of our parents would choose remote instruction for their students. If those numbers are accurate, one teacher at each grade level (K-5) will be assigned as the remote learning teacher for their respective grade. Teachers at grades 6-12 will teach face-to-face and remotely. Therefore, grades 6-12 will have a slightly altered schedule to give departmentalized teachers time to plan, offer remote learning instruction, and answer student/parent questions.

As the first step of online registration, parents will choose between face-to-face instruction and remote instruction, or indicate that they are not enrolling their student in C-WC. Parent selection will be for a minimum of a nine week period. However, a different learning option can be selected each nine weeks. We recognize that this is a difficult decision, therefore, parents will initially have until September 4, 2020 to change their minds. This change can be made by contacting their student’s school administrator.

Face-to-Face Instruction

Face-to-face instruction is our most effective means of educating students. All face-to-face classrooms will follow social distancing guidelines to the extent possible. Face masks will be required while inside the building, except when eating. However, breaks will be given in order to allow students the opportunity to take their masks off, while socially distancing themselves.  Student desks will face the same direction with frequent cleaning and disinfecting protocols followed. In addition, students will practice frequent hand hygiene and use hand sanitizer as needed. Desks and/or tables will be spaced out in the classroom as much as physically possible.

Remote Instruction

Families will have a remote learning option. If the remote learning option is selected, consistent internet access must be available.  Attendance, grading, and accountability is the same as for in-person learning.  This option is for students and/or families with elevated health risks due to COVID, or who do not feel comfortable following the current guidelines required of in-person instruction. Although the remote instruction will mirror classroom instruction to the extent possible, it should be understood that these experiences cannot be equal.  Remote families will have to partner in this educational process with a minimum of five clock hours daily of instruction and assignments. Remote learning will look much different than in the spring. It will be more challenging and rigorous. To begin the year, teachers will record their lessons and make those available for remote learning students to watch at their convenience. Structured “check-in” times will not be required. It is our goal that the instruction occuring during face-to-face learning will be posted remotely in a timely manner.  We ask that you extend grace and patience to our teachers as instructing both face-to-face and remotely is a new challenge for them. Adjustments will be made as we gain more experience and track how our students are responding to the instruction provided. Office hours will be provided at each grade level for students/parents to ask questions.

High School Considerations

High school students will acquire credit in both C-WC face-to-face and remote learning environments.  However, parents who choose to homeschool their students, or enroll them in a private setting need to remember that if they return to C-WC, the following must be considered:

Special Education

Students who receive special education services will have FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education) provided whether they participate in face-to-face learning or remote learning. Students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and students with 504 plans will be provided services as outlined in their individual plans during face-to-face learning. If remote instruction is selected for a student with an IEP or 504 plan, an individualized remote learning plan will be created, with parent/guardian input.  

Food Service

Daily meals will be provided. Breakfast and lunch will be served in the cafeteria with limited numbers of people, no more than 50, in one space. Meals will be available for pick-up, during designated times, for those choosing remote instruction.


The Carmi-White County School district will provide regular bus routes with some changes based upon scheduling needs.  A maximum of fifty people are allowed on the bus, which includes the driver.  All passengers including the driver will be required to wear face masks.  Social distancing, seat limits, and assigned seating will be in place to help with student safety. We encourage parents to transport students to and from school, if possible.

Operations & Maintenance

Increased and enhanced daily cleaning protocols will be established in each building.  Areas that have been used by anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will be closed for proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures.  Signage to help promote IDPH safety guidelines will be posted.  

Human Resources

The C-WC #5 reopening plans are subject to change when formal guidance and/or mandates are issued by the proper authorities (ISBE, IDPH, etc.) All employees will need to be flexible, collaborative, cooperative, and understanding as we work to provide a safe learning environment for students and staff.

Return to Work


The Carmi-White County School District will be utilizing technology to provide a coherent and seamless instruction for face-to-face and remote learning opportunities.  The programs and use of technology will be specific to each grade level;  however, the district will attempt to be as uniform as possible through the use of Google Classroom.

The district has taken the following steps to enhance the use of technology:

Extra/Co-Curricular Activities

The Carmi-White County School District will follow guidelines for the health and safety of our students, coaches, and sponsors.  These guidelines are provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Board of Education, and  the Illinois High School Athletic Association. All students in any C-WC district learning environment will receive equitable access to extracurricular activities.

Question and Answer Addendum to the

Back-to-School Plan

  1. When does school start?
  1. What are the start and end times?
  1. What options does a student have once enrolled in C-WC?
  1. Will transportation be provided?
  1. What if I need to change my student’s mode of learning (in-person versus remote)?
  1. What does my student’s school day look like during face-to-face instruction?
  1. What measures has the district taken to keep our students safe?
  1. What measures are classroom teachers taking to keep our students safe?
  1. What measures are custodians taking to keep our students safe?
  1. What measures are bus drivers taking to keep our students safe?
  1. What measures are cooks taking to keep students safe?
  1. Will meals be provided for remote learning students?
  1. Will the high school still have open campus lunch?
  1. What measures should students take to keep themselves safe?
  1. What face coverings are acceptable?
  1. What if my student cannot wear a mask?
  1. What if my student has a mask at school but refuses to wear it or wear it properly,        covering the nose and mouth?
  1. How will the district certify that students are symptom free? (See Appendix 1)
  1. What will happen if my student has a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher or exhibit COVID-19 symptoms? (See Appendix 1)
  1. What happens if a student/staff member in the school is diagnosed with COVID-19? (See Appendix 1)

21. Will remote learning work be graded?

22. Will the district provide a device for my student to do remote learning?

23. How do I pick up a device for my student?

24.  Will extra-curricular activities be provided?

25.  How will special education students receive their educational services?

        26. When should students be kept at home?

27. Will we still have Back-to-School Night?

28. What are the considerations for school closure?

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