Red Bud CUSD #132
Return to School Reopening Plan
2020-21 School Year
In March of 2020, Governor JB Pritzker closed schools for in-person learning effective March 16, 2020. As a result, Red Bud CUSD #132 moved into a Remote Learning Platform. This transition was not without challenges, but as we always manage to do collectively, we did everything we could at the time to meet the needs of our students.
During the physical school closures and during our Remote Learning Phase; we focused on the following priorities:
1.) Feed and care for students
2.) Provide effective communication
3.) Provide instructional continuity
In May 2020, Governor JB Pritzker revealed the Restore Illinois Plan. In June, 2020 Governor Pritzker issued Executive Order 2020-40 which allows for all schools within the state of Illinois to reopen for in-person instruction.
It is important to note that within this Executive Order, the following guidelines from the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) should be followed:
- Require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face-coverings;
- Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;
- Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible;
- Require that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and
- Require an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection
This document is a reflection of the current recommendations and guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, Illinois Department of Public Health, Center for Disease Control, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
This plan is subject to change and is based on Illinois being in Phase 4 and no changes occurring to the guidance from ISBE and IDPH. Amendments will be made to this plan in the event that Illinois or the District’s assigned region moves backward within the “Restore Illinois” plan or guidance changes.
Health and Wellness
Health and wellness remain our district’s priorities.
- All individuals in school buildings, including all public and nonpublic schools that serve students in prekindergarten through grade 12, must wear face-coverings at all times unless they are younger than 2 years of age; have trouble breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.
- Face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings even when social distancing is maintained.
- Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if social distance is maintained.
- Exemptions will be made with a doctor’s note.
- Outdoor breaks will be built in throughout the day on a class-by-class basis.
- Face coverings will be provided by the district, upon request.
- Social distancing of 6-feet physical distances from other persons as much as possible.
- No more than 50 people will be allowed within a space inside the school.
- Distancing to the greatest extent possible will take place in classrooms and hallways.
- Outdoors groups of no more than 50 will be spaced at least 30 feet between groups.
- The district will encourage frequent and proper handwashing.
- The district will make available supplies such as soap and paper towels, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc., for all grade levels and in all common areas of the building.
- Handwashing with soap and water is always the first recommended line of defense, but where this is not feasible or readily accessible, the use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol may be used.
- Hands should be washed often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Hand hygiene is recommended to be performed upon arrival to and departure from school; after blowing one’s nose, coughing, or sneezing; following restroom use; before food preparation or before and after eating; before/after routine care for another person, such as a child; after contact with a person who is sick; upon return from the playground/physical education; and following glove removal (if used).
- Multiple hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the buildings.
- Drinking fountains will be closed. Students will be allowed to bring their own water bottles and refill them at school.
- Visitors will be restricted to administration authorized personnel by appointment only.
- Visitors must wear a face covering at all times in the building.
- Visitors will report to the main office where a health screening with temperature check is required before entering the building.
- Individuals who have a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit/38 degrees Celsius or greater or currently known symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, 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, may not enter buildings.
- Individuals who exhibit symptoms will be referred to their medical provider for evaluation, treatment, and information about when they can return to school.
- Staff and students will be asked to self-certify daily before arriving on campus.
- By attending school, all staff and students are certifying:
- They do not have a temperature of 100.4 F or greater.
- They are not taking fever-reducing medicines, such as those that contain aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen, in order to reduce his/her fever.
- They have not had close contact or cared for someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- They have not returned from travel outside the United States or on a cruise ship or riverboat within the past 14 days.
- They have not been directed to self-quarantine by a healthcare provider.
- They have not been directed to self-quarantine by the county or State Department of Public Health.
- They do not have any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (100.4 or greater) or chills
- Shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion/runny nose
**Student Daily Health Checklist. This form must be signed by the parent/guardian of every student before the first day of school. It only needs to be signed once, and only one signature per family is needed.
Protocols for COVID symptoms and for returning to work/school
General Classroom Guidance
- Teachers are recommended to provide assigned seating for students and require students to remain in these seats to the greatest extent possible.
- Carpet, furniture with soft surfaces, and non-essential items have been removed to allow for better sanitization and to maximize distancing.
- Sanitization schedules have been created for classrooms, restrooms, hallways, and frequently touched areas.
- Surfaces will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
- Daily deep cleaning will also take place.
- The number of passing periods will be reduced.
- The duration of passing periods will be increased.
- Classroom release will be staggered.
- Locker use will be minimized.
- Students will be allowed to carry bags throughout the day.
- PE classes will not dress out-locker rooms will not be used.
- Students should be prepared for light-moderate physical activity.
- School supplies will not be shared.
- Restroom breaks will be coordinated.
- Windows will remain open whenever possible.
- Students benefit the most from learning in-person. Therefore, we are committed to providing engaging, in-person learning to all students every day. Parents may opt-out of in-person learning with the understanding that this opt-out will last the entire semester.
- The traditional schedule will be modified to allow quality learning experiences for every student every day.
- Elementary Schedule
- High School Schedule
While Red Bud #132 greatly values in-person instruction and believes that is the best way forward for our learning community, we recognize that some families are uncomfortable with a daily return to school. In light of this, a remote option is provided. If the state or local Department of Public health determines that safety does not allow for the continuation of in-person instruction, Red Bud 132 will conduct remote learning for all students K-12.
Considerations have been given to the impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health of faculty, staff, students, and their families. As a result, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) supports will be provided for students and staff. The mental and emotional well-being of students and staff members will be monitored. Access to a school social worker is available and will be communicated to students. Each building has personnel to provide supports, as needed, to both staff and students. Staff will work with students on lessons that are age-appropriate with regards to social distancing, hand washing, face-coverings, and proper hygiene.
- Face coverings will be required at all times.
- Families who allow their child to ride the bus are self-certifying their child is symptom-free and meets the criteria to report to school before boarding a bus.
- No more than 50 individuals will be able to be on a bus at a given time.
- Bus drivers and monitors must self-certify that they are symptom-free and meet the criteria to report to work before boarding the bus.
- Social distancing will be enforced to the greatest extent possible.
- Buses will be swept, cleaned, and disinfected after every route.
- Sanitation will be performed following recommendations of the CDC, IDPH, and local health departments.
- More frequent cleaning and disinfection will be performed to reduce exposure.
- Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned daily, if possible, using EPA approved disinfectants.
- Complete disinfection of rooms will be performed as needed following suspected or actual COVID-19 contamination.
- Additional hand sanitizing stations will be available in locations throughout the schools.
- Signage will be used to promote social distancing and personal hygiene.