D105 COVID-19 Family Communication 6/22/2020 // D105 COVID-19 Comunicación familiar 22/06/2020
D105 COVID-19 Communication - 6/22/2020
As we continue to be encouraged by the Illinois data around COVID-19 (coronavirus), which is showing decreases in the numbers of infections in Illinois, it appears that all of Illinois is on track to move into Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan around 6/26/2020. Phase 4 includes the potential for reopening schools to in-person learning with approved safety guidance. Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan also notes that gathering sizes will be limited to 50 people and that social distancing (maintaining a physical distance of 6 feet between people) and face coverings will be the norm.
While we do not have any definitive decisions at this time about reopening in District 105, we wanted our district community to begin to envision and prepare for how these guidelines may look within our district and within their families, just as our district leadership team is continuing to do.
While we await further guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health, we continue to look at all potential scenarios for learning as we enter the 2020-2021 school year, as we have shared in previous communications. We will continue to strive to do what is best and safest for our entire community. The Phase 4 guidelines could require:
- That students, staff, and visitors who are medically able to do so wear face coverings/face masks throughout the school day
- That we reimagine our district facilities such as classrooms and shared spaces like the cafeterias and gymnasiums so that we could maintain the 6 feet of physical distance between all persons throughout the full school day. This may affect our ability to have all of our district students and staff together at the same time and may require us to adopt some different schedules for our communities where some students learn in a remote environment at home and others learn in-person within our buildings for partial days, alternating days, or alternating weeks. It may also affect our student bus transportation capacities and schedules.
- Daily temperature checks and symptom checks for COVID-19 for students, staff, and visitors before entering the buildings.
- More frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer.
We ask that you think about these possibilities and consider preparing children for them. We recommend practicing items like wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing while you are in public or with others throughout the summer, so these practices become routine. We also ask that you begin to think about how possible schedule changes may affect you as a family including your work schedules, transportation to/from school, and childcare.
Additionally, the CDC continues to identify the following people to be at higher risk for severe illness if they become infected with COVID-19:
- People 65 years and older
- People of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, including:
- People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma
- People who have serious heart conditions
- People who are immunocompromised (have a weakened immune system) o
- Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications
- People with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or higher)
- People with diabetes
- People with chronic kidney disease undergoing dialysis
- People with liver disease
If your student or any member of your household falls into this higher risk category, we ask that you contact your family’s health care provider for advice about the safety of students within your family returning to an in-person learning setting. We are also planning to meet the learning needs of students/families affected by these situations. We do not know yet if any written documentation from healthcare providers will be required in these situations but will keep you updated.
We also want to share a resource that Governor Pritzker recently announced: https://www2.illinois.gov/dceo/CommunityServices/HomeWeatherization/CommunityActionAgencies/Pages/HelpIllinoisFamilies.aspx
This resource can help eligible Illinoisans seeking emergency assistance to cover costs of utility bills, rent, temporary shelter, food, and other household necessities