Minooka CCSD 201 Students and Families,
Last week the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education issued revised guidelines for schools to consider in their reopening plans. Foremost among the new changes were lowering the distancing recommendation to 3-6ft in most situations, lifting the 50 person limit on large spaces during school hours so long as distancing can be maintained (still 50 on buses), and eliminating the need for fully vaccinated individuals to need to quarantine if they come into close contact with a positive or symptomatic individual. They've also removed runny nose/congestion, stomach ache/abdominal pain and nausea from the list of symptoms that would require someone to quarantine. Things are moving in a positive direction.
At last night's Board of Education meeting we were pleased to present possible schedule changes to the Board of Education that would allow us to increase the amount of in-person instruction beyond the four-hour days and get us much closer to the length of the traditional school day. After much discussion, the Board came to a consensus to lengthen the in-person school day, including lunch service at school, beginning on April 12, 2021:
- MIS - 7:35 to 1:45
- MJHS - 7:40 - 1:50
- Elementary - 8:30 -2:50
- MPC - Maintain current schedule
Schools will receive building-specific information from your administration on the details of how this will be implemented and the changes to the daily routines that will occur. We will be running one final survey for families to indicate if they wish to be in-person or remote this week. Expect a follow-up communication with instructions later this afternoon that asks for everyone to make their selection by Friday, March 19th. We will also be making the next three Thursday afternoons (3/18, 3/25, 4/8) asynchronous to give staff more time to plan for the increased in-person instruction.
Like before, we encourage anyone that can transport your children to and from school to please do so to lower the number of students on our buses and help prevent further quarantine situations. Our schools have continued to make modifications to our car rider drop-off and pick-up to help lessen the amount of time for those parents to spend in line.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools and for your patience. We are thrilled to make this big step back towards a normal school day. Stay safe everyone!
Kristopher P. Monn, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Minooka CCSD 201
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