Minooka CCSD 201 Students and Families,
All along this COVID-19 journey, we have reiterated the goal of getting our students back into the classrooms as much as possible. Our hybrid plan has allowed us to begin in-person instruction safely while more data was obtained and our region could finally begin a vaccination program to help move us towards herd immunity in the future.
Now that education staff have been moved up into Phase 1B of the vaccination program, we have an opportunity to make some adjustments to our plan to increase the amount of in-person learning we can deliver in our buildings. At this month's Board of Education meeting, the Board directed the administration to implement a return to 5 days per week of in-person instruction that maintains the current four hour schedule no later than March 1, 2021. If the conditions are right to make this move prior to March 1st we will consider doing so. We continue to have the long-term goal of getting back to full school days before the end of the school year, but this first step will more than double the amount of in-person time we are able to offer our families.
Over the next few weeks, we will begin returning some furniture into our classrooms to prepare for the increased number of students. One of the major changes to this direction is that we know we will not be able to maintain 6ft distancing between students in many of our classrooms. Facemasks will remain mandatory for the entire time students and staff are in our buildings and buses, and new air purification equipment will be installed and deployed throughout our buildings to further reduce the chance of spread in our buildings.
We will also be adjusting our bus routes when we implement this change to account for the increased number of students and the lack of bus drivers our region is experiencing during this pandemic. Increased students on our buses will make it very difficult to socially distance while on the bus, so we again ask that all families that have the capability of providing their own transportation to and from school do so to help us limit the numbers and potential quarantines from close contact on our buses.
To allow for our schools and transportation department to plan appropriately for this next phase of our Return to School Plan, we are asking that all families again log in to PowerSchool and choose between in-person learning as described above or remaining in a full remote instruction. Please make your selection no later than Wednesday, February 3rd. Follow up communication will provide instructions on how to make this selection.
We will get through this together everyone. Stay safe, and stay strong.
Kristopher P. Monn, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Minooka CCSD 201
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