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Return to Campus

As communicated earlier in the semester it is our plan to facilitate more in-person learning experiences as we head to the end of the 1st quarter.  When we brought students on campus for in-person orientation in August we learned more about how to facilitate learning in this environment.  We have spent the weeks since adjusting our in-person plan to account for those challenges, and in the spirit of serving the greater good, we are putting forth a plan that creates the safest environment for our students, families, and employees.

 

Schedule

Students will follow the same bell schedule every day school is in session, whether in-person or remote.

Bell Schedule for Parents and Students 2020 21

 

Morning Routine

  • Doors will open at 7:00 a.m.  Students arriving early will be directed to designated waiting areas to allow for social distancing.
  • All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask/face covering while in the school building. We cannot admit anyone into the building without a mask/face covering. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating during lunch and during socially distant mask breaks as provided.
  • Temperature checks will be performed on all students, faculty and staff each morning. If any student, faculty or staff member exhibits a fever (100.4 or above), they will be unable to enter the building.
  • Please allow additional time in the morning for temperature checks and building entry.
  • There will be two designated entrances/exits for students to enter each morning and exit to leave the building at the conclusion of their school day.  Door #9 and Door #53 (And Door #43 starting November 9th) will be used for student entrance and exit.
  • All students, faculty and staff who enter the building will be required to complete the self certification questionnaire each morning and show results upon entering the building.

Parking/Drop-off & Pick-up

Transportation

  • Maine Township HSD207 was informed on Aug. 4 that PACE will NOT be running specific school routes indefinitely.  This means there are limited routes for students that will pass by or close to our schools.  Those routes are posted on the District 207 website at: https://maine207.org/transportation/.  All individuals on a bus must wear a face covering, no more than 15 individuals will be on a bus at one time, and social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.

 

Safety Protocols when Attending Campus In-Person

General:

  • All individuals are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times while in any school building except those deemed medically exempt by a doctor and authorized by the school administration.  Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if social distance is maintained.
  • All individuals are required to remain socially distant (6 feet apart) at all times when possible.
  • In order to allow cleaning and sanitizing, Restroom usage will only be allowed during class periods.  This will also help to prevent overcrowding and maintain social distancing in the Restrooms.
  • Signage throughout the buildings will remind everyone of physical distancing and face covering usage at entryways, hallways, classrooms, restrooms, and common areas.
  • High-touch areas will be cleaned routinely throughout the day.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all learning spaces and areas where food is served and eaten.
  • Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
  • Sharing materials will be discouraged.  Classes requiring shared materials and equipment will have protocols for disinfecting such between each use.
  • Staff and students will follow a self-screening protocol each day.
  • Students will not be allowed to leave the building and re-enter.  Once they enter the building they must remain until their classes are completed.

Classrooms:

  • Classrooms will be clearly marked to show where to sit, stand, or line up for six-feet spacing, if possible.
  • Students will have assigned seating and be required to remain in these seats to the greatest extent possible.
  • The maximum number of students permitted in a classroom will align with ISBE/IDPH social distancing guidelines.
  • Students and staff must sanitize hands whenever anyone enters the classroom.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned after each change of class.
  • School ventilation systems will be maximized, i.e. open windows, doors, etc when appropriate.

Lunch:

  • Students will eat lunch in designated areas that will allow for social distancing and maintaining safety protocols.
  • At this time cafeteria services are extremely limited and students are encouraged to bring lunch from home if they will be staying in the building through their lunch period or a free lunch can be provided to all students.  Families DO NOT have to qualify for the program.
  • Social distancing will be maintained when possible.  In large areas, seating will be staggered to avoid face-to-face interaction.  
  • Students will be required to remain in seats to the greatest extent possible.  
  • Students will be required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth while not eating.

Illness Procedures

Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home. Families and staff should report possible cases to the school nurse to initiate contact tracing. CDC and IDPH guidelines for students who were suspected of having COVID-19, whether they were tested or not, state that 24 hours must elapse from the resolution of fever without fever-reducing medication, and at least 10 calendar days must pass after symptoms first appeared. It is recommended that medically fragile and immunocompromised students consult their medical provider prior to attending school. Staff returning from illness related to COVID-19 must call to check with the Human Resources Department following quarantine. Any individual within the school environment who shows symptoms will be immediately separated from the school population. Individuals who are sick will be sent home.   If a student is identified as having had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, the student will be notified and must begin full home learning for a period of 14 calendar days.

 

Confirmed COVID-19 Case Procedures

Maine Township HSD207 will follow public health guidelines when addressing suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 detailed here. 

Should cases become wide-spread, D207 will confer with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine if the school building experiencing the outbreak must close completely.