July 2020 School Board Meeting Minutes

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MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SCHEDULED MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION CARBONDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 165, CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS HELD JULY 16, 2020

The regular scheduled meeting of the Board of Education of School District 165 was held in the Cafeteria of Carbondale Community High School, 1301 East Walnut Street, Carbondale, Illinois, on Thursday, July 16, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  

Upon roll call, the following members were present:

Linda Flowers                         Francis Tsung
Lana Galan                             Julie VanWinkle
Joe Hudgins                            Brian Woodard
Christopher Swims (Remotely)

The following member was absent:   Lana Galan

Also present were:

Stephen Murphy                     Ryan Thomas
Donna Fager  

President Woodard declared a quorum present and the regular scheduled meeting of July 16, 2020, was called to order.

Approval of Minutes: Motion by Tsung, seconded by Flowers, to approve the minutes of the regular scheduled meeting of June 18, 2020 and the special meeting of June 25, 2020.  Roll call: Flowers, Hudgins, Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle and Woodard voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

Old Business—None

Public Comments: Mr. Murphy received an email from Lori Martin asking general questions regarding going back to school in August.  He telephoned her back and answered her questions.

FOIA Requests: The Board received a listing of the 2019-20 FOIA requests in their meeting packet for their review.

Payment of Bills: Motion by Flowers, seconded by Hudgins, to pay the remaining bills for the month of June 2020; and, those available for payment for the month of July 2020. Roll call:  Hudgins, Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard and Flowers voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

Superintendent’s Report: Mr. Murphy reported on the following:
∙Return to school planning (Attachment #1)
∙Science lab update
∙IHSA update

Principal’s Report: Mr. Thomas reported on the following:
∙July and August schedule for faculty
∙Online Registration
∙Freshman Orientation

2020-21 Revisions to Student- Parent-Teacher Handbook and Student-Athlete Handbook: Mr. Murphy reviewed the proposed changes to the Student-Parent-Teacher Handbook for the Board. He said the following list reflects routine and major changes for the 2020-21 school year. The Student-Parent-Faculty Handbooks are available electronically on TerrierNet and printed copies are available upon request. There were no major changes to the Student-Athlete Handbook.

Student-Parent-Teacher Handbook Revisions:

Routine Changes:
1) Update school information and demographics (when information is available)
2) Calendar changes, phone numbers, etc. (when information is available)
3) Edited faculty list and all other areas as needed
4) Updated regular school lunch fees
5) Cleaned up wording throughout the handbook

Major Changes: Additions are Highlighted

1. RETURN TO SCHOOL PLAN REFERENCE (Pg. 1) The CCHS Student Handbook does not address district policies specifically related to the COVID-19 epidemic. Please reference the Return to School Plan on the district website for additional policies and procedures implemented in response to COVID-19.  

2.  SECTION VII-STUDENT HEALTH ISSUES AND POLICY (Pg. 61-64) P.61 - Students who do not meet the immunization, health examination requirements on the school registration date or complete any unfinished immunizations by October 15th of each school year shall be suspended from school by the Superintendent in accordance with State Law and District administrative procedures. Transfer students shall have 30 days following registration to comply with the health examination and immunization requirements.

Exemptions to the immunization and/or health examination requirements shall be granted only for medical, religious, or other reasons specified in Illinois Department of Public Health regulations.

Student Dental Examinations
All students entering the ninth (9th) grade are to submit a Proof of School Dental Examination Form as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Failure to submit a completed dental examination form by May 15th of each school year may result in the student’s report card being held, unless evidence is submitted that a dental exam will be completed within 60 days of that date. The Illinois Department of Public Health will establish a waiver for children who show an undue burden due to lack of access to a dentist.

P. 62 - A student may possess diabetes care supplies, an epinephrine auto-injector (EpiPen®), and/or medication prescribed for asthma for immediate use at the student’s discretion, provided a School Medication Authorization Form and an Emergency Action Plan have been completed and signed by the student’s parent/guardian AND licensed healthcare provider. The School District shall incur no liability, except for willful and wanton misconduct, as a result of any injury arising for a student’s self- administration of medication or epinephrine auto-injector or the storage of any medication by school personnel. A student’s parent/guardian must indemnify and hold harmless the School District and its employees and agents, against any claims, except a claim based on willful and wanton misconduct, arising out of a student’s self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector and/or medication, or the storage of any medication by school personnel.

Prescription Medications
Medication that is brought to the office will be properly secured. Medication may be brought to school directly by the parent/guardian or transported by transportation personnel (bus driver and/or bus aide) at parental request. This should be arranged in advance. One (1) week supply of medication is recommended. Medication MAY NOT be sent to school in the student's lunch box, pocket, or other means on or about his/her person. Exceptions include medications for diabetes care, asthma, and allergies as outlined above, and other prescriptions as approved by the principal on a case-by-case basis. Any unused medication unclaimed by the parent/guardian will be destroyed by school personnel when a prescription is no longer to be administered or at the end of a school year.   

3. Graduation Requirements (new)

12. Parents must submit proof of completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or sign a waiver indicating they were made aware of the FAFSA and decline to complete it.

4. Attendance Incentive – Fall and Spring (p. 20) (REMOVE)

As an incentive for good attendance, any student who meets all of the following criteria shall have a bonus added to their final examination grade. The bonus will be equal to 5 points (based on a 100-point scale) added to the final exam score. The criteria are:

1.  The student has no unexcused absences.

2.  The student has 4 or fewer non-school related absences during the semester in the class.

3. The student has 3 or fewer tardies during the semester in that class.

Motion by Tsung, seconded by VanWinkle, to approve the 2020-21 revisions to the Student-Parent-Teacher Handbook and the Student-Athlete Handbook as presented.  Roll call:  Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers and Hudgins voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

Bids/Quote—None

Resolution Affirming CCHS Dist. #165 Board of Education’s Commitment to Eliminate Racial Injustice: Mr. Murphy presented the following Resolution Affirming CCHS District #165 Board of Education’s Commitment to Eliminate Racial Injustice and asked for the Board’s comments regarding the resolution:

RESOLULTION AFFIRMING CARBONDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT #165 BOARD OF EDUCATION’S COMMITMENT TO ELIMINATE RACIAL INJUSTICE 

            WHEREAS, the Carbondale Community High School (CCHS) Board of Education is committed to ensuring our school provides a safe and welcoming space where all students are able to focus on their education, secure in the knowledge that their safety and emotional well-being will be supported, regardless of race;

            WHEREAS, the CCHS Board of Education recognizes that in our society, historical and ongoing systems of inequitable and inadequate resource allocation, punitive disciplinary practices, lack of access to and supports for teachers of color, unequal access to educational opportunities and supports, implicit bias, and segregation can perpetuate inequity in the outcomes of students of different races; 

            WHEREAS, the recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Aubrey and other black men and women, along with the backdrop of COVID-19 and its disproportionate impact on communities of color, provide an urgent reminder and rationale for CCHS to recommit to racial equity and justice; and; 

            WHEREAS, the CCHS Board of Education appreciates the necessary and important work our faculty and staff are doing to advance racial equity and justice, but is keenly aware that we can, with intentionality, do more.    THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Carbondale Community High School Board of Education:

            1) Supports our courageous teachers, staff, students, and graduates who have been organizing and participating in peaceful demonstrations for substantive and lasting change.

            2) Reaffirms its focus on developing and promoting policies that uplift, honor and promote equity of opportunity for all students, and identifying and dismantling any polices that, implicitly or explicitly, perpetuate institutional racism.

            3) Recognizes our position of authority, will continuously check and question our biases, beliefs, and actions, and asks to be held accountable so that a transformation towards racial justice becomes permanent and normalized, and does not fade when this tragic and painful moment passes.

            4) Will commit to the following actions during the 2020-21 school year:

                        a. Creation of an African American Student Affairs Council.

                        b. Providing additional training to faculty and staff on de-escalation, racial sensitivity and implicit bias.  
                       c. Conducting a comprehensive review of student discipline policies and practices with a racial equity lens.

                        d. Conducting a comprehensive review of curriculum and placement practices with a racial equity lens.

Member Tsung said he was for the resolution; however, he thought it was clumsily worded and overly generalized.  He said what we are doing is reasonable, but superficial.  He said the issue needs to be addressed community wide.

Member Hudgins said he thought it was an important resolution; however, he was concerned with the over generalization of it and he said that some of it does not pertain to the CCHS.  He said he was a product of both CES and CCHS, and that his experience was not reflective of the resolution.  He said he felt when going to school it was a “melting pot” of students and that everyone was treated the same. He said he was also concerned with forming an African American Student Affairs Council because he thought it would fracture the student body.  He said there was already a Student Advisory Board and Student Council established and that the students should have a unified voice.

Member Flowers said she had been an administrator at CES and was not a product of CES or CCHS, but that her children were; and, they had a very different experience going to school than Member Hudgins did. She said she has had many African American students come to her with the same experiences as her children.  She said the children from the northeast side of Carbondale have a very different experience growing up than the children on the southwest side of Carbondale. She said yes, children are friends while they are in elementary school; however, they drift apart in high school.  She said many minority students feel they are not welcome in participating in some of the activities at CCHS.  She said look at the number of minority students involved in AP Classes, Band, Speech, Golf.  She said the numbers reflect this disparity.  She said that she agrees with the spirit of the resolution; however, she wants to see more action, goals and tangible outcomes.

Member Swims said he agreed with everything Member Flowers said.

Mr. Thomas said that this past school year they created a Social Studies AP Cohort Program based off the Equal Opportunity Schools Program.  He said the program works with students beginning in their freshman year who would not normally be in an AP class and provides them the support and guidance to go into AP classes the next year.  He said the program was very favorably received by the students involved and that they plan on continuing the program.

Member Tsung said he also agreed with Member Flowers.

Dr. Woodard said the resolution was a starting point for change.

Motion by Flowers, seconded by VanWinkle, to approve the Resolution Affirming Carbondale Community High School District #165 Board of Education’s Commitment to Eliminate Racial Injustice as presented.  Roll call: Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers, Hudgins and Swims voted yes. Nay, none.  Motion carried.

2020-21 Approval of Vendors: Motion by Flowers, seconded by Tsung, to approve the 2020-21 vendors that generate revenue more than $1,000.00 as presented:  Pepsi MidAmerica. Roll call: VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers, Hudgins, Swims and Tsung voted yes.  Nay, none.  Motion carried.

2020-21 School Calendar: Motion by Flowers, seconded by Tsung, to approve the 2020-21 School Calendar as presented:

Monday, August 10, 2020: Remote Planning Day
Tuesday, August 11, 2020: Remote Planning Day
Wednesday, August 12, 2020: Remote Planning Day
Thursday, August 13, 2020: Remote Planning Day
Friday, August 14, 2020: Regional Office of Education Institute
Monday, August 17, 2020: Students’ First Day (depending on group)
Monday, September 7, 2020: Labor Day; No School
Friday, September 18, 2020: Half-Day School Improve.; Articulation
Friday, October 9, 2020: Remote Planning Day
Monday, October 12, 2020: Columbus Day; No School
Friday, October 30, 2020: Half-Day School Improvement
Tuesday, November 3, 2020: Election Day; No School
Wednesday, November 11, 2020: Veterans Day; No School
Monday, November 23, 2020: No School (Offices Open)
Tuesday, November 24, 2020: No School (Offices Open)
Wednesday, November 25, 2020: No School (Offices Closed)
Thursday, November 26, 2020: Thanksgiving Day; No School
Friday, November 27, 2020: No School (Offices Closed)
Friday, December 18, 2020: Teacher Institute; End of First Semester
December 21-January 1, 2021: Holiday Break; No School
Monday, January 4, 2021: School Resumes; Half-Day School Improvement; Data Review
Monday, January 18, 2021: Martin Luther King Birthday; No School
Friday, February 12, 2021: Half-Day In-Service; Topics TBD
Monday, February 15, 2021: Presidents Day; No School
Friday, March 5, 2021: Half-Day In-Service; Topics TBD
March 8-12, 2021: Spring Break; No School
Friday, April 2, 2021: Friday before Easter; No School
Monday, April 5, 2021: Monday after Easter; No School
Friday, April 16, 2021: Half-Day School Improve.; Articulation
May 24-28, 2021: Five Emergency Days
Monday, May 31, 2021: Memorial Day; No School
Tuesday, June 1, 2021: Last Day of School/Teacher Institute

There was Board discussion before the vote was taken. The Board agreed to amend the motion by removing the following dates:

Friday, September 18, 2020: Half-Day School Improvement; Articulation
Friday, October 30, 2020: Half-Day School Improvement

Motion by Flowers, seconded by Tsung, to amend the motion to approve the 2020-21 school calendar as presented by removing: Friday, September 18, 2020: Half-Day School Improvement-Articulation; and, Friday, October 30, 2020: Half-Day School Improvement.  Roll call: Woodard, Flowers, Hudgins, Swims, Tsung and VanWinkle voted yes. Nay, none.  Motion carried.

Semi-Annual Review of Executive Session Minutes: Motion by Tsung, seconded by VanWinkle, to approve the semi-annual review of the unopened executive session minutes; to make public the following executive session minutes: None; and, to destroy the verbatim record (audiotape) executive session minutes that are 18 months old or older: None. Roll call: Flowers, Hudgins, Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle and Woodard voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

Annual Review of County Facilities Sales Tax Resolution: The Board received an update in their meeting packet on the County Facilities Sales Tax for their review.

IASB PRESS Issue 104 Board Policy Manual Updates—First Reading: The Board received the IASB PRESS Issue 104 Board Policy Manual Updates for first reading. Final adoption of the IASB PRESS Issue 104 Board Policy Updates will occur at the August 20, 2020 Board of Education Meeting.

Elementary and Secondary School School Emergency Relief Grant Budget Breakdown: The Board received the current budget breakdown for the district’s Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Grant in their meeting packet for their review.

Resignations/Retirements: Motion by Hudgins, seconded by Tsung, to accept the following resignations/retirements as presented:

a. Resignation of Timothy “Nick” Pradel (Hall Monitor) effective July 2, 2020.

Roll call:  Hudgins, Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard and Flowers voted yes. Member Swims abstained. Nay, none.  Motion carried.

2020-21 Extra-Duty/Extended-Time Personnel: Motion by Swims, seconded by VanWinkle, to employ the following 2020-21personnel as presented:        

Assessments Coordinator:  Terri Goodin ($2,388.00)
Extra-Curricular Events Director:  Brandi Jones ($1,902.00), Dallas Terry ($1,000.00)

Roll call:  Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers and Hudgins voted yes. Nay, none.  Motion carried.

Employment of 2020-21 Rebound Grant Personnel: Motion by Tsung, seconded by Hudgins, to employ the following Rebound grant personnel as presented, contingent upon adequate grant funding and timely receipt of those funds.  The hours will be reduced during the summer or until adequate student enrollment is achieved.  Dates of Employment will be August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021.  Personnel as presented:

Ivory Rush-Aldridge: Math/Science Facilitator--17.5 Hours per week at $16.97 per hour
Katie Babcock: Parent Educator--37.5 Hours per week at $18.19 per hour
Lisa Britt: English Facilitator--35 Hours per week at $20.61 per hour
Stephanie Brown: Family Educator--37.5 Hours per week at $22.20 per hour
TBA: Parent Educator --37.5 Hours per week at $16.00 per hour
Denise Diliberto: Social Studies Facilitator--35 Hours per week at $16.97 per hour
Matt Duckworth: Guidance Facilitator--37.5 Hours per week at $20.61 per hour
Mark Hutchings: GED Program Facilitator--35 Hours per week at $24.28 per hour
TBA: Reading/Health/Consumer Education Facilitator--35 Hours per week at $16.00 per hour
Sean McGahan: ADA/Transition Facilitator--35 Hours per week at $17.44 per hour
Sandra Snowden: Rebound Program Coordinator--40 Hours per week at $31.86 per hour

Roll call: Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers, Hudgins and Swims voted yes. Nay, none. Motion carried.

2020-21 Volunteers—None

Minimum Wage Increase: Motion by Swims, seconded by VanWinkle, to approve the 6% pay increase for hall monitors and teacher aides; and, wage increases for the educational support staff  listed below who are currently earning less than $15.00 per hour, for the 2020-21 school year as presented:

Paraprofessionals                   2020-21 Hourly Rate of Pay
DeAnne Miller                                   $11.47

Teacher Aides
Denise Dyer                                        $13.25
Jeleania Fields                                    $13.25
Jessica Sergeev                                   $13.25
Heather Taylor                                    $13.25
Katherine Vieceli                                $13.25
Jo Carol Deniston                               $13.55
Paul Decker                                        $14.21

Hall Monitors
Trebor Mann                                       $13.25
Kevin Stamp                                       $13.61
Andrew Smith                                    $13.93
Carlton Smith                                     $13.93
DeAndre Smith                                   $13.93
Unree Westley                                    $13.93

Educational Support Staff
Rachel Peters                                      $13.00
Brittany DeVantier                             $13.50
Vonda Hill                                          $14.00
Sheila Segelken                                  $14.00

Roll call: VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers and Tsung voted yes.  Member Hudgins voted no. Motion carried.

August Board of Education Meeting: The August Board of Education meeting will be Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                            Attachment #1

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July 17, 2020

CCHS District 165 Students, Parents, and Community Members,

The purpose of this letter is to provide families with a snapshot of our plans at CCHS to start the school year. While there are still many details to be finalized, I wanted to give everyone an idea of where we are in the planning process. The following pages contain a conceptual framework of what school will look like in August. Highlights of the framework and important dates include:

  1. Registration for school will begin on July 27, 2020. Students/families will be able to start the year remotely if so desired.
  2. We have purchased enough Chromebooks so that all students will have a device, and we will work with families on solutions for internet connectivity.
  3. In order to observe proper social distancing, we will split the student body into two groups (A and B). Each group will attend school two days per week, with every Wednesday designated as a Remote Learning Day for all.
  4. The first day of school will be August 17, 2020, although all students will not attend on this day.
  5. In-person days will dismiss at 12:45pm, and students will receive a “grab-and go” lunch.
  6. Students, employees, and visitors will be required to wear a face mask at all times while on campus.
  7. Daily health screenings and certifications will be required from everyone prior to entering campus facilities.
  8. Remote Learning will look very different than it did in the Spring. Weekly assignments will be posted online. Grades will be given for assignments and attendance will be taken.

Please review the attached framework. Again, we are still finalizing many of the details, but I wanted to be transparent with everyone on where we are in the planning process. I will continue to provide updates as the situation with COVID-19 evolves.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at steve.murphy@cchs165.com or call at 618-457-4722 ext 27. You should also feel free to contact Principal Ryan Thomas at ryan.thomas@cchs165.com or 618-457-3371 ext 225.

Sincerely,

Stephen MurphySuperintendent

 

CCHS District 165 Remote/Blended Learning Conceptual Framework

On May 5, 2020 Governor JB Pritzker announced the Restore Illinois plan, which explained a public health approach to safely reopen the state of Illinois. On June 23, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its guidance titled Starting the 2020-21 School Year. In-person instruction is strongly encouraged during Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. During Phase 4, the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines will require:

  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings;
  • 50 or fewer individuals gathering in one space
  • Social distancing observed as much as possible
  • Schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks, or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering schools
  • An increase in school-wide cleaning and disinfection

With guidance from ISBE, IDPH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governor’s Office, Carbondale Community High School District 165 began developing its Remote and Blended Learning Plan to address the Phase 4 guidelines. The plan is a result of collaborative committee effort consisting of administrators, department chairs, teachers, support personnel and union leadership, and has been reviewed by the CCHS Board of Education. The goal of the plan is to provide the highest quality of academic instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, while prioritizing the safety and wellness of our students and employees. The plan has been divided into three areas: Instruction and Learning, Safety and Wellness, and Operations.

Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve. CCHS is prepared to evolve our procedures and instructional methodologies accordingly to meet the needs of our students. We will be ready to provide high quality education and supports to our students under any circumstance or mandate.

 

Instruction and Learning

  1. Students will be split alphabetically into two groups: A and B. The split will allow for adequate social distancing on campus. The A-Group (currently last name beginning A-Lin) will attend on Mondays and Thursdays. The B-Group (last name Lip-Z) will attend on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students.
  2. The daily schedule will be as follows:

    EB       7:30am   - 8:10am

    1st         8:25am   - 9:05am

    2nd       9:09am   - 9:49am

    3rd        9:53am   - 10:33am

    4th        10:37am - 11:17am

    5th        11:21am - 12:01pm

    6th        12:05pm - 12:45pm   

                Attendance and remote learning check-in and planning will occur from 1:15pm - 3:00pm.

                Breakfast and lunch will be on a “grab and go” basis to be consumed at home.

  3. Students/families may opt to do complete Remote Learning at registration.
  4. Special Education students may receive modified in-person schedules to receive services per their individual need and program.
  5. Daily attendance will be taken for all students. Faculty and staff are developing the daily expectation for students on their remote learning days.
  6. Grading will be traditional grading. Students will be accountable for completing all assignments, whether remotely or in-person.
  7. Student supports (Counseling, Social Work, Speech) will be provided.
  8. Chromebooks will be distributed to all students who need them. District staff will work on options for families who do not have reliable connectivity.
  9. Terrier Care will be open. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments on remote days and enter through the external Terrier Care doors.

       

Safety and Wellness

  1. All staff and students will be required to wear face masks while inside the school and on buses.
  2. Visitors to the school will be extremely limited. All visitors will wear face masks while inside the school.
  3. CCHS students and staff are to maintain social distancing (6 feet separation) throughout the school day to the extent possible. Classrooms will be organized to space students apart to the greatest extent possible while retaining educational function. Students will be required to move expeditiously in the hallways during passing periods.
  4. Lockers will not be used.
  5. Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing is key to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees and students are encouraged to wash hands as often as practicable with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing stations will be installed in all classrooms and offices, and in multiple locations throughout the building.
  6. Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Emphasis will be placed on high touch surfaces and common areas. Restrooms and common areas will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  7. Students will be limited to groups of 50 in any one area including buses. Hallway traffic patterns will be adjusted to limit clustering of students.
  8. Students will be encouraged to bring water bottles to school. Fountains will not be operational.
  9. Employees and students will receive safety training related to social distancing, face coverings, personal hygiene procedures, and symptoms of COVID-19.
  10. All students and employees will be required to have a health screening or self-certification of health upon entering campus. Students and employees must stay home when not feeling well. By entering the school building, students and employees are certifying that they meet the following criteria:
    • They do not have a temperature over 100.4F.
    • They are not taking fever-reducing medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen.
    • They have not had close contact or cared for someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
    • They have not been self-directed to quarantine by a health care provider, or by the County or State Department of Public Health.
    • They do NOT have any of the following symptoms:
      • Chills, Cough, Fatigue, Headache, Sore Throat
      • Shortness of Breath/difficulty breathing
      • Muscle or body aches
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  11. A quarantine area will be established on campus. Students who become symptomatic of COVID-19 while at school will be immediately directed to return home.

Operations

  1. To the greatest extent possible, visitors will be restricted from entering the building. Face coverings are required to enter campus and must be worn at all times. All visitors must undergo a health screening prior to entering the building at the Walnut Street Entrance. 
  2. Facility Use Requests from outside groups must be approved by the Superintendent. All requests that were approved prior to August 2020 are null and void.
  3. Meals will be provided for students both on and off campus.
  4. Transportation: West Bus is developing safety protocols to keep our staff and students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    1. Students must wear face masks at all times when on the bus
    2. Eating and drinking is prohibited on the bus.
    3. Students will be required to provide self-certification of health before boarding the bus, and will have their temperature checked before boarding the bus.
    4. Drivers must wear approved face coverings and perform regular hand hygiene.
    5. Divers are subject to health screenings as provided by West Bus.
  5. All custodian and maintenance staff will follow the established cleaning procedures for building cleaning and disinfection as recommended by the IDPH and will be trained on the Return to School guidelines, where applicable. These procedures will include extra sanitation efforts using certified EPA products in both low/high contact areas including: desktops, countertops, door handles, handrails, light switches and restroom fixtures.

Building custodians will conduct daily cleaning and disinfection. An EPA approved cleaner will be used for disinfection along with our standard cleaning protocols. All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis. Common areas will be cleaned throughout the day. Soft surfaces such as carpet and rugs will be disinfected daily. Extra sanitation efforts will occur during in-class learning which will address common areas. At least twice per week, a detailed sanitation will occur throughout the facility with extensive deep cleaning of restrooms and other common areas.

MINUTES APPROVED: AUGUST 20, 2020

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Link to audio recording of Board Meeting:

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MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION CARBONDALE COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 165, CARBONDALE, ILLINOIS HELD JULY 30, 2020

The special meeting of the Board of Education of School District 165 was held in the Cafeteria of Carbondale Community High School, 1301 East Walnut Street, Carbondale, Illinois, on Thursday, July 30, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.  

Upon roll call, the following members were present:
Linda Flowers                         Francis Tsung
Lana Galan (Remotely)          Julie VanWinkle
Joe Hudgins                            Brian Woodard
Christopher Swims (Remotely)

Also present were:                 

Stephen Murphy                     Rasheeda Love (Remotely)
Donna Fager                           Jenna Jamieson (Remotely)
Ryan Thomas                          Meredith Jones (Remotely)
Justin Merriman (Remotely).

President Woodard declared a quorum present and the special meeting of July 30, 2020, was called to order.

Old Business—District Transportation Service Contract One-Year Extension—Tabled:  A motion was made by Flowers and seconded by Hudgins to approve the one-year district transportation service contract extension rates (12% increase) with West Bus Service for the 2020-21 school year.  Prior to the vote being taken there was Board discussion regarding the proposed cost and the need for transportation services during the COVID-19 epidemic. The contract extension presented to the Board was the same contract as last year when all the busses were running, and no one was under COVID-19 restrictions with a 12% increase. Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board that the proposed contract extension was extremely expensive with little flexibility; and, that as a Board it would be fiscally irresponsible to approve it as presented.  The Board agreed to table the motion and requested Mr. Murphy to contact the bus company and request contract extension rates for the first quarter of the 2020-21 school year with more compromise and flexibility for the district.  They also directed him to reach out to other bus companies with the possibility of bidding the district’s transportation services.

Public Comments: Mr. Murphy received the following email public comment from Colleen Kuczynski:

As a parent of a student at Carbondale High School, I would like to weigh in on the vote Thursday, July 30, 2020.  I would like to see the school year start as all on-line or remote learning. My opinion is that the risk of even using the hybrid of online and in-person classes is too great of a health risk for the teachers, staff, students and families of the students, along with the community.  If anyone has any questions I can be reached at 618/967-3178.  Colleen Kuczynski

IHSA Proposed Return to School Activities: The Board received the Illinois High School Association’s Return to Activities 1.0 that was approved by the IHSA Board on July 29, 2020 (Attachment #1) for their review. 

Mr. Murphy said the IHSA is proposing moving football, boys soccer, and volleyball to the Spring, and altering the schedules for other sports based on the Governor’s rules. He said it appears that the IHSA is requesting that the Illinois Department of Public Health allow golf, tennis, and cross country to participate in limited seasons in the fall; however, the IDPH has not approved the plan yet.

Return to School Plan Mr. Murphy reviewed the parent letter and return to school plan (Attachment #2) for the Board. 

He said basically, the schedule is similar to our Hybrid/Blended model, except students will be expected to "Log On" for their classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Work will be assigned for Wednesday and students will be required to check in, but not attend all classes. Students could schedule meetings with Counselors, Case Workers, Speech, Social Work, etc. on Wednesday. 

He said starting off, the schedule still goes from 8:20-12:45 and classes are 40 minutes in length. This is for two reasons: to limit screen time, and also to give teachers a chance to work on remote learning and have office hours in the afternoon. Students will have additional requirements outside of the 40 minutes (watching lectures, writing papers, contributing to discussion wikis) that require them to be on screens. Teachers, in turn, will have responsibilities outside of the 40 minutes that they will need to address (posting lecture videos, monitoring discussion wikis, etc.) 

Member Hudgins said he felt he was in a very difficult position trying to balance being an elected official as a Board member and being a parent, while having to make a judgment call on opening school or having remote learning.  He said he recommends opening school as normal with teachers in the classroom. He presented Center for Disease Control graphs for the Board to review that showed the number of people who have been ill or died from COVID-19 since July 25, 2020.  He said the graphs show that 202 people between the ages of 15-24 died during the time period February 1, 2020-July 25, 20202 in the entire country.  He said 15,000 people in the age group 15-24 die from the flu or pneumonia every year and we do not close school for that.

Member VanWinkle said as an educator and parent she didn’t disagree with Member Hudgins; however, she felt starting the school year remotely would be a smoother transition for students and teachers.

Vice President Flowers said she didn’t disagree with Member Hudgins; however, she said was for remote learning because it was best for the students, school and staff to be safe.  She said that out of an abundance of caution, it would be better to be safe than sorry. She said some students may fall behind because of remote learning, but they will be alive and can catch up.

Member Tsung said he agreed with Member Hudgins; however, he said the district has not been given any definitive guidance and has been left to balance the right thing to do and the logistical nightmare it creates.  He said it is important for students to have structure, routine and interaction.  He asked why the September 25th date was chosen as the date to review opening school. He said the district should be evaluating reopening on an ongoing basis. Mr. Murphy said the date was chosen to give parents an idea of how the school year would be starting.  He suggested changing the date to September 11, 2020 instead.

Member Hudgins said he agreed with Member Tsung, and that the district needed to be as flexible as possible in reopening. 

Member Tsung said the district needs to develop criteria for coming back and what trigger points we need to meet in order to return.

Member VanWinkle said she like knowing the reassessment date for planning purposes.

Member Swims said he was okay with remote learning and the reassessment date.

Member Galan said she agreed with Member Hudgins that the district needed to be flexible in reopening.  She said the date is important because it lets people know what we are looking at. She said agreed with Member Tsung that it is important for students to have a routine, social interaction and not be at home all the time. 

President Woodard said it would be a smoother transition for students and faculty if the district did a remote start to the school year. He said he would be fine with whatever reassessment date was chosen.

Following Board discussion, it was decided to amend the reassessment date to September 11, 2020.

Mr. Murphy asked the Board’s opinion on whether the district should allow remote extra-curricular activities and clubs, such as Chess Club, Golf, etc.  Member VanWinkle said she would encourage the district to offer as many activities as possible to give the students something to look forward to.  Member Tsung said he thought that was reasonable.

COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan Approval Resolution:  Mr. Murphy presented the following COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan Approval Resolution to the Board for their approval:

COVID-19 RE-OPENING PLAN APPROVAL RESOLUTION

                        BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of Carbondale Community High School District #165, Jackson County, Illinois, as follows with respect to the opening and operation of the District’s offices, facilities, programs and schools for the 2020-21 school year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic:

            1.         The plan for the opening and operation of the District’s offices, facilities, programs and schools for the 2020-21 school year, substantially in the form presented by the Superintendent and entitled “CCHS Return to School Plan” and dated July 31, 2020, is hereby approved with the amended reassessment date of September 11, 2020.

            2.         The Superintendent and the Superintendent’s designees are hereby authorized and directed to implement and enforce the Plan and are further authorized to require students, staff, parents, visitors and other participants in the District’s programs to comply with the Plan and with the directives of the Superintendent and the Superintendent’s designees implementing and enforcing the Plan.

            3.         The Superintendent is hereby authorized to modify the Plan from time to time to conform to the requirements of, or guidance from, any entity with authority over the District, including, but not limited to, the Governor of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois High School Association and the Jackson County Department of Public Health, and as otherwise appropriate to facilitate the operation of the schools and the safety of students, staff, visitors and other participants in the District’s programs.  Any substantive changes to the Plan shall be made in consultation with the President of the Board and then promptly reported to the Board which may affirm, modify or disapprove of the changes.  The changes shall, however, remain in full force and effect until such time as the Board acts, unless otherwise required by law. 

            4.         This Resolution, and the Plan as may be modified from time to time pursuant to number 3 above, are adopted, and are to be implemented and enforced, in the exercise of the discretionary powers granted to the Board by Sections 10-20 and 10-20.5 of the Illinois School Code and any other applicable law.  The Plan constitutes rules adopted by the Board pursuant to Section 10-20.5 of the School Code which shall be filed in the District’s central administrative office and posted on the District’s website.  In accordance with Board Policy 2:240, the Plan, and the authority granted to the Superintendent and the Superintendent’s designees by this Resolution, supersede any policy or other rule of the Board, and temporarily suspend any such policy or rule, to the extent any such policy or rule is inconsistent with the Plan.

            5.         This Resolution shall be in full force and effect upon adoption. 

Motion by Flowers, seconded by VanWinkle, to approve the COVID-19 Re-Opening Plan Approval Resolution as presented with the amended reassessment date of September 11, 2020.  Roll call: Galan, Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard and Flowers voted yes. Member Hudgins voted no. Motion carried.

Resignations/Retirements: Motion by VanWinkle, seconded by Tsung, to accept the following resignations/retirements as presented:

a. Resignation of Trebor Mann (Hall Monitor) effective July 20, 2020.
b. Resignation of Wirngo Nagsin (Hall Monitor) effective July 22, 2020.

Roll call: Hudgins, Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle, Flowers and Galan voted yes. Nay, none.  Motion carried.

2020-21 Extended-Time Personnel:   Motion by Hudgins, seconded by Swims, to employ the following 2020-21 extended-time personnel as presented:

Registration - .50 Month: Erinn Murphy
Registration - .50 Month: Lori Koester
Registration - .50 Month: Krista Antrim
Registration - .50 Month: Brenda Krutsinger
Registration - .50 Month: Caitlin Klaybor
Library - .50 Month: Dawn Taylor
Vocational Program Coordinator - .50 Month: Dallas Terry

Roll call: Swims, Tsung, VanWinkle, Woodard, Flowers, Galan and Hudgins voted yes. Nay, none.  Motion carried.

August Board of Education Meeting: The August Board of Education meeting will be Thursday, August 20, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Adjournment: The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.  

MINUTES APPROVED: AUGUST 20, 2020                                              

                                                                                                                                          Attachment #1

Return to Activities 1.0

On July 29th, 2020, the IHSA Board modified the Return to Activities to reflect the following:

Certain fall sports will not be allowed to happen in the fall; as a result the IHSA calendar will be adjusted with the following tentative timelines.

• Teams will play shortened regular season schedules in Winter, Spring, and Summer

• State Series events for all sports will be determined on a sport by sport basis.

• Activities that can happen virtually can remain in their traditional seasons.

• Activities that can’t happen virtually could potentially need to adjust their seasons.

On July 29th, 2020, the IHSA Board modified the current Phase 4 Return to Play Guidelines to allow for fall contact days to begin on Monday of Week 10 (September 7, 2020) and continue until the end of Week 17 (October 31, 2020). There is a 20-day limit on contact days during that time period for any sport not in season.

Fall (August 10 – October 24, 2020 in “traditional” season)

Boys & Girls Golf - in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of 30 ft apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or within a conference.

Girls Tennis - in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of 30 ft apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or within a conference.

Boys & Girls Cross Country – in groups of 50 or less where multiple groups are distanced a minimum of 30 ft apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or within a conference.

Girls Swimming & Diving - less than 50 in attendance with multiple groups distancing 30 ft. apart. Competitions should be within an Illinois COVID Region or within a conference.

               • Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time (less than 50 participants, social distancing, etc...).

NOTE: Football, Girls Volleyball and Boys Soccer moved to a Spring 2021 season – See Below.

If a school does not have a girls’ volleyball and/or a boys’ football team, schools may conduct Softball and Baseball seasons respectively in accordance with current IHSA By-laws 5.010 and 5.260.

               • Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines for outside activities.

Winter (Nov. 16, 2020 – Feb. 13, 2021)

Boys & Girls Basketball

Wrestling

Boys Swimming & Diving

Competitive Cheerleading

Competitive Dance

Boys & Girls Bowling

Girls Gymnastics

               • Contests can begin Nov. 30 within an Illinois COVID Region or within a conference.

               • Schools limited to a maximum of 2 contests per week and no tournaments/events of more than 3 teams.

               • Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time.

               • State Series TBD.

Spring (Feb. 15 – May 1)

Football  • Football: Schools should anticipate a 7 game regular season followed by a regional post season at minimum.

Boys Soccer

Girls Volleyball

Boys & Girls Cross Country

Girls Swimming & Diving

Girls Badminton

Boys Gymnastics

Boys & Girls Water Polo

               • Contests can begin March 1 in all sports except football which may begin on March 5 to allow for acclimatization.

               • Schools limited to a maximum of 2 contests per week and no tournaments/events of more than 3 teams. (Football is allowed one        game/week)

               • Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time.

               • State Series TBD

Summer (May 3 – June 26)

Baseball

Softball

Boys & Girls Track & Field

Girls Soccer

Boys Volleyball

Boys & Girls Lacrosse

Boys Tennis

               • Contests can begin on May 17

               • Maximum of 2 events per week. (exception: baseball/softball can play 3 games in a given week if one of the events is a DH)

               • Spectator and group gatherings subject to IDPH guidelines during this time.

               • State Series TBD.

Sport/Activity

Traditional Season

2020-21 Season

Start Date

End Date

Boys/Girls Golf

Fall

Fall

August 10

Oct. 24

Girls Tennis

Fall

Fall

August 10

Oct. 24

Boys/Girls Cross Country

Fall

Fall

August 10

Oct. 24

Girls Swimming & Diving

Fall

Fall

August 10

Oct. 24

Boys & Girls Basketball

Winter

Winter

Nov. 16

Feb. 13

Wrestling

Winter

Winter

Nov. 16

Feb. 13

Boys Swimming & Diving

Winter

Winter

Nov. 16

Feb. 13

Cheerleading

Winter

Winter

Nov. 16

Feb. 13

Dance

Winter

Winter

Nov. 16

Feb. 13

Boys/Girls Bowling

Winter

Winter

Nov. 16

Feb. 13

 

                                                                                                                                      Attachment #2

 

School Logo

 

July 31, 2020

CCHS District 165 Students, Parents, and Community Members,

Since July 17, COVID-19 positivity rates in our region have increased for at least eight days, a “trigger” point in Governor Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan. On July 26, the Jackson County Health Department issued a Public Health Alert, indicating that immediate action was needed to stem the tide of new COVID-19 infections in young adults.

At a Special Meeting on July 30, 2020, the Carbondale Community High School District 165 Board of Education determined that the district will begin the 2020-21 school year in Remote Learning. The Remote Learning model will be implemented with the start of school on Monday, August 17, and continue through at least September 25, 2020, or until it is deemed safe for students to return to campus under a Blended Learning Model. Families should be aware of the following information as we begin the school year:

  1. Students will be required to log in daily for attendance purposes. Courses will be taught using video conferencing and digital remote learning platforms. Weekly assignments will be posted and grades will be given.
  2. Chromebooks will be provided for all students who do not have an electronic device, and we will assist families with internet connectivity options.
  3. Online registration for school began on July 27, 2020, and in-person registration is available on August 4. It is imperative that parents register students for school prior to August 10. The district cannot issue Chromebooks or assist families with connectivity until the registration process is complete.
  4. Students, employees, and visitors will continue to be required to wear a face mask at all times while in school buildings. Daily health screenings and certifications will be required from everyone prior to entering campus facilities.

Additional information is included in the attached Return to School Plan. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at steve.murphy@cchs165.com or call at 618-457-4722 ext 27. You should also feel free to contact Principal Ryan Thomas at ryan.thomas@cchs165.com or 618-457-3371 ext 225.

Sincerely,

Stephen Murphy
Superintendent

CCHS District 165 Return to School PlanJuly 30, 2020

On May 5, 2020 Governor JB Pritzker announced the Restore Illinois plan, which explained a public health approach to safely reopen the state of Illinois. On June 23, 2020, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released its guidance titled Starting the 2020-21 School Year. In-person instruction is strongly encouraged during Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan. During Phase 4, the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines will require:

  • Use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) including face coverings;
  • 50 or fewer individuals gathering in one space
  • Social distancing observed as much as possible
  • Schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks, or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering schools
  • An increase in school-wide cleaning and disinfection

With guidance from ISBE, IDPH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Governor’s Office, Carbondale Community High School District 165 began developing its Remote and Blended Learning Plan to address the Phase 4 guidelines. The plan is a result of collaborative committee effort consisting of administrators, department chairs, teachers, support personnel and union leadership, and has been reviewed by the CCHS Board of Education. The goal of the plan is to provide the highest quality of academic instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, while prioritizing the safety and wellness of our students and employees. The plan has been divided into three areas:

                 Instruction and Learning, Safety and Wellness, and Operations.

The district will begin the 2020-21 School Year in Remote Learning on August 17, 2020, and continue through at least Friday September 25, 2020 or until students are deemed safe to return to school under a Blended Learning Model.

Circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve. CCHS is prepared to evolve our procedures and instructional methodologies accordingly to meet the needs of our students. We will be ready to provide high quality education and supports to our students under any circumstance or mandate.

Instruction and Learning: Remote Learning

(beginning August 17)

  1. The Remote Instruction schedule will be as follows:

    EB       7:30am   - 8:10am

    1st         8:20am   - 9:00am

    2nd       9:05am   - 9:45am

    3rd        9:50am   - 10:30am

    4th        10:35am - 11:15am

    5th        11:20am - 12:00pm

    6th        12:05pm - 12:45pm   

    Asynchronous instruction and office hours will occur from 1:15pm - 3:00pm. Breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup in the cafeteria, via bus routes, and at designated satellite locations.

  2. On all weekdays except Wednesday, all courses will be taught live online using video conferencing on the bell schedule above.

     

  3. On Wednesdays, students will have assignments to complete. Teachers will contact individual students and small groups of students during assigned time periods. Wednesdays can also be used to schedule appointments with student support services.

     

  4. All courses will have a Remote Learning digital platform. English and Career Education use Microsoft Teams. All other courses use Google Classroom. Course content and assignments will be posted to the digital platform.

     

  5. During each five-day week there will be five days’ worth of course content posted to the digital platform. On Monday mornings teachers will open the content and assignments for the week.

     

  6. Teachers will take attendance during live video instruction. All students will also be assigned a Remote Attendance Check-in teacher. Students will receive an attendance prompt every morning from this teacher, and will also be contacted once per week by phone or video conference.

     

  7. All students who need a device will be issued a Chromebook, and families will be provided assistance with internet connectivity.

     

  8. With administrative approval and under the Safety and Wellness guidelines listed in this plan, students with specific needs may be allowed to access campus in order to meet with school personnel or obtain internet access.

     

  9. The Remote Learning model does not preclude students from participating in extracurricular activities.

Instruction and Learning: Blended Learning(beginning no earlier than September 28, 2020)

  1. Students will be split alphabetically into two groups: A and B. The split will allow for adequate social distancing on campus. The A-Group (currently last name beginning A-Lin) will attend on Mondays and Thursdays. The B-Group (last name Lip-Z) will attend on Tuesdays and Fridays. Wednesday will be a remote learning day for all students.

     

  2. The daily schedule will be as follows:

     

    EB       7:30am   - 8:10am

    1st         8:25am   - 9:05am

    2nd       9:09am   - 9:49am

    3rd        9:53am   - 10:33am

    4th        10:37am - 11:17am

    5th        11:21am - 12:01pm

    6th        12:05pm - 12:45pm   

                Attendance and remote learning check-in and planning will occur from 1:15pm - 3:00pm.

                Breakfast and lunch will be on a “grab and go” basis to be consumed at home.

  3. Students/families may opt to do complete Remote Learning.

     

  4. Special Education students may receive modified in-person schedules to receive services per their individual need and program.

     

  5. Daily attendance will be taken for all students. Faculty and staff are developing the daily expectation for students on their remote learning days.

     

  6. Grading will be traditional grading. Students will be accountable for completing all assignments, whether remotely or in-person.

     

  7. Student supports (Counseling, Social Work, Speech) will be provided.

     

  8. Chromebooks will be distributed to all students who need them. District staff will work on options for families who do not have reliable connectivity.

     

  9. Terrier Care will be open. Students are encouraged to schedule appointments on remote days and enter through the external Terrier Care doors.

Safety and Wellness

 

  1. All staff and students will be required to wear face masks while inside the school and on buses.
  2. Visitors to the school will be extremely limited. All visitors will wear face masks while inside the school.
  3. CCHS students and staff are to maintain social distancing (6 feet separation) throughout the school day to the extent possible. Classrooms will be organized to space students apart to the greatest extent possible while retaining educational function. Students will be required to move expeditiously in the hallways during passing periods.
  4. Lockers will not be used.
  5. Frequent hand washing and hand sanitizing is key to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Employees and students are encouraged to wash hands as often as practicable with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand sanitizing stations will be installed in all classrooms and offices, and in multiple locations throughout the building.
  6. Classrooms will be cleaned and disinfected daily. Emphasis will be placed on high touch surfaces and common areas. Restrooms and common areas will be cleaned multiple times throughout the day.
  7. Students will be limited to groups of 50 in any one area including buses. Hallway traffic patterns will be adjusted to limit clustering of students.
  8. Students will be encouraged to bring water bottles to school. Fountains will not be operational.
  9. Employees and students will receive safety training related to social distancing, face coverings, personal hygiene procedures, and symptoms of COVID-19.
  10. All students and employees will be required to have a health screening or self-certification of health upon entering campus. Students and employees must stay home when not feeling well. By entering the school building, students and employees are certifying that they meet the following criteria:           
    • They do not have a temperature over 100.4F.
    • They are not taking fever-reducing medicines such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or acetaminophen.
    • They have not had close contact or cared for someone with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
    • They have not been self-directed to quarantine by a health care provider, or by the County or State Department of Public Health.
    • They do NOT have any of the following symptoms:
      • Chills, Cough, Fatigue, Headache, Sore Throat
      • Shortness of Breath/difficulty breathing
      • Muscle or body aches
      • New loss of taste or smell
      • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  11. A quarantine area will be established on campus. Students who become symptomatic of COVID-19 while at school will be immediately directed to return home.

Operations

  1. To the greatest extent possible, visitors will be restricted from entering the building. Face coverings are required to enter campus and must be worn at all times. All visitors must undergo a health screening prior to entering the building at the Walnut Street Entrance.

     

  2. Facility Use Requests from outside groups must be approved by the Superintendent. All requests that were approved prior to August 2020 are null and void.

     

  3. Meals will be provided for students both on and off campus.

     

  4. Transportation: West Bus is developing safety protocols to keep our staff and students safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
    1. Students must wear face masks at all times when on the bus
    2. Eating and drinking is prohibited on the bus.
    3. Students will be required to provide self-certification of health before boarding the bus, and will have their temperature checked before boarding the bus.
    4. Drivers must wear approved face coverings and perform regular hand hygiene.
    5. Divers are subject to health screenings as provided by West Bus.

       

  5. All custodian and maintenance staff will follow the established cleaning procedures for building cleaning and disinfection as recommended by the IDPH and will be trained on the Return to School guidelines, where applicable. These procedures will include extra sanitation efforts using certified EPA products in both low/high contact areas including: desktops, countertops, door handles, handrails, light switches and restroom fixtures.

Building custodians will conduct daily cleaning and disinfection. An EPA approved cleaner will be used for disinfection along with our standard cleaning protocols. All frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned on a regular basis. Common areas will be cleaned throughout the day. Soft surfaces such as carpet and rugs will be disinfected daily. Extra sanitation efforts will occur during in-class learning which will address common areas. At least twice per week, a detailed sanitation will occur throughout the facility with extensive deep cleaning of restrooms and other common areas.