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Streator Township

High School

2020 Reopening Plan Information

Fall 2020 Reopening Plan


STREATOR TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT #40







Return to Learning Plan



2020-2021 School Year 

Introduction

Streator Township High School District #40 engaged in a rigorous planning process during the summer in preparation for the 2020-21 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This planning process was multi-layered and involved stakeholders across the District. Members of these committees represented bargaining units in the District, as well as District and school administrators. Parent input was provided through surveying. During this planning process, the safety and security of our students and staff members remained our top priority as we reviewed the Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines. The following document outlines the details of the comprehensive plans for the 2020-2021 school year. 


Anyone coming into our facilities during this public health emergency acknowledges that there is a risk in attending school in-person.  This plan creates procedures to minimize this risk.  Any perceived deficits or holes in policy or practice should be brought to the attention of the Administration promptly so that it can be evaluated and addressed in as timely a manner as possible.  The District has created a 100% Remote Learning Option should any person judge the risk of in-person attendance to be too great.  Those participating in any in-person instruction or activity acknowledges such risk exists.


Transition Team Members:

  • Steve Biroschik, School Board Member

  • Eric Hoffmeyer, School Board Member

  • Dr. Matt Seaton, Superintendent

  • Amy Jo Mascal, Principal

  • Nick McGurk, Assistant Principal (Remote Learning Sub-Committee)

  • Beau Doty, Assistant Principal (Remote Learning Sub-Committee)

  • Rob Beck, Technology Director (Remote Learning Sub-Committee)

  • Jason Robart, Local 604 Teachers’ Union Co-President

  • Robb Watson, Local 604 Teachers’ Union Co-President

  • Chris Benckendorf, Local 604 Support Staff Union President

  • Rory Bedeker, Athletic Director

  • Kelly Coons, Special Education Coordinator

  • Brad Brittin, Student Services Coordinator

  • Jim Dennis, Director of Building and Grounds









Streator Township High School Calendar 2020-2021 School Year

COVID-19 Adjustments

All Dates Subject to Change*



August 10 Opening Teacher Institute Day

            11 First Day of School

September 7 Labor Day NO SCHOOL


October 2-3 Homecoming Game/Dance (Tentative)

                  8 End of First Quarter**

                  9 Teacher Institute

                 12 Parent-Teacher Conferences (8am-1pm) NO SCHOOL

                  14 SAT/PSAT Exam Day

November 3 Election Day NO SCHOOL

                  26-27 Thanksgiving Vacation NO SCHOOL

                  30 Teacher Institute NO SCHOOL


December 1-4 Remote Learning Planning Days NO SCHOOL  

                        7-Jan.1 Winter Break NO SCHOOL


January 4 Teacher Institute

                  5 First Day of School for Students

                  13 SHS Preview (Staff Arrive @ 6pm) (Tentative) 6:30-8:30pm

                  22 End of Second Quarter**

February All Student Attendance Days


March 19 End of Third Quarter**


April  2-9 Spring Break NO SCHOOL

13 SAT/PSAT Exam Day

May 1 Prom (Tentative)

5 SHS Honors Banquet (6pm) (Tentative)

23 Graduation Ceremony

28 Student Attendance 8am-11:45am; Teacher Institute in PM 

28 End of Fourth Quarter**



* Weeks with four days will follow the regular bell schedule below, with the exception of the first week of school and the week of October 12, 2020.  With students returning on Tuesday, the normal schedule will be adjusted to have periods 1-4 on Tuesday and Thursday and periods 5-7 on Wednesday and Friday.  On October 14, a modified schedule will be developed to accommodate the Seniors who will be taking the SAT.


** End of Quarter Dates are subject to change based upon future changes to School Calendar.



Instructional Models 

The following instructional models are being recommended to ensure the continuity of learning to begin the 2020-2021 school year. 


Traditional In-Person Learning - Learning occurs when the teacher and student physically meet in the classroom (four days a week) while maintaining social distancing and following safety measures outlined by the ISBE and IDPH. 


Remote Learning - Learning occurs when students and teachers meet virtually.  Curriculum will be supplied by Edmentum and monitored by the Streator High Teaching Staff.  Attendance will be taken daily and grades will count towards GPA and graduation requirements.  Deadline to Enroll in Remote Learning Option is August 26th, 2020. 


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Streator Township High School will be offering an optional Remote Learning Plan for those that do not want their son or daughter to participate in in-person classes.  Below you will find the parameters:


  • Remote Learning will be available upon parent request.

  • Remote Learning will be offered via the Edmentum online curriculum. 

  • Edmentum is an online curriculum that STHS has used successfully in alternative programs for many years.

  • Curriculum for students with IEPs will be determined individually based on the student’s needs.

  • The hard deadline for parents and students to apply for the 100% Remote Learning Option is Wednesday, August 26th 2020. The application signature page is available in Exhibit 1 at the end of this document.

  • Any student who enrolls in the Remote Learning Option will commit to completing the entire first semester in Remote Learning.

  • Remote Learning will be offered for first semester only at this point.  

  • Contact your child’s guidance counselor in order to initiate this process.

  • Your guidance counselor will evaluate your child’s transcript and help choose classes that will mesh with the current SHS curriculum.

  • A waiver will need to be signed by the parent, student, guidance counselor and an administrator in order to be approved for Remote Learning.

  • Seniors that need 3.5 or less credits in order to satisfy graduation requirements, an early graduation option will be an option for those that are interested.  

  • Students will only be allowed to take no more than 3.5 academic credits.  The only exception is for seniors in need of credit recovery.  

  • Any student with an IEP will need an amendment to the IEP that states the preferred mode of service delivery.

  • Students that choose Remote Learning will be eligible for athletics. All IHSA guidelines for academic eligibility, and STHS drug testing policy will still apply.

  • Remote Learning Option provided based upon guidance Illinois School Board of Education (ISBE)

  • Students will be required to attend virtual classes daily based on guidelines by grade level.  Attendance will be taken daily and will count towards the normal attendance procedures for all students.

  • Grading will be done in accordance with the normal grading procedures for all students according to the STHS Student Handbook.

  • Students must still attend on required days such as SAT testing day or for random drug testing protocol for athletes (if applicable).


Guiding Principles of the In-Person Learning Design: 

  • Focus on a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment 

  • Prioritizing social distancing and safety guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education. 

  • Focus on Equity - Ensuring access and equity for all students 

  • Focus on Social Emotional Learning 

  • Focus on Quality Instruction 


Guiding Principles the Remote Learning Design: 

  • Focus on a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment 

  • Prioritizing safety guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education. 

  • Focus on Equity - Ensuring access and equity for all students 

  • Focus on Social Emotional Learning 

  • Focus on Quality Instruction 

  • Students will have an opportunity to receive small group instruction (Google Meet with Supervising Teacher) 

  • Students will have an opportunity to receive synchronous and asynchronous instruction. 

  • Teacher Facilitated 

  • Individualized 



General Guidelines 


School Based Guidelines 

  • The Illinois State Board of Education requires 5 hours of daily instruction. 

  • Masks are to be worn at all times and maintain six feet of social distancing when possible. 

  • Student Attendance will be taken daily for in-person and Remote Learning.

  • Freshman Orientation and other assemblies will be held in small groups or information will be distributed through online resources such as YouTube.

  • Parking permits will be handed out to students by your teacher during your first class.  All information on Skyward Registration must be filled out and paid for before receiving a parking permit.

  • After-school clubs can take place within the same guidelines for safety as in-person instruction. 

  • School events and athletics will be held within the scope allowable by the ISBE, IDPH, and the IHSA. 

  • All field trips are cancelled at this time. Classrooms are encouraged to participate in virtual field trips. 

  • All visitors will be screened for temperature and symptoms prior to visiting the school building. A drop-off box will be installed for touchless delivery of items to the building.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors after using shared office supplies. 

  • Custodial Staff will disinfect shared surfaces throughout the day. 

  • Communication Platforms 

    • Remind (primary communication tool for coach/teacher-parent communication) 

    • Email (Employees, Parents/Guardians, Students) 

    • Telephone 

    • Streator Twp. High School District 40 Website (www.streatorhs.org) 

    • Broadcast messaging system 

      • Phone

      • Text 

      • Email 

    • District Social Media 

      • Facebook - Streator Township High School District #40

    • Twitter Accounts 

      • @StreatorHigh

      • @StreatorSports

      • @StreatorHSSupt

      • @ajmascalSHS

  • All classroom teachers will use a Google Classroom as the central hub for classroom instruction. 

    • Additional technology platforms - Edmentum

  • Spanish versions of documents will be made available as soon as possible.


Building Regulations

  • Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:40 A.M. each morning at an assigned point of entry. Before entering the school building, students must be screened by SHS personnel. This will consist of students having their temperature taken and answering questions related to their health that morning. 

  • Students will only be able to use their locker at 2 different specified times during the day: when they first enter the building on their way to their first class of the day and on their way out of the building after their last class of the day. 

  • Once a student is cleared to enter the building, they are to report directly to their first class of the day. This will serve as their homeroom until the first class officially begins at 8:10 A.M.

  • Students will be allowed to take a grab and go breakfast from the Commons to their first class. There will be no eating in the Commons at the tables or standing in the morning. 

  • Students will not be allowed to loiter or congregate in groups in the hallways, Commons or any area outside of the classroom. 

  • Locker rooms will not be used at all for either P.E. or athletics. Students will not be allowed to enter locker rooms.

  • Students are to remain in their assigned class during the class period. Students will not be allowed to leave with passes to other teachers’ classrooms. 

  • Students will be required to social distance in restrooms. No congregation or groupings of students will be allowed in restrooms. Only one person will be allowed in each stall. 

  • Backpacks will be allowed on a temporary basis for students.  Backpacks should be of the clear plastic or see-through mesh styles.

  • Students should be constantly moving in the hallways and not stopping to form groups. The flow of traffic in hallways and stairwells should be movement on the right side of the hall. This will create two lanes of traffic similar to a highway. Students are required to social distance as much as possible during this time. 


Regular Daily Schedules

COVID-19 BELL SCHEDULE

MONDAYS and THURSDAYS

All students are in attendance in the building

Period

Start

End

Minutes

Arrival / Homeroom

7:40 AM

8:10 AM

30

1

8:10 AM

9:17 AM

67

2

9:21 AM

10:28 AM

67

3

10:32 AM

11:39 AM

67

4

11:43 AM

12:50 PM

67

Boxed Lunch Pickup / Dismissal

12:50 PM

1:05 PM

15

Student Remote Homework Time

1:00 PM

1:35 PM

35



TUESDAYS and FRIDAYS

All students are in attendance in the building.

Period

Start

End

Minutes

Arrival / Homeroom

7:40 AM

8:10 AM

30

5

8:10 AM

9:17 AM

67

6

9:21 AM

10:28 AM

67

7

10:32 AM

11:39 AM

67

Boxed Lunch Pickup / Dismissal

11:39 AM

11:54 AM

15

Teacher Planning / Deep Cleaning

11:43 AM

12:50 PM

67

Student Remote Homework Time

11:54 AM

1:35 PM

101



WEDNESDAYS

REMOTE LEARNING DAY


students "E-learn" from home and check into their classes at assigned times below

Period

Start

End

Minutes

1

9:00 AM

9:30 AM

30

2

9:35 AM

10:05 AM

30

3

10:10 AM

10:40 AM

30

4

10:45 AM

11:15 AM

30

5

11:20 AM

11:50 AM

30

6

11:55 AM

12:25 PM

30

7

12:30 PM

1:00 PM

30

Student Remote Homework Time

1:00 PM

2:30 PM

90


Attendance

  • Medical policies will still be in effect. The Truancy Board, as it normally does, will review each students’ attendance on a case by case basis and make a determination/ recommendation for action (medical, contract, ticket, etc.) 

  • Normal attendance penalties will be in effect. 

  • Attendance incentives (ex - semester exams, perfect attendance awards) will be suspended for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Attendance for students who choose the 100% Remote Learning Option will be subject to the same attendance policies of those choosing in-person instruction.  A procedure for Remote Learners to log attendance will be available daily.


Physical Education Guidelines 

  • No more than 50 total people in any one space; smaller groups are preferred 

  • Classes will be held outside, if weather permits

  • No locker room access

  • No changing for PE; students must change shoes to participate on gym floor(s)

  • Shared equipment must be sanitized before use by each student


Fine Arts Guidelines 

  • No more than 50 total people in any one space; smaller groups are preferred

    • Outside rehearsal is permitted and preferred

    • Indoor full-band rehearsal permitted with appropriate social distancing

  • Choir Guidelines

    • Social distancing and masks required


Driver’s Education

  • One Remote Section of Driver’s Education will be provided by STHS Staff for the students that choose the 100% Remote Learning Option.

  • Student attendance and participation at the designated times will be required to fulfill the time requirements for Driver's Education.

  • Grading will be in accordance with current handbook policy.

  • Behind the Wheel training will occur during the designated daily time or after 1:00 PM on in-person school days and will be arranged individually with the students and the teacher.


District Assessments 

  • Final Exams will be suspended for the entire 2020-2021 school year.

  • STAR Assessments will be administered.  Remote Learning students may be able to complete the STAR Assessments remotely.

  • SAT/PSAT - The State of Illinois still requires students to participate in SAT Testing.  Remote Learning students required to take the SAT or PSAT will need to come into the building to complete these requirements.

  • All students (in-person and Remote Learning) will take formative and summative assessments throughout the school year. 

  • Grading 

    • Students will receive grades based on the District traditional grading procedures. 

    • Grades will be entering into the Skyward gradebook on a weekly basis. 

  • RtI Red-Folder Procedure - Students that have been identified for RtI support services will receive the same individualized academic mentoring service that was provided prior to the pandemic.  The mentors will be assigned to each student by the Assistant Principal. 

  • Progress reports and Student Report Cards will be provided following the District calendar. 


District Professional Development 

  • The District highly recommends virtual professional development to provide staff with engaging professional learning opportunities throughout the school year. 

  • Teacher Professional Development Protocol - Forms Available on Staff Website 

  • Travel to Conferences in-state and out-of-state will be limited


Extra and Co-Curricular 

Before/After School Programs 

  • Use of facilities by external parties is discouraged; Any facility use will be done within ISBE, IDPH, and IHSA guidelines 

  • Clubs

    • Before/After School Clubs and Meetings must adhere to ISBE, IDPH, and IHSA guidelines as applicable.

    • Clubs should meet virtually when possible.  Morning Club and Activity meetings will be temporarily suspended.  All meetings will be held after normal in-person instruction hours.

    • When a club meets in-person, the Sponsor must fill out a facility usage form and have the time and location approved by the Athletic Director.

  • Co-Curricular, Sports and Activities 













TENTATIVE Extra and Co-Curricular Sports and Activities Plan 


Based on Latest Guidance (Subject to Change without Notice)


The objective of this plan is to allow for athletic events to take place while keeping our students, staff, and fans safe.


Fall Sports Co-Curricular Activity

Boys and Girls Cross Country Marching Band Dance

Football Sideline Cheer

Boys and Girls Golf

Girls Tennis

Volleyball

Practices

  • Coaches will sanitize equipment before, after, and during practices.

  • Coaches and athletes will follow IHSA/IDPH Guidelines for wearing a mask and practicing social distancing.

  • A practice schedule will be provided to maintenance to allow for additional cleaning when necessary.


Events

  • Home events for Fresh/Soph and Varsity Football, Varsity Soccer, and Sophomore and Varsity Volleyball will be livestreamed.

  • Cross Country, Golf, and Tennis are not possible to livestream at this time.

  • Cross Country - Events will take place following IHSA Guidelines

  • Football

    • Events will take place following IHSA Guidelines

    • Locker rooms may only be used to store equipment

    • Athletes will not be allowed to congregate in locker rooms

    • Teams will be given outdoor areas for pre-game activities.

  • Golf - Events will take place following IHSA Guidelines

  • Tennis - Events will take place following IHSA Guidelines

  • Volleyball

    • Events will take place following IHSA Guidelines.  Currently, indoor capacity is limited to 50 total people in one space.

    • Locker rooms will not be available for students or coaches.

    • Freshmen games will begin at 5:00 PM in the East Gym

      • When the game is complete athletes will move to commons and wait for other games to finish

    • Sophomore games will begin at 5:00 PM in Pops Dale Gym

      • After game sophomore athletes will move to commons and wait for other games to finish

    • Varsity game will be played after sophomore game in Pops Dale Gym

      • Varsity players will wait at the specified area of commons until the sophomore game is completed.  When the game is done they will enter the gym and begin their warm-ups for the game.

    • While playing

      • Freshman benches will be placed on opposite sides of the gym.

      • Varsity and sophomore teams will be assigned to either the Southwest or Northwest bleachers.  The team will have an entire section to social distances when not participating in the game.

  • Soccer

    • Events will take place following IHSA Guidelines

    • Teams will social distance on sideline.

    • JV Teams will sit on opposite side of the field during the varsity game

  • Due to the capacity limits placed on indoor and outdoor spaces, Marching Band, Cheerleading, and Streatorettes may not be able to perform at all games.


Travel

  • Travel to and from games will follow IDPH/ISBE Guidelines.

    • Everyone must wear a mask

    • Max of 50 people on bus

    • Students may ride with parents or other designees to and from activities with proper waiver/permission form filled out and turned into Athletic Director.


Spectators  

  • Spectators will be allowed at outdoor events only within capacity limits established by the IHSA, IDPH, or ISBE.

  • Spectators at outdoor events will be required to wear masks and social distance as per guidance from the IHSA, IDPH, or ISBE.

  • Cross Country/Golf/Tennis - Spectators are allowed; Masking and Social Distance guidelines must be adhered to.

  • Football - Spectators will be allowed within limited capacity guidelines.  

    • Current capacity for Football Grandstands is 2,176.

    • Ticket distribution will be decided at a later date.

  • Volleyball

    • Spectators will not be allowed due to capacity constraints.

    • Games will be live streamed.

  • Soccer - Awaiting IHSA Guidance on Soccer.  Guidelines TBD.

  • Concessions - Concessions will not be available at any events.


Technology 

Streator Twp. High School District is currently entering its 6th year of 1:1 Technology Program with Chromebooks.

  • All Students will be issued a Chromebook for instructional purposes for both in-person and remote instruction.0

  • Students with limited access to WiFi can apply to receive an LTE-enabled Chromebook.

    • Streator High School will have the availability for students that do not have Wi-Fi at home to use a school issued Chromebook that will be used via cellular data.  These Chromebooks are specially designed for Streator High School.  Please return the application to Streator High School or fill it out and email it to rbeck@streatorhs.org no later than July 31, 2020.  The application is available as Exhibit 2 at the end of this document.

    • Parents/Guardians need to apply for their student(s) to have this Chromebook.

    • There is no data limit on the Chromebook.

    • Streator High School internet filters will be enforced on the Chromebook just like all of the other Chromebooks.

    • Must pay the $45.00 upfront for insurance

      • Insurance covers: Cracked Screen, Missing or Broken Keys, Liquid Spill, Full Immersion, Internal damage to Product, Mechanical malfunction, Display Failure, Hard Drive Failure, Battery Failure, Wi-Fi Failure, Port Failures, Motherboard Failure, Won't Charge, Won't Power On

    • Replacement cost for the Chromebook will be $300.00

  • Chromebook Distribution for Freshman and New Students

Chromebook Distribution

Tuesday - August 4 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Last name - A - L

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Last name - M - Z

Wednesday - August 5 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Last Name - A - L

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Last Name - M - Z

Students will receive the following:

  • Chromebook

  • Charger

  • Chromebook Bag

  • Login Information for Chromebook and Student Skyward Access

Students only will need to come up to the front main doors on Lincoln Ave.  

Everyone else should stay in their vehicle

    • Returning Students will continue with the previously assigned Chromebooks and the 1:1 Initiative protocols. 

  • Remote Learners Chromebook Support and Repair 

    • Student Chromebook support and repair is provided for all STHS Devices. 

    • There will be no loaners for students that forget their Chromebook. 

    • If a Chromebook is not working the teacher in the classroom will notify TSI @ ext 535.  Do not send students to TSI (221).   Tech support will quickly go over with the teacher what the issue is and come up with a troubleshooting solution.

    • Remote Learnings may access support by emailing Tracey Busch - tbusch@streatorhs.org

  • In-Person and Remote Learning Student Online Safety

    • Internet Content Filtering - In compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), and the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), STHS District #40 utilizes robust systems on- and off-campus to proactively restrict the internet content that students can access utilizing District resources. 

    • Student Data Privacy - Streator High School systems and practices comply with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Student Online Personal Protection Act (SOPPA).

    • Digital Citizenship concepts are incorporated throughout remote learning lessons and activities. 


Health/Safety 

  • Parents/guardians will be encouraged to keep all sick students home and access our Remote Learning Resources that will be made available. Students with the following symptoms are encouraged to remain home: 

    • Vomiting

    • Diarrhea

    • Headache

    • Fever over 100.4°F

    • Cough

    • Nasal congestion

    • Fatigue

    • Poor appetite

    • Muscle pain 

    • Loss of smell/taste 

    • Known close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 

  • Office staff will be expected to obtain specific information about illness from parents/guardians when absences are being reported. Information will be recorded and shared with school nurses and/or appropriate personnel. 

  • Families that have medically fragile and immunocompromised students must consult their medical provider prior to attending school. 

  • Students that arrive at school with any of the following symptoms in isolation: a fever of 100.4°F or higher, diarrhea, or vomiting, must go home and cannot return to school until the student is symptom-free without the use of medication for 24 hours. 

  • CDC and IDPH guidelines for students who were suspected of having COVID-19, tested positive or negative for COVID-19, are listed below. 

    • If a student is suspected of having COVID-19, whether the child was tested or not, he/she may return to school after: 

      • 72 hours of being fever-free without the use of medication and 

      • after 10 days since symptoms first appeared. 

    • If a student is tested for COVID-19 with negative results, he/she may return to school after:

      • 72 hours of being fever-free without the use of medication and 

      • after 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and 

      • respiratory symptoms have improved. 

      • or two negative tests at least 24 hours apart 

  • If a student has tested positive for COVID-19, the nurse will call the LaSalle County Health Department to report and follow their guidance. A doctor’s note will be required for a child to return to school after any confirmed case. 


Health Education 

As part of the planning days, all staff members will be required to participate in an informational session by the school nurse about health/safety practices and procedures based on the guidance from the CDC. The training will include, but is not limited to social distancing, face covering, hand hygiene procedures, wellness checks, and when students should be sent to the nurse. 


Signage 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends posting signs and messages in highly visible locations that reinforce safety precautions and promote everyday protective measures (e.g., proper hand washing and appropriate face coverings). Posters promoting healthy practices will be displayed around the school. Posters will include: 

  • 6 foot distancing reminders 

  • Hygiene (appropriate hand washing, coughing/sneezing procedures, etc.) 

  • Face coverings reminders 


Social Distance 

To the best extent possible, social distancing will be established in common areas. Transitioning in the halls will require mask usage and no locker usage.  Students will be directed to report directly to their next classes without stopping except for restroom use.  Students will be required to social distance at all times in the building. Students should keep 6 feet in between themselves and other students, staff at all times when possible to do so. Students who intentionally violate social distancing policies or intentionally invade another person’s personal space unwantedly, will be subject to disciplinary action. 

Classrooms 

  • Classroom seating will be configured with maximum allowable space in between students as possible. Social distance must be observed as much as possible. Desks do not need to be spaced 6 feet apart; however, it is recommended that excess furniture be removed from classrooms to allow for as much space as possible in between desks.

  • Teachers will be issuing seating charts that must be followed daily.

  • Where possible, desks will face the same direction and/or students will sit on only one side of tables, spaced apart, in assigned seats. 

  • Students will not share school supplies; students will use their own school supplies and keep belongings separate or in their backpacks during the day. 

  • Students will be encouraged to leave any unnecessary items at home. 

  • Hand sanitizer will be readily available in each classroom and students will be given time to thoroughly wash hands with soap and water several times throughout the day. 

  • All classrooms will have disinfectant wipes (based on availability from our suppliers) available for staff and students to disinfect high touch areas as needed throughout the day. 

  • Unnecessary furniture and supplies will be removed from classrooms to create additional instructional space.  Additional furniture will be made available for classrooms that need more furniture for students to space out properly.

  • Interactive monitors and whiteboards, as well as document cameras will be used by staff only. 

  • Restroom procedures will be established to limit the number of students transitioning in the hallway and in restrooms at one time. 

    • Students will not be permitted to use the restroom during class time unless it is an emergency.

    • The only restrooms open during class time are the restrooms nearest to the Dean’s Office.

  • Students will not be permitted to leave class for any reason without a pass from another staff member in the building.  Students must stay in their assigned class.


Hand Washing 

Hand washing opportunities will be provided upon arrival and as requested or needed. Hand sanitizer will be available in common areas and classrooms. 


Face Masks 

Face masks will be required of all students and staff and masks will be provided when necessary. Only students and staff with medical conditions certified in writing by a medical doctor will be excused from using a face mask as recommended by CDC. Staff members who cannot medically wear a face mask will be required to wear a face shield.  Students who cannot medically wear a face mask will be required to wear a face shield.  Face shields alone are not approved for use by the ISBE unless a person cannot wear a mask for medical reasons. Alternate plans will be discussed with parents/guardians for individual students unable to wear face coverings. The school will provide one reusable, washable mask for each student. Students will be required to wear masks at all times in the building unless specifically directed otherwise by a staff member.  Refusal or failure to wear masks will result in disciplinary action. The options for this include: op hours, Saturday School, suspension and/or removal from school grounds. 





Entrance to the Building Protocols Student Arrival and Dismissal Procedures 

  • Students will arrive/depart school through staggered entrances/exits to limit exposure

    • Freshmen will enter through Door 1N 

    • Sophomores will enter through Door 3N

    • Juniors will enter through Door 4S

    • Seniors will enter through Door 3S

  • Busses will drop off Juniors and Seniors on the South side of the building.  Busses will drop off Freshmen and Sophomores on the North side of the building.

  • All students will have their temperatures checked when they arrive to school.

  • Students will go directly to their classroom upon arrival.

  • Commons will be closed to large groups of students in the mornings.

  • Hand sanitizer will be available for students as they arrive.

  • Any student with a temperature over 100.4°F will be sent to an isolation area until arrangements are made for the student to go home.

  • Food Service and Building and Grounds Staff will self-certify symptoms.

  • Teachers and Support Staff other than Custodians will self-certify daily using a Google Form or other application.  

  • Building administrators will be responsible for ensuring that all staff has self-certified their health.

  • Any staff member with a temperature over 100.4°F will immediately be sent home.

  • Visitors 

    • Temperature and symptoms checks and face coverings are a requirement for all visitors entering the building. 

    • Appointments are encouraged for all visitors when possible.


Social and Emotional Needs 


Students 

Social Workers and School Counselors will assess all students and develop both small and individual groups.  COVID-19 resources will be provided as needed to address emotion management and resilience. Students with disabilities and services related to social and emotional deficits will receive the modified SEL instruction and services in accordance with the IEP.  Social Workers/School Counselors will increase contact/communication with students and families to provide additional support and services for general education and special education students.  Staff will undergo additional training to be able to identify symptoms of trauma and utilize a toolkit of strategies to address students who require support related to COVID-19 trauma. 


Staff 

We recognize that educators are among the hardest hit group of professionals during the COVID- 19 crisis. The pandemic has placed a strain on all of us both physically and emotionally. Survey results indicated an increase in stress and anxiety leading to the development of a Self-care Team led by the school psychologists. A Self-Care team managed by the Coordinator of Student Services will explore resources as a reference of support for staff.  Building administrators will focus on self-care, remote communication/collaboration, instructional planning, and maintaining social connectedness with staff members. 


Special Education Considerations 

ISBE has determined that the school district remains responsible for ensuring that Special Education Students receive a free appropriate public education. All Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and Section 504 timelines remain in effect, therefore IEP teams will meet to determine whether any amendments to students IEPs are necessary to address students’ current levels of performance. IEP teams will make individualized determinations regarding placement and where special education students receive services. Students must receive education in their least restrictive environment, according to federal and state laws. Wherein necessary and to the best extent possible, school-based service providers will provide site-based services with the option to utilize HIPPA and FERPA approved teletherapy options and Google Meets for direct services to students in accordance with the IEP. 


Working within the parameters set forth by CDC, IDPH, and ISBE, Streator High School District #40 will provide the following for students receiving services per their IEP: 


Virtual meetings and/or phone conferences will be used to convene special education procedural meetings, such as local screening committee, reevaluation, eligibility, IEP teams, etc.  In the case that a meeting needs to be held in person, all PPE, social distancing and required safety guidelines will be implemented. 


Annual IEP meeting and 3 year re-evaluations will continue to be scheduled as they come due.  The following process will be followed:

1.  Phone call will be made to schedule IEP meetings at least 10 days before the annual

     IEP review date.  

2.  Case manager will send home a draft copy of IEP at least 3 days prior to IEP

     meeting.

3.  When IEP meeting is finished, case manager will send home a final copy of IEP and

     request any pages needing signatures be returned to STHS Special Education office

     within 3 days.



Human Resources 

The District will follow CDC and IDPH protocols regarding reported cases and take specific guidance from the LaSalle County Health Department.  If a staff member comes down with COVID-19 or is exposed and must be quarantined, two qualifying bases for Paid Sick Leave under the FFCRA exist. Specifically, any employee who is unable to work because he or she “has been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine due to concerns related to COVID-19” or who “is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking medical diagnosis from a health care provider” qualifies for Paid Sick Leave. Employees can receive up to 80 hours of FFCRA Paid Sick Leave (less if the employee is not full time).  These 80 hours will not be docked from an employee’s accrued sick time.


Reporting Requirements: 

During this emergency period: 

  1. Employees are required to disclose to the Human Resources Representative (Superintendent, Principal, or Bookkeeper) if they test positive for COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who tests positive, even if asymptomatic. If work is available, those employees are permitted to work from home but are not allowed in the office until they are medically cleared, with required documentation submitted to the Superintendent. 

  2. Employees who are scheduled to work in an office or school building, or plan to return to 

work, are required to notify the Human Resources Representative if they, or someone they live with, is experiencing any coronavirus-related symptoms (fever, cough, body aches, sore threat, etc.). Upon receiving such a report, if work is available, the employee will be required to work from home until they are medically cleared, with required documentation submitted to the Superintendent. 

  1. Employees who are scheduled to work in an office or school building, or plan to return to work, are required to notify the Human Resources Representative if they, or someone they live with, has traveled to areas considered by the CDC to be “hot spots” and/or with a high risk of exposure within the last 14 days. Upon receiving such a report, if work is available, the employee will be required to work from home until they are medically cleared, with required documentation submitted to the Superintendent.

  2. Employees who are unable to report to work, or work from home, as a result of COVID- 19 may be eligible for COVID-19 special leaves. 


Employee Reporting: 

Absences related to COVID-19 diagnoses and COVID-19 exposure should be reported directly to Human Resources. Human Resources personnel will request specific symptom Information, including but not limited to: 

  • A positive result for, or other diagnosis with, COVID-19; 

  • Symptoms of infection with COVID-19, i.e., fever of or over 100.4°F, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat; 

  • “Close contact” (meaning the individual was within 6 feet of the individual with symptoms for more than 15 minutes) with any person who has tested positive for, or has otherwise been diagnosed with, COVID-19 infection within the preceding 14 days, even if asymptomatic; 

  • Whether the employee has been asked to self-quarantine by a health official within the preceding 14 days; 

  • Whether the employee has traveled to, or stopped over in, a country for which the CDC has issued a Level 3 travel health notice; and 

  • Depending on geographic location, whether the employee is considered “high risk” for COVID-19 infection, meaning over age 60, pregnant, or suffering from diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, asthma, HIV, or similar conditions. 


School Site and Office Site Response: 

Any individual within the school environment who shows symptoms should be immediately separated from the rest of the school population. Individuals who are sick should be sent home. If emergency services are necessary, call 911. The Human Resources Representative should be contacted as soon as possible to report the occurrence. 


When interacting with students or staff who may be sick, school nurses and personnel should follow CDC guidance on standard and transmission-based precautions. 


Human Resources Department Response: 

In accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions (CDC), if an employee is confirmed to have COVID-19 infection, employers should inform fellow employees of their possible exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, but maintain confidentiality as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Co-workers should then self-monitor for symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, or shortness of breath). 


Human Resources will identify any additional staff or students that will need to be quarantined and/or tested for COVID-19. Individuals who did not have close contact (meaning the individual was within 6 feet of the individual with symptoms for more than 15 minutes) with the person who is sick can return to work immediately after disinfection. Those who had contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 infection should isolate at home and monitor for symptoms for 14 days, even if asymptomatic. Close contact means the individual was within 6 feet of the individual with symptoms for more than 15 minutes. 


Human Resources will monitor staff quarantined, awaiting test results, and staff recovering from being infected with COVID-19. Staff needing additional considerations due to high risk situations will be addressed on an individual basis, as needed. 


Human Resources Representative Recommended Schedule for Actions: 

  • Immediately Upon Notification 

    • If the employee is currently in the facility, quickly determine a strategy for the employee to leave. 

    • Consider how to handle this situation to avoid exposure to others, while protecting the dignity and privacy of the individual.

    • Contact the LaSalle County Health Department for assistance.

  • One-Two Hours After Notification 

    • Assess whether to send all employees home for the day/close the building where the employee worked 

    • Obtain additional information from infected employee and conduct telephone interview (assuming employee is medically able to participate). 

    • Develop list of likely individuals to have had close contact with infected employee.  Close contact means the individual was within 6 feet of the individual who tested positive for COVID-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 infection for more than 15 minutes.  

    • Identify individual(s) responsible for communication plan for those who had close contact with infected individual and prepare plan. 

    • Work with Building and Support Services to arrange for thorough leaning/disinfecting per CDC Guidance. 

  • Two-Five Hours After Notification 

    • Assess work impact of closure of facility 

    • Work with various departments to determine what remote work will be completed by staff being quarantined and/or effected by the closure of a District building or Office 

    • Execute communication plan for coworkers and others who had close contact with infected individual 

    • Communicate with workforce about closure and anticipated return to work timing 

    • Work with Alumni Coordinator to prepare media statement, if applicable 

  • Building Engineer/Custodian/Building Support Services Response: 

    • Close off any areas of the school used by a sick person and do not use these areas until after proper cleaning and disinfection procedures have been completed. Open windows to increase air circulation in the area. It is advised by the CDC to wait at least 24 hours before cleaning and disinfecting; if 24 hours are not possible, wait as long as possible. Clean and disinfect all areas, such as offices, bathrooms, common areas, shared electronic equipment, etc., used by the person who is sick. 

  • Employee’s Return to Work: 

    • In accordance with state and federal guidance, employees who have been off work due to COVID-19 illness, exposure, or quarantine should not return to work until they have met criteria to return. Employees returning from illness, exposure, or quarantine related to COVID-19 should contact the Human Resources Department prior to returning to work to ensure all documentation required for the employee’s return has been received and accepted. 










Operations and Management


Bus Transportation 

  • Students will be asked to comply with appropriate physical distancing guidelines when waiting at a bus stop, during boarding, and while exiting the bus. 

  • If possible, students should wait in a vehicle or at home (for curb to curb service) until the bus arrives at the bus stop. 

  • Student temperatures will be taken by a parent before getting on the bus. Parents are self-certifying that they have taken their child’s temperature and no fever is present. Student temperatures will be taken at the school site. 

  • Bus riders will board the front of the bus and move to the back of the bus and then unload from the front of the bus to the back to minimize passing other students on the bus. 

  • Siblings or children from the same household will be seated together. 

  • Windows will be opened on the bus to increase air circulation if weather permits. 

  • Families are encouraged to transport their children to school to reduce the number of students on a bus. 

  • Per CDC guidelines, buses are limited to a maximum of 50 people on a bus at one time (this includes driver and monitors). 

  • Buses will be cleaned and disinfected according to CDC guidelines to the extent possible between routes. 


Nutrition Services 

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that waivers will remain in place for the 2020-2021 school year to accommodate non-congregate meal service. This important waiver means that the District can continue to serve meals to our students as they receive delivery of education through the Remote Learning Instructional Models. 

  • The Commons will be divided into three spaces allowing for a maximum capacity of 150 people.  

  • Students will be provided with a Grab and Go Lunch Daily that will also include a breakfast for the next morning.  On Tuesdays, Students will receive enough food for both Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Bringing outside food will not be allowed.

  • Meals for students during the Remote segment Instructional Model will be available for curbside pickup at designated times.

  • Health and safety protocols and procedures will remain in place for curbside meal distribution. 

  • Nutritionals will continue to be reviewed by the Nurse to ensure compliance with dietary restrictions 





Enhanced Cleaning 

Daily Cleaning (days with student attendance) 

  • Cleaning and disinfecting student desks/chairs daily. 

  • Main touchpoints will be cleaned and disinfected (switches, handles, doors). 

  • Bathroom touchpoints will be cleaned and disinfected twice per day during student attendance. 

  • Additional disinfecting throughout the school day to the following 

    • Push bars 

    • Door handles 

    • Soap dispensers 

    • Sanitizer dispensers 

    • Partition doors (inside and outside of doors) 

    • Toilet seats 

    • Flush handles- urinals & toilets 

    • Hand dryer push buttons 

    • All faucet handles in restrooms 

    • All sink handles in classrooms, lounges, etc 

    • Handrails 

    • Main Office countertops 

  • After School Cleaning Process 

    • Confirm proper dwell time is used for disinfectant on all areas discussed above 

    • Deeper clean/disinfect to chairs and desks 

    • Deeper clean/disinfect to all classroom countertops, lounge tables, lounge counter tops, sinks, toilets, urinals 

    • Deeper clean to all dispensers, partition walls, restroom doors, office doors, etc 

  • Detailed Cleaning (days with no student attendance) 

    • All touchpoints in the building will be cleaned and disinfected. 

    • Deep cleaning to restrooms throughout the facility 

    • Additional deep cleaning and disinfecting will be done in classrooms. 

    • Conduct a thorough cleaning of all surfaces discussed to remove any and all disinfectant residue off all surfaces. 


Safety Measures 

  • All staff and students are required to wear masks throughout the day except during mask break times such as lunch or when PE is outdoors and social distancing at 6 feet is maintained.

  • Custodial staff to wear gloves as needed to protect skin from irritation from cleaning supplies as well as protect from bodily fluids and aerosols. 

  • Nurse to be provided with gowns and gloves to limit their exposure to bodily fluids as well as to protect from aerosols. 

  • Adequate hand soap and sanitizer will be available in restrooms and facility entrances. 

  • Hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes (if available for purchase) available in every classroom. 

  • Cleaning supplies inventory to remain sufficient for the total number of classrooms and offices. 

  • Visitors to sites highly restricted to emergency only. All visitors will be subject to health screening. All visitors must wear a mask. 

  • Vendors and contractors required to be onsite will be subject to a health screening. All vendors and contractors must wear a mask. 


Safety Drills 

Streator Twp. High School District #40 will continue annual safety drills as required. Social distancing and student/staff safety protocols will be developed at each school site. 


Subject to Change

Provisions in this plan are subject to change without notice or formal Board approval.  The Board of Education extends the authority to the Superintendent and the Transition Team to change procedures and protocol as necessary to ensure a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment for all students and staff.


Adopted by the Board of Education July 28, 2020

EXHIBIT 1


In order to be considered for the Remote Learning Option for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year, this signed application must be completed by all parties.


Student’s Full Name: _________________________ Year in School:  FR   SO   JR    SR


Student’s ID Number: _________________________


Date of Application: _________________________



By signing this application, I (Parent/Guardian) ________________, acknowledge that I have read and understand and agree to the parameters of remote learning process offered by Streator Township High School for the entire 1st semester of the 20-21 school year.    


Parent(s) Signature:______________________________________Date:______________



Student Signature:_______________________________________Date:______________



Guidance Counselor Signature:_____________________________Date:______________



Administrator Signature:___________________________________Date:______________


EXHIBIT 2

LTE CHROMEBOOK APPLICATION
2020 - 2021

Streator High School will have the availability for students that do not have Wi-Fi at home to use a school issue Chromebook that will be used via cellular data.  These Chromebooks are specially designed for Streator High School.  Please return the application to Streator High School or fill it out and email it to rbeck@streatorhs.org no later than August 10, 2020.

  • Parents/Guardians need to apply for their student(s) to have this Chromebook.

  • There is no data limit on the Chromebook.

  • Streator High School internet filters will be enforced on the Chromebook just like all of the other Chromebooks.

  • Must pay the $45.00 upfront for insurance

    • Cracked Screen, Missing or Broken Keys, Liquid Spill, Full Immersion, Internal damage to Product, Mechanical malfunction, Display Failure, Hard Drive Failure, Battery Failure, Wi-Fi Failure, Port Failures, Motherboard Failure, Won't Charge, Won't Power On

  • Replacement cost for the Chromebook will be $300.00

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at rbeck@streatorhs.org or leave a message at 815-672-0545 ext 525.

Rob Beck
Director of Technology


LTE CHROMEBOOK APPLICATION

Student Name:   _________________________________________________________
Student ID#:   ___________________________
Parent/Guardian Name: ______________________________________________________________

By signing this application and being approved by SHS to receive a Chromebook I will pay the $45.00 insurance.  I am also acknowledging that I will be charged $300.00 for the Chromebook being destroyed or lost.  Return this for to Streator High School or email it to rbeck@streatorhs.org no later than August 10, 2020.

________________________________________________ ______________________

Parent/Guardian Signature Date