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Back to School 2020
Back to School 2020
Susan Keane
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Lutheran School Association – Opening Information 

Dear LSA Parents,

Please find below our plan for the Lutheran School Association Re-Opening. Please keep in mind that this plan is fluid and subject to change based on the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health, (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education, (ISBE). We will update our plan as we receive guidance for the various governmental agencies.  We appreciate your patience in this matter.  Our first day of school for students is planned for August 18.

The Lutheran School Association strives to partner with families to provide a safe  and loving environment where children receive a Christ-centered education, meeting the spiritual, academic, and social needs of our students. 

Again, this plan was created in a rapidly changing environment. It does not constitute a contract or guarantee that each item will be fulfilled as currently written. The school board retains the right to make necessary changes at any time.

Background Information

  • ●Policies should be practical, feasible, and appropriate for children’s and adolescents’ developmental stage.
  • ●COVID-19 appears to behave differently in children and adolescents than other common respiratory viruses, such as influenza, on which much of the current guidance regarding school closures is based.
  • ●Although children and adolescents play a major role in amplifying influenza outbreaks, to date, this does not appear to be the case with COVID-19.  
  • ●Evidence indicates that children and adolescents are less likely to be symptomatic and less likely to have severe disease resulting from COVID-19 infection.
  • ●Children may be less likely to become infected and to spread infection.
  • ●Children should wear face coverings when harms (e.g., increasing hand-mouth/nose contact) do not outweigh benefits (e.g., potential COVID-19 risk reduction).  
  • ●COVID-19 policies are intended to mitigate, not eliminate, risk.  
  • ●No single action or set of actions will eliminate the risk of COVID-19 transmission, but implementation of several coordinated interventions can greatly reduce that risk.

 

Opening Approach for 2020-2021 School Year

  • In Person Plan: Full in school learning, four days per week Monday-Thursday. School begins at 8:15 and dismisses at 3:15 for all grades K-12. Friday will be a remote learning day for all students in grades K-12. School start and end times will remain the same.  Pre-K program will meet each day at school on Monday-Friday.
  • Distance Learning Plan: Parents and students may choose to participate in a Remote Learning  Only Plan if they are not comfortable returning to an In-Person learning  experience.  Details regarding the Remote Learning Only Plan will be released at a later date. Families who have an interest in this option should contact their building principal as soon as possible.
  • ●Use of Masks on school grounds for students and staff
    • Face coverings do not replace social distancing. Face coverings may be challenging for students to wear in all-day settings such as school. Face coverings should be worn by staff and students as feasible, and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult.
    • Requests may be made to wear masks inside classrooms for things like (but not limited to) 1-on1, group instruction/activities, or in close proximaty to others, etc.
    • Masks are required to be worn in all indoor common areas.  This includes hallways, lockers, restrooms, cafeteria lunch line and school offices.
    • Cloth face coverings should be cleaned on a daily basis.
  • ●Temperature o All staff will have temperature taken upon entry daily. o Sending student to school is parent certification that the student is COVID 19 symptom free. o All students will have their temperature checked prior to entering the building. o Late arrivals will be checked at the office before entry. o Anyone (students and teachers) displaying a fever of 100.4 or above must stay home.
    • Anyone (students and teachers) that develops a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home immediately.
    • Anyone (students and teachers) who has exhibited a fever cannot return until a minimum of 24 hours fever free without use of fever-reducing medication.
  • ●We retain the right to evaluate all situations on a case-by-case basis and send or ask students to remain home when deemed necessary.
  • ●With full attendance, distancing of desks of 6 feet apart will not be possible, and therefore desks will be placed as far apart as feasibility possible and facing the same direction.
  • ●Playgrounds o Enforcing physical distancing in an outside playground is not reasonable.
    • Emphasis will be placed on limiting the size of groups participating in playground time.
    • Playground equipment will be scheduled and rotated between the classes.
  • ●Chapel o Chapel will be presented to the students in the classrooms via video.
  • ●With limited exceptions, visitors will not be allowed into the building.
  • ●If a student/employee tests positive for COVID 19, they will follow doctor’s orders, be out of school for at least 14 days, and can return upon presentation of a doctor’s note.
  • ●Students/Employees that were in close contact (defined as without a mask, within six feet, for 15 minutes or more) an individual with a positive COVID 19 test will be required to self-quarantine based on contact testing.
  • ●The classroom of any student/teacher diagnosed with COVID 19 will be closed for a minimum of 2 days so that direct/intensive cleaning of room can take place.
  • ●Periodic cleaning of classrooms throughout day. ● Periodic handwashing breaks.
  • ●Hand sanitizer inside and outside of classrooms.

Lutheran School Association – Opening Information 

 

Items still being reviewed / developed

 

  • ●Guidelines for drop-off and pick-up
  • ●Closing procedures
  • ●Meals/Cafeteria
  • ●Before and After School Care