Lutheran School Association – Opening Information
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.
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.
● 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.
● 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
o Due to COVID-19 - Facemasks must be worn at all times while inside of the building unless a teacher gives a mask break while within the classroom while all students are seated, facing the same direction, and spaced at least apart 6 feet. If a student is caught repeatedly not wearing or improperly wearing their mask, it will be treated as an insubordination/discipline issue. Students who cannot or will not wear facemasks are invited to enroll in off-campus learning.
o Masks are required to be worn in all indoor common areas. This includes hallways, lockers, restrooms, cafeteria lunch line and school offices.
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.
o Anyone (students and teachers) that develops a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home immediately.
o 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.
o Enforcing physical distancing in an outside playground is not reasonable.
o Emphasis will be placed on limiting the size of groups participating in playground time.
o Social distancing between groups must take place when outside.
o Classes will not be intermingling with the exception of Pre-K with Kindergarten.
o Staff will schedule the use of the areas or offset recess times so places like the swings, basketball hoops and playset are not monopolized.
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 two students or student and teacher diagnosed with COVID 19 will be closed for ten days per MCHD.
● Periodic cleaning of classrooms throughout day.
● Periodic handwashing breaks.
● Hand sanitizer inside and outside of classrooms.