Re-Opening 2020-21

Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 will use this page to communicate information related to students and staff returning for the 2020-21 school year. The Frequently Asked Questions section will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Lincoln-Way 210 has planned for Blended Learning- A/B Days. Following IDPH/ISBE guidelines, Blended Learning-A/B Days focuses on limiting the total number of people in a building on a daily basis. Students will be split alphabetically into: Group A: Last Name A – L and Group B: Last Name M – Z. A Day students attend In-Person while B students are Remote; B Day students attend In-Person while A students are Remote.

The goal and purpose of Blended Learning is to split every scheduled class in half to allow for greater social distancing in each classroom. This would not be accomplished if all the students in one grade level were in attendance. For example, greater social distancing is not accomplished in Algebra class if all freshmen are in attendance in that classroom. It is only accomplished if half of the Algebra students attend on A Day, the other half on B Day.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for opening schools under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. Included were requirements about social distancing and limiting the number of people who can gather in one place to 50. It is difficult to meet these requirements in schools our size with all students in the building at the same time.

For parents who chose not to have their child attend class in-person according to the Blended Learning-A/B Day schedule, a Remote Learning option is available. If parents choose this option, a commitment must be made by July 26, 2020. This commitment is for the entire first semester and needs to be communicated by completing this FORM.

When they are at school for their A/B day, it will be a regular schedule 0 – 7; Attendance will taken by each teacher and recorded in Skyward as usual. When they are NOT in school on their opposite A/B day, students will be expected to complete assigned work, assignments, and activities independently.

Switching from Blended to Remote would be a case-by-case decision based on the circumstances surrounding the request.

Students will not be permitted to use their lockers during the school day. No lockers will be assigned. Access to the hallways during class time will be limited. Hallways will be either one-way or divided in half with directional arrows to minimize contact and emphasize social distancing. Stairways will be labeled for one-way traffic only (“UP ONLY” – “DOWN ONLY”).

In accordance with ISBE guidelines, Lincoln-Way School District #210 will implement the following:
• Desks will be arranged in one direction with limited interactions.
• Masks will be worn by all students and staff.
• Locker rooms will not be used for physical education.
• Students will not be dressing in physical education uniforms. Students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes and athletic wear to school in order to participate in physical activities.
• Seating charts will be created and enforced by classroom teachers for contact tracing purposes.
• Classroom materials may not be shared among students or must be sanitized, if applicable, between classes.
• Before leaving the classroom, each student will sanitize their desk with school issued sanitizer.

Yes. The Illinois Department of Public Health is requiring face coverings at all times while anyone is in a building or on a bus. Families that do not want their children to wear a mask at school have the option to choose Remote Learning by completing this FORM.

The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education released guidance for opening schools under Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan.

Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness should stay home. 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.

Individuals who did not have close contact 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. Close contact means the individual was within 6 feet of the individual with symptoms for more than 15 minutes.

Parents are responsible for keeping their child home if they show any signs of COVID-19 including, but not limited to fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting. Each student and staff member must complete a LW210 HEALTH SELF-CERTIFICATION SURVEY at the start of each day. Students may also have their temperature taken upon arrival to school. Students who show symptoms or with temperatures above 100.4 degrees will be sent home after a parent is contacted.

Masks - Per Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education guidance, we will be requiring all people in buildings to wear masks.

Symptom checks - We will be implementing a self-certification process. All individuals entering our buildings will need to self-certify that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and are fever-free.

Cleaning - We have enhanced our cleaning procedures to meet or exceed CDC and IDPH guidelines. Products used are Environmental Protection Agency approved disinfectants for use against coronavirus.

Social Distance - We will be maximizing social distancing in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and offices as much as possible. The hallways and stairwells will have clear designations for traffic flow.

To the extent possible, staff, students, and visitors should avoid sharing supplies. In the event a handheld material must be shared, the individual using the shared supply must use the District provided disinfectant to thoroughly clean the item prior to and following its use.

All staff, students, and visitors must practice social distancing from others whenever possible by maintaining at least six (6) feet of physical separation between themselves and others. Staff and students in the building will need to pay attention to signage demonstrating appropriate social distances and will need to attend to signage indicating the direction of travel for hallways and stairwells. Whenever possible, the District will mark hallways, stairwells, and doorways to indicate the direction of travel to increase the amount of space available between individuals. The bell schedules will be adjusted to accommodate social distancing as well.

Students in Dual Credit courses will continue to earn credit for colleges; therefore, students must continue to meet all curricular expectations to fulfill the dual credit course requirements with both Lincoln-Way and JJC/ USF. AP (Advanced Placement) curriculum will be instructed in a manner to provide students maximum preparation for the AP exams.

Students with an individualized education plan (IEP) will have the option to select in-person Blended Learning – A/B Days or Remote Learning. Administration is currently developing a plan for students within the LIFE, Pathways, Transition, and Bridges programs to be in-person each school day. Specific details will be provided at a later date. Due to social distancing requirements, parents will participate in IEP meetings remotely.

Following Will County Health Department guidance, should a positive case occur the District's health services staff will work with the health department on contact tracing to identify individuals who need to be notified and who will need to self-quarantine.

The District will follow the guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education regarding fall sports.

Illinois Department of Public Health guidance states buses can transport a maximum of 50 students and requires all students to wear a mask on the bus. State guidance recommends members of the same household who ride the bus together should also sit together while on the bus. The buses will be disinfected regularly. Products used will be registered Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectants with labeled claims that the product is EPA-approved against COVID-19.

Additional parking for juniors and seniors will be available during Blended Learning. Specific information will come from building principals as we get closer to the beginning of the school year.

Laptops will be available for students who need them. Contact your school’s PPS Department.

When the cafeteria is being used, no more than 50 students will be allowed in each area. Students may be assigned to other areas of the building during their lunch period. Each area will hold no more than 50 students. Tables will be eliminated from occupancy, and desks will be spaced apart to practice social distancing. Students are encouraged to bring their own sack lunch. “Grab-n-Go” pre-made lunches will be available every day. If applicable, they must be picked up from the cafeteria upon arrival to school.

Lincoln-Way will consider changing the Community Service graduation requirement.

Locker rooms will not be used for physical education. Students will not be dressing in physical education uniforms. Students are encouraged to wear athletic shoes and athletic wear to school in order to participate in physical activities.

Students will no longer be able to go to the Nurse’s Office unannounced. For students needing to tend to routine medical conditions, the nurses will establish a schedule and identify a location designed to meet these students’ needs. Students needing to visit the Nurse’s Office for illness or injury will need to see an adult staff member to facilitate their visit to see the nurse.

Yes. Students who took Drivers Education in the Spring will complete the course during the first two weeks of school.

We ask for your patience as we work through the details of planning for the fall. We anticipate updating the FAQ frequently as more information becomes available. If you have feedback for the District, we encourage you to send your comments using our feedback FORM. All feedback will be shared with the Superintendent and Board of Education.