School Reopening Plan
The process of planning for a safe reopening of our schools has been ongoing since we first had to close our buildings in March. However, more specific planning started in late June when the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health released directives to school districts. In early July, we formed our multidisciplinary committee to begin work on two goals: (1) Develop a plan that allows our students to return to in-person learning while complying with the mandates from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health and (2) Refine our remote learning plan to insure that we build the capacity to provide high-quality remote learning if or when this is necessary.
The Robinson CUSD#2 School Reopening Plan that is attached to this message is a result of the work of this committee and its seven subcommittees. It is a living document – it can and will be revised as necessary when new information is received or as conditions change in our community. In addition to the document itself, committee members spent hundreds of hours this team spent researching, making calls to vendors, consulting colleagues and other experts, and revising as mandates changed multiple times.
I would like to call your attention to one particular section of the plan where we need your partnership as parents. Each day, we must document that all students and staff entering the building are symptom free. The committee has developed a process for pre-certification which allows for a parent or responsible adult to document that a child is symptom-free before they are sent to the bus stop or dropped off at school. Page 6 of the plan describes this process. We have created and will provide every family with booklets of these pre-certification forms and we ask that you complete them each day and send them with your student. If the majority of our students are pre-certified by their parents each day, this will help us keep arrival time at each building flowing smoothly and avoid bottlenecks. I have attached a PDF version of the pre-certification form. If you have access to a printer, you are welcome to print your own copy to pre-certify your student(s) on the first day of school. If you would like to pick up forms ahead of time, we will have a pick time available next Tuesday (see below). In addition, we will send a booklet of forms home with each student on the first day of school.
Finally, I would like to call your attention to two upcoming dates:
On Tuesday, August 18 from 2:00PM to 7:00PM, we will host a drive-through pick up for pre-certification forms at our transportation facility located at 1301 W. Main St. Also at this time, any families who need reusable facemasks for their students may pick them up as well. Specific instructions for the drive-through will be e-mailed in a separate message later this week.
On Thursday, August 20 at 6:00PM, Robinson CUSD#2 will partner with the Crawford County Health Department, Crawford Memorial Hospital, and Lawrence County Health Department to host an overview of plans and community question and answer session. This event will occur at Nuttall Middle School. While no more than 50 people can be accommodated in person, we are making arrangements to livestream and potentially broadcast the session through other media. Early next week, a portal will be available for remote viewers to submit questions in advance.
We look forward to seeing our students soon!