D34 Flex: Return-to-School Guide
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District 34, like all other school districts across the country, faces the task of returning students to in-person learning as soon as it is safe to do so. We recognize that the 2020-2021 school year will be like no other, and that it will require a great deal of planning, communication, collaboration and flexibility. D34 Flex, our plan for the school year, will give us the ability to adjust to new information and situations as a system and to work together -- administrators, staff, parents, students and community members -- to create the best teaching and learning environment, whatever that environment may be.
Remote+ and GOAL
On July 24, the Board of Education approved the framework of the plan for the fall. District 34 will start the school year in a Remote+ environment until, at the earliest, September 29, 2020. Parents also have the option to register their children for the Glenview Online Academy for Learning (GOAL). Parents will be able to login to PowerSchool on or before July 30 to make their choice.
The decision to start in Remote+ and enter in-person learning with a phased approach came down to a few key factors:
- Safety. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in our region (Region 10 in IDPH’s tracking tool), along with the other logistical challenges we face, the best move for District 34 is to start the school year in Remote+ and lay out the plans and guideposts that give us a careful path to in-person learning.
- Staffing. We must have enough teachers, associates, nurses and health aides, building leaders, custodians, food service workers and bus drivers to ensure that students have a safe, consistent and positive learning environment.
- Substitutes. Our pool of substitute teachers must be large enough to handle the increased absences that we are sure to face during COVID-19. We will continue to promote the need for substitutes, and the fact that the District has increased the pay rate for subs, and will monitor our ability to cover absences from our sub pool.
- Space. We intend to follow the guidance of health agencies and the scientific research that shows that distancing is important in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
District 34 is working in many ways to adopt policies and procedures, establish systems, and provide resources to protect the health and safety of students, staff and families. We follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), as well as the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). A metric dashboard will be shared with the community that indicates when a move to a different environment is warranted.