Health & Safety Protocols
District 34 will follow executive orders by the Governor of Illinois, as well as any regional or local orders. Executive Order 2020-40, filed on June 4, 2020, allowed schools to reopen for in-person instruction in Phase 3. In-person instruction is strongly encouraged in Phase 4; however, this does not signify a return to pre-pandemic operations. Appropriate social distancing, face coverings, enhanced sanitation measures, and other accommodations are necessary to ensure the safety of students, staff and families. During Phase 4, guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH):
Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings; neck gaiters, face shields without masks, and masks with valves are not acceptable face coverings at this time.
- Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;
- Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible;
- Require that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and
- Require an increase in school-wide cleaning and disinfection.
The health and safety protocols have been developed with guidance from IDPH and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Cleaning & Sanitizing
District 34 custodial staff have been trained in increased cleaning and sanitizing procedures, and have been given a manual that outlines all procedures. They are required to sign off that they have read the manual and will adhere to the procedures.
District 34’s Food Service department follows strict guidelines for food safety and sanitation in their daily operations; those will continue. Increased procedures have been implemented in kitchens and for food service staff to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
- Staff are required to self-certify that they have taken their temperature and screened for other COVID-19 symptoms before starting a shift
- Face masks are required at all times in kitchens, cafeteria service lines and all food service work spaces
- Disposable aprons and dishwashing gloves are required when handling dirty dishes
- Physical distance is kept in kitchens and work spaces and separate defined work stations have been established
- Hygiene signs have been placed at various locations throughout the cafeteria entrance, seating area and serving area
Isolation rooms have been configured and designated as infirmaries in all schools to hold staff members or students who become symptomatic. These rooms are equipped with a negative air machine that filters and circulates air to limit the spread of contaminants . Each infirmary has a dedicated bathroom within or next to the room. The door remains closed at all times and the room is staffed with a health service employee.
Health office visitors will remain 6 feet away from Health Office employees unless otherwise instructed. Floor marking will indicate 6 feet distances.
Plexiglass dividers separate three areas with cots for staff or students with symptoms.
Proper hygiene practices, including hand washing, will be practiced by health service employees, and visitors to the infirmary will be instructed/reminded about these practices.
As we work to reach our "new normal," District 34 is committed to:
- Safety & Health: The safety and health of students, staff and families is the top priority.
- Flexibility: We have developed plans that allow us to adapt to inevitable changes.
- Equity: We will provide equitable access for all students and families.
- Connections: D34 will keep open the lines of two-way communication, and communicate consistently, clearly and with compassion.