D103 Fall Opening Plan
Dear District 103 Community,
I would like to provide you with an update regarding the opening of school this fall. Thank you to all of our parents who have informed us of their decision for either an in-person or remote learning experience for your children starting August 25. The results showed that 52% of families chose a remote option and 48% of families chose an in-person option. This has been extraordinarily helpful as we plan for the start of school in four weeks.
There are two major changes that will occur for learning this year:
- Grades 3-8 will move to a hybrid model (A/B schedule)
- We will start with remote learning for all students on August 25 and move to in-person learning four weeks later depending on metrics
Due to a change in State guidance regarding the distance students must adhere to (a change from 3-6 feet to a stricter 6-foot distance), it is necessary for us to change to a hybrid model in grades 3 through 8 for in-person learning. We are working to continue a 5-day per week in-person experience for our early childhood through second-grade students if we are able. The new hybrid model will include both the remote and in-person learning environments (2-3 days per week in-person and 2-3 days per week remote). This decision will only impact our families who chose in-person learning. I understand this is a large and disappointing change for families who chose the in-person learning experience. Unfortunately, it is necessary to adhere to the 6-foot distance for all students attending school. We will be reaching out to families who chose the in-person option this week to see if they wish to change their choice to a remote experience. Families who chose the remote option will have no change to their learning experience.
In-person instruction is the most desired learning environment for children. COVID-19 has forced schools across the world to shut down depending on the level of infection in their communities. We have been reviewing the metrics in Lake County regarding the positivity rate and the new cases per 100,000. Both of these metrics are on the rise. With additional challenges being placed before schools, I am recommending to the Board of Education that we slow our in-person experience by four weeks. All students would begin learning in a remote environment on August 25. We will review the status of the COVID-19 spread and positivity rate by September 25, and if the metrics show that the spread of COVID-19 is under control and on a downward trajectory, in-person school would begin as early as September 30. If the metrics are not showing the spread of COVID-19 is under control, we will set another date to review the status of the pandemic in our community.
I will present a detailed explanation of the metrics, challenges, and progress we are making toward starting school at the August 4 Board of Education meeting at 7:00 p.m. Please see the agenda, instructions for accessing the meeting, and how to ask a question below:
- Watch the special board meeting on the District 103's YouTube channel
- Public comments or questions for Tuesday's Board Meeting may be submitted to the Google Participation Form
- Other questions you would like administration to answer about our Fall Opening Plan, please add to this Google Form
- For more information on our Fall Opening Plan, please visit our website
Our entire District 103 community needs to work together to create the best learning environment we can for our children. It will take all of our efforts to have a successful year. COVID-19 is here and all of us have a part to play to ensure we keep ourselves, our families and each other’s families healthy. Please, follow the three most important actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Wear a mask
- Keep a 6-foot or greater distance between you and others
- Wash your hands frequently
These efforts have shown to drastically reduce the spread of COVID-19. Individuals who have followed these efforts have been able to mitigate COVID-19 effects in their communities.
Thank you for your partnership as we continue to move forward with teaching and learning this fall. I leave you with a quote from Philo of Alexandria:
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”.
With great respect,
Scott Warren, Ed.D.
Superintendent of D103 Schools