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This handbook procedure is meant to apply generally to any pandemic or other health emergency and should be supplemented with other relevant and timely information.
A pandemic is a global outbreak of disease. Pandemics happen when a new virus emerges to infect individuals and, because there is little to no pre-existing immunity against the new virus, it spreads sustainably. Your child’s school and district play an essential role, along with the local health department and emergency management agencies, in protecting the public’s health and safety during a pandemic or other health emergency.
During a pandemic or other health emergency, you will be notified in a timely manner of all changes to the school environment and schedule that impact your child. Please be assured that even if school is not physically in session, it is the goal of the school and district to provide your child with the best educational opportunities possible.
Additionally, please note the following:
- All decisions regarding changes to the school environment and schedule, including a possible interruption of in-person learning, will be made by the superintendent in consultation with and, if necessary, at the direction of the Governor, Illinois Department of Public Health, local health department, emergency management agencies, and/or Regional Office of Education.
- Available learning opportunities may include remote and/or blended learning. Blended learning may require your child to attend school on a modified schedule.
- Students will be expected to participate in blended and remote instruction as required by the school and district. Parents are responsible for assuring the participation of their child. Students who do not participate in blended or remote learning will be considered truant.
- All school disciplinary rules remain in effect during the interruption of in-person learning. Students are subject to discipline for disrupting the remote learning environment to the same extent that discipline would be imposed for disruption of the traditional classroom.
- Students and parents will be required to observe all public health and safety measures implemented by the school and district in conjunction with state and local requirements.
- During a pandemic or other health emergency, the school and district will ensure that educational opportunities are available to all students.
- School personnel will work closely with students with disabilities and other vulnerable student populations to minimize the impact of any educational disruption.
- Students who have a compromised immune system, live with an individual with a compromised immune system, or have a medical condition that may impact their ability to attend school during a pandemic or other public health emergency should contact school officials.
- During a pandemic or other health emergency, teachers and school staff will receive additional training on health and safety measures.
- In accordance with school district or state mandates, the school may need to conduct a daily health assessment of your child. Parents and students will be notified of the exact assessment procedures if this becomes necessary.
- Parents should not send their child to school if their child exhibits any symptoms consistent with the pandemic or other health emergency.
- Please do not hesitate to contact school or district officials if you have any concerns regarding your child’s education, health or safety.