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What Will School Look Like This Year at Christian Life?

 

As the 2020-2021 school year begins, we will continue to work with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Winnebago Health Department (WCHD) to provide the best learning environment for our students as possible while adhering to all local health guidelines. We thank you for working with us to follow the guidelines below and help protect the health and security of all Christian Life families and staff.

 

Revised Attendance Policy Guidelines:

 

  • If any student or staff, or anyone in their household, has taken a diagnostic test for COVID-19 due to concerns about having the virus, they may not return to school until that test result has come back negative for COVID-19.

 

  • If student/staff, or anyone in their household, has been diagnosed with COVID-19, they must quarantine at home for 14 days AND provide a doctor’s note prior to returning to CLS.

 

  • If student/staff has left school or stayed home from school after experiencing COVID-like symptoms BUT has been diagnosed with a non-COVID illness they must provide a doctor’s note prior to returning to CLS.

 

  • If student/staff has experienced COVID-like symptoms but chooses not to get a COVID-19 test and cannot provide a doctor’s note, they must self-isolate at home for 10 days starting from the date of the first symptom prior to returning to CLS, and be symptom free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 72 hours.

 

General Safety Guidelines:

  •  Everyone must have his or her temperature taken in order to enter our facility. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4°F may not enter  per the WCHD.
  • Everyone inside the building must wear a face covering, unless a doctor's medical exemption has been provided.
  • Appropriate social distancing will be implemented as much as possible in classrooms and shared spaces.
  • Staff and students will not share personal education items, such as pens, crayons, or markers
  • If any student or staff member test positive for COVID-19, they must follow WCHD guidelines for care, which will include a forced absence from our facility. This may include students or teachers as the WCHD determines. Please visit https://www.wchd.org/covid for more information.
 
  • In the event of a non-COVID-19 illness, a student must be fever-free for 72 hours (3 days prior to returning to school.
  • While we will stock extras, students need to bring their own face coverings.
  • Anyone entering the building between 8:00 AM and e:00PM will need to enter through the elementary doors off of Spring Creek to guarantee temperature and safety checks.
  • A separate quarantine area will be set up for any student who feels ill during the day or exhibits possible COVID-19 symptoms. Parents will need to immediately pick their child up if called, and that area will be deep cleaned. 
  • Student drop-off and pick up will be closely monitored and will emphasize a clear flow of individuals in one direction and appropriate social distancing. 
 

Cleaning:

  • All cleaning procedures will follow WCHD requirements and guide our choice of claning processes and products.
  • All regularly used classroom surfaces will be cleaned daily. All classroom, hallways, and common areas will be cleaned with a commercial-grade misting machine several times a week. 
  • Shared items, such as toys or PE equipment will be cleaned daily after use.

 

General Classrooms and Common Areas:

 

  • All students will be grouped into "cohorts" as much as possible to limit extended exposure to each other. A cohort is a homeroom of students who will be in close contact with each other throughout the school day, but only spend short time periods with other students (lunch, recess, etc).
  • As part of the cohort process, students will remain in the same classrooms as much as possible. Home room teacher and specialist teacher will come to their rooms.
  • Weather permitting, teachers will be allowed to bring their students outside for learning activities if appropriate to the subject matter being taught. 
  • Social-distance markings will be put on floors in certain areas to help maintain 6-feet of distance as much as possible. 
  • Furniture in unmonitored areas will be removed to limit students unnecessarily gathering together 
  • We are installing touch-free paper towel and soap dispenser in our bathrooms. Bathroom visits will be monitored so students can socially distance while inside. Bathrooms will be cleaned daily.
 

General Classrooms and Common Areas:

 

  • All students will be grouped in "cohorts" as much as possible to limit extended exposure to each other. A cohort is a homeroom of students who will be in close contact with each other throughout the school day, but only spend short time periods with other students (lunch, recess, etc.)
  • As part of the cohort process, students will remain in the same classrooms as much as possible. Home room teachers and specialist teachers will come to their rooms. 
  • Weather permitting, teachers will be allowed to bring their students outside for learning activities if appropriate to the subject matter being taught.
  • Social-distance markings will be put on floors in certain areas to help maintain 6-feet of distance as much as possible.
  • Furniture in unmonitored areas will be removed to limit students unnecessarily gathering together
  • We are installing touch-free paper towel and soap dispensers in our bathrooms. Bathroom visits will be monitored so students can socially distance while inside. Bathrooms will be cleaned daily.

Elementary:

  • Students will not be required to wear masks while taking naps. Their nap mats will be socially distanced as best as possible.
  • Elementary recess will still be held, outside as often as possible. Face coverings will be required when students in close contact and students will sanitize their hands prior to and after using playground equipment. 
  • Parents will not be able to gather in the school or elementary entrance area prior to picking up their child. Please wait until the actual release time. 
  • Individual cohorts will have will have specified bathroom times to help increase social distancing as much as possible. 
  • PreK3-2nd grade students may also bring face shields to school in addition to face masks to wear during certain types of instruction (i.e. phonics) where it educationally beneficial for teachers and students to see each others mouth movements or facial expressions. This is optionals based on family preference.

Middle and High School:

  • 6th - 12th grade students will b allowed to carry backpacks to limit locker visits. Lockers will be assigned 6-feet apart.
  • 6th - 12th grade students will not change for PE classes. Locker rooms will be locked and not accessible except for sports teams. 

Lunch:

  • Hot lunch will be served as normal and all cafeteria staff will follow safety guidelines. Our cafeteria is licensed and monitored by the WCHD.
  • Students will be socially distances when in lunch lines
  • Students will eat lunch in groups of 50 or less.
  • Eating surfaces will be cleans after each group uses them.
 

Before and After Care:

  • All safety guidelines will be observed in before and after care as well. 
  • Students will be grouped by grade level to limit exposure to other cohort groups.

 

 

 

Revised October 7, 2020