By the first day of school for the 2020-21 academic year, which is August 13, the state will have moved into Phase 4 of its Restore Illinois plan. Please note: Moving into Phase 4 does not mean schools will operate as they were before the pandemic hit.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued the following requirements for schools to reopen in Phase 4:
a. Masks or face shields will be required to be worn by all faculty, staff and students.
b. Extensive building cleaning would occur throughout the day and in the evening.
c. Social distancing protocols must be followed and class sizes significantly reduced (approximately 50% of students every other day)
d. Large group gatherings or activities of more than 50 people will not be allowed to meet.
The most likely scenario for classes will be a hybrid schedule with one-half or one-third of our students on campus on a daily basis to meet ISBE and IDPH requirements.
On any given day at Stevenson, we have almost 5,000 people in the building - including students and adults. Our current planning involves doing everything that we can to reduce the transmission risk to both students and our faculty and staff.
We are already at work making plans to bring small groups of students and our faculty and staff back safely to campus. This summer, we have several working groups, consisting of administrative team members, faculty and staff, who are using guidance from the IDPH, ISBE and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to develop plans in these areas:
- Health and Safety
- Special Education
- Hybrid and Remote Teaching and Learning
- Nursing Practices
- School Operations
- Athletics and Co-Curriculars
- Classroom / Lab Procedures
- Food Service
- Cleaning, Sanitization and HVAC
We will provide more reopening information for families in July.