• North‌ ‌Shore‌ ‌School‌ ‌District‌ ‌112‌ ‌Solicited‌ ‌input‌ ‌from‌ ‌parents,‌ ‌staff‌ ‌members,‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌community.‌ As‌ ‌of‌ ‌August 7,‌ ‌2020,‌ ‌there‌ ‌were‌ ‌more than ‌1,500‌ ‌entries.‌ ‌This‌ ‌document‌ ‌reflects‌ ‌answers/responses‌ to‌ ‌the‌ ‌questions‌ ‌and‌ ‌categories‌ ‌of‌ ‌questions‌ ‌with‌ ‌respect‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌reopening‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌schools‌ ‌for‌ ‌fall‌ ‌2020. View the most recently added questions on the top of the page and scroll down to view questions in specific categories. 

New FAQs added August 7, 2020

  • What is the protocol if a single student or school staff member tests positive for COVID-19?

  • If a student in the Hybrid Learning In-person Model must quarantine for 14 days, how will their education continue?

  • Could reopening schools lead to increased rates of COVID-19?

  • Is there any further guidance that can be provided to help families screen students to be certified to attend school each day?

  • What are the specific criteria that will be considered in making a decision to move from the Hybrid Learning In-Person Model to a full virtual/remote model?

  • How will you be able to clean middle school classrooms between classes?

  • How many custodians will be staffed to clean in the 2-hr period between the AM/PM groups PRE-K-8?

  • How were AM/PM session assignments decided? 

  • What is the maximum number of students in an in-person class, in the hybrid model?

  • How will student pick-ups/drop-offs work if you have two students at two different schools that release at or around the same time?

  • Will face shields be allowed instead of face masks?

  • Can students work in small groups at school in the Hybrid Learning In-person Model? 

  • Will students be able to eat snacks at school? 

  • Will students be able to drink water?

  • Can students turn in paper assignments? Can student materials be shared?



INSTRUCTION / LEARNING QUESTIONS

  • If we move back to Phase 3 (Restore Illinois Plan) will students in virtual and hybrid still be “separated”? 

  • Will virtual students be provided with workbooks and paper-based materials?

  • Will both the hybrid and virtual model offer world language curriculum? 

  • If we have opted out of the hybrid model, will we be allowed to opt back in if circumstances change?

  • How and when will my child's IEP get supported if the student has opted out of the hybrid model?

  • What are the plans for the library at the 10 schools?

  • How is attendance taken for the different learning models? 

  • Neighbors are trying to pool together resources to share child care. Will the district try to accommodate those families?

  • In the hybrid model how will students come into and out of the buildings maintaining appropriate physical distancing?

  • Will advanced and accelerated Math and English Language Arts (ELA) options be available for middle school kids?

  • Does the Middle School Virtual Learning Model allow for ‘leveling’? 

  • Does the K-8 Hybrid Learning Model allow for Differentiation?

  • In the virtual model, will students have deadlines for assignments? Can they continue to receive a daily and/or weekly schedule and checklist?

  • For the hybrid model, will middle school students be switching classrooms, or will they be grouped by their leveled classes?

  • If ILP students go 100% remote will their Special Education teacher still be the one they’d have had in class?

  • 1. What are the highlights of the District’s recommended hybrid option?

  • 2. What will be the school day hours for the hybrid model?

  • 3. Why has the District recommended the hybrid model? 

  • 4. Will students be provided a virtual learning option as an alternative to the hybrid learning model?

  • 5. What are the highlights of the District’s virtual learning model?

  • 6. What are the main differences between the full-day, hybrid, and virtual models?

  • 7. What is the difference between virtual learning and remote learning?

  • 8. How will the District provide devices to all students for the virtual or remote learning model?

  • 9. How do the different learning models address English Language Learners?

  • 10. How will student attendance work at the start of the school year?

  • 11. How will students be assessed academically at the start of the school year?

  • 12. Will school events take place this year?

  • 13. Will there be field trips this school year?

  • 14. How will band/orchestra/chorus be handled in elementary and middle school?

  • 15 . Will there be extra-curricular activities, sports, or musicals this school year?

SPECIAL EDUCATION RELATED QUESTIONS

  • 17. Describe the plan for the special education programs? 

  • 18. How will IEP services be determined under the different models?

  • 19. How will IEP and 504 meetings be held during the school year? 

  • 20. What is the plan for students who need 1:1 aid? 

  • 21. Will there be a change in how resource teachers / interventions / speech see their students?

  • 22. Has there been consideration/funds allocated for assistive technology for the hearing impaired in light of the widespread use of masks, inclusive of teachers who may need this technology?

OPERATION RELATED QUESTIONS - SAFETY, FACILITIES, TRANSPORTATION

  • What will happen to a student that is dropped off without doing a health certification at home?

  • How will “face coverings” be defined and enforced? What will determine an “acceptable” face covering and how will teachers make sure they’re all acceptable?

  • What happens if a student needs to go to the nurse? Or becomes ill/injured during the day?

  • Where exactly will the air conditioners be placed? Is it in the hallways? Why can’t each individual classroom have a portable unit? 

  • 23. What happens if there is a student/teacher/staff member who tests positive for COVID-19?

  • 24. Will temperature checks be conducted for the hybrid model?

  • 25. Will a mask be required and will the District provide masks for all students?

  • 26. Will there be more deep cleans of the school buildings?

  • 27. Will there be hand washing stations and hand sanitizer available throughout the school buildings and in each classroom?

  • 28. How do families attain mental health services support for students that may be in need next school year?

  • 29. How will the District handle food service in the hybrid model?

  • 30. How will the required drills (Fire, Tornado, ALICE) be handled so that distancing can be maintained?

  • 31. How will proper ventilation be provided for students and staff wearing masks in non-AC buildings?

  • 32. Will start times be changed to help manage social distancing? 

  • 33. Will outside guests be permitted on school grounds?

  • 34. Will Innovation Learning be an option if a school is operating in a hybrid model? 

  • 35. Will students be allowed to share classroom materials (games, manipulatives, etc)?

  • 36. If there are rolling shutdowns, how will materials be provided to students?

  • 37. Where will students store their backpacks, jackets, supplies since lockers and cubbies are so close together?

ADDITIONAL OPERATION RELATED QUESTIONS

  • 39. Is the district considering using Lincoln School, more of Green Bay school, or temporarily delaying the Edgewood/Northwood construction to use the closed junior high

  • 40. How many students will be allowed per classroom?

  • 41. Will students have to be 6 feet apart in the classrooms?

  • 42. Will the middle school class schedule be modified to reduce hallway congestion?

  • 43. Will students be kept in one classroom all day with the same teacher?

  • 44. Will the playgrounds be open for recess in a hybrid learning model environment?

  • 45. Will modifications be made to bathrooms? More frequent cleaning? Install guards between stalls/urinals? 

  • 46. How will bus transportation change to manage social distancing in the hybrid model?

  • 47. Who will be eligible for bus transportation in the hybrid model?

  • 48. Will bus drivers be taking the temperature of students before they board the bus?

STAFF RELATED QUESTIONS

  • 49. How will the health of teachers and staff be monitored during the school year?

  • 50. What will happen if a staff member is feeling sick at work and is exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms?

  • 51. How will the District be supporting the mental health of our teachers?

  • 52. If a hybrid model is adopted, will staff also have the option of working from home or in the school? Especially thinking of staff who has school-age children who may or may not be remote learning, children in daycare, etc.

  • 53. Will teachers have planning periods in the hybrid learning model?

  • 54. Is the District making staffing adjustments in preparation for the upcoming school year in light of COVID 19?

  • 55. Will the District require substitute teachers to obtain a COVID-19 test?

  • 56. Why is the school board meeting virtually to decide that in-person school is "safe" to resume? If it is safe to resume school in-person, shouldn't it be safe to meet in-person as well? Or is the health of educators, school staff members, and our families low priority?