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District surveying families to determine next steps in returning to in-person learning

(From September 11 district newsletter. To read the full newsletter, go here: https://conta.cc/2RAuEB6
 
The latest guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department shows that there may be opportunities to bring back whole grades of students as soon as October 1.

CCSD 89 plans to begin the return to in-person learning by inviting preschool, kindergarten, and first-grade students back to classrooms for half days of in-person learning with strict safety protocols. Students will still have the option to continue learning remotely. The goal would be to phase in other grades as conditions allow.

I am sharing this information so that we can be transparent about our planning work. However, I want to emphasize that these dates could change based on local health conditions. Opening up schools for in-person learning is a complicated process that involves protecting community health, providing consistent education, and ensuring resources are available to all learners.

In order to prepare for the best possible learning environment when students return to buildings, the district sent a survey to parents, asking them to indicate how many families are likely to continue remote learning and how many would send their students to school buildings. 

Surveys help district adapt, plan for changing situation
As you remember, the district shared a similar survey this summer, which helped drive that phase of planning. The health metrics and guidance have changed since that time so it is necessary to again gather feedback. You can expect that when we have a date for students to return, we will be asking families to make a final commitment through a survey. We appreciate your patience as we continue to navigate this evolving situation. 

More details about in-person and remote learning will be shared prior to resumption of in-person learning. The district's goal remains to provide consistent, safe, in-person learning as soon as possible.
I would like to thank the CCSD 89 parents who have volunteered to be part of the Parent Advisory Committee, which met for the first time Wednesday. You can see the slides that were shared with that committee here: https://bit.ly/3hk6cyo

Thank you for all you do to support learning for life. 

Dr. Emily K. Tammaru
Superintendent