I want to take a moment to update you on Nippersink SD 2 and Richmond-Burton CHSD 157 plans to reopen schools this fall. A joint task force has been formed between both districts to examine what that reopening will look like and what needs to be done in order to keep our students and staff safe.
In the development of the return to school plan, the task force has incorporated the requirements for schools to reopen set by the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that will meet the needs of our students. Our plan takes into account that the situation with COVID-19 is very fluid. It allows the districts to adjust the plan if positive cases increase to the point where the State of Illinois places our region back into phase 3.
It is the goal of the Task Force to share the re-opening plan no later than July 24, 2020. Following the release of our plan, we will provide a brief FAQ sheet to the public, informational videos, and other digital resources that will be helpful in preparing for your child’s return to school. Following this, each school’s principal will also be providing information specific to the start of the year at their school.
In addition to our plan to reopen schools, we have revised our remote learning plan. Based on our experience with remote learning last spring and your feedback from the surveys that were returned, we have made significant improvements in several areas. More information on this will be forthcoming.
Also, we will be sending out an additional survey from both districts after the release of our return to school plan. This survey will be seeking additional information related to your concerns and whether you plan to send your child back to school for in person learning.
Online registration is open at this time. We would ask, even if you think you may not send your child back for in person learning, that you register your child. This allows us to place every child in a class and aids in our planning and purchasing of needed resources.
Finally, I want to thank you for your patience as our Joint Task Force continues to plan for the many contingencies we could face during this upcoming year. Your feedback has been very helpful and our number one priority is to make sure we develop plans that will keep your child safe.
Dr. Tom Lind,
Superintendent of Schools