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District 208 COVID-19 Transition Committee Stakeholder Update

RB Students and Families,

The District 208 COVID-19 Transition Committee, consisting of parents, students, faculty, and administration met on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.  At the time of this correspondence, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has not released the guidelines for opening school in fall 2020.


Below are few key takeaways from the committee’s first meeting to keep stakeholders up to date:


  • The committee’s preferred method of instruction/school for the upcoming fall semester is “in-person;” however the group understands that the State’s guidelines for opening school will drive the final decision.
  • Three plans are being developed and reviewed by the committee:
    • Plan A:  Traditional school day - with some additional safety guidelines
    • Plan B:  Reduced enrollment - with some additional safety guidelines

Reduced enrollment: The student population would be split into groups; those groups would attend on alternate days to reduce the number of students in classrooms, hallways, and the cafeteria. The committee is working out the details of what student learning would look like on a non-attendance day. 

    • Plan C:  Remote Learning (virtual)

Dr. Freytas and Mrs. Lindquist (AP for Curriculum and Instruction) are working with a subcommittee to redefine/revise the Remote Learning Plan that was used this spring to address feedback that was submitted by students, parents, and teachers (ex: length of the instructional day, student workload, teacher-student interaction).

  • The Master Schedule will be rebuilt this summer to increase the number of lunch periods (from 3 to 5) and decrease the number of students in the cafeteria at one time. This change has been needed for some time due to enrollment increases but has been moved to the forefront due to the anticipated guidelines from ISBE for reopening schools.
  • At this time there is no update on the status of athletics or activities for the 2020-21 school year. 
  • These updates will be sent throughout the summer as the committee continues to make progress toward a final plan for the start of the school year. We appreciate your patience as we navigate through these unprecedented times.
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