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Joliet School District 86 releases plans for fall instruction

All students will have some degree of remote learning

A Joliet Public School District 86 flag waves in the wind Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Washington Junior High School in Joliet, Ill.
A Joliet Public School District 86 flag waves in the wind Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Washington Junior High School in Joliet, Ill.

Joliet Public Schools District 86 released its plans for how students will return to school in the fall as the nation continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The district detailed two different possible options for instruction based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to district's plan.

The first option features a hybrid plan of both in-person and remote instruction. Students would attend school in-person for one to two days a week and would be at home for remote learning for the remaining days.

In-person class sizes would be limited to half of a class of students to ensure social distancing.

Students and staff will be required to wear masks. Only students with medical conditions certified in writing by a medical doctor will be excused from using a face mask. Face shields are not approved.

Students will also have their temperatures checked every day when they arrive. If their temperature is above 100.4 degrees, they will be sent home.

Students will be able to wash their hands when they arrive at school, and before and after lunch and as needed.

The district laid out a schedule in its plan for when students would be in school during the week. It designates Wednesdays as remote learning days for all students so each school building can undergo a "deep cleaning."

The second option would include a fully remote learning plan in which students would be required to attend virtual classes every day. This option would be implemented for "medically fragile" students, if the district is instructed to stop in-person instruction, or upon parent request.

In its plan, the district said it formed multiple committees to focus on planning for a myriad of issues like operations, instruction, technology, equity and student services, and administrative processes. The district also took into account survey responses from staff and parents.

The plan designates Aug. 24 as the first day of school for in-person instruction and remote learning.

District 86 included guidelines for other aspects of school life in its plan. For instance, it advises that school assemblies and after-school clubs can take place in a virtual format. All school events and large gatherings will be suspended. All in-person field trips are also canceled.

All visitors to school buildings will need to make an appointment 24 hours in advance of visiting. Hand sanitizer will be available for visitors.

For more information on District 86's plans for reopening, visit joliet86.org.

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