Lincoln-Way High School District 210 announced it will reopen this school year blending in-person and remote learning as the state continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Superintendent R. Scott Tingley wrote to parents about the district board's decision to reopen. He said in a letter that the board discussed three options for the school year.
The board chose a "blended learning" option for the fall, although Tingley warned that the situation with schools reopening "continues to be a fluid situation based upon the conditions and guidance at this time."
Following guidance from state agencies, the district's blended learning option focuses on limiting the total number of people in a building on a daily basis. Students would be split alphabetically by last name into two groups.
Group A would include students with last names starting with A through L. Group B would include students with last names starting with M through Z.
As one group of students attends school in person, the other group would attend school remotely, Tingley said.
He added that the district surveyed parents, students and staff on a variety of reopening options. After receiving more than 6,000 responses, the district learned that 88% of parents, 86% of students and 88% of teachers rank the fully in-person or blended learning options as their first two choices. Tingley said in his letter this indicates "a desire to return to some form of in-person instruction and learning."
Still, for those parents who don't want their child to attend class in person, they can choose to have them attend school remotely. Parents must commit to this option by July 26 by completing a form available on the district website.
Students and staff members also will be required to wear face masks when they are in the building or on a bus, according to state health requirements.
To learn more about the district's plan and other guidance regarding school reopening, visit lw210.org/community/return.