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Return to Five-Day In-Person Learning April 7

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February 26, 2021

 

With our continued low positivity rates and a decreasing weekly new case rate per 100,000 people, Woodridge 68 is returning to five-day in-person learning with a remote option immediately following Spring Break. There is no school Monday, April 5 (Spring Holiday) or Tuesday, April 6 (Remote Learning Planning Day). Students will return to five-day in-person learning Wednesday, April 7.

 

Mitigation Efforts

All current safety protocols remain in place, which include full implementation of all 5 key mitigation strategies as outlined by the CDC. Details of these protocols can be found under ‘Health & Safety’ on the Woodridge 68 hybrid-remote website. By the time we move to five-day in-person learning in April, nearly 90% of our Woodridge 68 staff will be fully vaccinated and past the two-week period for the vaccine to take full effect.

 

School Day Hours

With the return of five-day in-person learning, elementary school hours will return to the pre-COVID schedule: 8:20am-2:55pm. The junior high will remain under its current schedule: 8:58am-3:25pm.

 

Social Distancing

Based upon the study from our architect, Wight & Co, most Woodridge 68 classrooms can accommodate the recommended 6-foot social distancing between students with five-day in-person learning. There are a few classrooms in some of our buildings where social distancing may be less than six feet. If this should happen, parents/guardians of those students will be notified. Parents will have the option for students to stay in that class, move to a different class where spacing may be better (if available), or stay remote.

 

Food Service

As a reminder, the USDA extended its national school lunch and breakfast program guidelines through the end of the school year, allowing school districts to continue to distribute meals to all school-aged children. There is no charge for these meals, regardless of pay status (free, reduced, or paid). We will continue to serve lunch at school and send breakfasts home with those who would like them. Updated meal distribution information will be shared in the upcoming weeks. Parents will still have the option of picking up their in-school students for lunch.

 

Travel Quarantine

Woodridge 68 families who travel abroad over spring break can decide to voluntarily quarantine for 7 days upon their return to help protect our school community. If you decide to do so, please contact your principal so accommodations can be made for your student.

 

ACTION NEEDED

With the change to five-day in-person learning with a fully remote option, families are asked to commit and respond to the following between Tuesday, March 2 - Tuesday, March 16, 2021. These forms must be completed for all students - past responses will not carry over.

Will your student attend five-day in-person school or participate in fully remote learning beginning Wednesday, April 7? This choice for your student is effective through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Please note that teacher placement should not change, but it is not guaranteed.

Will your student participate in the school lunch and breakfast program? Answers to this question are non-binding and are for informational and planning purposes only. This question applies to all students, regardless of in-person or remote learning.

If your student is eligible for bus transportation services, will your student ride the bus? This choice is effective through the end of the 2020-21 school year. Masks and social distancing are required for all students on the bus, and students will be assigned a seat. Please note that we may not be able to guarantee a six foot distance between students if more decide to ride the bus.

Beginning March 2 at 8:00am, log in to Skyward Family Access and click ‘Online Forms.’ Each of the three questions listed above is a separate form. All forms must be completed for each of your students. If your student is not eligible for bus transportation, you may skip that form. If you have misplaced or forgotten your Skyward username and/or password, click here.

 

More information will be shared as we finalize plans for a return to school. Your prompt response to the questions above will help in the planning process. We are excited for the opportunity to see our students in school on a regular basis.