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Superintendent Message 7/28/20

In May of 2020, the CCSD 46 Reopening Team, over 100 people strong, began envisioning how to reopen schools as safely as possible for the fall of 2020.

On Wednesday, July 15th, the members of that team presented to the Board of Education a tentative reopening plan consistent with known information and guidance at that time. Families were offered two options: Remote Learning or Onsite Learning. However, new information has become available, feedback has been shared, and conversations have continued. These conversations have led to plans for Remote Learning for all students, with a target of the start of the second trimester (November 9) as a potential date for offering Onsite Learning for the families who request that, or possibly a Hybrid Option.

The revisions to our plans are based upon minimizing risk to students and staff, as we have watched COVID-19 numbers increase and programs close down due to positive cases. In addition, we are committed to providing cohesive instruction to students, limiting the interruptions that we expected to be likely onsite under the current guidance related to quarantining and contact tracing.

Community members have wondered about the results of the survey that followed the July 15th Board of Education meeting. The survey data is available here. We have been asked if we based our change in plans on this data. We have also been asked if we made the decision to go to Remote Learning for all students prior to even doing the survey. Neither of these is the case.

As sometimes occurs, everything was happening at once. There has been constant new information. Below I am providing information about our current situation in the hope that I can provide a bit of clarity in the midst of what we all know has been worldwide perpetual uncertainty.

If you were at our last Board of Education meeting, you will know that some of our Board members were already expressing concern about beginning Onsite Learning at the start of the school year. Concerns have continued to grow. And, at the same time, new information was coming in.

For example, we have continued to examine metrics. There has been an increase in COVID 19 positivity in the last two weeks. Last Thursday, we had 93 new cases in Lake County, and on Saturday, Illinois announced the fourth straight day with more than 1,200 new cases, resulting in the highest seven-day rolling averages since late May. Those are just a couple of examples of how we see that the data is going in the wrong direction.

There is the evidence of schools and programs closing around us. You may have heard of what happened at Lake Zurich High School, where the sports camps opened up, and closed down after two days due to 69 COVID 19 cases. The Lake County Department of Health made 400 contact tracing calls, and that was after the school had to trace and share all of the possible contacts for the handful of students originally involved. Another Lake County school district opened up for a 60 person summer school program. Over a span of 6 days, they had to remove at least one staff member or student every day because they’d come into close contact with someone who had tested positive. All of this and more caused us to continue talking, envisioning classes closing down, students quarantining and therefore moving back and forth between onsite and remote classes. How, we wondered, could we provide continuity for our students? The expectation that staff members would also be quarantining worried us, as we know that try as we might, our schools would not be able to fill substitute openings; there was already a nationwide substitute shortage prior to the pandemic. Keeping our students and staff in a remote setting brings us safety, and it brings us continuity.

As well, the guidance keeps changing. We have had continual guidance changes, from the nature of face coverings, to the definitions connected to social distancing requirements, to what “close contact” for exposure means. Keeping our students and staff in a remote setting brings us the ability to make our decisions on solid information.

Very reasonably, we’ve been asked how we will know when we should bring our students back on site to learn in classrooms. Unfortunately, we can’t fully answer that question, because we have been awaiting information about such metrics from county, state, and apparently federal health professionals for about six weeks. We were told that guidance was going to come from the Lake County Department of Health, and then we were told that it will be coming from the Illinois Department of Public Health, and then it went on hold as the CDC was updating protocols. We still don’t have the information. Keeping our students and staff in a remote setting allows us to let the health experts come to some kind of consensus.

The contradictions and course-changes have gone on and on, and we believe that this will continue to happen for a while. Making the decision now to keep our students and staff in a remote setting allows us to focus on providing the best possible remote instruction, instead of diluting our efforts by continuing to plan for two options, only to find two weeks or two days before school starts, or perhaps two days after the start of school, that we need to revert to an all remote program.

We know that we have many families who are upset by this new recommendation. We are upset about it too. Our teachers and assistants and secretaries and principals and custodians want nothing more than to greet our students’ excited faces and work with them in person. No one got into these jobs to sit at the other end of a computer screen, at least not at the elementary / middle school level. However, this is where we are, feeling sadder, but also safer.

This is such a difficult time. We are so eager to provide Onsite Instruction, sharing the joy and energy of being together. However, we are dedicated to the physical and social-emotional health and safety of our CCSD 46 families, and we believe that this revised plan supports that health and safety. We also know that an energized approach to Remote Learning brings us new opportunities, and we are excited to explore those!

Our community has many questions. We know that you will ask them, and hope that you will accept the answers as they are given, with a shared desire that things could be different right now, and with honesty.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lynn Glickman
CCSD 46



CCSD 46 Remote Learning Plan 2.0

In May of 2020, the CCSD 46 Reopening Team began envisioning how to reopen schools as safely as possible for the fall of 2020. Over 100 staff members and administrators met at least weekly through mid-summer. Three teams were formed:
     • Operations
     • Instruction
     • Social/Emotional and Physical Health

During these meetings, team members considered many points of data, including the results of two family surveys and two staff surveys. They also researched, read articles, and reviewed continuously changing guidelines from state agencies and federal organizations.

On Wednesday, July 15th, the CCSD 46 Reopening Team presented to the Board of Education a tentative reopening plan consistent with known information and guidance at that time. Families were offered two options: Remote Learning or Onsite Learning. However, new information has become available, feedback has been shared, and conversations have continued. These conversations have led to plans for Remote Learning 2.0 for all students, with a target of the start of the second trimester (November 9) as a potential date for offering Onsite Learning for the families who request that, or possibly a Hybrid Option.

The revisions to our plans are based upon minimizing risk to students and staff, as we have watched COVID-19 numbers increase and programs close down due to positive cases. In addition, we are committed to providing cohesive instruction to students, limiting the interruptions that we expected to be likely onsite under the current guidance related to quarantining and contact tracing. More information about the decision to change our plans, along with access to survey data related to the July 15th Tentative Reopening Plan, can be found here.

This is such a difficult time. We are profoundly sad that we will not be providing Onsite Instruction at this time, sharing the joy and energy of being together. However, we are dedicated to the physical and social-emotional health and safety of our CCSD 46 families, and we believe that this revised plan supports that health and safety.

View the 2020 Tentative School Reopening Plan: English




CCSD 46 School Reopening Frequently Asked Questions


CCSD 46 parents, staff, and community members: soon you will find a link to a compilation of questions that have been received regarding our revised plans for 2020-2021 school year.



The Reopening Team is basing decisions upon guidance from Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). As well, we are guided by the needs of our community of families and staff members. We appreciate the many members of our community who have helped our planning process by responding to surveys! Other considerations also continue to be reviewed, including those presented by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

El equipo de reapertura está basando las decisiones en la orientación de ISBE e IDPH. Además, nos guiamos por las necesidades de nuestra comunidad de familias y miembros del personal. ¡Agradecemos a los muchos miembros de nuestra comunidad que han ayudado a nuestro proceso de planificación respondiendo a las encuestas! También se siguen revisando otras consideraciones, incluidas las presentadas por la Academia Estadounidense de Pediatría (AAP).

Please see these links for more information:
Consulte estos enlaces para obtener más información:

ISBE/IDPH Transition Guidance

ISBE/IDPH Guía de transición

ISBE/IDPH Transition Guidance FAQ

ISBE/IDPH Guía de transición Preguntas frecuentes

AAP Planning Considerations

Consideraciones de planificación de AAP



As we all know, this situation is extremely fluid. Health and safety recommendations continue to evolve, and such changes could certainly cause revisions to our plans.

Como todos sabemos, esta situación es extremadamente fluida. Las recomendaciones de salud y seguridad continúan evolucionando, y tales cambios ciertamente podrían causar revisiones a nuestros planes.