Return to School Status Update, July 16, 2020
July 16, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians:
This letter includes updates on our return-to-school planning and a reminder about our 2020-21 school year registration.
Registration Reminder for the 2020-21 School Year
Registration is now open for the 2020-21 school year. Our entire registration process should be completed online this year. The deadline for registration is August 4. Please see our district website, at www.d121.org, for further details.
Return-to-School Tentative Planning Update
We continue to plan for multiple school reopening scenarios for this fall as we consider the most recent direction we have received from the governor, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Please keep in mind that our planning is ever changing. We are approaching the time at which we need to make a determination on our reopening status, as we are just about a month away from the start of school. We are monitoring the guidance we receive, as it may change based on the status of COVID-19 statewide.
WTHS has been preparing for in-person instruction for students, provided we can comply with enhanced health and safety requirements. We also must be ready for fully remote instruction at any point in time. We have made significant revisions to our Fully Remote Learning Plan since the end of last school year, including the incorporation of extended class period times and professional development to support remote learning.
Week of August 10-14 - We are currently planning for an institute day on August 10, our first staff development day on August 11, and three remote learning planning days August 12-14. This will provide teachers with the first week back for planning and to engage in professional development to help prepare us for the start of school and potential in-person learning.
Instruction Begins August 17 - Our current plan is to use either a blended learning approach to instruction by creating a rotation of in-person and remote attendance days for students, if we can safely do so based on the most recent COVID-19 data. This would allow us to limit the overall number of students gathering at our campuses on a given day, while still offering in-person learning. Alternatively, we may start with a fully remote plan.
We will have an update on our return to school status next week.
Thank you again for your ongoing flexibility and support as we work together to prepare for the 2020-21 school year.
John P. Ahlgrim, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools