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FULL DAY IN-PERSON LEARNING BEGINS ON FEBRUARY 16, 2021
Beginning on Tuesday, February 16 (the day after Presidents’ Day), we will adjust our bell schedule so that students who attend in-person will be in the building for full days, including lunch service, Tuesday through Friday each week. All block periods Tuesday through Friday will continue to be “hybrid” blocks, in which some students learn in person and some learn from home in each class. Mondays will remain fully virtual, 8-period days. This slightly altered bell schedule will preserve the same amount of instructional time for all blocks that we currently have and will allow us the ability to manage lunch to maximize social distancing and safe procedures.
- The following entrances will be open for students to enter at 7:00 a.m. — Auditorium Entrance (door #2), Bus Shelter (door #3)
- Trophy Room (door #4) is an entry point for only students receiving special education services.
- Main Entrance (door #1) will open for visitors at 8:30 a.m.
- All students, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask/face covering that covers their nose and mouth while in the school building. We cannot admit anyone into the building without a mask/face covering. Masks must be worn at all times except when eating during lunch.
- All students, faculty and staff who enter the building will be required to complete the self certification questionnaire each morning and show results upon entering the building. The self certification form link can also be found on the Maine East home page. Students and staff will also have temperatures taken.
Parking/Drop-off & Pick-up
- All students must park in the East parking lot and enter the building through Door #3 (bus shelter). Parking permits will not be required at this time.
- Drop-off and Pick-up will take place in the East Lot or Auditorium and students will enter the building at Door #3 or Door #2.
Maine Township HSD207 was informed on Aug. 4 that PACE will NOT be running specific school routes indefinitely. This means there are limited routes for students that will pass by or close to our schools. Those routes are posted on the District 207 website at: https://maine207.org/transportation/. All individuals on a bus must wear a face covering, no more than 15 individuals will be on a bus at one time, and social distancing will be maintained to the greatest extent possible.
Safety Protocols when Attending Campus In-Person
- All individuals are required to wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth at all times while in any school building except those deemed medically exempt by a doctor and authorized by the school administration.
- Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if social distance is maintained.
- All individuals are required to remain socially distant (6 feet apart) at all times when possible.
- Restrooms will be monitored to prevent overcrowding and maintain social distancing.
- Signage throughout the buildings will remind everyone of physical distancing and face covering usage at entryways, hallways, classrooms, restrooms, and common areas.
- High-touch areas will be cleaned routinely throughout the day.
- Hand sanitizer will be available in all learning spaces and areas where food is served and eaten.
- Hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer will be encouraged.
- Sharing materials will be discouraged. Classes requiring shared materials and equipment will have protocols for disinfecting such between each use.
- Staff and students will follow a self-screening protocol each day.
- Students will not be allowed to leave the building and re-enter. Once they enter the building they must remain until their classes are completed.
- Classrooms will be clearly marked to show where to sit, stand, or line up for six-feet spacing, if possible.
- Students will have assigned seating and be required to remain in these seats to the greatest extent possible.
- The maximum number of students permitted in a classroom will align with ISBE/IDPH social distancing guidelines.
- Students and staff must sanitize hands whenever anyone enters the classroom.
- Classrooms will be cleaned after each change of class.
- School ventilation systems will be maximized, i.e. open windows, doors, etc when appropriate.
- Students that are in the building for a full day will have lunch available. Selection will be the same as it for meal distribution.
- Social distancing will be maintained when possible. In large areas, seating will be staggered to avoid face-to-face interaction.
- Students will be required to remain in seats to the greatest extent possible.
- Students will be required to wear masks that cover the nose and mouth while not eating.
Any individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness must stay home. Families and staff should report possible cases to the school nurse at 847-692-8317 to initiate contact tracing. CDC and IDPH guidelines for students who were suspected of having COVID-19, whether they were tested or not, state that 24 hours must elapse from the resolution of fever without fever-reducing medication, and at least 10 calendar days must pass after symptoms first appeared. It is recommended that medically fragile and immunocompromised students consult their medical provider prior to attending school. Staff returning from illness related to COVID-19 must call to check with the Human Resources Department following quarantine. Any individual within the school environment who shows symptoms will be immediately separated from the school population. Individuals who are sick will be sent home. Siblings of the ill student will also be sent home per IDPH guidelines. If a student is identified as having had close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19, the student will be notified and must begin full home learning for a period of 14 calendar days. Please refer to the Health Office COVID-19 Guidelines for Parents/Guardians for additional information.
Confirmed COVID-19 Case Procedures
Maine Township HSD207 will follow public health guidelines when addressing suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.
- D207 will immediately notify local county health officials, who will assist in determining a course of action.
- Each building will follow a Contact Tracing Protocol that will alert those exposed to Covid-19 and provide them with instructions on how to quarantine (IDPH Guidelines).
- Persons identified as being in close contact (within six feet for more than 15 minutes throughout the course of the day) with the individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be asked to isolate at home for 14 calendar days from their last contact with the infected individual.
- Students and staff should remain home from school until they receive the test results.
- Students with confirmed cases of COVID-19 and those exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus will stay home and must be isolated for a minimum of 10 calendar days after symptom onset and can end home isolation after afebrile (fever-free without fever-reducing medication) and feeling well for at least 24 hours
- As new guidance emerges, guidelines may change. This guidance is as of July 20, 2020 from the CDC.
Should cases become wide-spread, D207 will confer with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Public Health to determine if the school building experiencing the outbreak must close completely.