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Return to School Plan FAQ

Will high school students in full remote learning be able to take Behind the Wheel instruction? (Updated 7/30/20)
Yes...Remote learning students will be scheduled for Behind the Wheel instruction just like in-person learners.  If a parent/guardian wants to opt their child out of Behind the Wheel, that request should be made to the Driver's Education classroom instructor or the high school principal.
How will the high school's 4-Block impact the accumulation of credits towards graduation? (Updated 07/27/20)
In a 4-Block schedule, students take the same number of classes over the course of a full year as they would in an 8-Block schedule. Therefore, the 4-Block schedule will have no negative impact on a student accumulating credits towards graduation.
Will in-person learning be offered?
  • As long as our school district’s region is in Phase 4 of Illinois’ “Restore Illinois” plan, then schools are allowed to implement in-person learning.
  • Coal City School District’s “Return to School Plan” implements a hybrid model of instruction that allows for 4 hours of in-person learning and one hour of remote learning per day for any students who choose the in-person learning option.
Will my child be required to wear a face-covering in school?
Yes...for school districts in Illinois to offer in-person learning, the ISBE requires that everyone in the school must wear a facemask.
Does my child still have to wear a face-covering if they are inside the building and six feet apart from anyone else?
Yes...whether or not a student is socially distanced, for school districts in Illinois to offer in-person learning, the ISBE requires that everyone in the school must wear a facemask.
Does my child have to wear a face-covering outside the school?
Students are not required to wear a face-covering when outside as long as they remain properly socially distanced.
For in-person learning, will my child ever be allowed to take off their face covering?
Each school is building time into the school day to take students outside for facemask breaks.  Students will also be able to remove their face coverings when outside for PE.
Will the school district provide a facemask for each student?
Yes...the school district will provide one facemask for each student with the Coal City School District logo.
What if my child is medically unable to wear a face-covering?
  • If a child has a medical note stating that he/she is unable to wear a facemask, the wearing of a clear face shield will still be required.
  • Full remote learning is also an option for any child deemed medically unable to wear a facemask.
Will students be kept 6 feet apart at all times?
  • The ISBE guidance for in-person learning requires proper social distancing to the greatest extent possible.
  • The school district will socially distance students and staff as much as possible, but keeping everyone a full 6 feet apart is not always possible, which is why the ISBE requires the wearing of face coverings at all times.
What will be the hours for in-person learning?
  • ECC 7:45 - 11:45
  • ES 8:10 - 12:10
  • IS 8:00 - 12:00
  • MS 8:20 - 12:30
  • HS 8:00 - 12:15
Will bussing be offered?
  • Yes...ISBE guidelines allow no more than 50 students on a bus
  • All bus riders must wear face coverings while on the bus
  • Siblings are encouraged to sit together on the bus
  • Parents are encouraged to transport their child to school if at all possible
Will child care be offered in the afternoon for in-person learners?
  • The school district will be providing afternoon child care for parents who are unable to pick their K-8 child up after school.
  • The afternoon child care will be staffed by school district staff.
  • Face coverings will be required and proper social distancing will be enforced.
  • Afternoon childcare will end between 3:00 and 3:30 p.m. (each school’s schedule differs)
Will school lunches be served?
Yes...school lunches will be served on a grab and go basis at the end of the shortened in-person learning day.
What if I am not comfortable sending my child to school during this pandemic?
The school district’s “Return to School” plan provides the option of full remote learning for any student.
If I choose a full remote learning option for my child, can I switch back to in-person learning?
Yes...by providing notice to the school, you can switch back to in-person learning at any time.
If I choose full remote learning for my child, what will it look like?
  • In accordance with ISBE guidance, students choosing a full remote learning option for the fall will have a much different learning experience than they did in the spring, 2020.
  • Students choosing a full remote learning option will be required to participate in five hours of learning per day.  A student’s teacher(s) will determine whether those learning activities are synchronous or asynchronous in nature.
  • Students choosing a full remote learning option will be held to the same academic expectations as students who are learning in-person, which includes grading, assignments, due dates, and assessments.
  • Students in full remote learning will need to be available during the hours of normal in-person learning in order to participate in teacher lessons and activities when necessary.
  • Parents choosing a full remote learning experience for their child will be required to sign a “Remote Learning Contract” agreeing to the terms and conditions of the school district’s Remote Learning Plan.
What will the one hour of remote learning look like for students choosing in-person learning?
  • Students choosing in-person learning will be required to participate in one hour of remote learning per day, which is necessary to meet the ISBE requirement of five hours of instruction per day.
  • The one hour of remote learning will take place each afternoon.
  •  A student’s teacher(s) will determine whether those learning activities are synchronous or asynchronous in nature.
Will my child be provided an electronic device to participate in remote learning activities?
Yes...all students will have access to an appropriate school-issued electronic device.
What electronic platforms will be used by teachers during remote learning?
  • PK, K and 1 - Website Teacher Pages and Class Dojo 
  • Grade 2 through 12 - Website Teacher Pages and Google Classroom
Will the high school GAVC classes still be offered?
Yes...all GAVC classes will be offered on a shortened schedule.
Will my child continue to receive the academic interventions they were receiving on a full school day?
Yes...academic interventions will continue to be delivered via either in-person or remotely.
If my child has an IEP, will the components of the IEP still be met?
Yes...the school district will work collaboratively with parents/guardians of IEP students to develop specialized plans
Will my child be excluded from school for COVID-19 symptoms or a positive COVID-19 test? (Updated 8/3/20)


School Exclusion Chart - ISBE/IDPH Guidance 6/29/20

Period of Exclusion

Student or Staff member tests positive for COVID-19

  • Minimum of 10 days of exclusion after onset of symptom(s)
  • If no symptom(s), period of exclusion starts with positive test
  • Period of exclusion will be extended until at least 24 hours after fever breaks (without fever-reducing medication) AND exhibiting no other symptoms

10 Calendar Days (Minimum)

Student or staff member exhibits one (or more) symptom(s) of COVID-19

  • Fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Period of exclusion starts on the date of onset of symptom(s); this is determined in the sole discretion of school personnel
  • If symptom(s) persist past the initial 14 day exclusion period, IDPH or local health officials must be consulted regarding return (return to school will likely not be recommended if symptoms persist in the absence of a negative COVID-19 test)
  • Student/staff member may present medical documentation or explanation of other illness or condition (e.g., allergies, fibromyalgia, pregnancy, etc.) that may be causing symptom(s) that would allow return to school/work
  • Student/staff member is tested (documentation required):
    • Positive for COVID-19: See above
    • Negative for COVID-19: Students or staff members who receive a negative COVID-19 test within the 14 days of exclusion, will be allowed to return to school (documentation required)







14 Calendar Days (Minimum)

Student/staff member has a temperature higher than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit with no other COVID-19 symptoms

  • At least 24 hours must elapse from resolution of the fever without fever-reducing medication before the student or staff member can return to school
  • If any other COVID-19 symptoms are present, see box directly above


24 Hours

Student/staff member had close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19

  • The “window” for the close contact is within the past 14 calendar days

  • “Close contact” means that the student/staff member was within 6 feet of a person who tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes

  • Period of exclusion starts of the date of most recent close contact

  • The close contact can happen at school, home, in the community, etc

 




14 Calendar Days

Student/staff member had close contact with someone who is exhibiting one or more COVID-19 symptom(s)

  • The “window” for the close contact is within the past 14 calendar days
  • “Close contact” means that the student/staff member was within 6 feet of a symptomatic person for more than 15 minutes
  • Period of exclusion starts of the date of most recent close contact
  • The close contact can happen at school, home in the community, etc.
  • Student/staff member is tested (documentation required):

    • Positive for COVID-19: See above
    • Negative for COVID-19: Students or staff members who receive a negative COVID-19 test within the 14 days of exclusion, will be allowed to return to school (documentation required)
  • If the original student or staff member receives a negative test for COVID-19 and has no symptoms, the student(s) and staff member(s) who are excluded due to being in “close contact” with the original student or staff member, may return to school as long as they are showing no symptoms.



14 Calendar Days

Student/staff member has returned from a location with sustained widespread transmission, potentially including areas located within the United States (Level 3 Travel Warning)

14 Calendar Days

Will COVID-19 symptom testing be required before a student is allowed in school?
Yes...the ISBE requires that students are either symptom tested at the entrance of the school OR they complete a self-certification process.
What are the COVID-19 symptoms?
  • Fever - 100.4 or above
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Sore throat
  • Runny nose/Congestion 
  • Loss of taste and/or smell 
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache 
  • Fatigue
Will I be notified if a student or staff member in the school district has tested positive for COVID-19?
Yes
Will I be notified if a student or staff member in my child’s class has been sent home with COVID-19 symptoms?
If two or more students in a classroom have been sent home with COVID symptoms, then the parent/guardians of all students in that classroom will be notified.
If a student or staff member tests COVID-19 positive, will the entire classroom be required to self-isolate?
  • No...the only student required to self-isolate will be those who were in “close contact” with the COVID positive person.
  • The ISBE/IDPH define “close contact” as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes.
Will the school district be conducting contact tracing?
Yes...via seating charts, visitor logs, sign-in sheets, etc.
Will middle school and high school athletic programs take place this school year?
The school district is currently waiting on a decision on this issue from the IHSA and the IESA.
Will students at the middle school and high school dress for PE?
No...students will not dress for PE.  Students should come to school dressed in comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for light activity in PE.