D181 aims for reopening plan by month's end

By the end of July, Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 officials hope to have a guidebook and web page that details procedures for reopening schools available to families.

“We will continue our conversations in the coming weeks and want to be sure we are incorporating the voices of our teachers, staff, parents and community partners,” Superintendent Hector Garcia wrote in a June 26 email to district families.

The district has formed a transition team that includes a school board representative, a PTO president from each school, staff representing each school and staff category, the administrative team and community partners.

The district’s plan will follow the guidelines offered in a 60-page document created by the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Public Health. Several topics must be considered, Garcia wrote in his email, including scheduling, transportation, the use of masks and social distancing.

“Throughout all of these conversations, we are balancing the needs of our students academically, socially and emotionally with their physical safety and well-being,” he wrote.

District officials were planning to debrief with staff today, July 2, and check in with families after the Fourth of July holiday, according to communications director Jamie Lavigueur. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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Pamela Lannom is editor of The Hinsdalean