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District 303 working on plan to reopen schools safely in the fall

A committee comprised of District 303 staff members, parents, students and others is putting together a plan on how schools can reopen safely this fall.
A committee comprised of District 303 staff members, parents, students and others is putting together a plan on how schools can reopen safely this fall.

ST. CHARLES – A committee comprised of District 303 staff members, parents, students and others is putting together a plan on how schools can reopen safely this fall.

During Monday's School Board meeting, Superintendent Jason Pearson updated school board members about the committee's work. As Pearson told school board members, six subcommittees are working on the plan, addressing such topics as instruction, social and emotional health and well-being, building health and safety, communication, transportation and food service and human resources.

"We are prioritizing student and staff safety while providing a sense of normalcy for students as we plan to return to school," Pearson told school board members.

In putting together the plan, the committee is using guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health. Regular updates will be provided throughout the summer on the committee's work, he said.

"Once we have information to share, we will do district-wide communication, similar to what we did during the remote learning process," Pearson said. "People will know what kind of progress is being made, what kind of decisions are being made and what our timeline is as far as returning to school."

In mid-March, Gov. JB Pritzker ordered schools across the state to close as part of a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of COVID1-19.

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