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Geneva D-304 parents have until 11:59 p.m. today to choose in-person or at home learning

School supplies include masks; directive to wear gym shoes every day for PE

Geneva District 304- Coultrap Educational Services Center
Jeff Krage – For Shaw Media
Geneva District 304- Coultrap Educational Services Center Jeff Krage – For Shaw Media

GENEVA – By the end of Tuesday, July 28, parents of students at Geneva Middle School North need to decide if they want the in-person learning plan or the online plan for the new school year, according to an online notice from Principal Brenna Westerhoff.

“We have a lot of work to do when we receive this information, and we appreciate the fact that so many of you have already completed this task,” according to Westerhoff’s notice.

School starts Aug. 19 in Geneva District 304.

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade will attend school two to three times a week, divided up by last names. Students with last names from A to K will attend Monday, Wednesday and alternating Fridays and students with last names from L to Z will attend Tuesday, Thursday and alternating Fridays.

Or, parents may decide their child will not attend in-person classes and will have remote learning only.

Westerhoff's message simply emphasizes what already applies to all parents in the district: They must decide before 11:59 p.m. July 28, so that officials can facilitate staffing and other planning, according to the district's directive for Back Together in 304 on its website,

Students whose families do not complete this process by the deadline will be placed in the in-person learning setting.

As parents start purchasing supplies, Westerhoff asks them to include several masks.

“Your child may lose it, it might get dirty, and you will probably want to wash them often,” Westerhoff’s message states. “It would also make your child's life so much easier if they wore gym shoes – and appropriate clothing for (physical education) to school every day.”

All items remain the same for school supply lists, except for binders, which should be replaced with folders which can be carried throughout the day in backpacks.

Parents are asked to drop off their sixth graders and freshmen computers because it will expedite getting the new computers at lockers-set up night, which will reduce the need for larger groups to gather while waiting for devices, according to the notice.

“These computers need to be refurbished quickly, so the first and second graders can use these devices at the beginning of the school year,” Westerhoff’s notice stated. “If you have not picked up your child's school supplies from last year's locker clean out by Thursday … we will dispose of any used items and donate any ‘lightly used’ or new items. If you are unable to pick the personal items, please email me so we can put your child's items to the side.”

Music teachers will be sending a communication to incoming band, choir, and orchestra students later this week. Questions regarding music courses will be addressed at that time.

“We want to stress how much we appreciate your patience as we work on communicating what this year will look like and how we are meeting the state guidelines,” Westerhoff’s notice stated.

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