GENEVA – The Geneva District 304 School Board will consider a recommendation on Monday that all kindergarten-12th grade students would start the new school year on Aug. 31 instead of Aug. 19 as originally planned, according to a notice from Superintendent Kent Mutchler, the school board, building administration and the Geneva Education Association.
The Geneva Early Learning Program preschool students would start Sept. 2, according to the notice.
The school board meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday at the Coultrap Educational Services Center, 227 N. Fourth St., Geneva. The meeting is also available remotely and on video through the district’s website, www.geneva304.org.
“Under this plan, students would still participate in their in-person learning and online-only learning models that families have selected for their students,” according to the notice.
The later starting time also allows for additional guidance from state and local health departments, and focused approaches to delivering information during the continuing coronavirus pandemic, according to the notice.
This transition would tentatively make June 3 the district’s new last day of school, and officials will provide further information on this if there are changes, the notice stated.
Teachers will return Aug. 17 for additional professional development opportunities and planning.
“We believe that there is no single learning plan that perfectly meets the needs of all stakeholders and recognize that families vary in their preference for either in-person learning and online-only learning,” according to the notice.
“While we remain in a fluid environment, we will continue to collaborate, adapt and communicate when necessary,” the notice stated. “Additional information will be provided following next week's meeting.”