Return to School
The safety and well-being of our students and staff while providing a dynamic learning experience is the primary focus for Lisle District 202. While we believe we are as prepared as possible based on current information, we also recognize that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and we may need to make adjustments as the school year passes to ensure our learning environments support growth while following safety protocols as they are updated.
Lisle 202 is committed to providing robust learning experiences in this new normal, recognizing that the school day will look and feel different for our students. This guide includes information on the learning plans for the 2020-2021 school year, new procedures based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).
Illinois State Board of Education Guidance Document - June 23, 2020
Illinois State Board of Education Guidance Document - July 23, 2020
Dear Lisle 202 Learning Community,
Once again, we would like to express our gratitude for the community’s patience as we work to create a plan for the 2020-2021 school year. A special thank you to all of the stakeholder groups who have provided the District with feedback and asked questions over the past several weeks. As you can imagine, each family has its own unique situation and there are many factors to consider, which not only impact our students and staff, but also the entire community.
We would like to make you aware there will be a Special Board Meeting on Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 pm to continue discussing the Lisle 202 re-entry plan for the 2020-2021 school year. We are very proud of the plan that we previously developed and presented to the Board of Education on July 27th, and believe that it met the needs of our students and aligned with the feedback from the community. Unfortunately, it has become apparent since the meeting that it is not prudent to proceed with the in-person plan based on current circumstances outside of the District’s control.
The following conditions have indicated a need to adjust the District’s plan:
- COVID-19 positivity rates continue to steadily increase in our region and across the United States.
- Recent research indicates that school-aged children may transmit the virus at higher rates than previously thought.
- Public schools in the South and Midwest have returned to classrooms only to be closed in less than a week due to outbreaks in cases from both students and staff.
- Lisle School District has insufficient staff to execute the in-person plan due to compromising medical conditions and/or leave requests.
Challenges of safely implementing the daily protocols for both students and staff (i.e. parent self-certifications, symptom screening prior to entering the bus and/or school building, serving lunches without masks, and maintaining social distancing for 50 students while riding the bus).
As a result of these concerns, as well as other factors, District Administration has come to the extremely difficult decision to recommend that Lisle 202 begin the school year with 100% Remote Learning to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. We will continue to monitor guidance from state and public health officials and we will review our plan toward the end of October.
We recognize that this news will be welcomed by some families and will be disappointing for others, and there is no one-size-fits-all model. We know that the majority of families, teachers and administrators would like to begin the year in-person, and we regret that there does not appear to be a sustainable way to accomplish in-person learning at this time.
We invite you to learn more about the possible shift to starting the school year fully remote at Thursday’s Board Meeting. You may join us in-person (maximum of 50 individuals to maintain social distancing) or via our livestream. Click here to view the livestream.
Lisle 202 will begin the 2020 school year in fully remote learning to protect the health and safety of our students and staff. At this time there will be two options: Remote for All and Lisle Virtual Academy.
- Remote Learning - All students participate in Remote Learning. Families who plan to return to in-person attendance when it becomes available.
- Lisle Virtual Academy - For families who do not wish to send their child to school for instruction, even in an eventual return to in-person attendance.