Return to School FAQ
Please find the answers to frequently asked questions below. We anticipate updating the FAQ as new information becomes available. Thank you for your patience as we continue to plan for the return to school in the fall.
New information/updates are indicated with the most current date stamp.
Will staff and students be required to wear masks?
Yes. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, when staff and students wear masks the spread of COVID-19 is significantly reduced. However, medical exemptions and other special circumstances will be handled on a case-by-case basis to create viable options and alternatives when needed.
Do students and staff need to wear masks outdoors?
Face coverings are not required on school property outside of the buildings if individuals are able to remain 6 feet apart from each other.
Will the school provide face masks for students and staff?
Students and staff will be given a disposable face mask daily. Masks will also be available in each classroom. Students and staff may wear their own mask as well. If using a cloth mask, wash your cloth face covering after each use in the washing machine or by hand using a bleach solution. Allow it to completely dry.
Can a face shield be worn instead of a face mask?
Clear face shields are not an appropriate substitution for face masks as they do not offer the same level of protection against the COVID-19.
What happens if a student does not keep his/her mask on while indoors?
Wearing a face mask will fall under the Lisle 202 Dress Code Policy. Students will be reminded to keep the face mask in place. Assistance will be provided if necessary. If a student continues to struggle with face covering compliance, the student may be enrolled in the Lisle Virtual Academy.
Will students be required to wear masks in gym class?
Gym classes will be held outdoors as much as possible. Students will maintain social distance and will not wear a mask when class is held outdoors. When class is held indoors, students will wear a mask. Games and sport activities that require close guarding and any potential physical contact with another player must be avoided in order to comply with IDPH requirements. Activities will also be modified while indoors when masks must be worn.
What health and safety measures will be implemented?
- Masks - Per Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education guidance, we will be requiring all people in buildings to wear masks.
- Social Distance - We will have a 6 ft. social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and offices. The hallways and stairwells will have clear designations for traffic flow.
- Symptom checks - We will be implementing a self-certification process. All individuals entering our buildings will need to self-certify that they have no symptoms of COVID-19 and are fever-free.
Cleaning - We have enhanced our cleaning procedures to meet or exceed CDC and IDPH guidelines. Products used are Environmental Protection Agency approved disinfectants for use against coronavirus.
How will the district ensure social distancing?
The district will take every measure to practice social distancing and other safety measures. 6 ft of distance. We will have a 6 ft. social distance requirement in our classrooms, hallways, cafeterias, and offices. The hallways and stairwells will have clear designations for traffic flow. Visual reminders will be posted throughout the building.
Will social distancing be implemented on the school bus?
The Illinois State Board of Education guidelines, a school bus may transport a maximum of 50 individuals including the driver. All bus riders and the driver will be required to wear a mask and self-certify before boarding the school bus.
What are the cleaning procedures for classrooms?
All cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation practices will follow the procedures and expectations outlined in the ISBE, IDPH and DCHD guidelines and will be updated as needed. Practices that support the cleaning and disinfection of classrooms/buildings/buses include:
- Classroom surfaces will be kept empty or uncluttered to facilitate disinfecting.
- All items that cannot be easily disinfected (fabric etc.) will be removed.
- Desk will be sanitized after snack and lunch if eaten in classrooms.
- Frequent sanitization and cleaning of high touch surfaces and areas.
Bus sanitization after each route completion.
What will the cleaning procedures be for the classrooms?
- All desks and tables will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
- Frequently touched surfaces and objects will be routinely cleaned.
- This may include cleaning objects not ordinarily cleaned daily (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, classroom sink handles, countertops.)
Will students be able to wash their hands more frequently?
Yes. Students will be encouraged to frequently wash their hands and hand sanitizer will be available in each classroom.
What about the building ventilation?
HVAC schedules will be expanded to start earlier than in previous years to allow flushing of fresh air into schools. The buildings will also increase outdoor air ventilation rates to maximize dilution of the return air, change all filters and clean coils, drains and the interior of all air handling units and unit ventilators on a more frequent basis, and open windows to allow for more fresh air.
Will students be able to use the water fountains?
Students and staff are encouraged to use the touch-less filtered water bottle filler where available. These stations will be cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis. Drinking fountains will be turned off wherever possible.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.
What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19?
The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health have provided guidance for opening schools. They have directed school districts to work with local health departments for day-to-day guidance. In matters of public health, the district works closely with and takes direction from the DuPage County Health Department. Should a positive case occur, the district will follow DuPage Health Department guidance and the district's health services staff will work with the health department on contact tracing to identify individuals who need to be notified and who will need to self-quarantine or self-isolate. We recognize circumstances are fluid which is why it is critical to work closely with the health department.
How will families be notified if there is a positive case in my child’s classroom/school?
Following DuPage Health Department guidance, should a positive case occur, the district's health services staff will work with the health department on contact tracing to identify individuals who need to be notified and who will need to self-quarantine or self-isolate. We recognize circumstances are fluid, which is why it is critical to work closely with and take direction from the health department.
What changes are being made to transportation?
Illinois Department of Public Health guidance states buses can transport a maximum of 50 students and requires all students and the driver to wear a mask on the bus. State guidance recommends members of the same household who ride the bus together should also sit together while on the bus. Parents are encouraged to provide their own transportation if possible. The bus company will disinfect buses between routes and then again at the end of the day. Products used will be registered Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) disinfectants with labeled claims that the product is EPA-approved against COVID-19.
How will school food service be handled?
The following changes have been made to the meal program:
- Food deliveries from restaurants will not be permitted.
- There will be no cash transactions allowed. All transactions will be done using the students MySchoolBucks account.
- There will be no self-service of any items, all food items will be served to students and most will be pre-packaged items.
All plates, serving utensils, and condiments will be individually wrapped and disposable.
Where will my child eat lunch while at school?
Students will be eating lunch in the non-instructional portions of the building (i.e.: gyms, cafeterias, commons, unused classrooms, hallways); areas with 6 ft. social distancing in designated seating and a maximum capacity of 50 occupants.
Will students share individual school supplies?
No. Students will not be permitted to share their personal supplies. Some general class supplies may be shared on a limited basis, but will be cleaned between each use.
What are the protocols if a student or staff member exhibits symptoms?
Please click this link for a description of the symptom/exposure/confirmed case protocol. The protocols are based on the Center for Disease Control and Illinois Department of Public Health's guidance.
What is the Kindergarten Schedule for this year?
Will visitors be permitted in the school buildings?
Non-essential visitors and guests will not be allowed in the school buildings at this time including commercial food delivery services (Door Dash, GrubHub, etc.)
Will grading and course loads be the same as they were after the 2020 Spring Break?
The fall online learning will look more like the regular school year than the spring did. Both in-building and online learning will have the same expectations around curriculum and assessments. Students will be expected to be engaged in learning activities and progress will be evaluated.
What is the schedule for the beginning of the year?
With many new procedures, protocols and instructional shifts being necessary for this school year, the District has decided to delay the first day of school to Wednesday, August 26th. The calendar will be as follows:
- August 26: First day of school for in-person and Lisle Virtual Academy
- August 26 - September 4:
- K-8: half day attendance. No lunch will be served.
- 9-12: students will follow the assigned blended learning schedule
- September 7: Labor Day, No School
- September 8:
- K-8: full day attendance will begin
9-12: students will follow the assigned blended learning schedule
*PreK specific information will be sent separately.
Will there be a staggered start at Lisle Elementary?
A staggered start will be implemented at the elementary schools to accommodate transportation between the two elementary locations. Specific bus routes are being developed and will be shared once complete. School times will be as follows:
- Lisle Elementary North Campus (Tate Woods) - 8:30am-3pm
- Lisle Elementary South Campus (Meadows) - 8:45am-3:15pm
Why is the Junior High and High School Virtual Academy being offered through Edgenuity instead of being taught by Lisle CUSD 202 teachers?
Based on the minor interest in the Virtual Academy by Junior High and High School parents and the limited number of staff in each subject area, the School District cannot provide direct instruction for both in-person and virtual options. However, a Lisle 202 staff member will support the students and facilitate the online learning experience.
What does the Edgenuity program look like for students?
Will students be provided a device?
All students will be provided devices. PK-1 students will be provided iPads and students in grades 2-12 will receive Chromebooks.
If my child participates in the Lisle Virtual Academy (100% online learning), will they have to continue virtual learning for the entire school year?
Commitment to the selected instructional model is for the first semester for junior high and high school and after the first trimester for elementary, but we strongly encourage students to remain in the instructional model chosen at the start of the school year. If a family wishes to change the selected instructional model at semester/trimester, the school will work with the family to facilitate a change.
Will remote and online learning look different than what was implemented after Spring Break?
Yes, students will be expected to engage in the curriculum whether in-person or online. Lisle 202 is leveraging various technology platforms to provide a robust online learning experience.
Lisle Virtual Academy Information - Elementary
Will Physical Education, Art and Music be offered at the elementary level during remote instruction?
“Specials” classes, such as P.E. art, music and STEM, will still be included in the student’s in-building experience; although, it is expected those programs will be taught in the student’s classroom or outdoors (weather permitting). We anticipate that Specials will be offered to students who participate in the Lisle Virtual Academy on a limited basis.
What supports will families receive for remote learning?
We will continue to support our families in remote learning. We have resources posted on our website and continually update these to meet the needs of families. We will also be working with our teachers and Educational Partners to provide as much support as possible as parents help students at home with schoolwork.
How are you planning to provide Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech Services remotely?
Special education-related services will be provided in a similar manner to last spring with synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Families should collaborate with their service provider to determine what strategies were most effective.
Will High School students participate in fall sports?
Will Junior High sports run as usual?
IESA announced that all fall sports are cancelled in the interest of the safety of our student athletes. They have not made a decision on any other seasons at this time.
What is the daily schedule for each school?
- 5 days per week
- 8:45am-3:15pm daily
- Grades K, 3-5 will be located at Lisle Elementary School South campus (Lisle Elementary location)
- Grades 1-2 will be located at Lisle Elementary School North Campus (Tate Woods location)
- At this time, the district is exploring the possibility of a staggered schedule for elementary. Information will be shared as it becomes available.
- 5 days per week
- 8:00am-3:00pm daily
- Sixth Grade will be located at Schiesher School
- Grades 7-8 will be located at Lisle Junior High School
- Blended Model (combination of in-person and online instruction days 5 days per week)
- Grades 9-10 in-school on Monday & Tuesday, online learning activities Wednesday-Friday
- Grades 11-12 in-school on Thursday & Friday, online learning activities Monday-Wednesday
- All grades located at Lisle High School
What will a day look like now for elementary students?
There will be adjustments to the school day to maximize the health and safety of our students and staff as outlined in the Return to School FAQ. However, our teachers and staff are working on ways to ensure students feel comfortable, nurtured and academically challenged within the necessary structures.
A typical day:
As in past years, will participate in a morning meeting or greeting activity providing a chance to build community and build relationships, the students just won't sit close to one another during the meeting. In addition, students will actively participate in content learning (Reading, Math, Social Studies, Science) as in past years. These activities include read aloud, independent reading, math games and other creative/play activities. Many of these activities will take place at their desk rather than in multiple locations throughout the classroom. When students do move around the room, cleaning protocols will be put in place.
Will students dress for gym in Junior High and High School?
No. The students will not dress for gym and the locker rooms will not be used.
Can I change my attendance decision once school has started?
Parents will need to select the mode of attendance for each child. Each school has an in-person and Lisle Virtual Academy (100% online) attendance option.
The attendance decision is a commitment for:
- Grades K-5 - the first trimester (through November 6) this is adjusted from previous information
Grades 6-12 - the first semester (through December 20)
In order to plan for the upcoming school year and secure the class lists for in-person and online groups, families will not be able to change their attendance decision once an option is selected. We will reevaluate options at the end of the first trimester and will communicate with families at that time.
Due to program and staffing requirements, the junior high and high school families will not be able to change the decision from in-person to Lisle Virtual Academy or from Lisle Virtual Academy to in-person after August 7. We will reevaluate the options for the spring semester in late November and will communicate with families at that time.
How will accelerated classes be handled at the Junior High for Lisle Virtual Academy?
Accelerated learners in mathematics will be enrolled in a math course one grade level up in order to fulfill their accelerated placement
Click the button below to select the attendance option for your child. Please complete one form for each child enrolled in Lisle 202 schools.
If you already selected an attendance option on the first Attendance Selection Form (i.e. in-person or 100% online) for your student/s - NO ACTION IS REQUIRED.
If you have not selected or wish to change your selected attendance option for your student/s, please click the appropriate button below.
What if I have additional questions?
We ask for your patience as we work through the details of planning for the fall. Please be sure to visit the Return to School FAQ often as it is updated daily to reflect new information as it becomes available. If you have feedback or questions for the District, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!