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Fall 2021 In-Person Learning Plan

District 191 plans to offer full in-person learning at all grade levels when schools open next fall, Superintendent Dr. Theresa Battle announced at a June 17 School Board meeting where the district's "Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan" was presented. The plan includes numerous investments to support recovery from the past year of interrupted instruction, as well as health and safety measures to mitigate the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“As more and more people get vaccinated and infection rates come down in our community, I’m excited about planning for fully in-person learning next fall,” Battle said. “I’m also happy that we’ll be able to expand services and programming to help address some of the academic, social-emotional and health impacts that our students and families have experienced in the last year.”

Overview

This Safe Return to In-Person Learning Plan outlines District 191’s intended approach to providing instruction for all students while continuing to address the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to meet the requirements of the American Rescue Plan legislation. 

This plan addresses our assumptions about the start of the 2021-22 school year, what learning models we plan to offer, what health and safety measures will be implemented, and additional measures we plan to take to address student academic, social-emotional and mental health needs.

District 191 will continue to monitor health conditions in our community and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as state and local health officials. This plan may change subject to those factors. 

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Values/Priorities

  • District 191 will prioritize the health and safety of our students, staff and community. 

  • As possible considering health conditions, District 191 will offer full-time, in-person learning opportunities for all students.

  • District 191 is committed  to educating all students to high levels through knowing, valuing, and using as assets students' cultural backgrounds, languages, and learning styles with the comprehensive Culturally Proficient School System framework, ensuring learning disparities between and amongst student learning groups are eliminated.