Plano School District 88 has published a survey for district parents, asking for input on returning to the classroom during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
The survey was issued after the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health released guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year, adjusting learning for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance includes recommendations for communicating with district families, staff and student attendance, grading, and considerations for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
The survey, emailed to parents and posted to the district's Facebook page, is due back to the district by Thursday, July 9.
As previously reported in the Plano Record, Superintendent Tony Baker and administrators in District 88 have been working on options for returning to school since mid-June.
According to the IDPH guidelines, all public and non-public schools in Illinois, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade must: "Require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) - including face coverings; prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space; require social distancing be observed as much as possible; require that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks, or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and require an increase in school-wide cleaning and disinfection."
"It is important to note that these requirements are subject to change pursuant to updated public health guidance and changing public health conditions. School leaders should remain alert for any updates," the ISBE document reads. "Schools and districts should also prepare for a return to remote instruction in the event of a resurgence of the virus or a second wave of it in the fall."
ISBE also recommended in the guidelines that districts provide "clear communication with students, families and staff about expectations and protocols for all schools."
In the survey, parents are asked to describe their concerns about internet access from home, as well as their thoughts and concerns about their students returning to school.
Each grade level has been given a set of questions in the survey, asking parents what method of learning they prefer for students - 100% online, 100% face to face learning, or a hybrid; if they would send their child to school knowing that face coverings are required to be worn all day inside the school; what their biggest barrier in returning to school is; how their student feels about returning to school; and how frequently they would be able to have a parent or guardian take their child's temperature, self-certify and report to school officials.
Middle school and high school parents are also asked if they would be in favor of their children participating in athletics, clubs and activities, or virtual clubs and activities. Parents also have a space in the survey to list additional comments.