- Blackhawk Middle School
READY TO REOPEN: Review the BSD2 2021-2022 In-Person Reopening Plan online
BSD2 families and staff can now review the District’s 2021-2022 reopening plan online.
The plan focuses on facilitating a safe return to as close of a normal school year as possible, with students attending classes in person five full days a week.
Because we remain in the midst of the COVID pandemic, though, the plan still reviews the District’s COVID mitigation measures, which have been established in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the DuPage County Health Department (DCHD).
Below are some of the plan’s points of emphasis:
- The District’s layered mitigation efforts will allow it to safely and successfully provide in-person instruction for all of our students this year.
- Masking will be required of all students and staff while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
- Classrooms, intervention spaces, offices, and buses will continue to be configured to provide for appropriate social distancing (no less than 3 feet) to the greatest extent possible.
- Teachers will monitor materials within the classroom, place appropriate limits on and parameters for the sharing of certain materials, and see that they are properly cleaned between uses.
- Food service and student transportation will be provided safely, and extra-curricular, art and athletic activities will resume, all with appropriate COVID mitigation measures in place.
- Students with IEPs and 504s will be provided their educational services in compliance with all state and federal safety guidelines, and students who are unable to attend school in person due to medical conditions that put them at high risk of severe illness if they contract COVID will receive remote instruction.
- Temperature screening and online symptom self-certification will no longer be conducted. Instead, parents will be responsible for screening their child before school, and by sending them to school, they will certify that the child is not experiencing any COVID symptoms. Everyone will be encouraged to stay home if they are sick or symptomatic.
- Healthy hygiene practices will again be emphasized, and the District’s intensive cleaning, disinfecting and ventilation practices will continue.
- Protocols are explained for handling symptomatic individuals and confirmed cases, conducting contact tracing and identifying close contacts, and quarantining and returning to school.
- Vaccination resources will be shared, as will procedures for students and staff to voluntarily and confidentially submit vaccination records that will be used in contact tracing and determining when students and staff must quarantine.
- Shield testing, the University of Illinois’ free-access saliva COVID testing, will be conducted among students roughly every third attendance day.
As we approach the first day of school on Wednesday, August 18, we will share brief daily messages providing more details on many of these topics.