When DPS students return in person starting March 22, parents/guardians will be REQUIRED to certify daily that students are symptom-free. Parents/guardians must complete a student wellness certification form for students each day the student attends school in-person, certifying that the student is fever- and symptom-free. This must be done every day a student attends in person, prior to students boarding school buses or entering school buildings.
Click here to watch a video tutorial on how to download and use the Skyward Mobile Access App to complete your student's wellness certification.
If you'd like to utilize daily paper certification forms, click the links below to print off forms you can complete and send with your student each day they attend school in person. Each page includes multiple certification forms that can be cut apart so that you can send a single form with your student each day. Please contact your student's school if you would like printed copies of these forms.
School Bell Times Starting March 22
FEBRUARY 9, 2021, UPDATE ON RETURN TO IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION
As we announced in January, the DPS Board of Education requested the DPS administration redevelop the plan for a return to in-person instruction, to begin following Spring Break. This means DPS students will remain in virtual learning only through Friday, March 12, 2021, leading up to Spring Break on March 15-19, 2021.
The Board provided a series of parameters to redevelop the in-person learning plan:
- Significant input from district, parents, and community stakeholders
- As many days of in-person instruction as possible
- Robust virtual learning that is equal to in classroom instruction for families who choose to remain virtual
- Fully abide by orders that are in place from the Governor’s office, including social distancing, percentage of capacity per room, face masks, etc.
- More pathways for vaccination and possibility of antibody testing to help ease teacher/staff concerns
- How to safely bring students and staff back for extra-curricular activities as soon as possible.
- Consider a percentage of students in each building that must opt to return to in-person learning in order for the entire building to return
Below you will find a detailed outline of the Return to Learn plan for after Spring Break, as well as resources throughout this webpage to help answer questions you may have about that plan. These resources include a detailed Health and Safety Protocols guidebook, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions document that catalogues questions we've received from parents, staff, and community stakeholders throughout the planning process. This webpage will continue to be updated with information about the chosen instructional model, how parents will certify students are healthy to attend school, and more.
The Learning Environment Selection is now CLOSED in Skyward Family Access. If you have questions about your choice or would like to make a change, please reach out directly to your students' school(s).
Metrics for Determining Type of Instruction
Decatur Public Schools, in conjunction with the Macon County Health Department (MCHD), has developed a series of metrics to determine when students can safely return to in-person instruction in our schools. Below you'll see the signs we are watching for and response should those signs arise. DPS continues to be in close consultation with the MCHD to make all health and safety-related decisions for our students, staff, schools, and community.
These metrics are based on county-level data provided weekly by the Illinois Department of Public Health, which you can find linked here.