As we prepare to welcome students back in person following Spring Break, Thursday, March 11 and Friday, March 12 will be utilized as Remote Learning Planning Days. This means teachers and staff will work in our school buildings on these two days, but no instruction or assignments will be given to students on March 11 and 12.
Also, a reminder – when they do return in person starting March 22, all students are REQUIRED to wear a mask that properly covers their mouth and nose at all times in DPS buildings. Parents and guardians will also be required to certify their students are healthy on days they attend school in person – we’ll share more information on the wellness certification process very soon.
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.