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FSD Extends Full Remote Learning Until 12/7/20

As we close in on the holidays amid concerns about the rising number of COVID cases across our country, we have spent considerable time discussing our schools and our next steps for remote and in person learning.  

 

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced Tuesday that additional COVID-19 resurgence mitigations will take effect statewide today, Friday, November 20, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. These Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations exempt schools, although they do address organized group recreational activities (sports, indoor sports and activity facilities, etc.), which include school-based activities. The mitigations pause all indoor group sporting and recreational activities, including youth and adult recreational sports, park districts, and travel leagues, and require the closure of locker rooms (see additional details under “IHSA Update” below).

 

The Governor’s office indicated that local school officials, in consultation with their local health departments, remain the best situated to make decisions about additional mitigations that may be necessary in schools. Based on guidance from IDPH, ISBE and, in consultation with the Stephenson County Health Department and the FSD Board of Education, we will continue full remote learning for all students through Friday, December 4 and we are hoping to be able to reinstate in-person and hybrid learning on Monday, December 7. While we initially announced that  Monday, November 30 will be our return to in-person instruction, this additional pause in in-person instruction is a mitigation strategy that will allow time to slow potential spread of the virus from students and staff who may unknowingly have contracted COVID during the Thanksgiving holiday. The District will continue to monitor our progress toward a return to in person instruction, and we will communicate plans going forward on a weekly basis. We will communicate additionally in the event the Governor’s office mandates additional mitigation actions.