As we continue to monitor guidance and the positivity rate in Illinois and in our region, answers to the questions may change. We continue to work with committees, government officials and our local associations to ensure we are making the best decisions for all, both staff and students. Thank you for understanding the changing landscape; thereby, requiring shifts in our plans.

Questions that have been added or updated will begin with “UPDATED” or “NEW” with the date of the change so you can easily distinguish those questions with new information.

Alternating and Remote Learning Schedules FAQ

Due to the completion of the building schedules and staffing, we are no longer able to honor requests to make changes to student schedules.
No, determination will be based on alphabetical designations.
We do plan to alpha sort the alternating groups to maintain class sizes that allow for greater social distancing. Siblings who attend school in the district will be assigned the same schedule for attendance.
Generally yes. There are situations within the middle school Encore classes or lunch where students may be with a few different students. This question does not apply to high school as they are transferring from class to class. At the elementary, students will attend school with the same group of students during their attendance day, with a possible exception for intervention type programming.
We will not be able to honor requests for the 4-day option.
We are planning to arrange classrooms to allow for social distancing, whenever possible. There is not a specific number established.
Yes, Instructionally we believe it is important for students to have consistent communication and connections with their class. Having students “check-in” face-to-face throughout the week will provide for more direct and fluid check-ins with each student. Example Student A comes in on Monday face-to-face and then is out remote learning on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday the teacher is able to check-in with the student face-to-face to assist them with any struggles the parents and/or the teacher may have noticed or to check-in and verify that the student does not need additional assistance for when they go back out for another remote learning day on Friday.
The district will reevaluate the various options on a continuous basis. Our ultimate goal is to achieve a full return to in-person instruction. Until the State reaches Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois Plan (https://www.dph.illinois.gov/restore), we will be required to implement the recommendations of the IDPH and the ISBE.
Our choice would be for any student with an IEP to attend school face-to-face. Remote learning can bring challenges for any student, but especially those with IEPs. We will work to do our best to provide all students (regardless of whether they are face-to-face or learning remotely) with the highest level of education possible.
As a parent you always have the ability to homeschool your child if desired. Homeschooling families are asked to contact the Regional Office of Education with questions related to homeschooling.
As a resident, you are always welcome to register your child in the district.
We will reach out to parents to indicated they wanted remote instruction for semester 1, likely in October, to determine if they want to return to the hybrid model. If space is available, we will honor the request.

School Day FAQ

The school day will follow the “traditional” education schedule. For example, If your student has English first hour, they will be in English first hour either by remoting in or face-to-face. The students will follow their daily schedule regardless of their daily location. This means students will be receiving content 5 days a week (two days face-to-face, three days remotely). This would be the process for both middle/high school. At the elementary level, students will attend half days in person with the other half day being spent in remote learning.
At the elementary and middle school level teachers will transition between classrooms, at the high school level students will move between classes.
All students will be present in class each day regardless of a student being remote or face-to-face. The work assigned will be consistent for all students within the classroom.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
Families who do not have reliable internet may contact their building administrator to see if a hotspot is available. Please note, everyoneon.org may provide you with additional options for your household.
Students will move between classes at the high school level. During passing periods students and staff are required to wear masks and socially distance whenever possible. Movement will be kept to a minimum and lockers will not be utilized by students. We are stressing hand washing throughout the day, and plan to have hand sanitizer stations or units available for students and staff.
Both elementary and middle school students will be contained in a designated classroom with staff rotating to the students. This will alleviate passing period movement. When movement is required, students and staff are required to wear masks and socially distance whenever possible. Movement will be kept to a minimum and cubbies/lockers will not be utilized by students at the elementary/middle school levels. We are stressing hand washing throughout the day, and will have hand sanitizer available for student and staff use.
Staff will monitor the movement in the hallway. There is no loitering or locker use.
At this time we plan to use our cafeteria to serve student lunches while practicing social distancing. We will stagger the lunch schedule to allow for the smaller groupings and disinfect the cafeteria between groups. Meals prepared at school will be served from individually wrapped or self contained packaging. Meal and milk will be handed to students. There will be no self serve or a la carte items at this time.
We plan to social distance whenever possible in the lunchroom.
At this time, we continue to look at different scenarios for lunch. The current protocols we utilized pre-COVID will be instituted during this time.
No. Due to supervision requirements students will not be allowed to eat lunch in their car.
No, students are encouraged to bring their own water bottles from home to use and can be refilled during the day at our contactless bottle filling stations.
We plan to limit the number of students that can use the restroom at any given time. Each school will establish a process, and/or schedule, for bathroom usage. Some fixtures will be closed to increase social distancing in the bathroom.
Masks must be worn when participating in indoor physical education activities. In some cases, teachers will be pushing into the classroom or having students go the hallway or other designated areas to take “movement breaks.”
If a family has questions related to their child’s high school schedule they should contact the high school student services department.
Central 301 will follow the guidelines established by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois High School Association.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
We are still awaiting guidance regarding extracurriculars. If we do have them, remote learners will be able to participate.
Yes. Early childhood students will receive a technology device for remote instruction. These devices are district-owned.
No, early childhood families will not be reimbursed for tuition paid if students are in full remote learning as the students will still be receiving instruction from their teachers.
Yes, the nurses in the heath office will continue to administer medication and support other nursing interventions in the health offices. Distancing and other mitigation strategies will be used per the CDC guidelines.
Elementary students will attend 9:00 - 11:30 or 1:00 - 3:30. Middle school students will attend from 7:30 - 2:08. High school students will attend from 7:30 - 2:00.
At this time, we are still looking at school schedules. We plan to follow the designated bell schedule for the school day.
The before and after school programs will be allowed in each participating building. BASE will be limiting its total number of students allowed in the program, including its workers, to follow the guidelines of no more than 50 persons in one area. This will cause a reduction in this service.
The Board approved a calendar change that has students' last day on June 3rd.
There will not be a discount in registration fees if a family chooses remote learning.
Yes. Remote learning can be offered during Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois Plan. E-Learning is a term used for instruction on emergency closure days (snow day) and different rules apply to its use. Currently our district does not have an approved E-Learning plan.

Instruction FAQ

The student’s classroom teacher will be providing the instruction through a “blended” approach. This means that students will be connected to the classroom everyday, whether remote or face-to-face.
Special education services will be delivered both in-person and remotely. Individualized Remote Learning Plans will be developed for all students with an IEP.
No. If a parent chooses the remote learning option then special education services will be delivered remotely.
Class instruction will occur everyday regardless of the student’s location. Students will be signed into their computers based on instruction, activities, independent classwork. The district is cognizant of the different learning needs of different ages of students and this will be taken into consideration as we plan for instruction. More details will be coming at a later date.
It is our goal to provide a remote instructional framework that allows students to ask questions from home during instruction. We are still refining this process and information will come at a later date.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
Curriculum will be placed inside our Learning Management System (LMS), Canvas, that will provide information for students and parents.
We will utilize survey and screening data to support next steps for students. Classroom teachers will continue to provide support for all students.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
Grading will be consistent regardless of if the student is face-to-face or remote. At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
At this time we are planning to offer specials. We are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
Students will complete activities assigned and listen to content covered by their teacher.
At this time, we are still looking at the guidance and trying to make a determination.
No, this year, due to the restrictions of band, we will not be offering this program for our 5th grade students.
At this time we are working with our partner districts to address Career Technical Education (CTE) concerns. All programs that are instructed outside of Central 301 require us to partner with neighboring districts or post-secondary institutions to determine educational options. Additional information will be shared at a later date.
Drivers education will run similar to how it is being completed this summer. Classroom instruction will be completed as normal and behind the wheel instruction will continue within established guidelines.
Yes, at this time the state is planning on doing standardized tests. We do expect to administer the PSAT. We do not yet have guidance for how to do this with remote learners.
The content covered will be consistent for all students regardless of whether they are doing face-to-face instruction or remote. The connection, relationships, and experience would be the biggest difference. We know there are differences based upon the nature of being face-to-face with teachers versus learning remotely.
The district does not endorse or approve any homeschool programs. Homeschooling families are asked to contact the Regional Office of Education with questions related to homeschooling.
When you homeschool, you forego your child’s IEP.

Health & Safety FAQ

In accordance with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education, all individuals, including students, staff and visitors, must wear a face covering when present in school.
No, masks for students will need to be provided by the parents/guardians.
Students will be able to remove masks for drinks and food; however, as soon as they are done drinking or eating, the mask must be put back in place.
As per guidance, all students and staff are required to wear a mask while inside the building. A student who refuses to wear a mask will be removed from the classroom, parent will be contacted and if they continue to refuse to put on a mask they would be sent home.
No, each parent will pre-certify daily via a district provided form regarding their child(s) health. If your child has any symptoms included on the form they must remain home until clear from all symptoms.
We have “prescription like” tablets that will be provided to every family to pre-certify their student’s health on a daily basis. This will be a MANDATORY slip that will be required as entry on the bus (bus riders) or at the school (walkers/car riders). If a student does not have the slip the student will not be allowed to enter the bus (and will be sent home) and/or school (parent will be contacted). It is important that parents know that this MUST be completed daily.
We are currently working on putting hand sanitizer stations in each of our elementary and middle schools throughout the building. Currently our plan is to have 3 stations in each of the elementary schools and Central Middle School, and 4 or 5 at Prairie Knolls Middle School. At the high school we are working on getting hand sanitizer units for each classroom (this will be dependent on supply). Additionally, we will be working on protocols for frequent handwashing.
Disinfectant, hand sanitizer stations, and/or hand washing will be available throughout the building. Each classroom will have disinfecting supplies.
A complete disinfecting will occur each evening in every classroom and common area. A deep clean of areas will occur on Wednesdays.
We have adjusted air flow to bring in an increased amount of air into the building. We are also adding additional filter changes and disinfecting coils on our air handling equipment.
Students will not be sharing desks within the classroom. Each classroom will be equipped with enough desks for all their students they will see face-to-face. The students will be assigned a desk they will keep for the duration of this pandemic. Students’ supplies and materials will be kept separate in their desk or a designated location, as well. All desks will be cleaned nightly, regardless of if they were used that day. Disinfecting for every classroom will occur daily with a “deep clean” occuring on Wednesday.
If someone tests positive, they must communicate directly to the school nurse/building administration so a communication plan can be developed for participants within that classroom/school. Individuals that test positive will be excluded for a minimum of 10 days and must be symptom and fever free (without fever reducing medication) for at least a 72 hour period. Any individual who was within six feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes will need to be excluded from school and tested within 5-7 days. They will not be allowed to return to school until they are symptom and fever free for at least 72 hours.
If someone tests positive, they must communicate directly to the school nurse/building administration so a communication plan can be developed for participants within that classroom/school. Individuals that test positive will be excluded for a minimum of 10 days and must be symptom and fever free (without fever reducing medication) for at least a 72 hour period. Any individual who was within six feet of the infected person for more than 15 minutes will need to be excluded from school and tested within 5-7 days. They will not be allowed to return to school until they are symptom and fever free for at least 72 hours.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
Substitutes will be required to self screen daily, just like other staff members.
Yes. Special accommodations with protective barriers can be used for a specific need in specialized areas such as speech therapy.
The district will report any cases to the Kane County Health Department and follow their guidance on tracking and tracing.
We will follow the notification recommendations of the Kane County Health Department.
The family/individual should notify the school immediately.
Students should stay home until they are symptom free from both the “primary” signs and symptoms (fever, new onset of cough, or shortness of breath) OR if they present any of the following symptoms: chills, muscle ache, abdominal pain, fatigue, headache, vomiting, diarrhea. Students would default to remote learning (if they feel up to it) during the duration of these symptoms being present. Communication with classroom teachers will be essential for the purpose of make-up work. The procedure for make-up work will remain consistent with the current practice in the student-parent handbook.

Transportation FAQ

No, each parent will pre-certify daily via a district provided form regarding their child(s) health. If your child has any symptoms included on the form they must remain home until clear from all symptoms.
Providing details to a bus driver via an electronic means is problematic due to pick up times. Entry slips ensure pre-certification and safety for all students and staff on the bus. We continue to monitor and discuss options.
The State guidance allows for two students per seat. Siblings will be seated together whenever possible. Students are required to wear a mask while riding the bus.
You may want to choose the remote learning option or transport your own children to school.
At this time, we are still working on this. Information regarding this will come at a later date.
We have decreased the flow of students that are attending each day, but it is difficult to predict the impact of congestion.
At this time we have not investigated this option. Parking is limited on the central campus and it is not a viable option to expand student parking.
Middle school and high school buses will be riding the bus together.
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