A letter released on Thursday by McLean County Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Burrough says students in the MCPS district will return to in-person classes one month ahead of schedule on Monday, Sept. 28.
MCPS students were originally set to return to in-person instruction on Oct. 28, but Supt. Burrough says a new reopening plan was developed that will bring students back to class earlier than originally planned.
The letter from Supt. Burrough says that not all students will return to class at first, but that certain grades will be picked up by buses for all-day instruction and orientation.
Burrough's letter says that on the Monday after Fall Break, full-time in-person classes would resume and that then, a parent/guardian may choose to go 5 days a week in-person or decide to stay in virtual academy.
The letter from Burrough says that by next week, teachers from different schools will contact parents/guardians to let them know if their child will stay on virtual learning or return to in-person classes.
Schools within the MCPS district include Calhoun Elementary, Livermore Elementary, Marie Gatton Phillips Elementary, McLean County High School, McLean County Middle school, and McLean Alternative Center.
You can read the text of the full letter from Supt. Burrough below.
McLean County Public Schools Community,
Thank you all for your support and patience as we have navigated new ways of teaching, feeding, and learning this school year. I want to share some good news.
Originally, we set in-person classes to start on October, 28th. Each day we are given guidance that allows us to work on multiple plans to help us get back in school as fast as we can.
Today, my administrative staff and I have developed a new reopening plan to bring students back to school earlier than the anticipated Oct. 28th date.
For the next two weeks, our schools will remain virtual and also have small groups allowed in the school for extended help. On Monday, September 28th, we will start running busses to pick up and take home students for all day instruction.
During this week not all students will come to school, but we will have certain grades coming in for instruction and orientation. This will give the students and staff gradual time to prepare for us to have full-time in-person classes.
They will be able to go over the plan for eating at school, bathroom breaks, recess guidelines, and class instruction routines.
Also, with some states being taken off the high virus positivity case percentage watch list, we can now start back on the Monday after fall break to full in-person classes.
We will not have the two weeks for quarantine purposes after fall break unless a parent/guardian chooses to have their child stay virtual for those two weeks.
The Monday after fall break a parent/guardian may choose to go 5 days a week in-person or decide to stay on virtual academy.
By next week, your school’s teachers will start to reach out to each of you to find out if your child will stay on virtual learning or return to in-person classes.
With this new reopening plan, there will be one thing that we will have to strongly follow and enforce at school for in-person learning.
Every student will have to wear a mask all day except for eating and drinking. This is non-negotiable by our health department. For us to start back school earlier, I need everyone to talk to their child because if we want to get back in-person then we have to wear the masks.
I look forward to seeing our kids back in our schools. With everyone’s cooperation, in-person learning will take place real soon.