2020-2021 School Year Planning

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2020-2021 School Year Plans

Parents and family members are invited to review a presentation of our D39 Fall Reopening Plans. Please watch this Video Presentation for an overview of our plans. The Presentation Slides are also provided for your review after watching the video. In addition, the District 39 Reopening Guide (also available en Español) provides additional detailed information regarding reopening plans and procedures. We recognize that we could not possibly present all plans and protocols within this video and slide presentation. In addition, we are also in the process of developing a Frequently Asked Questions document, which will also be posted here.

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Fall 2020 Planning Committee

Learn more about the Fall 2020 Planning Committee.

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Advisory Task Force

The Advisory Task Force is a volunteer group of teachers, parents and students tasked with providing valuable insights to the Fall 2020 Planning Committee. 
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Guiding Documents

D39 Administrators and Fall 2020 Planning Committee members will rely on the following documents to assist and guide preparation for the 2020-2021 school year. 
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Communications and Announcements

View an archive of  D39 communications and announcements related to the 2020-2021 school year.


Planning for the 2020-2021 School Year

Our District 39 Fall 2020 Planning Committee and Advisory Task Force teams have launched their summer work, and our school principals are completing a careful review of school facilities with an eye on returning to in-person instruction through a variety of scenarios and attention to the health, safety and social distancing guidelines available to us thus far.

Our Fall 2020 Planning Committee and Advisory Task Force teams, comprising teachers, staff, administrators, parents and students, are working to develop a continuum of scenarios under which Illinois schools may be allowed to reopen this fall, including scenarios for in-person instruction, hybrid models, and remote learning. Our planning teams are organized into the areas of consideration which inform our work, including Health and Safety, School Operations and Logistics, and Teaching and Learning. We aim to build in-person student learning and connections as often as possible while abiding by state health and safety guidelines. Our teams are guided by our four commitments for return to learning and our plans will focus on solutions that are flexible and adaptable for different scenarios, ensuring that learning is targeted, connected, meaningful and manageable while thoughtfully addressing the health and safety needs of students and staff in sustainable ways. We will be designing plans with these commitments in mind as we work to maximize student learning.


As District 39 plans for the 2020-2021 school year, school leaders and committee members will abide by the following principles and commitments:
  • The health and safety of students and staff is a priority.
  • Flexible and adaptable instructional models must be developed to provide consistency and the ability to respond without interruption.
  • Manageable, meaningful and sustainable teaching and learning are critical to our ongoing success.
  • Targeted and connected learning is our goal.

District 39 Administrators will rely on scientific research, community feedback and guidance from state health and education officials while planning a return to instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. The planning process is as follows:

  1. District 39 Administrators will evaluate structural options for Fall 2020 reopening of school, with a focus on a return to in-person instruction while adhering to guidelines and suggestions from state health and education officials and consideration of three scenarios: full in-person, hybrid (or blended) models of in-person and remote learning, and remote learning.
  2. The District 39 Fall 2020 Planning Committee will review the district’s general fall reopening structural options and scenarios. The Committee will assist in planning for implementation logistics and considerations in the three focus areas of Health and Safety, School Logistics and Operation, and Teaching and Learning.
  3. The Advisory Task Force will provide guidance, support and feedback to the District 39 Fall 2020 Planning Committee with additional insight and perspective to consider.
  4. The District 39 Administration will review Committee recommendations and create a flexible and adaptable plan for the Fall 2020 reopening of schools.
  5. Updates will be provided to staff, parents and community members on July 17, July 24 and July 31.
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