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Return to School Plans for 2020-21
Return to School Plans for 2020-21
Kevin Ross
Friday, July 10, 2020

Thank you to all that participated in the survey regarding the return to in-person school for the 2020-21 School Year.  We received 673 responses representing 1245 students.  When asked the preference between a “Return to Daily In-Person School w/ State required Face Masks”or “Remote Learning”, 481 respondents representing 867 students prefer the “Return to Daily In-Person School w/ State required Face Masks” and 192 respondents representing 378 students prefer “Remote Learning”.  This is approximately a 70% to 30% split.

While we do believe that teaching and learning is accomplished best with In-Person School, we know that we are not living under normal circumstances.  We know that neither choice is ideal nor right for all at this time, so Marshall Schools will offer parents the opportunity to choose In-Person School or Remote Learning for each of their students. 

This choice will not be permanent.  A student participating in In-Person School could become ill or have a need to quarantine that would cause them to be at home and participate in Remote Learning.  While we hope it doesn’t happen, we also know that there is the possibility that all will have to return to Remote Learning as happened last Spring.

The ability to choose to move from Remote Learning to In-Person School will also be an option.  Parameters for this will be in place and shared by registration time.  At some point, hopefully sooner rather than later, conditions with regards to the Co-Vid 19 Pandemic will improve to the point that In-Person School returns to normal and the Remote Learning Option would become unnecessary.

Online Registration will be available from July 26 to Aug 7, with an In-Person Registration (in some form) scheduled for August 5.

When registering, parents will be asked to choose In-Person School or Remote Learning for each of their students to begin the school year.  Plans for both In-Person School and Remote Learning are a continuous work in progress.  By registration time a more complete picture of both In-Person School and Remote Learning will be provided before choosing.

The first day of students is scheduled for August 18.  You can access the full 2020-21 School Calendar at the link below.

Click Here to View the 2020-21 School Calendar

Here is an outline of what we know about each to this point.

In Person School

  • Will be held daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:06 at MJHS and MHS and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at South & North Elementary Schools
  • Per the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Public Health, Face Coverings (Masks) will be required of Staff and Students inside (with the exceptions of Eating, Drinking, Playing a Band Instrument, or a Medical Exemption), on busses, and outside when social distancing is not possible (masks could be off during outside activities if social distancing is maintained).  2 cloth masks will be provided for each student.
  • Students and Staff would be required to do a Self-Certification Health & Temperature Check each day before school.  This is a short series of questions related to Co-Vid 19 symptoms and a Temperature check that would be done using a Google form with questions similar to what has been used for summer athletic workouts and driver education.    Students and Staff who do not self-certify would answer the questions and have the temperature check done at school.
  • Buses will allow for up to 50 riders, with masks and social distancing to the best of our ability.  It is our intent to run route buses and no shuttles to help decrease the number of students on each bus.  We will still be doing town routes, day care pick-ups and drop-offs, etc.  We will limit seating on buses to 1 per seat or 2 from the same household where possible.  In the afternoon, Route buses will pick up their students at South, then North, and then the JH & HS.  No switches will have to be made at the HS Parking Lot.
  • Students whether they walk, are dropped off, or ride the bus will arrive between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. and report to their classroom.  Grab and go breakfast will be available at all levels for pickup before going to the classroom.  JH & HS students will stop by their locker before going to their 1st period class.
  • Classrooms will be set-up with student desks set-up to socially distance to the best of our ability.  Extra furniture will be removed as needed to create more space.  Desks will be set-up so that all face the same direction.
  • Classes will run like normal at MJHS & MHS with students moving from class to class each period.  Desktops will be cleaned between each period.  P.E. will be outside as much as possible.
  • Elementary Classes will be in their assigned classroom with their teacher as usual.  Students will stay with their classroom teacher for Reading.  Art and Music teachers will come to the classroom for those activities.  P.E. will be outside as much as possible.  Multiple Recesses / Breaks will be scheduled to allow the students to get outside and get a break from wearing the mask.  Pull-out services such as Title I Reading will still be provided as normal.
  • Lunch
    • MHS will have 2 lunches and will be open campus for 10th-12th Grades.  Students that stay on campus will eat in the cafeteria, McNary Hallway, or in the Quad (weather permitting)
    • MJHS will have a 7th lunch and an 8th lunch.  Lunch will be delivered to MJHS and students will eat on the Stage, in the Gym Bleachers, Library, and Outside (weather permitting)
    • North & South Lunches will be delivered to the classroom.
  • Band
    • MHS Band will meet in McNary Gym or Outside (as much as possible)
    • MJHS Band will be split into 7th & 8th Grade with 7th meeting during 8th Grade Lunch and 8th meeting during 7th Grade Lunch
    • 6th Grade Band will meet at North School (rather than being transported to the High School)
    • 5th Grade Band Students will have the opportunity to select an instrument during the first few week of school with hopes that the group will be ready to begin meeting later in the first quarter
  • Sports, Extracurriculars, and After School Activities will be in place as ISBE and IHSA/IESA Guidance allows.
  • Increased Cleaning Protocols according to IDPH Recommendations will be in place

Remote Learning

  • Daily Attendance / Participation will be expected and monitored with the minimum expectation of 5 clock hours of participation and learning taking place.  At the JH and HS level, it is possible that classwork and lessons could be provided following the In-School class schedule.
  • Work will be assigned with deadlines that will mirror what is being assigned in their classroom to In-Person students
  • Quizzes and Tests will be administered on a timeline similar to that of the timeline being used with In-Person Students
  • Work will be graded
  • 6th – 12th Grade Teachers will utilize Google Classroom to post Assignments, Notes, Resources, in some cases video of lessons from their classes, and to communicate with students.  Teachers will also be able to respond to parent questions via school email. 
  • Pre K through 5th Grade Teachers will utilize See-Saw or in some cases Google Classroom and also school email to post Assignments, Notes, Resources, in some cases video of lessons, and to communicate with parents and, when age appropriate, students.
  • An iPad or Chrome Book will be provided for Remote Learning students to use.  Each school parking lot can act as a hotspot for those without internet access.  Print materials will be provided to the best of our ability for those without home internet access.
  • Students must be participating in the In-Person School option to participate in Sports, Extracurriculars, and After School Activities


*In-Person & Remote Learning Plans will be refined and additional specifics added prior to registration and will continue to be refined and adjusted prior to the start of school.  Any change in guidance restrictions will be shared as well.  Parents will be allowed to change their selection up to the start of school and as noted before parameters to switch during the year are being developed and will be shared ASAP.*