COVID Information and Communication
Re-Opening Planning Presentation - updated 7/20/20
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Dear Grant Families,
I am reaching out to provide an important back-to-school update. I apologize for the lengthy communication, but there is a good deal to share.
We are continuing to plan for an exciting start to the school year, with full in-person learning as recommended by all guiding agencies. This communication, and the corresponding Back to School Learning Plan, seek to highlight our plans to return to in-person learning as normally, and safely, as possible.
Following the CDC, IDPH and ISBE guidance released on July 9th, facemasks will now be optional for fully vaccinated individuals. Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals who are not fully vaccinated. The wearing of masks by individuals who are not fully vaccinated will reduce the need for quarantine when in close contact with a positive case, thus keeping more students learning in-person. A goal, I believe, we all share. The wearing of masks will be on the honor system, and a decision to wear or not wear a mask based on vaccination status will not be a disciplinary matter. Fully vaccinated individuals who feel more comfortable wearing a mask are encouraged to continue to do so.
The CDC has mandated that masks must be worn by all individuals while on school buses due to the lack of social distancing. Please discuss this as a family in advance so that bus riders are prepared to wear masks beginning on day one.
In general, masks do not need to be worn outdoors. Athletic and extra-curricular activities will continue to follow sport specific guidance provided by IDPH/IHSA.
As we have throughout the pandemic, the District will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations of CDC, IDPH, LCHD and ISBE. This includes the continuation of a number of recommended mitigation strategies to keep our campus safe and healthy, which are highlighted in the Back to School Learning Plan. The District is tasked with continuing to monitor local conditions to guide our decisions on the layering of those prevention strategies. If conditions are favorable, it is recommended strategies be removed one at a time and results monitored closely. Conversely, if we are experiencing illness or outbreak, increased mitigations may be necessary. Just as we did last year, we will need to remain flexible and stay in communication as changes may be necessary.
To that end, I was made aware this morning by the Lake County Health Department that IDPH is updating school guidance, and it will be released in the next few days. I know you have been anxiously awaiting this information, so I did not want to delay this correspondence. If modifications are necessary to the Learning Plan, I will make you aware as quickly as possible.
An informational meeting will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, August 3rd at 5:00 P.M. for GCHS families to review the Back to School Learning Plan, Board of Education July 15th Meeting Details, and answer questions:
Topic: Back to School Informational Meeting
Time: Aug 3, 2021 05:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 936 2640 3663
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There will be an additional opportunity to meet in-person at the first Parent University of the school year on August 4th.
We are very excited to start the school year in just a few short weeks. Please remember we have plans to ease the transition back to full in-person learning by phasing in attendance by grade level. We look forward to welcoming students back in a low stress, engaging manner. Please mark the following dates on your calendars for the first days of school:
- August 11 Grades 11 and 12 only
- August 12 Grade 10 only
- August 13 Grade 9 only
- August 16 All grades
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out. Enjoy the last few weeks of summer with your families!
Christy Sefcik, Ed.D.
Superintendent communication for the 2021/22 school year may be found to the left under COVID information.