Return to School Plan Update July 23rd
Since early May, the Return to School Committee has met over 70 times to plan for the Fall 2020 return to school plan. The 131 people that represented all stakeholders in Peoria Public Schools developed a plan to present to the Board of Education at a special board meeting on June 22nd. This plan is aligned with the current guidance from the Governor, the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria City/County Health Department, as well as the Restore Illinois Reopening Plan.
The Board voted to adopt the plan with the understanding that it will continue to evolve as further guidance is released by ISBE and the IDPH as well as further information gathering from district stakeholders. As of July 23, this is our plan for school in the fall:
Blended Learning - Peoria Public Schools has developed a blended learning model which places student and staff safety as a priority. The intent of the blended model is to allow students in person instruction while maintaining CDC and IDPH guidelines for physical distancing through a reduced number of students in each building.
Students will follow an A/B style schedule Monday through Thursday. Students on the A schedule will attend school in person on Mondays and Wednesdays. Students on the B schedule will attend in person on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Fridays will alternate as in-person instruction days with A schedule students attending one Friday and B schedule students attending the following Friday. This will include special education inclusion students. Families will be assigned the same schedule for student continuity across schools.
Students who are attending school in self-contained classrooms will be attending in person Monday through Friday. Prekindergarten students will also attend in person Monday through Friday.
Virtual Learning – For those families that do not want their child attending in-person, families will have the option of choosing a 9-week full virtual learning schedule (K-8) or semester for high school. That option will be available to sign up for starting with online registration opening on July 8th. Please visit Skyward Family Access to opt for Virtual Learning for your student.
Students who choose the virtual option will be using an online learning platform. This online K-12 program allows students the option of working in all content areas virtually, independently. Students listen to a pre-recorded lesson from a certified teacher and then complete independent activities to practice their new knowledge. In addition to the regular content, students can receive remediation or acceleration where needed. In the virtual option, students will have support also from a PPS virtual teacher for pacing support, assistance and assessments. The goal is for students to stay on track with grade level peers, but through an individualized approach.