Phased Operations Resources

Adaptive Pause

Northfield Township Elementary School Districts have made a unified decision to take an Adaptive Pause that will begin after school on Friday, November 20, and remain in effect through Friday, January 15 (returning Tuesday, January 19, after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday).


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Re-registration was completed between November 9 and November 16. Sectioning and staffing will incorporate changes. Families who are changing models will be contacted by December 11 and new selections will begin when we return from our adaptive pause. We will utilize the valuable feedback from our November Phased Operations Surveys to tweak both of our models as we set ourselves up for a great 2021 half of our year.

To learn more about our plans, please access the Hybrid and eLearning District 30 Guide designed to help families nevigate remote learning routines, schedules and guidelines. 

Our collaborative committees have completed significant work toward the challenge of safely reopening our schools in the fall. The Educational Programming Committee developed the plan to reopen District 30 Schools utilizing the PreK-3 all-in model with alternating days for grades 4 through 8. To learn more, please continue reading and view our D30 Phased Reopening Video that includes:

  • Our drivers for our work
  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance
  • Survey results
  • Information about our Hybrid Instructional Model and Operations

The Operations Committee has defined operations that accomplish the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidance that include:

  • Requiring the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings; 
  • Prohibiting more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space; 
  • Requiring social distancing of 6 feet be observed, as much as possible; 
  • Requiring that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and 
  • Requiring an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection.

Required Phased Operations (COVID-19) Phase 4 In-Person Health & Safety Requirements have been established and are included within our District 30 Handbook.

All of our plans were brought to a Phased Operations Reopening Task Force that included parents, teachers, board members, and administrators. The task force unanimously supported the recommendation to reopen District 30 Schools utilizing the PreK-3 all-in model with alternating days for grades 4 through 8 that was approved by our Board of  Education on July 16, 2020. 

The drivers for our work include:

  • Safety for students, staff, and community 
  • Return to in-person learning to the degree possible, practical, and permissible
  • Provide robust in-person and remote academic programming 
  • Provide the highest likelihood for continuity of instruction
  • Allow for agility as this situation and guidance evolves
  • Coming together with shared responsibility for success

K-3 classes will be formed at Willowbrook and Wescott with small class sizes that allow for six-feet of social distancing with all students attending daily. Should face-to-face in school attendance be resumed for all students, these small class sizes will remain in place throughout the year. As of August 7, PreK will be delivered through a full-remote option. Grades 4 through 8 will be assigned (with all siblings in the same track wherever possible) to attend on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday and every other Friday. A calendar will be distributed with your assigned day so that families will know their schedule for each semester. During at home-learning days of the staggered in-person attendance, students will connect with our classrooms and teachers to participate in synchronous broadcasted lessons. Meaning, students will maintain their daily schedule of classes while at home and have the opportunity to ask questions and participate when appropriate.

The survey was meant to gain the thoughts of our parents and staff and results aligned with our decision to err on the side of caution with our draft PreK-3 all-in model with alternating in-person days for grades 4 through 8: 

  • Nearly 70% of respondents indicated that they were certain that they would send their child(ren) within the hybrid model vs. 6% who indicated that they definitely would not 
  • Just under 56% of respondents indicated that they were certain that they would send their child(ren) within the full in-person model vs. 15% who indicated that they definitely would not

Fifth-Grade at Maple School

Generating space for the additional sections that support these smaller class sizes requires the relocation of fifth-grade students to Maple School for this year. Fifth-grade students will remain in their neighborhood sections (e.g., Willowbrook and Wescott’s students will remain with their peers), and their classrooms will be located in a cohort group on the first floor of Maple School. Instruction will continue in the elementary model with a core teacher for each section. Maple’s specialists will be able to provide some of the specials and support for students who will attend during Maple’s hours of 8:35 a.m. - 3:35 p.m. Significant attention will be given to the successful transition of these students to Maple. Please stay tuned for more communication with 5th-grade families.

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our 5th-Grade Transition remote presentation via Zoom on Wednesday, July 29 from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. We shared our plans to successfully relocate our 5th-grade students and allow for questions. For those who could not attend, please click here to view the presentation.

Opting Out of In-Person Learning for the Remote Learning Option Through the Winter Break 

Should families determine their children will not be able to return to in person instruction, School District 30 has developed an option for remote learning.

Current plans for our Full-Remote Learning Option include:

  • PreK: The PreK program will be delivered remotely.
  • Grades K-5: An eLearning 2.0 teacher will be assigned to individual or multi-grade level classes across our district. There will be a structured schedule that closely mirrors current grade-level bell schedules. Where possible, specials will be embedded within the structured schedule. Time for core teachers to meet with students in small groups, individually and/or provide whole group instruction will be built into daily interaction. 
  • Grades 6-8: Students will follow their Maple School schedule as closely as possible, working with an assigned teacher who will help support live instruction, according to their designated schedule with their in-person peers at Maple. 

This model offers challenges for delivering all specials that will be delivered within the in-person model, but we have confidence that plans will serve students well.

Reopening Plans Vary

There are districts around us who will also prioritize social/physical distancing of six feet, which will be able to bring more students back full-time due to their facility capacity. Our elementary capacity remains constrained, and we only wish our elementary project was already completed. There will be other districts that decide to bring all students back by compromising the six-feet of social distancing.

Plans Will Continue to Evolve

Of course, the landscape of this health crisis continues to evolve and change. As always, we reserve the right to get smarter, and we will all need to remain flexible throughout this school year. We will remain agile as a district and will continue to track guidance from the ISBE and IDPH. We will also monitor trends of COVID-19 cases in the region and have plans in place for our current hybrid and full-remote learning options. We have also worked diligently to generate our plans for full eLearning should health data dictate such a transition during the year.

Work Together to Find Comfortable Masks

We encourage our students and staff to continue sampling masks that will work in the fall. They are required and have been shown to mitigate the transfer of COVID-19. Please share options that work for this personal decision. Our requirement is for everyone to wear a two-ply mask and bring another in a ziplock bag. Disposable masks will also be available at each school if the need arises.

Households Needing Childcare

We understand the difficulty an alternating schedule offers for families of students in grades 4-8 who have two-parent working families. We are also cooperating with local entities to attempt to create additional support for grade 4 through 8 students of families who require care during the days they are receiving synchronous broadcasted lessons outside of the school building. Click here to review current options.

Student Services

Early Childhood Speech and Language Itinerant  Services                                       

All Itinerant Speech and Language Services will be provided via teletherapy.
Kid Connection Preschool at Willowbrook School 
Early Childhood programming will be delivered through remote programming. Related Services may be provided via teletherapy if and when appropriate. 

English Language Learners

English Learners (ELs) will receive services to develop language skills during synchronous and asynchronous portions of the hybrid or remote learning models. Virtual instruction could occur when appropriate (e.g. students benefit from mask removal) even while on school grounds.

Special Education Services 

District 30 is committed to ensuring that our students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) and 504 Plans are provided their educational services in compliance with all state and federal safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are committed to providing a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) pursuant to your child’s IEP during all learning models. 

IEP and Section 504 Meetings

To limit the number of individuals visiting a building, the District encourages IEP and Section 504 meetings to be held virtually and intends to schedule meetings to take place over a remote platform. If parent(s)/guardian(s) prefer an in-person meeting, please contact your child’s case manager.

Evaluation/Reevaluations - Teams will prioritize areas of evaluations that were not able to be completed in the spring. In the event of a school closure, assessments will be completed virtually when appropriate. 

IEP and 504 Delivery of Services - IEP and 504 teams will review each student’s plan at the beginning of the school year with parents. The team will create a remote learning plan for eligible students to ensure services align with the learning model in place. 

  • In-person Learning Model - Services will be provided per the student’s IEP. Virtual services could be provided to reduce movement around the school if it is able to meet the needs of the student.
  • Hybrid Learning Model - The IEP team will determine if services will be provided in-person or remotely based on the individual student’s needs. 
  • Remote eLearning Model - Students will follow the remote learning schedule and receive all their IEP or 504 services remotely. Synchronous and asynchronous instruction will be provided.  
  • Speech & Language - Teletherapy could occur when appropriate (e.g. students with articulation goals that benefit from mask removal) even while on school grounds.
  • Students unable to attend school in-person due to medical conditions will have a remote plan developed on a case by case basis. 

Students in grades 4-8 who require services that can only be done in-person may have the ability to attend school daily during the hybrid learning model.

Coming Together with Shared Responsibility for Success

The last driver I mentioned above is all of us “Coming together with shared responsibility for success.” The challenge of safely and effectively reopening schools during this ongoing pandemic provides no clear path forward. With all of the “grey’ guidance regarding social distancing, we are prioritizing health and safety and certainly may shift to more in-person learning as the year progresses. We will also be prepared to shift to a more robust eLearning program if conditions mandate that course of action.