Board to Consider Reopening Plan

Board to Consider Reopening Plan

Sent to all D99 Staff, Students and Families on July 16, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Dear District 99 Community,

We want to update you as we finalize our plan for opening our schools for the 2020-21 school year. We shared possible scenarios with you in earlier messages (July 2 and June 23), and in fact the plan will contain components of both in-person and virtual learning. (Any final plan we follow will depend on health restrictions and recommendations at the time school is scheduled to open.)

  • On Monday, July 20, we will present the proposed plan to the District 99 Board of Education at its monthly meeting. Note that the proposed plan is still being reviewed by staff and committee members; the final proposed plan and a presentation for the Board will be available at 6 p.m., just prior to the Board meeting, and posted here (click on “meetings,” then click on the meeting agenda to the left). The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. virtually on Zoom and livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel at Board members will be attending the meeting remotely; I will attend the meeting in person at the Administrative Service Center at 6301 Springside Avenue, Downers Grove. 
  • If you would like to submit a public comment before or during the meeting, please click here. We will have a special reception of visitors session after the presentation to the Board, and will read comments received before and during the presentation for up to 30 minutes in total, with a maximum of 3 minutes per response per Board Policy. All comments submitted will be provided to the Board of Education after the meeting. NOTE: Due to social distancing restrictions, we may not be able to accommodate all visitors to our Administrative Service Center at one time. 
  • During the meeting, the Board may direct the administration to adjust the plan. At the conclusion of the Board Meeting, the Board then will be asked to approve a resolution authorizing the administration to implement and enforce the plan for all students, staff, visitors, and participants of District 99’s programs. It also authorizes the administration to modify the plan as needed. 

More than 300 people, including North High and South High students and family members, community members, Board of Education members and district staff, have contributed their perspectives and ideas in creating our proposed plan for opening the 2020-21 school year. Ultimately, we believe our plan maximizes learning while ensuring the safety of our students and staff members. I will send you an update and details about the plan on Tuesday, July 21. 

During this continued time of crisis, I thank you for your continued understanding and partnership. 

Thank you,
Dr. Hank Thiele
District 99 Superintendent