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2021-22 School Year Plan

Welcome!

This website is intended to keep the Geneva CUSD 304 community informed of the 2021-22 School Year Plan. We will continue to provide the latest information on this website, as plans are subject to change as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your flexibility, patience, support as we work to ensure the health and education of the entire Geneva 304 learning community.

2021-22 School Year Plan Approved

At a Board of Education Meeting on Aug. 9, the Geneva CUSD 304 Board of Education approved updates to the District’s 2021-22 School Year Plan, which reflects the most recent changes in guidance by the CDC, IDPH, ISBE. The District’s approved plan allows for full, in-person learning for all students in PreK-12th grade. 

Essential Components of This Plan: 
  • Geneva 304 will begin the year by following the governor's mandate requiring universal indoor mask wearing for all individuals in the school setting, regardless of vaccination status. All school settings include hallways, classrooms, indoor recreation/athletics, and/or school buses.
  • Additional strategies include ventilation, handwashing, and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection.
  • The District will continue to reflect on local data, collaborate with health officials, evaluate our situation, and adapt as necessary.
  • As guidance changes and local health metrics evolve, the District will remain focused on transitioning to a pre-pandemic learning environment. 
Supplemental Resources: 

COVID-19 Dashboard

The dashboard will be updated weekly on Fridays when school is in session and can be found at this link.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions are provided below. This section will be updated as new information becomes available.
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Q. What are the school hours for this school year?  
Early Learning Program: 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.
Elementary School: 8:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Middle School: 8:35 a.m.-3:24 p.m.
High School: 7:40 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

Q. Where can I access my student’s schedule?  
Home Access Center opened on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. Guardians of enrolled students are able to access information about your student’s classes, report cards, transportation routes, and more. Please also double check that your email address is current. If you suspect that you are not receiving emails from 304Connects or your child’s school, please contact your child’s school before the start of the school year.  

Q. Where can I access the 2021-22 District Academic Calendar?  
Please visit this page and click on “2021-22 District Academic Calendar”  

Q. Where can I access my upcoming events for my child’s school?  
Please visit this page and click on your child’s school listed under “Select a School Calendar”  

Q. What mitigation measures will be in place in the schools?
  • Masks are required to be worn indoors by all individuals in our buildings (age 2 and older), regardless of vaccination status.
  • Maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms when possible.
  • In some instances, cohorting may be implemented to limit the number of students, teachers, and staff who come into contact with one another, especially in instances when it’s difficult to maintain physical distancing, such as among young children. This mitigation strategy is in accordance with IDPH’s latest guidance for public schools.
  • Additional strategies include ventilation, handwashing, and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection.
  • Everyone must wear a mask on the bus. School buses are considered public transportation and follow the federal mandate for masking.
  • Turning in daily symptom screening forms will no longer be required. However, staff and families are encouraged to monitor their symptoms daily based on the current guidance from the CDC and to stay home when they, or anyone in their home, is sick until they can verify that it is not a COVID-related illness.
Q. How can I expect communication from the District regarding the 2021-22 school year?
We are committed to providing regular updates to Geneva 304 families through our email service, 304Connects. All information will also be posted on the District website. If you are not currently subscribed to 304Connects, please complete the online form at this link. If the form says you are already subscribed but are having trouble receiving emails, please see our "Email Troubleshooting Tips" on this page. If you suspect you have missed communications from your child’s school, please contact the main office at that building.  

Q. How will classrooms be organized?  
Rooms will be organized with seating at least 3 feet apart. An effort will be made to maximize distancing. Shared surfaces and spaces can be used by students in classroom, according to latest guidance. Opportunities for hand washing/sanitizing will be supported and encouraged by staff. Additional specific information will be shared by your child’s school.  

Q. Will an online-only option be offered?  
Based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education, all schools must resume fully in-person learning for all student attendance days. Therefore, an online-only learning option or hybrid learning model is not being extended for the 2021-22 school year.  

Q. Are visitors allowed into schools?  (Updated 11/8/21)
Visitor procedures are evaluated regularly and determined according to multiple factors, including transmission rates and the latest guidance. Please contact your child's school for the current procedures for visitors. Those admitted will need to sign in and wear a mask. Anyone, including visitors, who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as flu or COVID-19, should stay home and seek testing.  

Q. How will the district report on positive COVID cases in schools?  
The District’s COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated during the weeks that students are in school during the 2021-22 school year and can be found at the link toward the top of this page.  

Q. What support will my child receive if they are quarantined?
Please see the chart below, which addresses the educational programming for absence due to a positive COVID-19 case (click image to view full size). 
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Q. Will my child be required to wear a mask?
Yes. Gov. Pritzker announced an Executive Order that supports safe in-person learning and requires that masks be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to PK-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Everyone must also wear a mask on the bus, in accordance with the CDC Order under Section 361 of the Public Health Service Act. School buses are considered public transportation and follow the federal mandate for masking. Masks will not be required outdoors but are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals outdoors in crowds.

Q. Is the mask mandate enforceable by the state?
Yes. State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala sent a letter to superintendents on Aug. 11, providing clarity on the action ISBE will take to enforce the universal indoor masking requirement. That message can be found at this link.

Q. What is the correct use of a mask? 
District 304 is requiring the use of cloth face masks or medical masks that fully covers the mouth and the nose and fit securely around the face. The use of masks with exhalation vents or valves are not allowed based on CDC recommendations. The use of face shields can be used as an additional layer of protection and must be worn in addition to a cloth face mask or medical mask. Face shields cannot be worn in place of a cloth face mask or a medical mask. Other face coverings such as "gaiters," bandanas, athletic face coverings, or neckwarmers may not provide an adequate level of protection (source control) and will not be allowable face masks in Geneva Schools based on a review of CDC and IDPH guidance. 
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Q. How do families report an absence? (Updated 10/21/21)
Call to your school attendance line to report an absence. Parents/guardians should state the reason for absence, and if illness related, note the diagnosis and the current symptoms of illness being exhibited each day. For COVID-related absences, a school employee or nurse will reach out to families to further discuss their individual case and actions needed.  
      
Q. When do I need to keep my child home? (Updated 10/21/21) 
Keep your child home and report the absence for ANY of the following circumstances: 
  • Your child, vaccinated or unvaccinated, is experiencing a new onset of one or more symptoms on the COVID symptom exclusion list, OR 
  • Your child, vaccinated or unvaccinated, is subject to school exclusion per the guidelines of the Kane County Health Department, OR 
  • Your unvaccinated child, lives in a household where any member is ill with COVID 19 symptom(s) and was not tested or has ANY pending test * OR,
  • Your unvaccinated child is in a household with a member who has tested positive for COVID-19.
*Currently, IDPH allows unvaccinated family members to come to school if the ill person in the household was tested within 24 hours of symptom onset as long as there is not a high suspicion the ill person has COVID-19 (see next FAQ).

Q. Can other children in my household go to school if someone has a COVID test pending? (New 10/21/21)
Vaccinated children may attend school if there is a pending test in the household as long as they do not have any COVID symptoms themselves.

Unvaccinated children may attend school if a household member has COVID symptoms and that person has been tested within 24 hours of developing symptoms.  

Unvaccinated household members need to stay home if the ill person was NOT tested within 24 hours of symptoms or if there is a high suspicion the ill person has COVID-19. The school nurse, health department, or medical provider may determine if there is a high suspicion.

For families who do not seek medical attention, or testing, the ill person and all unvaccinated household members will be excluded from school for at least 10-14 days depending on circumstances.

Q. What will happen if my child is identified as a close contact during the school day? (Updated 10/21/21)
A building administrator, or designee, will reach out to let you know of the close contact. You will need to pick up any unvaccinated children who have been identified as a close contact. Further follow-up information and directions will be conveyed in person or via email.

Q. What will happen if my child has COVID symptoms? (Updated 10/21/21)
If at school, the school nurse will contact you to come and pick up your child. Ill children should stay home from school.

You will be advised to contact your primary health care provider to discuss your plan of care/ COVID testing. Alternatively, you may also seek testing through local testing sites. Testing is strongly recommended for ALL Persons with COVID-19-like symptoms, regardless of vaccination status.
 
If you do not have a health care provider, contact the Kane County Health Department (630-208-3801 or email to [email protected]) or the VNA (630-892-4355) for assistance. For information related to free COVID testing sites visit: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing.
 
Important information: In the school setting, home tests are not accepted by the Kane County Health Department. Medical providers may NO longer write for an alternative diagnosis without COVID testing for acute illnesses or a new onset of a symptom not attributed to a documented pre-existing condition.
 
Documentation required to return to school: Parents must provide documentation related to a Negative COVID-19 test for the symptomatic individual. It is also important for parents to speak to their doctor and report to the building nurse for guidelines related to other illnesses.

Q. What is the current COVID symptom screening list?  
  • Fever (100.4 F or higher)
  • New onset of moderate to severe headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • New cough
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue from unknown cause
  • Muscle or body aches from unknown cause  
Q. Can I use an at-home COVID test kit?  
The Kane County Health Department does not allow school districts to accept the results of an at-home COVID test. Therefore, using an at-home test kit may delay the health department’s investigation and delay the release for children to return to school. 

Here is a link to testing facilities if needed: https://www.dph.illinois.gov/testing

However, if any member of a household is administered an at-home test and the result is positive, please contact the school and keep your child and other unvaccinated household member home. The Kane County Health Department will provide further guidance in these instances.

Q. What will happen if my child is identified as a positive case? (Updated 10/22/21)
If your child has received a positive antigen or PCR COVID-19 test, please keep your child home and call the attendance line to report this information. You will be contacted by the school nurse who will further discuss your child's case. Schools are to exclude positive individuals for at least 10 calendar days from onset of symptoms, returning after the ten calendars days AND for 24 hours with no fever (without fever reducing medication) AND improvement of symptoms. 

Q. Will contact tracing be in place this school year? (Updated 10/21/21)
Yes. Kane County Health Department (KCHD) will work in conjunction with schools to implement case investigation and contact tracing to promptly identify, isolate and quarantine cases and close contacts. Pursuant to 77 Ill. Admin Code 690.361, districts and schools are required to investigate the occurrence of cases and suspect cases in schools and identify close contacts for purposes of determining whether students or school personnel must be excluded from school. In accordance to Executive Order 2021-25, schools have the authority to exclude students and school personnel from school premises (including in-person instruction and extracurricular events) when a student or school personnel is:
 
1. A confirmed or probable case of COVD-19 – OR –
2. A close contact to a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 – OR –
3. Exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

Q. Do fully vaccinated individuals need to be excluded from school if they are a close contact? (New 10/21/21)
No, fully vaccinated individuals do NOT need to be excluded from school after contact with someone with COVID-19 unless they have symptoms of COVID-19.  
 
Per CDC guidance, they should monitor for symptoms for 14 days following exposure, are recommended to be tested 5-7 days after exposure (even without symptoms) and continue to wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.  
 
Students and staff need to continue to follow universal masking requirements in the school setting as determined by state and local health authorities.  
CDC guidance for fully vaccinated people: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html   

Q. How will parents be notified of positive cases in the school setting?  
Parents should refer to the COVID-19 dashboard on the District’s website, which will be updated weekly. Schools will no longer send emails to all families regarding positive cases in a particular school.  

Q. Will students be required to get the COVID-19 vaccine prior to returning to school in the Fall?
Full COVID-19 vaccination status will not be required for students but is encouraged. The CDC is naming vaccination as the number one prevention strategy. To sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, please visit KaneVax.org or call 855-4-KANEVAX (855-452-6382). You may also have access to the vaccine from your family medical provider or local pharmacy.  

Q. If I choose to get my student vaccinated against COVID-19, do I need to inform the school?
It is not required that you inform the school, but it is requested. If your child has been fully vaccinated and you wish to share that information with the school, please make a copy of either their CDC vaccination card or a record from their physician and upload the file into Home Access Center by following these steps:

1.    Log into Home Access Center at this link
2.    Click on the “Registration” icon and then “Update Registration” tab
3.    Click on the “***Click here for Data Verification*** link
4.    Go to section labeled “Documents: Birth Certificate/Two Forms of Residency” and use the “Click here to upload new file” link to begin uploading documentation
5.    Click “Submit” at the end for the form to be submitted

File Uploading Tips: 
  • Most file formats will be accepted when uploading into the system (.PDF, .JPG, .PNG, etc.)
  • Before uploading, name the file according to the student and its content (Example: LastNameFirstNameVaxCard)
  • Do not include any symbols or special characters in the file name
Need Help? Please contact Home Access Center support via email at [email protected] or by phone at 630-463-3097. 

This option will be available in HAC throughout the school year, so if you are planning to have your child vaccinated in the future, you may follow these steps when their vaccination is complete.  
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Q. What is the Seamless Summer Option Program and how does it affect my student’s meal options?

According to the Illinois State Board of Education at this time, when District 304 begins the school year on August 18, we will be able to continue offering a FREE LUNCH to all students. The lunch program will operate similarly to last year and follow current nutritional guidelines. Elementary students will preorder their lunch daily. Middle and high school students will order during their scheduled lunch period. The free lunch program for all will operate as long as the district continues to receive the support of Federal funding, and it is subject to change at any time. Please note, breakfast will not be offered as an option at this time. Menus and nutrition information is posted on our district website.

When your student participates in our healthy and delicious school meals program it will save your family time and money. For lunch, students are offered five food components (grain, protein, fruit, vegetable, and milk). For your student’s lunch meal to be free, they must take at least three different food components, one of which is ½ cup fruit or vegetable. At the parent/guardian’s expense, any second meals, a la carte items (including milk or beverage purchase only), or meals that do not meet the requirements described above will be charged to the student’s PushCoin Account.

Q. Will the District continue to accept applications for free meals and fee waivers throughout the year?  

Yes, because this is a temporary program, it will end on the last day of the 2021-22 school year. The District will continue to accept applications for free meals and fee waivers. For more information on the application process, please contact the Business Office at 630-463-3030.

Q. Where can I find the menu?  

Under parents' tab on the district website, click on "lunch program" and then click from the menu options. Here is the direct link to that page: https://www.geneva304.org/LunchProgram.aspx

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Q. What are the safety expectations for riding the school bus this year?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Geneva CUSD 304 has updated its rules for school bus riders in accordance with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Parents/guardians, please review the following expectations with your student(s) who may be riding a Geneva 304 bus this school year, either during daily routes or as part of athletics:
  •  Students will be required to wear a mask and social distance at school bus stops.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask and social distance while entering, during transport, and while exiting the school bus.
  • Students will load the school bus from back to front and unload from front to back when possible.
  • Students will be given their assigned seat by their driver and must sit in their assigned seat.
  • Students living in the same household will share a seat.
  • The driver will be the only one allowed to open/close school bus windows
These expectations are in addition to the typical bus rider expectations, which are posted on all Geneva 304 buses and can be found on the Transportation section of our website here. Questions can be directed to Mary Dunmead, Director of Transportation, at [email protected] or 630-463-3005. Thank you.  

Q. How will buses be sanitized?  
All buses will be disinfected after each high school, middle school and elementary bus route.    

 Q. Will students be assigned a specific seat on the bus?  
Students will be assigned a specific seat on the bus. Students who live within the same household will be required to sit together.      
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Q. How will desks be cleaned in between class periods, before, and after lunch?
Each classroom will be equipped with cleaning supplies that may be used after classroom use. Lunchrooms and eating areas will be cleaned by custodial staff after each lunch period. All classrooms and high touch areas will be cleaned nightly.    

Q. How will buses be cleaned?  
Buses will be disinfected after each route. Buses will be thoroughly cleaned weekly.  

Q. What cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be implemented and how will they be monitored?  
Cleaning and disinfecting procedures will be taken from the CDC guidance along with using EPA approved COVID-19 products. These procedures will be monitored by the O&M Supervisors and cleaning consultants.
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Q. Will WIFI hot spots be available for student use at home?
Hot spots will continue to be available as needs are identified. The District had provided several families with hot spots during the past school year. To determine eligibility, please contact the Technology Department at 630-463-3070.

Q. Is federal assistance available to families in need of Internet services at home?  
Yes, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is offering such assistance. To read a message about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program, please click here. This temporary federal program provides a broadband and/or device benefit for qualifying low-income consumers during the COVID-19 pandemic. To apply for this benefit, please click here.  

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School Break Reminders from School Nurses

Practice the Three Ws:
Wear a Mask. Wash Your Hands. Watch Your Distance.
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Attendance Reporting and COVID-19 Protocols:
Throughout school breaks and prior to returning to school, please continue to report to your school's attendance line attendance and COVID-related concerns.

Travel Guidance:
Geneva 304 advises that individuals refer to and follow CDC and IDPH directives regarding travel. In order to support community health and in-person learning, the District asks for the school community to continue to act responsibly and follow health department directives. Below are current links to the CDC travel information:
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