The plan to allow Oswego School District 308 students to return to their classrooms will be presented to the Board of Education at its meeting this evening, Monday, Sept. 28.
All of the district's teachers and 16,800 students have been in participating in remote learning since the start of the 2020-2021 school year Aug. 24. The Board of Education voted 5-2 Aug. 3 to begin the school year remotely due to health concerns resulting from the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
While the reopening plan has not yet been released by the district, Superintendent Dr. John Sparlin released a video message to parents and students providing some details about the strategy.
In his message, Sparlin referred to the plan as "both phased in and methodical," and confirmed that families will still have a choice of participating in fully-remote education.
"The plan will detail the stages and timing of resuming in person learning, along with the metrics we are basing the safety of our plan on," he continued. "We understand that most of our students, staff and parents are eager to see kids back in classrooms very soon. However we want to be sure that we have prepared a plan that is sustainable, so we can remain safely in school.
"We are building a structure that supports the many mandates and best practices encouraged to keep students and staff safe while at school. Social distancing, small classes, face coverings, classroom layout, daily screenings and many other detailed components of our safety plan have been created to make the school environment as safe as possible."
The Board of Education will meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Oswego East High School. The meeting will be livestreamed through the district's website.