D202 Students Will Return To School In Groups Starting Oct. 26

PLAINFIELD, IL — Plainfield School District 202 students will start returning to school in October if the coronavirus pandemic does not get worse. Superintendent Lane Abrell updated the Board of Education on Monday regarding the status of the district’s Return ’20 plan.

According to the update, preschool and kindergarten students will return to school the week of Nov. 2, while older students will return in small grade-related groups between Nov. 16 and Jan. 19, as part of the district’s plan to slowly resume in-person learning over the next four months. Families will receive additional details about returning to in-person learning as their students’ return approaches.

Pre-kindergarten-12th grade multi-needs special education students are scheduled to return Oct. 26.

The board had approved the Return ’20 plan on July 27. It includes three educational phases focused on safety and flexibility. The first phase started Aug. 31 with remote learning for all students.

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Teachers react after starting school with distance learning

Local educators dish on the learning curve they’re managing teaching virtual lessons.

MINNEAPOLIS — For most districts school has been in session for at least a couple weeks now. Teachers have been adjusting to incorporate distance and hybrid learning into their lessons plans. Now that they’re back at work, let’s check in with Maya Kruger from St. Anthony Middle School, Megan Hall who teaches at Open World Learning Community in St. Paul, and Rachel Baumann, a Special Education Teacher at Farmington High to see how things are going.

Kris: Everyone knows change is tough, how has hybrid and distance learning gone so far?

Rachel Baumann: I think everyone is really tired. There is just so much going on and so many moving parts that we have to keep on top of.

Maya Kruger: This year I very much feel like a first-year teacher. Giving instructions, what I need to prepare,

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