Back to School Plan 2021-22

  • En español: Plan de regreso a clases 2021-2022

    Throughout the summer, Illinois schools have received a variety of updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The most recent guidance provided by the CDC (Tuesday, July 27, 2021) endorses a plan for a full in-person experience for our students and staff and supports the planning work we have been engaged in since the spring. This guidance, which was immediately adopted by IDPH, CCDPH, and ISBE, can be viewed by clicking here.

    LTHS will return to a pre-pandemic, 8-period, full day of instruction for all students starting with the first day of student attendance, which will be on Thursday, August 19, 2021. We will be implementing our 7:45am - 3:05pm bell schedule. Every Wednesday will be a late start for all students, with the exception of the last week of each semester. First period will start at 8:45am on late start days and the school day will conclude at 3:05pm. 

    Bell Schedule

Athletics & Activities

  • The fall athletic season starts Monday, August 9th. Specific information/details on each of our sports can be found on the athletics page on our website. We anticipate that all activities and events will also commence as usual. We will host our annual Co-Curricular Fair on August 24th at 7pm in the South Campus Fieldhouse. Details will be shared with families as we approach August 24th. In the meantime, our students and families can visit the activities page on our website to learn more about our many co-curricular offerings.

COVID-19 Mitigation Plan

  • We will also continue to put systems in place to minimize health risks related to COVID-19 for our community. The Lyons Township High School plan for mitigation efforts aligns with guidance from the CDC, IDPH, ISBE and CCDPH.
  • Background - What is COVID-19?

    COVID-19 is a disease caused by a virus called SARS-CoV-2. Most people with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, but some people can become severely ill. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks of illness, some people experience post-COVID conditions. Post-COVID conditions are a wide range of new, returning, or ongoing health problems people can experience more than four weeks after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19. Older people and those who have certain underlying medical conditions are more likely to get severely ill from COVID-19. Vaccines against COVID-19 are safe and effective (CDC.gov).

  • LTHS Health Services

    LTHS Health Services will continue to provide routine and specialized school health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. These services include, but are not limited to: management of mandated school health examinations; immunizations and screenings; management of acute illness/injury during the school day; participation in the identification and evaluation of students with disabilities; and management of chronic health conditions during the school day. In addition, LTHS Health Services will actively support evidence-based COVID-19 mitigation strategies in coordination with school and local public health officials. The following are prevention strategies outlined within the CDC’s guidance for COVID-19 prevention in schools: 

    1. Promoting vaccination
    2. Consistent and correct mask use
      1. Universal Masking 
    3. Physical distancing
    4. Screening testing to promptly identify cases, clusters, and outbreaks
    5. Ventilation
    6. Handwashing and respiratory etiquette
    7. Staying home when sick and getting tested
    8. Contact tracing, in combination with isolation and quarantine
    9. Cleaning and disinfection

     

    Based upon the guidance provided by the CDC, IDPH, CCDPH, and ISBE, Lyons Township High School will implement the following COVID-19 mitigation efforts at the beginning of the 2021-22 school year: 

    Promotion of COVID-19 Vaccine for Staff and Students

    • Per the CDC, vaccination is the leading public health prevention strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, we encourage all eligible students to receive their COVID-19 vaccination. LTHS has hosted two previous vaccination clinics and will continue to provide these opportunities for our staff, students, and community. 
    • Approximately 35% of students have already shared their vaccine card with us, and we encourage all students to share a copy of their vaccine card with the Health Office by emailing a picture or PDF to studentcovid@lths.net. Please note fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine following known exposure if they are asymptomatic.

    Use of Masks

    Please note that LTHS will adhere to the mask mandate announced by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (August 4), and require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, effective Thursday, August 5.  This also applies to individuals using school transportation (busses, minibuses, vans, driver ed vehicles, etc.). The new measure is part of the state’s ongoing effort to combat a new surge as the Delta variant rapidly spreads. In addition, per CDC guidance, when individuals consistently and correctly wear masks, they protect themselves and others from COVID-19. In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305, establishes the Governor’s authority to issue executive orders. An executive order has the effect of law; compliance with it is mandatory.  Failure to comply with the order may subject our district to enforcement actions from IDPH and/or ISBE, which could include a school closure. In addition to this Executive Order, Lyons Township High School District #204 has the authority to set rules in regard to both student conduct and health/safety requirements within its schools and to enforce those rules. This authority is granted through Sections 10-20.5 and 10-22.6 of the Illinois School Code. Through the district’s adoption of appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies, including compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order on universal masking, masking is required for all students, absent those who have been granted accommodations due to a disability or medical condition, as approved by the district.

    Complying with wearing a mask is one of the basic behavioral expectations we will ask students to meet when they return for the upcoming school year. In the event students do not comply, we will work through our normal procedures as it relates to student discipline.  We will, of course, begin with a supportive conversational approach, and partner with students and families to ensure that students comply.  And we have a variety of tools available when we work with students in these situations. Ultimately, students who refuse to comply with the District’s masking requirements will be subject to discipline.

    Social Distancing

    Social distancing of 3 feet will be implemented when possible to do so without interrupting in-person learning/activities. 

    Contact Tracing

    LT will continue to contact trace for close contacts per the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) guidance. Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine following known exposure if they are asymptomatic.  Specific details follow in this communication.

    Air Ventilation

    The air handler systems at LTHS provide fresh air into each building in conjunction with exhaust fans. The systems include a minimum total of air changeover of 6 times per hour. In addition, unit ventilators at both campuses provide heat and cooling to individual spaces and bring in a minimum of 10% fresh air at all times, but are adjusted based on temperatures and demands within each area.  

    Health Acknowledgement

    In lieu of a daily symptom screener, parents will be asked to complete a health acknowledgement form for their student(s) prior to the beginning of the school year. This is similar to the system we used during summer school. Completion of the acknowledgement form is a commitment that students/families will monitor symptoms on a daily basis as well as report COVID-19 symptoms, COVID-19 infection (positive test or healthcare provider clinical diagnosis), and/or COVID-19 exposure to Health Services promptly.

    Point of Care Testing (Health Office)

    Our Health Offices at both campuses have the ability to conduct “point of care” testing for individuals who become symptomatic while at school in order to immediately identify and assist with contact tracing efforts.

    Hand Sanitizer Stations

    Hand sanitizer stations will continue to be readily available at both campuses.

    Community Dashboard

    We will continue to update the Lyons Twp HS District #204 COVID-19 Dashboard in order to monitor transmission rates in our community. We will be able to utilize this data to make adjustments to our mitigation plan, as needed.

    Screening Testing

    Screening testing (i.e., saliva testing), via the Illinois SHIELD Program is now free to all Illinois public schools. LT is considering the potential advantages to adding this as a layered mitigation effort, and we will have more details in the coming weeks.

     

    Please note that LT’s mitigation efforts for COVID-19 can be adjusted or changed based on outbreaks, increasing trends in the school/community, local vaccination levels, and the feasibility of each strategy. 

    The following outlines additional details of mitigation measures and other aspects of the LTHS plan.

  • Use of Masks

    Indoor Masking: LTHS will adhere to the most recent mask mandate announced by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (August 4), and require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, effective immediately. The new measure is part of the state’s ongoing effort to combat a new surge as the Delta variant rapidly spreads. In addition, per CDC guidance, when individuals consistently and correctly wear masks, they protect themselves and others from COVID-19.

    Outdoor Masking: In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.  

    Bus/School-Based Transportation Masking: When using any school transportation (busses, mini-busses, vans, driver ed vehicles, etc.), masks are required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.

    Athletics/Activities Masking: As we start the athletics season, all participants/coaches regardless of vaccination status will wear a mask while practicing/competing indoors and all participants/coaches, regardless of vaccination status will not need to wear a mask outdoors.

    Please note that LTHS will adhere to the mask mandate announced by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (August 4), and require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, effective Thursday, August 5.  This also applies to individuals using school transportation (busses, minibuses, vans, driver ed vehicles, etc.). The new measure is part of the state’s ongoing effort to combat a new surge as the Delta variant rapidly spreads. In addition, per CDC guidance, when individuals consistently and correctly wear masks, they protect themselves and others from COVID-19. In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.

    The Illinois Emergency Management Agency Act, 20 ILCS 3305, establishes the Governor’s authority to issue executive orders. An executive order has the effect of law; compliance with it is mandatory.  Failure to comply with the order may subject our district to enforcement actions from IDPH and/or ISBE, which could include a school closure. In addition to this Executive Order, Lyons Township High School District #204 has the authority to set rules in regard to both student conduct and health/safety requirements within its schools and to enforce those rules. This authority is granted through Sections 10-20.5 and 10-22.6 of the Illinois School Code. Through the district’s adoption of appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies, including compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order on universal masking, masking is required for all students, absent those who have been granted accommodations due to a disability or medical condition, as approved by the district.

    Complying with wearing a mask is one of the basic behavioral expectations we will ask students to meet when they return for the upcoming school year. In the event students do not comply, we will work through our normal procedures as it relates to student discipline.  We will, of course, begin with a supportive conversational approach, and partner with students and families to ensure that students comply.  And we have a variety of tools available when we work with students in these situations. Ultimately, students who refuse to comply with the District’s masking requirements will be subject to discipline.

  • Socially Distanced and Outdoor Seating Available in Cafeterias

    Some socially distanced seating will be available in the cafeterias at both campuses. Additionally, outdoor seating will be available for students at both campuses as we start the school year.

  • Handwashing and respiratory etiquette

    All students/staff will practice handwashing and respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes) to keep from getting and spreading infectious illnesses including COVID-19.

  • COVID Symptoms/Positive

    Students, teachers, and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care, regardless of vaccination status. Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of schools and prevent spread to others.

  • Isolation

    Any individual with a positive COVID-19 test will be required to isolate at home for at least 10 days from symptom onset or the date the positive test was collected. 

  • Contact Tracing

    In the event someone with COVID-19 has been on campus during the infectious period, LTHS will complete contact tracing, in consultation with CCDPH, to identify exposures. Individuals determined to have been exposed will be contacted by the health office/administration and provided instructions regarding quarantine or isolation.

    In general, contact tracing involves identifying people who have a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19 (cases) and people who they came in contact with (close contacts) and working with them to interrupt disease spread. 

    This includes asking people with COVID-19 to isolate and their contacts to quarantine.  Fully vaccinated persons who remain asymptomatic and those with documented COVID-19 infection within the past 90 days are excluded from quarantine. For teachers, staff and adults in the indoor K-12 classroom setting, CDC defines a close contact as an individual not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. According to the new CDC close contact definition, classroom students who were within 3 to 6 feet of the infected student are not treated as close contacts as long as both students were engaged in consistent and correct use of a well-fitting masks and other K-12 school prevention strategies. In other words, only classroom contacts within 3 feet require quarantine as long as both the case and the contact were consistently masked. If they were not consistently masked, then close contacts are classroom students who were within 6 feet of the infected student for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 

    In exposures outside of the classroom, for staff and for students in the classroom where masks were not correctly and consistently worn by the infected person and/or the student, close contacts would be defined as individuals who are not fully vaccinated or who have not had lab-diagnosed COVID-19 within the last 90 days who were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. 

    In general, individuals who are solely exposed to a confirmed case while outdoors should not be considered close contacts. 

    The longer a person is exposed to an infected person, the higher the risk of exposure/transmission. The infectious period of close contact begins two calendar days before the onset of symptoms (for a symptomatic person) or two calendar days before the positive sample was obtained (for an asymptomatic person).

    In summary, LT will continue to contact trace for close contacts per the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) guidance.  Students who were within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period will be considered close contacts. The following are exceptions: 

    For classroom close contacts, the close contact definition excludes students who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected student if both the infected student and the exposed student(s) correctly and consistently wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

    Fully vaccinated students do not need to quarantine following known exposure if they are asymptomatic.

  • Quarantine

    Any individual identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine at home. 

    According to the IDPH School FAQ (July 26th), the following are options for quarantine. The local health department (CCDPH) will make the final determination on who is quarantined and for how long.  They may also determine that a close contact is not a candidate for modified quarantine due to a high-risk exposure.  The Test-to-Stay option will only be available to LTHS students if endorsed by the CCDPH.

    Option 1: Quarantine at home for 14 calendar days. 

    Option 2: Quarantine for 10 calendar days after the close contact’s last exposure to the COVID-19 case. 

    The individual may end quarantine after day 10 if no symptoms of COVID-19 developed during daily monitoring. 

    SARS-CoV-2 PCR testing is recommended and may be required by the local health department. 

    The individual can maintain physical distancing and masking at all times when returning to school; for classrooms where masking is strictly adhered to, physical distance of 3 to 6 feet is acceptable for return. 

    Option 3: Quarantine period is for seven calendar days after the last exposure if:

    No symptoms developed during daily monitoring AND the individual has a negative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic test (PCR) that was collected within 48 hours of exposure day 7 (starting on day 6 or after). 

    • The individual is responsible for obtaining a copy of the negative results for documentation purposes. 

    The individual can maintain physical distancing and masking at all times when returning to school; for classrooms where masking is strictly adhered to, physical distance of 3 to 6 feet is acceptable for return.

    Option 4: Test-to-Stay Strategy, as has been documented by CDC if schools test close contacts, as defined above, on days one, three, five, and seven from date of exposure by a PCR or rapid antigen or molecular emergency use authorization (EUA)-approved test, close contacts are permitted to remain in the classroom as long as the results are negative. 

    Only applicable when both the COVID-19-confirmed student and close contact were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks and the school requires masking for all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated, as recommended by the CDC.

    Test to Stay may be used for any indoor exposure, with the exception of household exposures. 

    Students engaged in Test to Stay after an exposure may participate in extracurricular activities. Local health departments have the authority to order a classroom-only Test-to-Stay protocol after assessing the risk of an individual situation. 

    Because students engaged in the Test-to-Stay protocol were exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, they must wear a mask while indoors at school, regardless of the mask policy at school. 

    However, if the close contact is identified five days or more from the date of exposure, adjust testing accordingly, ideally on days five and seven after the last exposure. 

    When testing in the outlined cadence is not possible due to weekends and holidays, students should be tested at the earliest possible opportunity. 

    At the conclusion of the Test-to-Stay modified quarantine period, the school should notify the local health department that the student has successfully completed testing and remained negative. 

    Local health departments have the authority to assess high-risk exposures and order a traditional quarantine without the option for Test-to-Stay. 

    If at any time the student tests positive or becomes symptomatic, they should be immediately isolated and sent home, and the local health department notified.

    Regardless of when an individual ends quarantine, daily symptom monitoring should continue through calendar day 14 after the exposure. Individuals should continue to adhere to recommended mitigation strategies, including proper and consistent mask use, physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough hygiene, environmental cleaning and disinfection, avoiding crowds and sick people, and ensuring adequate indoor ventilation. If any symptoms develop during or after ending quarantine, the individual should immediately self-isolate and contact their local health department or healthcare provider to report their symptoms. The health department can provide guidance on how to safely quarantine and isolate within the household. 

    The following individuals will be exempt from quarantine if identified as a close contact to someone with COVID-19, as long as they remain asymptomatic and have the related documentation on file in the health office:

    Diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 3 months (requires positive COVID-19 test result on file in the health office).

    Fully vaccinated (requires COVID-19 vaccination card on file in the health office).

  • Quarantine Q&A

    How will I attend my classes if I have to quarantine?

    Instruction during a quarantine period will be provided asynchronously (students will complete work independently at home).  Students will not attend their classes in-person and classes will not be provided via Zoom.  

     

    Will my classes be available on Zoom during quarantine?

    Because teachers are focused on in-person instruction this year, they are not teaching classes via Zoom.  You will not be able to attend your classes via Zoom.  Instead you will complete asynchronous learning.  

     

    Does my parent/guardian need to call to report my absence each day during quarantine?

    No, the Health Office and the Assistant Principal’s Office will make sure your daily attendance is taken care of during the period of quarantine.  

     

    How will my teachers know that I have to quarantine?

    The Assistant Principal’s office will alert all of your teachers, your counselor, and your case manager (if you receive Special Education services) via email that you will be home in quarantine.

     

    Do I need to contact my teachers?

    It is always a good idea to communicate with your teachers when missing regular instruction!  Feel free to email them during quarantine if you have questions or need clarification or assistance. However, your teachers will be asked to contact you and your parent/guardian within 24 hours of receiving the quarantine email to provide information about your asynchronous instruction for their class.   

     

    Can my parent/guardian access my classes on Canvas?

    Please follow this link for step-by-step instructions for parents/guardians to become “observers” of Canvas Courses.  If your parent/guardian needs any additional assistance with this process, they can contact:

    • North Campus Student HelpDesk (Janice Devereux - 708-588-7434)
    • South Campus Student HelpDesk (Mary Craggs - 708-588-7437)
    • IC Portal, Canvas, OLR and Online Pay support (Belinda Salutric - 708-588-7433)
    • Support in Spanish, Ms. Ibet Herrera-Velazquez 708-579-6528

               

    What work am I responsible for during quarantine?

    Each of your teachers will provide specific information about the work that needs to be completed, where to find it, and will provide any additional information or resources you will need.  All of the work will be asynchronous, meaning you will complete it independently from home. 

     

    What if I have a summative assessment during quarantine?

    Your teachers will provide you with information about how and when summative assessments will be completed.  

     

    What if I am sick during quarantine and cannot participate in asynchronous learning? 

    You will be allowed to make up work according to the excused absence policy in the Student Handbook (p. 12), “Students who have an excused absence are allowed to make up work and tests and receive credit. Assignments given before the days of absence will be due upon the student's return to class. Students will have 2 days for every one day of excused absence to make up missed work. Students should arrange with teachers the times to make up missed tests. If a test date was

    announced before the day of the student's absence, the student should be prepared to take the test upon his/her return to school. Teachers have the right to modify their make-up policies to meet individual needs and circumstances.”

     

    What if I get special support, accommodations, and/or modifications because I have a 504 Plan or I receive Special Education services?

    Your teachers, counselor, and/or your case manager are aware of any specialized supports/accommodations/modifications and will work with you to ensure that those are applied, as appropriate, to asynchronous learning.  

     

    Who should I contact if I have questions?

    • If you have questions about a specific class, assignment, or assessment, contact your teacher
    • If you have questions about your 504 Plan, contact your counselor
    • If you have questions about your IEP, contact your case manager
    • If you have general questions about school or you aren’t quite sure who you should contact, contact your counselor and they will help you out!

  • Return to School following Quarantine or Isolation

    Prior to return to campus, any individual placed in quarantine or isolation must be cleared by the health office. 

  • Point of Care Testing

    Lyons Township High School seeks to maintain a safe and healthy school environment during the COVID-19 pandemic while minimizing loss of instructional time due to unnecessary isolation. Our Health Offices at both campuses now have the ability to conduct “point of care” testing on symptomatic individuals to more immediately identify and assist with contact tracing efforts. 

    Point of care diagnostic SARS-COV-2 testing of students who develop COVID-19 symptoms during the school day will allow for prompt isolation and contact tracing. It will also expedite return to the classroom, when appropriate, for staff/students whose symptoms are not due to COVID-19 infection. Symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever (100.4°F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, new cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, fatigue from unknown cause, muscle/body aches from unknown cause, new loss of taste or smell, vomiting, diarrhea. Students who are experiencing symptoms prior to coming to LTHS should not come to LTHS for testing but rather should isolate and seek testing with a healthcare provider.

    Lyons Township High School will utilize the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag test for point of care testing.  BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag test is a point of care antigen test that detects the presence of SARS-COV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 infection. The test will be administered and interpreted by a nurse in the heath office. The test specimen is collected with a nasal swab. All swabs will be used solely for the purpose of COVID-19 testing and then destroyed in a manner appropriate for biological specimens. Test results, both positive and negative, will be communicated to the parent/guardian with instructions for required public health follow-up. A negative BinaxNOW test may need to be confirmed with a RT-PCR test as directed by IDPH and CCDPH. No testing is 100% accurate. If you test positive on the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag test, you will be required to go home and adhere to the District and IDPH guidance on required isolation and return to school protocols.

    Review and acknowledgement of the parent/guardian consent form provides the District permission to administer the BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag test to a student if they present to the health office with COVID-19 symptoms and to release the test result to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) as required by the Illinois Control of Communicable Disease Code during the 2021-2022 school year. The test is voluntary and provided free of charge. Review and acknowledgement of the parent/guardian consent form for point of care testing will be completed through an Infinite Campus Survey prior to the beginning of the school year.  

    Any student/staff member experiencing the onset of upper respiratory infection symptoms at school will immediately report to the health office for clinical evaluation and diagnostic COVID-19 testing when clinically indicated.

    Students/staff who do not consent to school based testing may be required to isolate at home and seek medical evaluation prior to returning to campus.

  • Shield Screening Testing

    SHIELD Illinois is a screening testing program that deploys the University of Illinois’ innovative PCR COVID-19 saliva test across the state.  The SHIELD test takes a proactive approach to identify pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals to quarantine, reducing virus spread.  Results will be sent to the individual, organization and IDPH through a HIPAA-secure health records portal within 24 hours of samples reaching the SHIELD lab.  CovidSHIELD is a highly sensitive molecular RT-PCR saliva-based test. SHIELD testing is a screening program that tests everyone, not just symptomatic individuals.  Identifying infections early and isolating infected individuals breaks the chain of infection and prevents the virus from spreading.

    Many infected individuals report no symptoms; however, they may still be transmitting the virus. Testing frequently can identify the virus before shedding begins. This enables quicker isolation of infected individuals, which reduces community spread. SHIELD Illinois’ collection process is quick, self-administered and non-invasive. The method of collection is through a saliva test.  Benefits to saliva testing include:

    Saliva captures more copies of virus DNA than nasopharyngeal swabs.

    Saliva tests have shown to detect the virus sooner than nasal swab tests.

    Saliva doesn’t require medically trained collection staff.

    Saliva tests don’t detect dead virus like nasal swabs do.

    LT is planning for the use of screening testing as a layered mitigation effort and will follow the CDC’s screening testing recommendations by level of community transmission.

  • Screening Testing Recommendations for K-12 Schools by Level of Community Transmission (modified from the CDC)

    Screening Testing Recommendations for K-12 Schools by Level of Community Transmission (modified from the CDC)

    High-risk extracurricular activities are those in which increased exhalation occurs, such as activities that involve singing, shouting, band, or exercise, especially when conducted indoors. Review and acknowledgement of the parent/guardian consent form for screening testing will be completed through an Infinite Campus Survey prior to the school year. Many more details will be shared with students/families when planning details are finalized.

  • High-risk extracurricular activities are those in which increased exhalation occurs, such as activities that involve singing, shouting, band, or exercise, especially when conducted indoors.

    Review and acknowledgement of the parent/guardian consent form for screening testing will be completed through an Infinite Campus Survey prior to the school year.

    Many more details will be shared with students/families when planning details are finalized.

  • Arrival & Dismissal

    • Masks should be worn as students enter the building.  Student Assistants will be checking mask compliance upon student arrival.  All students will be expected to provide their own mask.  Disposable masks will be available as needed.  
    • Only those students who are participating in co-curricular activities/athletics, attending a school event, participating in an after school program or getting help from a teacher are permitted to stay after school.  All other students will need to leave following the 3:05 dismissal bell.  

  • Cleaning Protocols

    • All desks, tables, and chairs are cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis. 
    • Door handles and all high touch areas are sanitized on a daily basis.
    • All restrooms are cleaned multiple times throughout each school day.
      • All surfaces including sinks, toilets, toilet paper dispensers, and paper towel dispensers are cleaned and sanitized.
      • Door handles and all high touch areas are sanitized. 

  • Field Trips

    • LTHS will return to normal approval of field trips for the 2021-2022 school year.
    • Overnight field trips will be approved on a case by case basis.  
    • Virtual field trip experiences/opportunities will be utilized when appropriate/available.

  • Cafeteria/Food Service

    • Some socially distanced seating will be available within cafeterias. 
    • The use of outdoor eating spaces will be expanded. Tents will be utilized for outdoor seating.  
    • Students that are able to bring their lunch are encouraged to do so in order to avoid congestion in serving lines.  Limited options will be available based on serving guidelines, staffing, and students’ preferences.
    • Students purchasing their lunch are encouraged to utilize cashless payment by using their student ID.  Students can add money to their account through the Infinite Campus portal or through bringing cash to the cafeteria.
    • Cafeteria tables will be cleaned between lunch periods.

  • Hallways & Classrooms

    • Students will be issued lockers.  Students are encouraged to limit the use of lockers when possible.
    • Students should avoid congregating in the halls and should make every attempt to get to their next destination prior to the bell in order to reduce hallway congestion.
    • Classrooms will be designed with physical distancing in mind, but in some cases will not accommodate 3 feet of distancing.
    • Teachers will maintain a seating chart for students in the event that there is a need for contact tracing.
    • Signage will be posted throughout the building regarding hand washing, masking, and distancing.
    • In order to reduce congestion in restrooms, students will be able to access restrooms during passing periods and during class time. Students should be mindful of maximum occupancy of restrooms.  
    • Student Assistants will encourage students to move through the halls and will monitor restroom occupancy.

  • Physical Education

    • LTHS will follow IDPH Guidelines regarding physical education classes and programming.
    • As we start the 2021-2022 school year, we anticipate that students will be participating in a regular physical education program.  This includes the use of locker rooms and the need to wear school PE uniforms.
    • We will be optimizing outside physical education classes to maximize student time unmasked.

  • Physical Spaces

    • Traditional water fountains will continue to be turned off.  Bottle filling stations will be available for student & staff use.
    • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be available.

  • Student Accommodations / Homebound Services

    If students require accommodations to meet the safety expectations, a COVID-19 Medical Accommodation Form must be completed by the student’s health care provider and parent/guardian. Submit completed forms to studentcovid@lths.net. Upon receipt and review, the health office will coordinate a meeting with the parent/guardian, student and applicable school staff to determine an appropriate plan.

  • Technology/Virtual Parent Meetings

    • All students are issued a Chromebook to support their learning.
    • Digital tools will be accessible from students’ Chromebooks.  
    • A virtual option may be utilized for various parent and student meetings.
    • Virtual IEP meetings will be an option for families.

  • Summary of safety expectations for the 2021-22 school year. These expectations apply to all students and staff at any LTHS sponsored event and on any LTHS property

    • All students/staff will practice handwashing and respiratory etiquette (covering coughs and sneezes) to keep from getting and spreading infectious illnesses including COVID-19.
    • Masks
      • LTHS will adhere to the most recent mask mandate announced by Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (August 4), and require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, effective immediately.  
      • In general, people do not need to wear masks when outdoors.  
      • When using any school transportation, masks are required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.
    • Screening Testing
      • Students/staff are recommended to participate in screening testing per the CDC guidance. LTHS will share testing details with students, staff, and families prior to implementation.  
    • Symptoms at School
      • Any student/staff member experiencing the onset of upper respiratory infection symptoms at school will immediately report to the health office for clinical evaluation and diagnostic COVID-19 testing when clinically indicated.
      • Students/staff who do not consent to school based testing may be required to isolate at home and seek medical evaluation prior to returning to campus.
    • All students/staff will report any new positive COVID-19 test/diagnosis promptly to Health Services.
    • All students/staff will comply with Cook County Department of Public Health directives, including testing, quarantine and isolation.

  • Please note that LT’s mitigation efforts for COVID-19 can be adjusted or changed based on outbreaks, increasing trends in the school/community, local vaccination levels, and the feasibility of each strategy. 
  • Student Services Delivery Model

    Later this week, Leslie Owens, Division Chair for Student Services, will provide families with an exciting update on our Student Services delivery model and adjustments that we are making in order to best serve our students as we are transitioning back to a more normal school environment and schedule.

  • Social Emotional Focus on Friday, August 20th

    There will be a Social Emotional Learning focus within all classes on Friday, August  20th. We will follow a traditional bell schedule on the 20th; student support staff and teaching staff have developed a series of lessons that will be delivered throughout the course of the day. It is important to note that the series of lessons has been developed in order to provide support to all students as we transition back to a more normal school environment. These lessons will be scaffolded throughout the day so students have access to different content as they progress through the day.

  • Angel the Comfort Dog

    Angel, an LLC K9 comfort dog, will be in regular attendance at the LT North and South Campuses during the early part of the 2021-2022 school year.  Angel is from St. John’s Lutheran Church in LaGrange and has experience interacting with individuals at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events and in disaster response situations. Comfort dogs bring a calming influence, allowing people to open up their hearts and receive help. 

  • ReferralGPS

    LTHS is now partnering with ReferralGPS, which is a cloud-based referral solution for behavioral health professionals. It was developed as a way for organizations to align with behavioral health providers and facilitate appropriate patient referrals. With ReferralGPS, we can now connect our students and families with vetted community-based mental health professionals that match families’ financial/insurance, location, language, and area of specialization needs. The referral portal is available for all of our families to use and/or our mental health professionals can work with the portal to support families and students. Here is the public link for ReferralGPS.