School Year 2021-22

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

    The 2021-22 Instructional and Operational Plan below contains Covid-19 Mitigation Plans, General School Operations and Social Emotional Supports, each detailing specific information for students and parents. LT will continue to review and update health and safety 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). Our faculty and staff are focused on building strong relationships with students and creating a community within their classrooms, where each and every students believes they belong. Our goal is to challenge our students to grow both academically and personally.

    As we continue all of our COVID mitigations to keep our students and staff healthy and safe, we will continually update the 2021-22 Instructional and Operational Plan to reflect the most current guidance.

    Thank you all for your cooperation and partnership in ensuring your student’s ongoing success.

    Bell Schedule

COVID-19 Dashboard

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.
  • COVID Screening Testing Registration/Consent

    COVID Screening Testing Registration/Consent

  • Dec 13: Current COVID Data, Screening Testing, School Exclusion & More

    Current COVID-19 Data

    As much as we wish that the data were different, COVID-19 transmission has increased from Substantial to High over the past few weeks. Within all of Cook County, the weekly case rate is 325 per 100,000, while within the LT community, the weekly case rate is 366. In our buildings, the number of positive cases and close contacts has also sharply increased.  
     
     
    Low Transmission
    (Blue)
    Moderate Transmission
    (Yellow)
    Substantial Transmission
    (Orange)
    High Transmission
    (Red)
    Total New Cases Per 100,000
    Person in the Past 7 Days

    0 - 9.99

    10 - 49.99

    50 - 99.99

    ≥100

    Layered Mitigation Efforts

    As we approach the end of the semester, our commitment to in-person learning in a safe and healthy school environment continues. For our students, we know that missing school is stressful, particularly at this time of the year so we are asking everyone to cooperate with our continued layered mitigation:
    • All persons age 5+ are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and all persons 16+ are now eligible for the COVID Booster. Click here for more information. 
    • Mandatory masking for all persons inside the school building
    • Social distancing of 3 feet or more wherever possible including with classrooms
    • Contact Tracing of probable and confirmed cases to limit exposure and therefore, transmission
    • Weekly Screening testing (recommended for all unvaccinated students and required for all unvaccinated staff)

    Screening Testing with Northshore Clinical Labs

    As of the week of Monday, November 29, 2021, LTHS began working with Northshore Clinical Labs (NCL) and to offer weekly screening testing for those interested (recommended for any unvaccinated student) to better support our goal of students remaining in school and available for in-person instruction. 

    NCL is a high-capacity laboratory based in Chicago supporting COVID-19 testing throughout the country. The weekly PCR tests will be administered by a shallow nasal swab with results typically available within 24-48 hours. To prepare your student for a shallow nasal swab, please see this video. NCL has highly trained clinical staff that will administer the tests in collaboration with our Health Offices and Building Administration on site at LT, during school hours. If a student receives a positive result, LT will communicate to the parents/guardians of that individual student and we will proceed with the contact tracing procedures previously communicated. NCL and their staff are HIPAA compliant and confidentiality will always be preserved.

    Testing by NCL is free. Your insurance information is required, but there is absolutely no cost sharing. If an individual does not have insurance, coverage will be provided through the HRSA COVID-19 Coverage Assistance Fund at no cost (identification of parent/guardian is required).If you provide insurance information, there will be a line item on the coverage documentation but there will be no cost to the insured individual/family. 

    *Weekly screening testing is currently happening at both campuses on Tuesdays. Students are sent passes to come to the designated locations for testing, but they are also able to stop in during passing periods as testing is quick (1-2 minutes). 

    Symptomatic Testing with Northshore Clinical Labs

    As part of the partnership with NCL, we are also able to conduct the shallow nasal swab - PCR tests for students who develop/experience COVID-like symptoms while at school.  Students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with the up-to-date IDPH Interim COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance must be sent home. Students are able to return once they receive a negative RT-PCR result. Most of the NCL test results are available within 24-48 hours, which can significantly decrease the number of school days a student misses. 

    These tests will be conducted within our Health Office and then the specimens will be sent to the NCL lab for processing. 

    Registration/Consent for testing can be completed through this REGISTRATION/CONSENT LINK and parents/guardians may choose to consent for weekly screening only, symptomatic testing only, or both. No student will be tested without consent and staff will call home prior to administering any test even if consent has been granted. Consent may be revoked at any time. 

    For any questions regarding NCL testing at LTHS, please email ltscreeningtesting@lths.net

    For test results for registered students, please visit the NCL Patient Portal

    For answers to frequently asked questions regarding testing at LT, visit Screening testing FAQ’s

    COVID Exposure/Symptoms Outside of School

    If your student was exposed to a COVID-19 infection outside of school, or develops symptoms at home, please do not send your child to school. Sending symptomatic students to school puts everyone at risk and may result in exposures and school exclusion for many. Additionally, do not send your symptomatic student to school for the purpose of testing. If a student becomes symptomatic at home, testing must be completed outside of school. 

    Per IDPH and CCDPH, we can no longer accept an alternate diagnosis for return to school for individuals/students demonstrating COVID-like symptoms. 

    To return to school, a negative laboratory-based confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 NAAT or a negative point-of-care (rapid) PCR test result is needed, regardless of vaccination status. 

    Due to the current High Level of Community transmission, antigen test results (such as results from a BinaxNOW test) cannot be accepted for return to school.

    If you need to submit any COVID-19 related documentation, including test results or completed vaccine cards, please do so at studentcovid@lths.net . To speed up the processing of negative COVID-19 tests to return your student to school please include your student’s ID number and main campus. An email will be sent back stating “Your student is cleared to return to school” once the test has been processed. 

    Attendance Reporting

    To report an absence, you must call the school before 9AM on the day of the absence. For students who have been excluded due to quarantine or isolation, parents/guardians do not need to call everyday as the length of exclusion is noted by the attendance office. 
    North Campus Attendance: 708-354-4700
    South Campus Attendance: 708-579-6528

    If your student has been exposed to a COVID-19 infection or is symptomatic/ill, please complete the Illness Report Form, which allows our Health Office to follow up on illness reports, maintain health and safety, and keep more students in school. 

    School Exclusion

    When students must be out of school due to a COVID-19 infection or exposure, parents/guardians will receive an email with instructions and links to Zoom support rooms within 24 hours from their Assistant Principal. Additionally, students’ teachers will follow-up via email to ensure that each student understands the expectations, assignments, and timelines. 

    If you have any questions about learning/instruction during a period of exclusion, please contact your student’s Assistant Principal or your student’s teachers directly. 

    Freshman AP: Mr. Adam Davis adavis@lths.net or 708-579-6500
    Interim Sophomore AP: Ms. Kris Costopoulos kcostopoulos@lths.net or 708-579-6500
    Junior AP: Mr. Darrell Mathis dmathis@lths.net or 708-579-6300
    Senior AP: Mr. Bryan Radavich bradavich@lths.net or 708-579-6300

    At this time, unvaccinated individuals (including students) who are determined to be a close contact to a confirmed case must be excluded for a period of 10 days. For classroom close contacts only, that duration may meet IDPH/CCDPH criteria to be shortened to 7 days if the student obtains a negative laboratory-based confirmatory SARS-CoV-2 NAAT result no earlier than day 6. 

    The Health Office will contact parents/guardians with the exclusion/quarantine requirements based on information specific to each case. 

    Fully vaccinated individuals (including students) are not required to be excluded from school as long as they remain symptom-free, though it is recommended that fully vaccinated individuals who have a close contact to a confirmed case test 5-7 days after the close contact. 

    Health Office Information

    The Health Office Hours at both North and South Campus are Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 3:15PM. Please note that documentation submitted over a holiday or weekend will not be reviewed until the next business day. 

    Due to the large volume of phone calls and health office visits, we respectfully request that all documentation be submitted electronically to aid in the speed of processing and recording information: 

    studentcovid@lths.net for all COVID-19 related documentation (test results, vaccine cards, etc.) 
    healthservices@lths.net for all other documentation (physicals, non-COVID medical documentation, etc.)

    Additional information can also be found on the Health Services Webpage.

    South Campus Health Office: 708-579-6531
    North Campus Health Office: 708-579-6363

    As always, we appreciate your partnership and cooperation to keep our school community healthy. We wish everyone a very happy and healthy winter break! 

    Lyons Township High School Health Services

  • 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.

    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

    Complete information on COVID Screening can be found here.

     

    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.

  • 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.