(updated February 2022)
Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan
While preparing for the upcoming school year, Lemont High School administrators have received guidance and/or executive orders from a variety of agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH), Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and Governor Pritzker's Office. This information has helped shape our plans for daily operations on campus at the start of the 2021-22 school year.
Recognizing that all future plans are tentative, here are some key points for the 2021-22 school year, based on the information we have at this time.
- All students will attend school in person from 8 a.m.-2:37 p.m. every day. This will include the regular block schedule (i.e., four 87-minute class periods) and lunch. PLC Days will resume and be held on most Wednesdays throughout the year, with class beginning at 8:40 a.m. on those days. Please click here to download the most up-to-date monthly calendar.
- Daily instruction will not be livestreamed and students will not have the option of attending classes virtually. Traditional options will be available for students to make up work when they are absent.
- Students will have access to hallway lockers, and students will change for P.E. classes in locker rooms.
- Breakfast and lunch are available at no cost for each student.
- Beginning February 7, 2022, students, faculty, staff and campus visitors are encouraged, but not required to wear a mask or face covering on campus. This may change based on future legal outcomes.
- Masks are optional for all students, faculty and staff while in any school vehicle (bus, minibus or car).
- In classrooms, at least three feet of physical distance will be maintained as much as possible between students, as well as between students and teachers. Physical distance will be maintained between students as much as possible during lunch.
- Cleaning, disinfection and sanitation measures will remain in place.
- Frequent washing of hands for 20 seconds will be strongly encouraged, hand sanitizer will be available at various locations throughout the building, and coughing and sneezing etiquette will be reinforced.
- According to the CDC, IDPH and CCDPH, "Vaccination is currently the leading public health strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic." The COVID-19 vaccination is not required for students, according to current state law. Parents/guardians are asked to provide COVID-19 vaccination documentation for their students to School Nurse Katie Dulle.
- Contact tracing efforts will be conducted in collaboration with the CCDPH. Quarantine or isolation will be required as needed.
- Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to opt in for their students to participate in COVID-19 diagnostic and screening testing through BinaxNOW and SHIELD testing.
The American Rescue Plan of 2021 Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund requires Lemont High School to post its "Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plan." This document originally was posted in Summer 2021 and most recently was updated in January 2022.
We very much appreciate our faculty and staff, as well as our students and their families, for their willingness to adapt.