Board of Education FAQs

  • Below is a summary of the most frequently asked questions received by the Board of Education through public comment, email, as well as “Let’s Talk” and our answers. These will be updated after each Board meeting and posted on our District website.

  • Are we on track to bring students back on Monday, January 25, 2021 for in-person learning in a hybrid model?

  • When students return in-person will Naperville 203 be “podding” students?

  • Will Naperville 203 utilize parent volunteers to help in the classrooms?

  • Recent news reports are sharing nationwide figures about low instances of COVID spread in educational settings, especially among the younger grades. Why, then, has Naperville 203 steadfastly continued remote learning only, while many other districts have had at least a hybrid model?

  • Why did the Board of Education delegate decision-making power for COVID planning to the Superintendent?

  • What steps has the District taken to prepare our buildings for the return of students—air quality, safety protocols, cleaning protocols, etc.?

  • How are Individual Education Plan (IEP) minutes being addressed during Enhanced eLearning?

  • Are students with IEPs receiving compensatory services? Will students with IEPs receive extra services during the summer to make up any lost learning?

  • Why do teachers have planning time on Mondays instead of continuing to teach students in a typical schedule?

  • Why have there been so many teacher remote planning days that are non-attendance days for students this year?

  • Why is the District not following guidelines from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding recommendations for students to have in-person instruction?

  • Will Naperville 203 adhere to this updated guidance from the CDC on the number of days needed to quarantine?

  • How does the District know how our students are doing if they are not conducting formal assessments like MAP and CogAT?

  • How can the District raise taxes during this time when so many people are facing financial hardship?

  • How does the District technology department support the needs of students and parents? What resources are available to support Zoom, iPad usage, printing, Chromebooks, etc.?

  • Students do not seem at risk for COVID-19. Why are the schools not open?

  • Why are Naperville 203’s schools closed when other schools and districts are open?

  • Is there a committee looking at the metrics? If yes, what is their professional experience in infectious disease?

  • How is Naperville 203 meeting the mental health needs of students?

  • What liability issues do we have with our insurance carrier?

  • What expertise does Naperville 203 have in creating online content?

  • Will students take finals after winter break?

  • Why can’t teachers work from home if they need to?

  • Why did Naperville 203 invest in live-streaming technology if we are not planning to send students into school?

  • Why delay bringing in students until the second semester?

  • Why do we not report on data on the COVID-19 Dashboard if it involves less than 10 people?

  • What percentage of students are attending in-person instruction during Enhanced eLearning?

  • Will Naperville 203 offer COVID-19 testing to students and staff?

  • Now that we are remaining in Enhanced eLearning, will you be changing the block schedule at the junior high and high school levels?

  • Are you aware of the various studies surrounding the opening of schools?

Surveillance Testing FAQs

  • What are the benefits of COVID-19 Screening?

  • What is COVID-19 screening?

  • What is the likelihood of a false-positive screening?

  • What is the risk of a false negative screening result?

  • How has the screening program been validated?

  • Who is eligible to participate in the screening?

  • Why are early childhood and elementary students not included in the screening program?

  • Is the screening mandatory?

  • Is there a cost to the student or staff member for the screening test?

  • What is involved in the screening?

  • How will individuals be informed of the results?

  • What happens if the screening comes back positive?

  • How is privacy maintained throughout the entire process?

  • Does a student have to participate in the screening to participate in the hybrid model?

  • Are students who are participating in 100% remote learning able to take part in the screening program?

  • How do I sign up for the program?

  • When do I have to collect and drop off the saliva sample?

  • Who screens the samples?

  • Does the COVID-19 screening program replace all other mitigation strategies?

  • Should I participate in the COVID screening program, if I have already had and recovered from COVID?

  • If I have already had COVID, can I still participate in the screening?

  • How long will the screening program be in place for students and staff?

  • If I am referred for a diagnostic test due to screening results can I still participate in school/work?

  • Once I am vaccinated, should I no longer participate in the screening program?

  • Can you join the COVID screening program at any time during the 12 weeks?

General Return to Learn FAQs

  • What are the stages of the Return to Learn 2.0 plan?

  • Will volunteers be allowed in school buildings?

  • Can parents/guardians attend IEP Meetings in school buildings?

eLearning FAQs

  • What is eLearning?

  • What does an eLearning day look like?

  • What are the daily instructional minutes expectations?

  • How will students be informed of their assignments?

  • Will my child engage in all of their classes?

  • How will teachers take attendance?

  • How and when are teachers available for support?

  • How will students engage with their classes, teachers, and classmates?

  • What are the eLearning grading and reporting expectations?

  • What if a student is ill on an eLearning day and cannot complete the work?

  • How will students get extra support if needed?

  • If my child starts the year in eLearning, will they be able to continue to be in that model all year?

  • Will Driver’s Ed be offered through eLearning?

  • How do these changes impact early childhood students?

  • Will eLearning students be able to take courses such as band, orchestra, and choir?

Enhanced eLearning

  • What is Enhanced eLearning?

  • What does an Enhanced eLearning day look like?

  • Which students will participate in small group instruction? How will that be determined?

  • How often will students participate in in-person instruction?

  • What does “slowly phase in” mean for students?

  • Will all students have the opportunity to participate in-person learning during this stage?

  • Will early childhood, kindergarten, and first-grade students have district devices for use at home?

  • Will all classes that include labs allow for in-person instruction during enhanced elearning?

  • What if a student has technical issues that prevent them from completing the work?

  • Where can we get support and troubleshooting for any issues with our devices

Hybrid FAQs

  • What is a Hybrid Model?

  • How will my student be graded in the Hybrid Model?

  • What are the expectations for family involvement?

  • Will my student participate in standardized testing?

  • My student has an IEP or a 504 plan, will he/she receive the accommodations and modifications listed in his/her IEP?

  • What if my student falls behind and/or struggles?

  • Is my student able to participate if we do not have Wi-Fi access?

Health & Safety FAQs

  • Will students be allowed to sanitize or wash their hands more frequently?

  • Are face coverings required when individuals are outside?

  • Can face shields be used in lieu of face coverings?

  • Can Naperville 203 teachers use face shields for instruction?

  • How does Naperville 203 determine if an individual meets an exception to the face covering requirements?

  • How will Naperville 203 handle individuals who refuse to wear face coverings?

  • Will my student be supplied a face covering or do I need to provide one?

  • What happens if my student forgets or loses their face covering?

  • Will staff need to provide their own face covering?

  • What happens if staff forgets their face covering?

  • If I am medically unable to wear a face covering, how do I apply for an accommodation or exemption?

  • Are Naperville 203 students and staff in a school building required to wear a face covering at all times?

  • How will Naperville 203 schools administer symptom screening for students?

  • What should families/staff do if someone in your home has tested positive for COVID-19?

  • Will students and staff be notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a school building?

Transportation FAQs

  • Will my student have transportation available once in-person learning begins?

  • Will social distancing need to be maintained on school busses?

  • What PPE is required for riding the bus and how often are they cleaned