FAQ #1: Face Mask Requirements in District 186 Schools

(SEA Members: Feel free to leave any comments below.) A. SEA ‘FACE MASK SUPPLY & MANAGEMENT’ QUESTIONS Who will be providing masks for students? (answered) Is there a solid plan for issuing masks? (addressed/no specifics) Will GOOD masks be provided? (not addressed) Will students be allowed to wear personal masks? (not addressed) How will we … Read more FAQ #1: Face Mask Requirements in District 186 Schools

Q: How many District 186 students can safely ride on a First Student school bus?

From 186 Return To Learn Plan: The District is working with First Student to develop policies that meet ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) and IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) guidelines. Students will be required to wear masks on buses. A plan of action that will include either self screening or temperature checks prior … Read more Q: How many District 186 students can safely ride on a First Student school bus?

CDC Guidance for the Use of Face Masks in K-12 Schools

Appropriate and consistent use of cloth face coverings may be challenging for some students, teachers, and staff, including: Younger students, such as those in early elementary school. Students, teachers, and staff with severe asthma or other breathing difficulties. Students, teachers, and staff with special educational or healthcare needs, including intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental health … Read more CDC Guidance for the Use of Face Masks in K-12 Schools

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from … Read more Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Employee Paid Leave Rights

District 186 rolls out Return to Learn plan (SJ-R.com, 7/21/20)

By Steven Spearie The State Journal-Register Springfield School District 186 will offer to families two plans–hybrid/blended in-person and remote learning only–as part of its 33-page “Return to Learn” document. The document, put together by 100 teacher leaders from the district, the Springfield Education Association and the Illinois Education Association, was rolled out District 186 Superintendent … Read more District 186 rolls out Return to Learn plan (SJ-R.com, 7/21/20)

“I will only vote for remote” – Mike Zimmers, 186 Board Member

“Teachers, your job is stressful enough just teaching students.. year-in year-out. It is extremely stressful. You did not go to school to come back this year to be a healthcare professional, or social worker, or a mental health specialist.. and you weren’t trained to be in law enforcement. So I really have some concerns for … Read more “I will only vote for remote” – Mike Zimmers, 186 Board Member

Safe Passage

“When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore It has been over four months since we have come to grips with the realities of COVID-19 and the profound effects it has had on our … Read more Safe Passage