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At the regularly scheduled school board meeting held tonight, the Danville City School Board approved the Return to Face-to-Face Instruction Plan recommended by Dr. Catherine Magouyrk, Interim Superintendent.

In the plan, Dr. Magouyrk’s recommendation called for those students who selected face-to-face instruction return to the classroom, in a phased approach, beginning Monday, Nov. 9, 2020.

“Health and safety remain the top priorities,” stated Crystal Cobbs, chair of the School Board. “The school board approved Dr. Magouyrk’s recommendation because we believe that instructional goals are best achieved by maximizing in-person learning. The school board has been tasked with making a difficult decision that may not be popular with all but is in the best interest of our students.”

Phase One of the plan states that students in grades K-3, 6, 9, and 12, and those students in special education/self-contained classes return to face-to-face instruction on November 9, 2020. Phase Two states those students in grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 return to face-to-face instruction on November 16, 2020.

For students in grades K-3, and students attending the Danville Alternative Program, face-to-face instruction will take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students will complete school assignments at home.

Students assigned to the Extended Day Alternative Program will attend face-to-face on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Students in grades 4-12 will be divided into two groups, Group A and Group B, and attend face-to-face two days a week. Group A students attend face-to-face instruction on Mondays and Thursdays and complete school assignments at home on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Group B students attend face-to-face instruction on Tuesdays and Fridays and complete schools assignments at home on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.Division-wide guidelines for the face-to-face return include:

• All students will have their temperatures taken daily as needed.

• All students will wear masks in schools and on buses. Gaiter masks (neck masks), masks with vents, and bandanas are not allowed. Masks must cover noses and fit properly.

• All students will practice social distancing.

• All students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when using the restroom or whenever directed by the teacher.

• All students will behave and follow the Student Code of Conduct and safety guidelines for the faceto-face environment.

• All classroom doors of face-to-face classrooms will remain open to increase ventilation.

• All students will eat in the classroom with their teachers.

• Individual schools will develop their own face-to-face guidelines that are directly applicable to the school.

“Community engagement has been key in this decision making process,” stated Cobbs. “Over the last three weeks, school board members and Danville Public Schools staff facilitated 26 meetings with parents, teachers, and students at every school to hear comments, concerns, and suggestions about the return to face-to-face instruction. We listened and have incorporated your suggestions in this plan.”

The Oct. 15, 2020 school board meeting can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/dpslive. The Return to Face-to-Face Instruction Plan, FAQ’s, and individual school plans may be found on the website at https://www.danvillepublicschools.org/ beginning Oct. 16, 2020.

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