BATAVIA – While Batavia Public School District 101 continues to work on the details for its Restore BPS101 plan for the upcoming school year, one thing the district has said is that students will be required to wear a face covering.

According to a document sent out to parents and posted on the district website this week, parents do have the option to continue with remote learning if they do not want their child(ren) to wear a mask. Families who are also uncomfortable sending their students to school can choose the remote option, as well.

The document also states that teams of teachers, parents, board members, students, support staff and administrators have been meeting weekly to determine the best ways to keep students and staff healthy once in-person learning resumes. The Illinois State Board of Education stated last month that "strongly encourages" in-person learning.

"Going to school will look different, but we will open our doors in August, unless the guidance from ISBE changes- which can happen. We will communicate the in-person plan next week. You can count on information coming out at least each Wednesday afternoon," the document stated.

Parents are being asked to determine next week and inform the district if their student(s) will attend in-person or continue with remote learning, which will help the district plan for teacher placements, the document stated.

As far as extracurricular activities and athletics, the document said that the district will continue to follow the Illinois High School Association's Return to Play guidelines, which was approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Some activities have already resumed, and in the next phase of the plan, more activities will be allowed.

"Even though we are in Phase 4 [of Gov. JB Pritzker's Restore Illinois plan], the IHSA has not yet had its plan approved by the IDPH so the participation is still very limited. BPS101 has Phase 4 plans that are ready to be implemented once approval from IDPH is granted," the document stated.

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