Palatine District 15 task forces making plans for students' return in the fall

  • Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has six active task force groups planning for students to return to school for the 2020-21 academic season. Superintendent Laurie Heinz, second from left, informed the school board about the groups at a meeting this month at John G. Conyers Learning Academy in Rolling Meadows.

      Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has six active task force groups planning for students to return to school for the 2020-21 academic season. Superintendent Laurie Heinz, second from left, informed the school board about the groups at a meeting this month at John G. Conyers Learning Academy in Rolling Meadows. Bob Susnjara | Staff Photographer

  • With the state now encouraging school districts to resume in-person classes this fall, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has six active task force groups planning for the 2020-21 academic season.

    With the state now encouraging school districts to resume in-person classes this fall, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has six active task force groups planning for the 2020-21 academic season. Daily Herald File Photo

 
 
Posted6/25/2020 6:00 AM

With the state now encouraging school districts to resume in-person classes this fall, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 has six active task force groups planning for the 2020-21 academic season.

District 15's groups are exploring social emotional learning and mental health; technology and distance learning; health and safety; learning loss and recovery; workforce needs; and financial implications related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Superintendent Laurie Heinz said at a recent District 15 board meeting that she's been meeting with Director of Transportation Thomas Bramley on what busing about 10,000 students to school per day might look like in 2020-21. The health and safety group also is studying the busing issue.

Heinz said the district uses about 850 buses in a hybrid two-tier system.

"We're trying to figure out what social distancing will look like on a bus," she said. "How many kids can we get on a bus? Can we transport these 10,000 students and just have two start times or are we going to need to go to a three-tier model?"

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