215 Superintendent recommends remote learning with a gradual return to campus throughout semester
By Josh Bootsma
LANSING, Ill. (December 14, 2020) – Thornton Fractional High School District 215 is set to vote on a third quarter learning plan during its board meeting on December 15. The decision will determine how the district—which includes TF South High School—will conduct learning operations through March 12. TF South students and teachers have been learning and teaching remotely since the beginning of the school year.
Superintendent and Principal comments
Included in the Board packet for Tuesday night’s meeting is a memo from District 215 Superintendent Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond to the board recommending that it adopt a previously discussed learning option, which “tentatively brings staff to the buildings Feb. 16, brings students limited to parameters to be specified such as IEP, membership in a particular program, etc. on March 2, and potentially begins to bring additional students to the buildings in a limited capacity March 15–May 12.”
In an email to the TF South community on Monday morning, Principal Jake Gourley said, “Given the continued community spread of Covid-19, it is extremely likely that we will begin 2nd semester in continued remote learning status. Robust plans have been made for a gradual return to in-person learning in phases for small groups once it is determined to be safe for students, staff, and families and I promise to keep you updated as the situation unfolds.”
District 215 Board regular meeting – 6:00 p.m.
The December 15 meeting of the District 215 School Board begins at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is only available virtually via Zoom. Click here for the link to the meeting. The full board packet and materials for the meeting, including all exhibits and other relevant materials, can be viewed here. Public comments must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Tuesday.
- CALL TO ORDER
- ROLL CALL
- Freedom of Information Report
- Public Comment
- Building Reports
- SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – Barber/Cosmetology Program Update
- FUTURE MEETINGS
- Committee of the Whole: 1.13.2021- 5:00 p.m.
- Regular Meeting: 1.26.2021 – 6:00 p.m.
- APPROVAL OF MINUTES – OPEN & CLOSED
- Regular Meeting: 11.24.2020
- OLD BUSINESS
- Tax Levy 2020
- Adopt 2020 Tax Levy Resolution
- Approve 2020 Certificate of Tax Levy
- Approve Truth in Taxation Certificate of Compliance
- Adopt Resolution to Allocate PTELL Reduction
- Tax Levy 2020
- NEW BUSINESS
- Lansing SRO Intergovernmental Agreement
- Local #683 Letter of Agreement- 2020-21 Evaluations
- Third Quarter Learning Plan & Transition
- CLOSED SESSION
- Personnel: Employment, Compensation, Discipline, Performance, or Dismissal for Specific Employees
- Pending Litigation
- Collective Bargaining Matters
- FINANCE REPORT
- PERSONNEL REPORT
The D215 Committee of the Whole meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. and Regular Monthly Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. In-person meetings were held at TF Center for Academics and Technology at 1605 Wentworth Ave., Calumet City, but as a result of the pandemic, meetings are now being held online.
Open Meetings Act
The Open Meetings Act requires that “An agenda for each regular meeting shall be posted at the principal office of the public body and at the location where the meeting is to be held at least 48 hours in advance of the holding of the meeting.” District 215 posts agendas and board packets in the “Board of Education” section of its website.
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