Tuscola Community Unit School District 301
Tuscola, Il 61953

Parent and Student Information









The Tuscola School District will utilize in-person learning for 2020-2021. Our expectations, for all students, are learning will occur in-person following the guidelines set by the Illinois State Board of Education and Illinois Department of Health. Those diagnosed as medically vulnerable by a physician should contact the building administrator to set up their educational plan.


Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) guidelines for returning to school in person are:

• Require the use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;

• Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;

• Require social distancing be observed, as much as possible;

• Require that schools conduct symptom screenings and temperature checks or require that

• individuals self-certify that they are free of symptoms before entering school buildings; and

• Require an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfection.


All public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students must follow these guidelines.



• An individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or who shows any signs or symptoms of illness should stay home.

• Families and staff should also report possible cases to the school where the individual attends school or works to initiate contact tracing.

• 72 hours must elapse from the resolution of fever without fever-reducing medication and 10 days must pass after symptoms first appeared.

• Those who had contact with someone who tested positive for COVI D-19 or is suspected of having COVID-19 infection should isolate at home and monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

• Students or staff returning from illness related to COVID-19 should call to check in with the school nurse or building administrator (if a nurse is unavailable) following quarantine.

• Encourage frequent and proper handwashing.



• Everyone must wear a face covering at all times unless they are younger than 2 years of age; have trouble breathing, or are unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance.

(This includes visitors to school)

• Face coverings must be worn at all times in school buildings even when social distancing is maintained.

• Face coverings do not need to be worn outside if social distance is maintained

• Students with a doctor's note stating a medical reason for not wearing a

face-covering will need to meet with the building administration and school nurse.

Students, staff, and visitors will not be allowed in the building without a face covering.

• Students who are not in compliance with wearing a face-covering in the building will be asked to comply. Students who continue to not comply will be sent to the building administrator for a conference.



• 6-foot physical distance from other persons as much as possible in all areas.

• Staff and students should abstain from physical contact, including, but not limited to, handshakes, high fives, hugs, etc.



• Individuals who have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or currently known symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, may not enter buildings. (please refer to flow chart).

Parents will be required to send a paper document (provided by school) or submit through Google Documentation that their child(ren) does not exhibit any of the above symptoms. This must be done daily.



• When possible there will be assigned seating for students and require students to remain in these seats to the greatest extent possible.

• A path of travel inside the classroom to maintain social distancing from the entry classroom to the student's assigned seat will be discussed.

• Desks will be arranged so that there is a 6-foot distance in all directions between the desks and face desks in the same direction if possible.

• Open windows if possible.

• Limit who is in classrooms to those required for instruction.

• Proper Hygiene will be encouraged.

• Restrict or discourage the borrowing or sharing of any items.

• Clean and sanitize objects before and after use.

• Cloth toys or other cloth material items that cannot be disinfected should not be used.



• Shared equipment will; be cleaned between each student's use and disinfected at the end of each class.

• Hand hygiene will be completed at the start and end of each class period, after using the equipment.

• Outdoor activities will be utilized pending weather.

• Locker Rooms


No locker rooms will be utilized. Classes will be planned for outside activities, weather permitting. Please wear tennis shoes to school.



• Face coverings must be worn at all times.

• Adhere to social distancing requirements and IDPH limitations on gathering sizes when possible.

• We will limit the number of persons within hallways at any given time to the greatest extent possible.

• We will limit the required movement of students between classes.

• We will keep the flow in the hallway to prevent congregating in certain areas.



• Individuals should maintain social distancing in restroom areas.

• Individuals will be encouraged and reminded to practice proper hygiene procedures.

• The number of individuals in restrooms will be monitored.



• It is highly encouraged you bring a reusable capped water bottle

• Procedures for maintaining social distancing during drinking fountain use will be followed.

• Procedures for use of water fountains and proper hygiene after use will be followed.

• Bottled Filling Stations will be the only fountains usable.



NORTH WARD- Library staff will deliver books to students' classrooms as well as library return cart for students returning books.

EAST PRAIRIE- Individual classroom library books can be utilized. After student use, they will be set in quarantine for 72 hours. The Library will be open and will utilize a sign-in sheet that teachers can sign up for their class or individual students to use.

TCHS- Students will check out/return books only during SH. Tables will be utilized. Students sign out of SH with their planner, return to SH immediately.



• We will limit any nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations, as possible.

• Visitors will remain in the secured area of the entrance unless they are to attend a meeting within the building.



Field trips will be suspended.



• Playground equipment that is to be used will be monitored, and the number of students using each piece of equipment will be limited.

• Appropriate cleaning of playground equipment will be maintained.

• Students will perform hand hygiene prior to touching playground equipment and upon return from the playground.

• Mask will be required unless social distancing can be



• All individuals on a bus must wear a face covering before entering the bus.

• No more than 50 individuals should be on a bus at one time.

• Social distancing must be maintained to the greatest extent possible.

Students must go through the self-certification symptom and temperature checks before boarding a bus. The information must be sent to the school through the Google Document or a paper document. Gould's bus drivers will temperature check before a child enters the bus.



• August 17 to Further Notice- School will utilize an early dismissal schedule. Daily Schedule

Monday/Tuesday - 2:00 Dismissal

Wednesday - Noon Dismissal - Staff office hours and professional development as well as building deep cleaning in the afternoon.

Thursday/Friday - 2:00 Dismissal


• The district will Evaluate the need to utilize an early dismissal and communicate with parents if attendance will return to a normal schedule.


• School will be in-person with a Remote Option offered

     o Remote option will require students to attend Google Meet sessions online during their individual class periods.

     o Attendance will be recorded.

     o Students will be required to be visible in the Google Meet

     o Classroom instruction will be recorded for distribution to students, on an as-needed basis.

     o Students choosing the Remote Learning option, who do not have

        access to technology, should contact their building administrator at their earliest convenience.

     o The student must stay in Remote Learning for an entire quarter


• Dismissing earlier than the proposed schedule is possible due to extreme heat



We recognize there may be students who have faced significant challenges and changes during this pandemic. School social workers and counselors are ready and available to answer questions and provide guidance to students and families who may need additional support with the transition back to school.





Students will not be allowed in the building before 8:00 a.m.

Students will be spot checked for temperature.


North Ward- All students will enter the door by the gym and will go directly to their assigned classroom or breakfast. Students will be allowed to enter at 8:00 am but not before. Students going to breakfast will wait until all or most students are done and then be escorted to their classrooms by North Ward staff. Families dropping off students will use the small circle drive. Families are to remain in vehicles.

East Prairie- Bus Riders will enter the east door in the back parking lot, all other students will enter through the front doors. Students will go to their first-hour classrooms without going to lockers. Bookbags will be allowed and encouraged. 6/7/8 grade will have a scheduled time to go to their lockers during 1st hour and 9th hour.

TCHS- Students and busses drop off at North parking lot doors. This will be the only controlled entrance during the morning and lunchtime. Students will go directly to their 1st-period class.



North Ward- Parents will remain in vehicles. K-2 families will line up in the small circle drive and students will be delivered to the vehicle. All 3rd-4th grade students will go to the cafeteria and be dismissed to family vehicles to circle drive (new) on the North side of the school. All bus students will go to the gym and will line up by bus number. Students will be escorted to the bus by NW staff. PASS students will have assigned seats on the stage. We will work with families to have siblings together eliminating waiting in two lines. A map will be sent out to families

East Prairie-Student will leave the building through the front doors, with the exception of bus riders who will leave through the east doors. Students should not go to their lockers without permission following school hours.

TCHS- Bus departure in SW circle drive. Parents may pick up in front circle drive (Prairie St.)



North Ward- All students will eat lunch in the classrooms. Students will get trays from the cafeteria and walk to their classrooms. Sack lunch students will remain in supervised classrooms. Families or guests will not be allowed to eat with the students at this time.

East Prairie- Lunch procedure will be the same as the past with minor changes. Based upon homerooms, half of each grade level will eat in the cafeteria or the IA rooms. Students and staff will clean each table after use.

TCHS- Two lunch periods. Open campus. Additional seating in a gym balcony (if needed), picnic tables outside for use. Students with 1st or 8th-period study hall will be allowed to waive attendance that period creating a "late arrival/early dismissal" for any student in that period SH (sign out with office). Students who have a study hall adjacent to a lunch period will also be allowed to waive SH attendance (sign out with the office).



North Ward- After arriving to classrooms students will be sent to lockers by staggered times and will return immediately to their desks in the classroom.

East Prairie- After arriving in 1st hour class, students will be sent to lockers at staggered times. Students will also be sent to lockers during 8th period. Students will be allowed to go to their lockers during class time at the permission of teachers.

TCHS- No lockers for students.



North Ward- One-way traffic signs in halls with students social distancing while wearing a face covering. 

East Prairie- One-way traffic signs in halls with students social distancing while wearing a face covering. 

TCHS- One-way traffic signs in halls with students social distancing while wearing a face covering. 



North Ward- There will be scheduled bathroom breaks for each class. Only 2-3 students will use the restroom at the same time and will return to the line in the hallway when done.

East Prairie- Only 2-3 students allowed in the restroom at a time and only from the classroom. Students will not be allowed to use the restroom during the passing period.

TCHS- Students limited in restroom based on # of stalls available. Restrooms will be monitored during passing periods.



North Ward- One-way traffic signs in halls with students social distancing while wearing a face covering. Staff members will contact the office when the student leaves and the office will contact the classroom when the student arrives.

East Prairie- Staff members will contact the office before sending a student. Only 2 students will be allowed in the office at a time. The office will contact the classroom teacher before the students return.

TCHS- Staff members will contact the office to inform them of a student coming. The number of students will be restricted, based on current office occupancy. The office will contact the classroom teacher for student return.



Each school will clean visibly dirty areas

Each school will clean frequently touched areas

Each school will utilize an Electrostatic Cleaning Sprayer to clean and disinfect all surfaces


Please understand all of this is subject to change if/when guidance changes from ISBE, IDPH, or the Governor's office.


The Tuscola School District will work with the Douglas County Health Department to do contact tracing if needed. Students/employees that were in close contact (defined as without a mask, within six feet, for more than fifteen minutes) of an individual with a positive COVID19 test will be required to self-quarantine based on contact tracing. Contact tracing results will be utilized to analyze the need for building or district closure.



These guidelines are designed to ensure and promote the safety, health, and welfare of our community, in accordance with Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recommendations. Some components of this document may be altered to reflect current data and recommendations as new guidelines posted.

Students, faculty, and staff will be required to stay home if they are sick. If an individual presents to school with the following symptoms, they will be sent home until return to school criteria (see #2 below) is met. Per IDPH-ISBE guidelines, all students, staff, and visitors will undergo symptom and temperature screening prior to entering the building.


1. Symptoms Requiring Absence

a. COVID-19 like symptoms (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or exposure to

COVID-19, the individual will be sent home. Other symptoms may include sore throat, loss of taste/smell, headache, and fatigue.

     1. Direct affected staff member or parent/guardian of the affected student to

         call IDPH Covid-19 hotline at 1-800-889-3931, or the Douglas County at (217) 253-4137 for guidance regarding

         symptoms to determine if testing for COVID-19 is warranted.

b. Exposure to COVID-19

     1. Individuals must let the District nurse know if they have been in 

         close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

c. Fever/chills/generalized body aches

     1. Fever typically constitutes 100.4 or higher. However, in light of 

         recent events, a temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit with

         symptoms likely indicates an acute illness, and the individual 

         may be sent home.

d. Sore Throat with a fever over 100.4 or visibly swollen glands.

e. Consistent coughing with pain or fever.

f. The first 24 hours of antibiotic treatment for a contagious illness (strep throat, pink eye, etc. ).

g. Active vomiting or diarrhea.


2. When to Return

a. Untested with COVID-19 Symptoms:
      1. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed with no fever, without the use of

         fever-reducing medications, and improvement of symptoms.   


     2. At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.

b. Tested Positive with Symptoms:
      1. At least 10 days have passed since the first symptoms.
      2. At least 3 days (72 hours) have passed with no fever, without the use of

          fever-reducing medications, and improvement of symptoms.


      3. Two (2) negative COVID tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart, or a

          doctor's note authorizing it is safe to return to school or school-related activities.


c. Tested positive without symptoms:
     1. At least 10 days have passed since the date of the first positive test, and

         no symptoms have developed.


     2. Two (2) negative COVID tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart, or a

         doctor's note authorizing it is safe to return to school or school related activities.


d. Exposure to COVID-19

     1. 14 days have passed since the date of exposure, with no onset symptoms

         (length of time during which symptoms will appear). If the exposure

         was from a member of your household, an additional 14 days have

         passed since the positive person was released from quarantine.

e. Other Symptoms/Non-COVID illness:
     1. At least 24 hours have passed with no fever, without the use of fever reducing medications.
     2. After 24 hours on antibiotics.
     3. After 24 hours since the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
     4. With the doctor's note of clearance.


3. Nonpharmacological Intervention Recommendations for Communicable Disease

a. Stay home when you are sick.
b. Avoid close contact with people who are sick
c. Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Wash your hands with soap and water.
d. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
e. Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, and dry them.
f. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
g. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using regular household cleaning sprays or wipes (ex: toys, desks, door handles, counters).
h. Promote non-contact methods of greeting.
i. Practice Social Distancing.
j. Wear a mask or face covering

4. When to wear a mask/face covering
a. Per ISBE Return to School guidance, face coverings must be worn at all times by both students and staff, while in the school building
b. When walking into or out of the building with other students (before/after school)

c. While riding the bus
d. Anytime it is not possible to stay at least 6 feet away from other people

5. Communicable Disease Monitoring
a. Parents must record symptom screening checks on the Google Document or paper document
b. Non-authorized visitors will not be allowed in buildings.
c. Authorized visitors must wear a face covering while in the building.
d. Social distancing will be required







Tuscola Community Unit School District 301
Tuscola, Il 61953

Parent and Student Information