Jul 15, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD #3 The Board of Education and school administration has decided to return to a regular learning schedule for the 2021-2022 school year. This means that we will be returning to a “normal” schedule on a Monday-Friday 8:00-3:10 schedule. We plan to limit our existing fully remote learning to only those students with a medical necessity for remote learning.

Beginning school year 2021-2022, students will be required to have an approved COVID Medical Certification Remote Instruction form on file at their school in order to participate in remote learning. Parents choosing remote learning due to a medical condition must do so for at least a semester at a time. In addition, all instruction for full remote learners will be provided virtually via an online learning platform. Students will not receive instruction directly by their grade level teacher, but will be assigned to a district coordinator who will monitor learning and provide assistance when needed. Students with a medical certification for remote instruction form on file, will not participate in extracurricular activities in the 2021-2022 school year.

All other students will be expected to attend class in person. If a student is required to quarantine by order of the local health department or their doctor’s advice either due to exposure or diagnosis with COVID-19, will not require this form. A note from the health department or doctor stating the dates of quarantine is sufficient.

The IDPH as well as the ISBE has fully adopted the CDC’s recommendations for safely opening schools www.cdc.gov. The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield CUSD #3 school district and board of education will work with local public health officials as well as monitor levels of community transmission (i.e., low, moderate, substantial, or high). Currently, our local numbers and transmission levels are low and the CDC recommendations allow school administrators to remove any of the prevention strategies for their school based on local conditions. At this time, our local school board, as well as school administrators, believe that we can safely open the school year by removing masks from students. However, we recognize that some parents may choose to have their children wear masks as a precaution. We fully understand your concerns and believe it is your choice if you choose to have your child wear a mask while in school. The school administration will monitor the local conditions and may have to make changes in recommendations for masking if transmission and positivity levels increase. The district will continue to have high levels of cleaning and sanitizing as well as do our best to keep social-distancing (3-6 ft) when students are indoors and in crowded areas.

Please note these guidelines may be subject to change as information and conditions evolve. 

Matthew J. Vollman, Superintendent

Question & Answer 

Will NCOE be back to a “normal” daily dismissal time for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • Yes. We will be starting school and dismissing on a regular school day 8:00 a.m - 3:10 p.m.

Will NCOE offer a fully remote option for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • No. However, if there is a medical exemption form on file that has been completed by a licensed medical professional, a remote option would be made available for your student. The medical exemption form must be returned to your child’s school office by August 2, 2021. The medical exemption form can be picked up at the school offices. An online learning platform will be used.

Are masks required for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • No.The CDC recommends masks for unvaccinated students while indoors when physical distancing cannot be maintained. The CDC also allows for local school administrators to monitor local health conditions and remove these recommendations one at a time. At this time, the NCOE school district is removing the first layer, based on local conditions, of requiring non-vaccinated students wear masks. So, at this time masks are recommended but not required. However, if local health conditions change, the school district may consult with the local health department and implement necessary mitigation strategies.

  •  We also believe that if a parent chooses to have their child wear a mask out of precaution for their child’s safety may choose to do so. 

Will families be required to continue daily self check their child(ren)?

  • Yes. We always encourage parents to monitor the health of their child before sending them to school. If your child is not feeling well and may be running a fever, please be strict in keeping sick students at home until they are well--the single most important part of helping keep everyone healthy. We need everyone’s cooperation!

What about sports for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • We are anticipating full sports seasons this year; however, we are awaiting direction from the IHSA for high school athletics as well as the SIJHSAA for our junior high sports. Once we hear from them we will communicate this information.

Will NCOE contact trace during the 2021-2022 school year?

  • Upon notification of a positive COVID case, the school will notify families whose child has been in close contact with a positive case. The local health department will be notified by the school of close contacts. The local health department will make quarantine determinations.

What if my child is sick? How soon can he/she return to school?

  • Students with a fever, loss of taste/smell, sore throat, and/or body aches should stay at home and see a physician and have medical clearance before returning to school.

  • Students with a cough, runny nose, vomiting, and/or diarrhea will require 24 hours of no symptoms before returning to school.

 Will NCOE require social distancing (3-6ft)?

  • The school will do it’s best to have students maintain social-distancing when possible while in the school buildings and strongly encourage hand washing/sanitizing and good hygiene practices.

What about cleaning and hygiene protocols?

  • We will continue to thoroughly clean and sanitize our classrooms and high touch areas routinely. We will also continue to utilize our water bottle fill stations this year.

Will School Meals be free for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • Yes. School lunches and breakfast will not be chargeable again this year.

  • Also, NCOE will not be charging for “consumable” fees this year, i.e, book rental, lab fees, etc.