Collinsville Community School District #10 voted to approve amendments to its Return to Learn Plan at a special meeting on August 10. The changes to the 65 page plan include face coverings only being masks not face shields, quarantine for 10 days instead of 14 whether exhibiting symptoms or not, and if a student refuses to wear a mask they will be moved to remote learning.
As of August 7, nearly 65% of students are scheduled to attend on a hybrid schedule and 9% have not responded.
Superintendent Dr. Mark Skertich told the board that “both State and Federal Leaders have failed students, having provided guidelines for restaurants, box stores, crowds of 50 or more, and religious institutions, but not schools”.
Each school has submitted a Return To Learn Logistics Plan to the Madison and St. Clair County Health Departments.
In addition to an outbreak at a school, if any two of the following metrics hit the warning level for a two to three-week period will serve as guidelines for the district switching to complete remote learning. 7-day positivity rate over 8% in Madison County or Region 4 (where 75% of the student population lives), less than 50 new cases per 100,000 for a 7-day period, less than 20% ICU beds available and a warning issued for hospital admissions.
The district will consider reopening when data, updated on Fridays allows the district to reopen.
Skertich said these metrics were adopted from the Restaurant and Bar metrics because there are no metrics for schools to follow.