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2023 Return to School Plan


Dallas City Elementary School

Return to School Plan






Dallas City Elementary is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy school environment.  This plan was created as an aid in navigating the reopening of our school where employees, students, and families feel safe and to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on our school community. The guidelines referenced in this plan are based on guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Regular updates will be made to this plan based on information provided by ISBE, IDPH, CDC, and applicable local agencies. This plan is subject to change. 


Students and Staff:

Dallas City Elementary School will continue to provide 100% in-person instruction for the 2022-2023 school year.  Remote instruction will only be made available for children who are excluded from school for any reason.


Dallas City Elementary will follow all Illinois mandates and CDC/IDPH/ISBE guidance which includes:  


  • Upon entering the building and multiple times throughout the day all students, staff, and visitors will frequently wash their hands and apply hand sanitizer.

  • Surfaces throughout the building will be regularly cleaned and sanitized.    


Vaccinations are not required.  Individuals will not be required to disclose their vaccination status.  Parents, students, and staff may wish to voluntarily disclose their vaccination status to avoid potential mandatory quarantine for close contact with a COVID-positive person.  


Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.  People with these symptoms may have become infected with COVID-19:  Fever (100.4 degrees F or higher), new onset of moderate to severe headache, shortness of breath, new cough, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, new loss of sense of taste or smell, fatigue from an unknown cause, muscle or body aches from an unknown cause.  Students or staff members who experience these symptoms should stay home and contact their healthcare provider for medical evaluation and testing.



The COVID-19 INTERIM EXCLUSION GUIDANCE FOR SCHOOLS “Decision Tree” from the Illinois Department of Public Health and consultation with the Hancock County Health Department will be used to help school officials make decisions regarding exclusion from work or school.  Decisions regarding quarantine or isolation will be up to healthcare providers and the health department.


Individuals in our school environment who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 will report to the school office to be sent home or quarantined in a supervised area while awaiting pickup.  Parents should ensure that students who exhibit symptoms are picked up from school within 30 minutes of being notified.  Students who are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will not be allowed to ride a school bus home.


Student absences related to COVID-19 isolation or quarantine will be considered excused.  School work missed during such an absence can be requested and made up following the guidelines detailed in our Student Handbook.  


Dallas City Elementary will continue to support students social, emotional, mental health, and other needs with our school mental health team including the school counselor, psychologist, and social worker.


Parents of students who need accommodations, modifications, or assistance related to COVID-19 safety protocols, disabilities, underlying medical conditions, or weakened immune systems should contact the principal.  Medical documentation may be required.


Staff absences related to COVID-19 isolation or quarantine will follow the district’s sick leave policy and related professional negotiations agreements.  To ensure continuity of services, staff members should contact the principal to discuss support for social-emotional, mental health, or other needs. 


Staff members who need accommodations, modifications, or assistance related to COVID-19 safety protocols, disabilities, underlying medical conditions, weakened immune system, or a sincerely held religious belief or practice (covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964) should contact the principal to discuss the issue. Medical documentation may be required.


To the extent allowable by privacy laws and other applicable laws, school officials will continue to collaborate with the Hancock County Health Department officials to confidentially provide information about people diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19, including making notifications to staff and parents as soon as possible regarding those considered a close contact.


Changes to our COVID-19 mitigation procedures will be subject to recommendations, requirements, or mandates from the Governor, Hancock County Health Department, CDC, IDPH, and/or ISBE.  



Visitors who are exhibiting symptoms of illness are asked to remain home.  Visitors will be asked to apply hand sanitizer before entering the building.  


The DCE Board Approved this plan on 7/28/2022