Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103; Sept 1, 2021
Rationale on Lunch Procedures
There have been a few questions and concerns regarding students using a towel to sit on while eating on the floor during lunch. Below are reasons as to why we are using this strategy as a method to ensure students are maintaining 6 feet between each other while eating at school. We follow the Illinois Department of Public Health guidance when implementing any strategy.
Students who are less than 6 feet while not wearing a mask and are identified as a close contact to a COVID positive case are not eligible for the Test to Stay protocol. They will need to quarantine for at least 10 days at home as required by the Illinois Department of Public Health.
We want to have as few children needing to quarantine at home as possible.
We do not have enough staff or space to divide classes in half and create 6 lunch periods in each building every day.
Volunteers would be helpful, but it is impossible to have a large number of consistent vaccinated parent volunteers 5 days a week for 6 lunch periods.
We do not have enough space in classrooms, cafeterias, or other school spaces to keep children 6 feet apart using desks or tables while eating.
Students currently sit on the floor throughout the day, including storytime, while working on group projects, reading, playing games, during indoor recess, etc.
Students may bring a fresh towel every day if they choose to do so.
Hand hygiene is important in staying healthy. Students will wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after they eat.
We have received concerns that some parents would like their child to avoid sitting on the floor on a towel for lunch.
Parents are welcome to visit the school, sign their child out, and eat lunch with them outside the building.
Please inform your child’s teacher if this is the option you choose.
We understand the situation is not ideal, and we wish we did not have to implement these types of processes. Unfortunately, COVID continues to cause disruptions daily, and this is one way we can keep our students as safe as possible from contracting COVID during lunch while unmasked, becoming a close contact, and needing to quarantine for 10 days at home.
Scott Warren, Ed.D
Superintendent of D103 Schools
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Free COVID Testing for Students
For information about COVID prevention and COVID cases across D103 schools, please see the following web pages:
To sign your child up for free weekly testing, please review the news bulletin for more information. If it is your first time signing up, families need to sign up by Sunday at 6 p.m. if you want your child to begin testing that week. You only need to sign your child up once to be included in weekly testing for the school year.
Board of Education Meeting
The next regular Board meeting will occur on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. The notice and agenda can be found on the District 103 Board meeting web page. Meetings are now being held in person only.