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BACK-TO-SCHOOL ESSENTIALS - August 31, 2020

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Opening of School Dates

Tuesday, September 1 - First Day for Grades 1-5 (full day 9:00am-1:00pm)


Wednesday, September 2 - First Day for ADK and half-day kindergarten


Please note - school will be Monday through Friday 9:00am until 1:00pm. Morning kindergarten will be 9:00am -11:00am Monday through Friday and afternoon kindergarten will be 11:30am-1:30pm Monday through Friday . An earlier reopening plan had kindergarten students alternating attendance on Wednesdays; that is no longer the case.


Monday, September 7 - NO SCHOOL - Labor Day


Thursday, September 17 - Virtual Curriculum Night

PACE and EL presentations via Google Meet/Zoom 6:00pm

Classroom teacher presentations via Google Meet/Zoom 6:30pm and 7:00pm

District 200 Reopening Information

Medication Drop-Off

To minimize the front office traffic, the Washington Health Office will offer Medication Drop-off outside of Door 1 on the first three days of school 9:00am-9:30am. Parents should wear a mask, maintain social distance and bring medications and paperwork.

Chromebooks - 1:1 Devices

Every student will receive a chromebook and charger to use during the school day and at home. Devices will not be coming home on the first day of school but will be ready to come home soon. It will be a student/parent responsibility to charge the device nightly at home and to ensure the student has the chromebook in his/her backpack to bring to school each day. More information will be coming home soon.
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Office/Parent Visitor Procedures

While the Washington office is open, and office staff are happy to assist you in any way, we ask that you refrain from dropping items off for your child this fall in order to limit office traffic. With physical distancing, we are only able to accommodate two parents at a time in the office. Moving lunch, recess, and PE outside of the 9:00am-1:00pm attendance day should reduce the need for dropping off items. Please send paperwork for the office with your child marked accordingly. We will not be accepting homework into the office; please have your child bring it the next day if it is forgotten at home.


If you do have an item that is urgent and necessary to drop off at school, you will most likely be directed to leave the item in the vesitbule. Parents and visitors that are deemed necessary to enter the office will undergo a symptom screeening and temperature check.


If you are called by the health office or need to see the nurse, please wait in the main office area; do not proceed back to the health office. This is for the health and safety of students, staff, and parents.


Lastly, we will not be having parent volunteers and visitors in the building beyond the office this year while we are under the current health guidelines.


Washington truly values the partnerships we have long had with our wonderful parent community. Please understand that these procedures are due to health guidelines; we must follow them in the interest of health and keeping in-person school happening.

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Arrival/Dismissal Procedures for Walkers & Car Riders

Students and parents can be on property beginning at 9:00am. The red flow zone gate for drop off will open at 9:00 am as well. All children over the age of 2 and adults must wear masks when on school property during arrival. If you are dropping your child off via car, please have him/her put his/her mask on in the car prior to pulling into the flow zone.


Parents using the flow zone are not to leave their vehicles. The flow zone is designed for quick student drop off/pick-up.


Once on property, students should walk immediately to their grade level doors. Doors will open at 9:00am:


Kindergarten - Door 3 (west side of building)

1st grade - Door 4 (west side of building)

2nd grade - Door 4 (west side of building)

3rd grade - Door 6 (west side of building)

4th grade - Door 7 (north side of building in courtyard)

5th grade - Door 8 (northeast corner of building)


Students will come into the building immediately upon reaching their grade level doors. There will be no waiting outside in lines. Classroom teachers will be in classrooms to greet students and assist them in unpacking and beginning their day. Specialist teachers and teaching assistants will be at grade level doors and in hallways to assist students. Parents will not be allowed to accompany their children into the school building


If there is a delay entering at the grade level door, students should stand on the blue marks on the sidewalk to physically distance. Parents may stand on the blue marks with their children during the first days of school.


After parents walk their children to the grade level door, they should immediately leave the property. In order to promote physical distancing, we cannot permit adults to congregate and talk on school property this year. The playground is closed during arrival and dismissal.


Please understand that our procedures are designed with the health of everyone in mind and also in keeping with the goal of sustaining in-person learning for our students.


We ask that parents do not come on property until 1:00pm for dismissal. Students who walk or are picked up by a parent will walk out to the west side of the building with a teacher and find a blue mark to socially distance. If you walk to pick up your child, please leave the property as soon as you have your child. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing.


We thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Elementary In-person Day

All Day Kindergarten and Grades 1-5


  • 9:00am - 1:00pm (Monday through Friday) - reading, writing, math, social studies and science
  • 1 hour of asynchronous work will be provided daily for the afternoon including PE (three days a week), art (one day a week), and music (one day a week)


Half-Day Kindergarten


  • Morning - 9:00am-11:00am (Monday through Friday)
  • Afternoon - 11:30am -1:30pm (Monday through Friday)
  • Half-hour of asynchronous work will be provided daily for the afternoon in PE (three days a week), art (one day a week), and music (one day a week)


K - 5 teachers will take students outdoors for "show your smile" mask breaks. The district is providing each elementary school with a tent and our PTA added two more!


Why was the day shortened?

The day was shortened to remove the hour long lunch/recess period. Additionally, PE, art, and music will be removed from the in-person day. Lunch and recess were scheduled to be out of the classrooms and in common areas in most instances. Given new guidance released from the Illinois Department of Public Health on August 12, we believe that the best way to open our schools and hopefully keep our schools open is to remove the variable of lunch, recess and PE in-person. The change allows us to keep our classroom groups more stable while limiting movement and mixing of groups during the day.


What guidance led to this decision?

The new guidance on contact tracing calls for cumulative accumulation of minutes for close contact. In the event of a positive case, schools may be in a situation where more individuals are asked to quarantine, especially with lunch, recess, and PE being held outside the room. By removing those variables from the day, our hope is to minimize the number of individuals that would need to quarantine should there be a positive case.


What will my child’s schedule and day be like at the elementary school?

Your child will be in their homeroom for the majority of their day receiving core instruction in reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Additionally, classrooms will go outside for class-based recess and show-your-smile (mask) breaks. The instructional minutes in these core areas have not been minimized with this new schedule. The new change shifts an hour of lunch / recess out of the in-person day along with specials (art, music, PE), and additional mask breaks.

Show-Your-Smile!

Thanks to CUSD 200 Facilities Department and Washington PTA for providing tents for our show-your-smile breaks!

School Supplies and Masks

Student supplies will not be pooled into community bins in the classroom this year; students will use their own supplies. Please label them with your child's name. Also, please send your child with Kleenex packets or a small box for his/her desk.


The supply list can be viewed here: SCHOOL SUPPLIES


Please note that students will be required to wear a mask at school. The Illinois Department of Public Health recommends storing masks in a clean, sealable paper bag or breathable container. Cloth face coverings should be taken home daily, laundered, and dried in a dryer.

Water Bottles and Snacks

Students may bring water bottles to school. The water fountains will be turned off, but the bottle fillers on three of our fountains will remain on for student and staff use. Teachers will share information about healthy snacks when they send their welcome information once class placements are available later this week.

Bus Transportation

Bus routes were emailed August 31st to parents of students on each route. Students riding the bus will be placed into a seating chart by a staff member on the first day of school. Siblings will be seated together. It is very important that students always sit in their assigned bus seats. Students must wear masks on the bus and may not eat or drink

Meal and Fee Waivers

Attached are links for the Meal waiver (breakfast and lunch) program and a link for the Fee waiver. If you are unable to print the documents, you may contact the school office at 630.682.2222 and a form will be mailed to you or sent home with your child. Please send completed forms into the Washington office.


Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - English


Free and Reduced Meal Application Form - Spanish


Fee Application Form - English and Spanish

Breakfast and Lunch Available

A meal bag with grab-and-go lunches and breakfasts will be available for students each school day. Students may take lunch and a breakfast for the next morning prior to leaving school at 1:00pm. Teachers will take orders each morning. The price of meal bag is $4.30; students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can receive a meal bag free or at reduced cost.

Birthday Celebrations

This year we have to ask you to refrain from sending your child with items to distribute for his/her birthday. Per the CUSD 200 Wellness Policy, food is never allowed for birthday celebrations, but due to COVID mitigation, we are going to refrain from allowing students to pass out items (pencils, stickers, etc.) to classmates. Our teachers will find ways to celebrate the students on their birthdays.

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