2020-21 School Year Planning

Superintendent Advisory Panel

On Oct. 23, District 97 Superintendent Carol Kelley announced that she was convening a new advisory panel to provide input on the district’s draft plans to safely transition students and staff back to in-person instruction. Information about the panel can be found below.

Meeting Recaps

Charge of the Superintendent’s Advisory Panel

The Superintendent’s Advisory Panel meetings will have the following goals:

  • Reflect on the current hybrid learning plan and identify areas for further clarification and improvement.
  • Ensure that additional parent, staff and community input is reflected in the hybrid learning plan.
  • Make recommendations to the superintendent and leadership team to refine the draft hybrid learning plan. 
  • Present updated hybrid learning plan to the District 97 Board of Education in the December meeting for approval.

Panel Members

Click here for the full list of advisory panel members. The panel is composed of 72 members total, including 48 staff members and two representatives from the District 97 Board of Education. There are 30 parents total, including 10 staff members, seven medical professionals and our two board members.

The panelists represent all 10 of our schools, a wide variety of grade levels, student needs, demographic backgrounds and individual circumstances.

Timeline

Date Action
10/29 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) 1st meeting of Superintendent’s Advisory Panel: Discuss goals/plan for working together
11/5 (6 p.m. -
8 p.m.)
2nd meeting of Superintendent’s Advisory Panel: Present findings from community conversations
11/10 (7 p.m.) BOE Meeting (Special Report - Share Update of SAP’s progress)
11/13
(8 a.m. - 10 a.m.)
3rd meeting of Superintendent’s Advisory Panel: Provide guidance for plan that will be presented to BOE
11/19
(6 p.m. -
8 p.m.)
4th meeting of Superintendent’s Advisory Panel: Provide guidance for plan that will be presented to BOE
12/1 (7 p.m.) Superintendent’s Advisory Panel (with full BOE) discusses revised plan with BOE
12/15 (7 p.m.) Superintendent’s Advisory Panel (with full BOE) anticipates BOE endorsement of plan 

Communication Archive

An archive of the district's communication about 2020-21 planning is included below.

COVID-19 Transition Planning Team

In May 2020, District 97 assembled a transition planning team that is tasked with implementing a safe, efficient and equitable return to school in the fall. The team is focused on five key areas: Safety Protocols/Operations, District Calendar and Schedule Options, Learning Models, Social Emotional/Wellness Supports, Financial Impact.

The sub-groups are meeting weekly to plan a number of viable scenarios for opening school. To learn more about each team's work, please click the accordian below.

Updated July 1, 2020