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CTE prepares for students to return to campus


ELIZABETH–The Jo Daviess Carroll Career Technical Education Academy (CTE) released its return to learn plan following its board of control meeting on Aug. 3.

According to Dr. Kris Hall, director, the plan for the CTE will be constantly evolving as CTE officials continue to collaborate with the six districts that the academy serves–Galena, River Ridge, Scales Mound, Stockton, Warren and West Carroll.

“Our CTE Academy staff have been preparing for in-person, remote and blended learning,” said Hall. “We have to be prepared for all forms of learning and be ready to transition from one plan to another seamlessly. We’re also spending time thoroughly cleaning and sanitizing the CTE Academy.”

According to the plan, students will be cleared before leaving their home districts with daily self-certification and/or temperature checks.

“Daily self-certification ensures students will only attend in-person learning if they are free of COVID-19 symptoms and feeling well,” said Hall. “All CTE Academy staff will also self-certify and/or have temperature checks daily.”

CTE has approved a custodial plan and also put in place rules for visitors, restrooms, vending and sanitation stations.

Early childhood education students will have an alternate entrance and the school is not having preschool parents enter the building. The school will check students for properly fitted face coverings and check the preschoolers temperatures upon arrival.

Preschoolers with a high temperature will be sent home with parents and the parents will notify the school district with siblings.

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The CTE staff is also preparing for the potential of remote and blended learning options. The CTE’s remote learning option will feature live streaming and recorded instruction where students are expected to sign-in daily for attendance and complete all assignments as if they were in-person.

“I have been extremely impressed with the communication and preparation of our school districts,” said Hall.

The CTE academy will have students return to campus on Aug. 19.


Other business

The CTE board of control also:

•adopted the fiscal year 2020-2021 budget.

•decided to re-bid the door bids.

•approved the 2020-2021 student handbook and the 2020-2021 faculty handbook.