Clinton Elementary School



The specific procedures explained in the following pages were established from ISBE and IDPH guidance, the Clinton CUSD 15 School Opening Plan and the input of the Reopening planning team, CES Building Leadership Team and Principals.

As noted in other guidance documents, as orders from the Governor and guidelines form ISBE and IDPH are adjusted it will require us to adjust this plan for compliance with those changes.

This plan will provide you with information specific to Clinton Elementary School.

ISBE Directives:

All staff and students will wear face coverings when indoors

Social distancing in all areas as much as possible

Limit of 50 people per space including buses

Students and staff must be symptom free before entering building or buses

Increased cleaning and disinfection

All students will receive a minimum of 5 clock hours of instruction through in person, blended or remote.

ISBE Recommendations:

In person learning following all safety directives

In person learning daily for all students 13 and under

Plans in place for blended or remote learning in the event they are needed

Doors will open to students at 7:55

Instruction will begin at 8:20 daily and students will be dismissed beginning at 1:30

We will share our car riders plan as it all comes together. Buses will be dismissed as they arrive at CES.


  • All persons entering the building will have a temperature check.
  • All persons entering the building will wear a face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
  • ONLY staff and students will be allowed in the buildings. No visitors or volunteers will be admitted.
  • If a child is being picked up from school early, they will be signed out and meet you in the foyer of CES. No need to come into the office. The sign out sheet will be in the foyer as well.
  • If a child leaves the building for an appointment they will NOT return to school that day. No students will be permitted to leave campus for lunch and then return.
  • If a child arrives late, they will buzz in to the office for admittance into the building once temperature has been checked by staff. Once again, we ask that non-students remain in the foyer.
  • A drop box will be provided for parents to drop off paperwork or other items necessary.
  • Digital copies of documents will be used as much as possible.
  • Students will be with their homeroom class of students for the majority of the day.
  • Recess will be by classroom and determined by each teacher’s schedule.
  • Playground equipment will not be utilized at this time.
  • Art and Music instruction will occur by the special teacher in the general classroom.
  • PE will be 2 days a week and will incorporate social distancing procedures.
  • No large group in-person gatherings will be held this year.
  • No outside treats will be brought in this year.
  • Students are encouraged to bring in water bottles for use during the day. These can be refilled at filling stations. Water fountains will not be in use this year.
  • Lunch will be eaten in designated rooms and will be a single classroom of students at a time.
  • Lunch times will rotate beginning at 10:15 and finishing at 1:15. All items will be plated and served to the students. Sack lunches from home are acceptable.
  • Soft furnishings (rugs and chairs, etc) have been removed from classrooms and due to increased cleaning and disinfecting no pets will be in the classrooms this year.
  • Hand washing opportunities will be provided for students,
  • Hand sanitizer will be used in classrooms as well as many locations throughout the building.


Upon arrival at school, students will proceed directly to their classroom for a temperature check. Once the temperature is verified as normal, the students will enter the classroom and be instructed by their teacher when they may place their personal items in their locker. Students will be using the lockers on a staggered schedule and in small groups to maintain distance between the students at the lockers.

Students who eat breakfast will grab the breakfast pack in front of CES and will be eating it on the playground (safely distanced) prior to coming to class for temp check. Breakfast items will be packaged and students will not be making cereal or other choices. Staff members will monitor the students during breakfast.

If a student becomes ill at school or indicates a temperature of 100 degrees or higher when scanned at arrival, The CUSD 15 Health Protocols will be implemented. These protocols are on the district website and contained in the Clinton CUSD 15 Opening Plan. A sick bay area will be set up to be used in the event a child becomes ill during the day. It is imperative that sick students are picked up from school promptly.

Students will stay with their classroom pod of students throughout the day. Special classes such as art and music will be offered once a week and will be taught by the special teacher in the student’s general classroom. Library will be taught in the Library with time for sanitizing between classes. Students will use their own individual supplies and if materials must be shared hand cleaning and materials cleaning will take place immediately after use of the items.

PE will be scheduled 2 days a week and will be outside or in the gym depending on the weather. Activities and skills will meet social distancing guidelines as much as possible. Playground equipment will not be used and sharing of balls, ropes or other equipment will be minimized.

Students will wear masks throughout the day as a means of keeping everyone safe when in the hallway, restrooms and lockers. Hallway traffic and student movement around the building will be minimized as much as possible.

Students will only be allowed in the nurse’s area if they are sick. Staff will dispense medications at the classroom door, and bring ice packs or other first aid items as needed to the classroom upon the request of the teacher or teaching assistant.

Teachers and teaching assistants will develop specific routines for mask breaks, social distancing, restroom use, handwashing, locker use and other needed procedures.


Families dropping off students and picking up students must wait in their cars.

Students will go directly to their assigned classroom in the morning upon arriving at school. Students getting breakfast will grab it and eat it on the playground prior to coming into the building.

***Changes to our dismissal policy will be shared as soon as we can. Students who are picked up from school will wait with their classroom and teacher until called for dismissal. This process could take longer than the normal pick up routine, so please be patient during this process.


Students that selected in person learning at registration will use IPADS in the classroom and will be instructed how to use the applications and websites needed in the event of building closure that leads to remote learning. In the event of a school closure each student will be provided an IPAD and charger to use at home during remote learning. The classroom teacher will be the communication connection for parents.

Students who selected Remote Learning at registration for the first semester will be provided an IPAD and charger to use to access the online curriculum. More information in regards to this option will be sent out as it is available.

Students who choose remote learning and have IEP services will receive additional support from the special education teacher and support staff. This will be determined individually with the family and support service team.


The Y will continue the before and after school care for students at CES. The Y team has developed specific procedures for the program. Sign up for the Y Zone is done through the Y 935-8307.

This plan is fluid much like the rest of Illinois. We will make changes as needed and keep you up to date any and all changes. If you have questions please feel free to email me at syoung@cusd15.org.

Sacha Young, Principal



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