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JULY 9: Updated Guidance for the Start of the School Year
 
Updated guidance released on Friday, July 9 from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and supported by the Illinois Department of Public Heath states that all Illinois schools, both public and nonpublic, will start the 2021-22 school year with layered prevention strategies (masking, distancing, testing) to protect people who are not fully vaccinated. Read the release on the IDPH website >>
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District will be providing more communication to staff and families after thoroughly reviewing the updated guidance and updating RIMSD procedures. 
 
Major elements of the updated guidance include:
  • Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated.
  • CDC recommends schools maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance between students within classrooms, combined with indoor mask wearing by people who are not fully vaccinated, to reduce transmission risk. When it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 3 feet, such as when schools cannot fully re-open while maintaining these distances, it is especially important to layer multiple other prevention strategies, such as indoor masking.
  • Screening testing, ventilation, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection are also important layers of prevention to keep schools safe.
Update July 1,2021 
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District #41 will be fully open for the 2021-2022 school year on the first day of school, Monday, August 2, five days per week for the full school day. Fall sports and extracurricular activities will take place in accordance with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) health and safety mandates. At this current time, masks must be worn in all school buildings whether vaccinated or not. 
 
End of the school year 2020-2021
 
During the last week of school, Chromebooks and chargers will be collected from Blended and Remote students. Drop off dates listed here. The last day of school is Friday, May 28. 
 
School Registration 2021-22
 
Online registration is anticipated to roll out in June; in-person registration is July 14 - 16. The first day (full) of school is Monday, August 2. 
 
UPDATE MARCH 21, 2021: Beginning 4th Quarter of the 2020-2021 School Year
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District held a Virtual Community Session via Zoom on Sunday, March 21 to answer questions about the 4th Quarter of the School year. Watch a video recording of the session >>
 
Below are a few important points from the session. Please review the Blended Learning Plan 4th Quarter update for more comprehensive information
 
  • Students who chose the 4 day in-person learning will attend school Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday; students who chose 2 day in-person will use the A/B schedule. 
  • Wednesday is a Full Remote day for all students. 
  • The building schedules/times remain the same as in 3rd quarter. No lunches will be served; breakfast will be in the classroom. 
  • Students and staff are required to wear masks, social distance and practice good hygiene.
  • If there is a positive COVID case at a school building, staff and families will receive a notification via Remind. A notice will also be posted on the website. Those who were in close contact to the positive COVID case will be contact traced. 
 
If parents have specific questions, please contact your child's school

 
The Rock Island-Milan School District would like to thank parents for participating in the Preliminary 4th Quarter survey that was conducted the second week of February. The purpose of the survey was to explore moving forward with increasing in-person learning options for students in the 4th quarter due to the increased availability of the COVID 19 vaccine for staff as well as State of Illinois lessening restrictions. The survey was a success in giving school district administration direction to increase options for in-person learning for the 4th quarter.
 
Overall there were 2,641 parents who submitted preferences for 3,432 students. The survey revealed that 56% of the parents felt comfortable with their student(s) eating lunch with masks off and that slightly over half (51.8%) preferred to send their student(s) to school for in-person learning for the maximum days/times allowable for the 4th quarter. There were 20.1% that preferred to keep their student(s) in the current Blended Learning model of A/B schedule with two days in-person. Lastly, 28% of parents indicated they would keep their students in full time remote learning for the remainder of the year.
 
Therefore, based on the parent feedback of the survey, building principals will be starting the process to systematically increase in-person learning opportunities for students to attend 4 days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday). Parents may choose the 4 day option on the Commitment Form, however there is no guarantee. If buildings are able to accommodate more students in the classroom, they will, however it is with the understanding that social distancing may be less than 6 feet. Students will still be required to wear face masks and practice good hygiene. 
 
Building times will remain the same and lunches will not be served. Students will be offered grab-and-go lunches each day and Nutrition Services will continue to provide weekly meal kits each Monday for Remote Learners. At any time, if parents are no longer comfortable with their student attending in-person Blended Learning classes, they may opt out to Full Remote learning at home.
 
With the above in mind, 4th Quarter Commitment form will offer three options:
  • Full Remote
  • Blended Learning Current Schedule: Keep student on A/B schedule with 2 days in-person;
  • Blended Learning Increased Schedule: Student has the option of 4 days in-person if the school building has classroom space to safely accommodate the student.
 
Preliminary Survey for 4th Quarter Learning Opportunities
 
Now that the COVID 19 vaccine has become available to RIMSD #41 staff and the State of Illinois lessened restrictions, the Rock Island-Milan School District is ready to explore moving forward with increasing in-person learning options for students in the 4th quarter. However, the district needs parent input before moving forward with a Commitment Form. Your input will help the district form a plan to meet the needs of families. Once the results are tabulated, the district will send out a Commitment Form for the 4th Quarter to ask families what their intentions are for the remainder of the school year. Thank you for filling out the survey and supporting education along with student and staff safety during this challenging time! The survey will close on Feb. 16 at 8:00 pm. 
 
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District is beginning Blended Learning on Tuesday, Jan 19. The building schedules and copies of the Blended and Remote Learning Plans are on our website https://www.rimsd41.org/elearning/
 
Also, beginning Jan. 19 we will be doing meal distribution at all school locations from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. every day (as opposed to just Tuesdays and Thursdays). Any one under the age of 18 that lives in our school district boundary area can receive free meals. Students in the Blended Learning plan will be able to pick up breakfast when they arrive at their building and then grab lunch to go before they leave for the day.
 
In the event that there are positive COVID-19 cases in a school building, staff and families will be notified with a robo-call and Remind message. A letter will be posted on the school district web site www.rimsd41.org and the school building website. Those who were exposed to the positive COVID-19 case will be notified by the school building or a Contact Tracer from the Rock Island County Health Department.
The Remote/Blended Learning Commitment Form for the 3rd quarter of the school year is closed. If you have any questions or concerns about the form please contact your child's school. 
 
RIMSD #41 plans to begin Blended Learning on January 19, 2021. If parents do not submit a Commitment Form for their student(s) by December 22, the student(s) will remain in Remote Learning for the remainder of the 3rd Quarter through March 10, 2021. Parents can review the Remote and Blended Learning Plans on the website and can contact their child's school with any questions.
On Friday, Nov. 13, RIMSD #41 announced that the school district would return to Full Remote Learning due to the rising number of positive COVID cases surfacing in the school buildings. 
 
Therefore, the school district will be using Monday, Nov. 16, and Tuesday, Nov. 17 as Remote Learning Planning days for staff to be ready to transition to Full Remote Learning on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
 
Students will not report for Blended Learning or Remote Learning on Monday, Nov. 16 or Tuesday, Nov. 17. Students are to log on to Full Remote Learning on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
 
The remote learning plan will extend through Monday, January 18, 2021, to allow for a safe quarantine period due to expected travel and gatherings during the Winter Holiday and New Years Holiday season. All schools will return to blended learning on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, the day after the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, pending it is safe to do so at that time.
 
RIMSD #41 staff and families received a robo-call message and a letter through Remind about the decision. A news release was also sent to media. 
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District began the second quarter of 2020-2021 on Oct. 19 with the Blended Learning Plan. 
 
In the event that there are positive COVID-19 cases in a school building, staff and families will be notified with a robo-call and Remind message. A letter will be posted on the school district web site www.rimsd41.org and the school building website. Those who were exposed to the positive COVID-19 case will be notified by the school building or a Contact Tracer from the Rock Island County Health Department. 
 
If a school building has a growing number of positive COVID-19 cases, the superintendent may deem it necessary (in consult with the Rock Island County Health Dept.) to temporarily close the building and quarantine for two weeks. Staff and families will be notified via robo-call and Remind and a media release will be sent to local news organizations. 
Second Quarter Commitment Form Open
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District is in Full Remote Learning for the 1st Quarter of the school year. 
 
Rock Island-Milan School District Board of Education's Reopening Plan Approval Resolution
 
On August 18, RIMSD #41 Board of Education approved a COVID-19-related resolution that gives superintendents autonomy to implement school programs during this time and make adjustments and plan modifications as needed. Read the resolution >> 
TUESDAY, JUNE 23
 
Governor Pritzker announced in a press conference that students will be allowed to return to the classrooms for the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. Schools must follow Illinois Department of Public Health requirements to reopen. 
 
The Rock Island-Milan School District will release information and a comprehensive plan about what learning will look like for students on the first day of school on Monday, August 3, 2020. At the moment, school district Administration are going through the guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and working on creating a plan to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. Communication will be sent to parents once a plan is finalized.  
 
The school district Administration Center will be on Summer Hours from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call 309-793-5900 before visiting the Administration Center. All visitors must wear a mask. 
 

MONDAY, JUNE 1
 
On Friday, May 29, 2020 the State of Illinois announced that the state would move to Phase 3 of Restore Illinois to take effect on June 4, 2020.
 
Per Illinois Department of Public Health, all schools must follow requirements, which:
  • Prohibit more than 10 individuals from gathering in one space;
  • Require social distancing policies; and,
  • Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
 
RIMSD school buildings will be open, however the public/parents can only come in by appointment and must call school offices first. School building doors will remain locked and a sign with phone number will be posted, indicating an appointment needs to be made for entry. Visitors must wear a mask. 
 
At this time, the school district is not granting any Building/Facilities Use permits. 

The school district Administration Center will be on Summer Hours from 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Please call 309-793-5900 before visiting the Administration Center. All visitors must wear a mask.
 
For staff working inside the school buildings, masks are required when working in a location where social distancing cannot be guaranteed. 
 
If the office/building will be closed because employees are working from home, notification will be posted telling visitors who to contact and how. 
 
It is anticipated that all RIMSD staff will work on-site effective July 1, 2020.
 
APRIL 17, 2020
 
State of Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that in-person learning is suspended for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.  With this announcement, school district administration will begin making additional decisions necessary for a smooth transition to close out the school year. 

The Rock Island-Milan School District is planning to continue meal kit distribution twice a week and will continue with remote e-learning plans. Chromebook devices were deployed to students last week and teachers have been using Google Classrooms for academic activities since April 14.
 
RIMSD #41 will have additional details forthcoming about grading, report cards, summer school and Class of 2020 graduation. 
 

MARCH 31, 2020
State of Illinois Governor Pritzker announced that the stay-at-home order is extended through April 30, 2020. The Rock Island-Milan School District is planning to continue meal kit distribution twice a week, as well as remote e-learning resources on web site. Administration is also currently working on a plan to distribute devices to students so that our e-learning resources are accessible. Please watch for an announcement next week with more information. 

MARCH 27, 2020
The Rock Island-Milan School District is planning to distribute 3-day meal kids again on Monday, March 30 and Thursday, April 2 from 9 - 11 a.m. at the seven locations listed below. A robo-call reminder will be sent to families the evening prior to meal distribution day. 

MARCH 20, 2020
Governor J.B. Pritzker announced a “Stay-at-Home” order for the entire state, effective on March 21 at 5:00 p.m. through Tuesday, April 7. Therefore, all RIMSD #41 school buildings are closed and all events and activities are suspended until further notice. For any school district needs, please call the Administration Center Monday - Friday, 309-793-5900.

RIMSD #41 will still provide meals to families with children under the age of 18 and will have two meal kit distributions next week on Monday, March 30 and Thursday, April 2. Families will receive a robo-call reminders the evening prior to the distribution.

The Rock Island-Milan School District will continue to do whatever is necessary to take precautions to slow the spread of COVID 19. 

RIMSD #41 schedule for meal pick up >>

We understand that some of our students may need to have access to medication that remains in our school buildings. In an effort to ensure that you can meet the medical needs of your child, we have scheduled the following days and times for you to pick up medication at your child's school on March 23, 24, and 25th from 9 to noon. Parent should come directly to the main office.

If you have questions about the COVID-19 itself, please contact Illinois Department of Public Health’s Center for Acute Disease Epidemiology (CADE) at (800) 362-2736.

BUILDING ACCESS IS LIMITED. We will exercise social distancing practices to the best of our ability to keep the community safe. Parents and community members can call their school or the Administration Center 309-793-5900 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.