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Temporary COVID-19 scheduling measures put in place for Bloomington 87 facilities; elementary schools unaffected


Bloomington Public Schools
Bloomington Public Schools(25 News/Heart of Illinois ABC)
Published: Jan. 11, 2022 at 4:31 PM CST
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BLOOMINGTON (Heart of Illinois ABC) - Bloomington District 87 has announced temporary measures to reduce the impact Covid-19 is having on students, staff and families.

The district anticipates all schools returning to their normal schedules on Monday, January 24, according to a release.

Sarah Raymond School of Early Education will continue with a remote learning schedule through January 21. Teachers will provide additional information to families regarding learning activities.

All Bloomington Junior High School students will be on a revised schedule from January 12 through January 21. The schedule will be from 8:00 a.m. - 12:58 p.m. Students will follow the normal 8-period schedule with students attending all classes (no lunch period). All classes will be 40 minutes long. Students will continue to eat breakfast in classrooms upon arrival. All students will be able to receive a grab & go meal for lunch as they are dismissed from school. Bus transportation will be provided as usual to those students who qualify.

All Bloomington High School students will be on a revised schedule from January 12 through January 21. The schedule will be from 7:30 am-12:13 pm. Students will follow the normal 7-period schedule with students attending all classes (no lunch period). All classes will be 37 minutes long. There will be no advisory period during this time frame. All students will be able to receive a grab & go meal as they are dismissed from school. Bus transportation will be provided as usual to those students who qualify.

There are no changes to the elementary school schedules during this time frame.

The district posted this FAQ on their website:

  • When does this start? This schedule will begin on Wednesday, January 12th and remain in effect through Friday, January 21st.
  • Why is Raymond on remote learning during this time but no other schools? Raymond students do not qualify for a vaccination as all other students do. Raymond students also are at an age where the consistent wearing of masks is very inconsistent making for a higher risk of transmission of Covid-19 in the school setting.
  • Why are we only reducing junior high and high school schedules? Our greatest risk of exposure to Covid-19 during the day comes from our lunch periods. The secondary lunches are where our greatest number of students are congregated together with minimal social distancing. Given the large number of students with positive cases and quarantines, the elimination of the lunch period for this time frame will help minimize the risk of exposure.
  • What about BHS students who have a BACC class? These will remain the same. BHS students will simply follow the BHS schedule and have reduced time in these classes.
  • Does this impact Sports/Practice/Activity/Club Schedules? These activities are allowed to continue during this time. Students & athletes should communicate with sponsors or coaches for plans.
  • Why is there no change to the elementary schedule? We are able to manage the lunch and breakfast time frames to minimize the risk of transmission of Covid-19 with a smaller number of students and additional spaces to utilize.
  • Why are you making these changes? Remember, these are short term for the next 7 days of school. We are working very hard to avoid having to go to Remote Learning as the best place for our kids to be is physically in school.

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