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Dear Mallard Students and Families,

Since last March, when the COVID-19 Pandemic began, our main focus at Henry-Senachwine

High School has been safely returning to school. On Thursday, July 30, 2020, our Board of

Education approved framework that we feel best meets the needs of our entire community. 

This framework provides the students of Henry-Senachwine High School and their families 

with a choice between in-person or remote learning. 

Located below is information pertaining to Henry-Senachwine High School. Please keep in 

mind that it is always subject to change.

Henry-Senachwine High School will adhere to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) 

guidelines, as follows:

  1. Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;

  2. Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;

  3. Require social distancing, as much as possible;

  4. Require symptom screenings and temperature checks; and, 

  5. Require an increase in schoolwide cleaning and disinfections.

Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

We ask that parents/guardians please keep their child home if they are displaying any 

symptoms  of COVID-19. These include, but not limited to: a fever over 100.4℉, cough, 

shortness of breath, chills, fever, headache, sore throat, nausea, or vomiting. Students who 

display any of these symptoms will be quarantined and you will be instructed to come and pick 

them up from school.

Temperature Checks

All students will have their temperature taken prior to entering the building. Students who have 

a temperature over 100.4℉ or are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 are not allowed to remain 

in the building. Parents will be contacted and must pick up their child from school.

Masks/Face Coverings

All students and staff will be required to wear masks/face coverings throughout the school day.

 Students should wear masks/face coverings at all times, with the exception of eating or 

outside while social distancing. You can help out by working to get your child comfortable 

wearing a mask/face covering. (Ex. Have your child wear his/her mask for 15 minutes a day and 

increase the time amount each day.) Parents will be contacted if a student refuses to wear a 

mask and the student will be asked to not return until they are in compliance. A full remote 

learning option may be required if a student fails to comply with the mask policy. Students may 

bring their own mask from home (school appropriate). HSHS has a limited supply of masks and 

will provide students a mask if they do not have one of their own. 

Social Distancing

Students and staff are required to maintain the social distance recommendation of 6 feet apart 

as much as possible. There will be markers/signage throughout the building demonstrating 

this.  All classrooms will also adhere to the 6 feet distance recommendation, as much as 


School Calendar/Bell Schedule

August 31         First Day for Students

August 31 - September 11 Student attendance from 8:30 A.M. - 11:30 A.M.

Bell Schedule (11:30 Dismissal)

Students will attend every day and will follow a schedule consisting of a “RED” and a “BLACK” 

day to allow for more instruction time during our 11:30 and 2:00 o’clock dismissal times during 

our first semester. We will begin with a Red Day and follow with a Black Day, keeping that same

 order throughout. (Ex. August 31st is a Red Day, September 1st is a Black Day, September 2nd 

is a Red Day, September 3rd is a Black Day, September 4th is a Red Day, September 7th is a 

holiday (NO SCHOOL), September 8th is a Black Day. 
























5th, 6th












September 14 Student attendance from 8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.

Student Entry

Entry to HSHS will not be allowed until 8:00 A.M. each day unless the student has a Zero Hour 

class. Students should not be dropped off before 8:00A.M. to wait outside of the building. 

Students arriving between 8:00 A.M. and 8:15 A.M. will report to a designated area (gym, 

auditorium, cafe).

Students Driving To School

Students driving to school should not arrive before 8:00 a.m. Students arriving between 8:00 

A.M. and 8:15 A.M. will report to a designated area (gym, auditorium, cafe). Students arriving 

between 8:15 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. will report to their first class. As always, students will be 

required to exit their vehicles and enter HSHS through the new entrance where they will have

 their temperature checked.  

Students Arriving By Bus

Students riding the school bus will be dropped off at the south foyer entrance. All students 

riding a bus must wear a face covering. Upon arrival, these students will enter the building 

where they will have their temperature checked. Students arriving between 8:00 A.M.. and 8:15 

A.M. will report to a designated area (gym, auditorium, cafe). Students arriving between 8:15 

A.M. and 8:30 A.M. will report to their first class. 

Students Being Dropped Off

Students being dropped off at HSHS should not arrive before 8:00 A.M. These students are 

welcome to enter HSHS through the new entrance or through the south foyer entrance. Upon 

entry, each student will have their temperature checked. Students arriving between 8:00 A.M.

 and 8:15 A.M.. will report to a designated area (gym, auditorium, cafe).  Students arriving 

between 8:15 A.M. and 8:30 A.M. will report to their first class. 

Student Pickup (During School Hours- Ex. Dentist/doctor/illness)

If you should happen to need to pick up your student during school hours, please give the 

school as much notice as possible. Please stay in your vehicle and call the office at 309-364-

2829. The office will confirm and record the release of the student. Please try to allow for extra 

time for pick up as the office may be busy at different times throughout the day. 

Late Student Arrival After 8:25 A.M.

Students arriving to school after 8:25 A.M. should enter HSHS through the new entrance. 

Students will have their temperatures checked.  

Lockers/Passing From Class To Class

HSHS students have lockers assigned and available for use during the school day, although 

they will be encouraged to only use them before and after school. Students will pass from class 

to class in smaller groups to better allow for social distancing. Each student will be assigned 

one of four groups, each of which will coincide with a specific locker location that is spread out 

away from others in their specific group. (Ex. John Doe (locker 1, group 1), Jane Doe (locker 7, 

group 2), Jon Hill (locker 3, group 3), Jan Hill (locker 5, group 4).  Students will not be allowed to 

congregate in the hallway during passing times. 


Breakfast and lunches will be more individualized at HSHS and open salad bars and other 

exposed food will be eliminated. All students will be provided breakfast in their 1st period class 

on Monday, August 31st. Students purchasing lunches or those wanting to receive their free 

lunch or lunch for purchase at a reduced price, will receive those lunches prior to leaving the 

building from August 31st through September 11th. Those students wishing to 

receive/purchase breakfast during these days, will sign up. Breakfast items will be delivered to

 these students to take home the previous day for the next morning. 

Beginning September 14th, students will eat lunch at individual tables in one of the following 

locations available: cafeteria, foyer, gym, designated classroom, or even outside if weather 

permits. Individual tables will be six feet apart and students will be required to stay at their 

individual tables to allow for social distancing. Tables will be disinfected between each lunch 

period. Disposable plates and dinnerware will be used. 

In-person Classroom/Instruction Time

Classroom layouts have been modified for social distancing procedures. In most cases, 

collaborative tables have been removed and individual desks have been brought in. Desks and 

instructional supplies will be sanitized. In some cases, individual instructional supplies will be

 provided or requested to be purchased on a school supply list. 


Each student will have their own Chromebook and battery charging chord. Students will take 

Chromebooks home each day and they are responsible for charging them at home. Charged 

Chromebooks should last all day. Students and parents will sign a HSHS Chromebook 


Field Trips

Field trips will not be taken until further notice as they could greatly increase the risk of the 

spread of COVID-19.

Physical Education Class/Locker Rooms

Students in Physical Education classes will not dress out nor use lockers in the locker rooms 

until further notice. Students are able to bring appropriate shoes for safety and participation. 

Weather permitting, students in Physical Education will be outside as much as possible. 

Equipment will not be shared or will be sanitized between uses. 

Sanitation and Cleaning

Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be provided in the classrooms and throughout the 

building at all times. Custodial staff will conduct a regular cleaning of the classrooms, hallways, 

bathrooms, and other high traffic areas. 

Remote Learning

Students choosing to do remote learning will not be able to change to in-person learning during 

the first semester. Students will follow the same schedules as the in-person learners 

listed on pages 2 and 3 of this document. (Ex. Remote learners will be logged in each day 

by 8:30 a.m. for their 1st or 5th/6th hour classes depending on if it is a “Red Day” or a 

“Black Day”.) 

Remote Learning Orientation

All students choosing remote learning as well as one parent/guardian MUST attend a Remote 

Learning Orientation. During this orientation, students will pick up their chromebook and any 

other books, materials they may need. To allow for social distancing, Remote Learning 

Orientations will be held the following dates and times:

Wednesday, August 26th @ 8:00 A.M.

Wednesday, August 26th @ 1:00 P.M.

Thursday, August 27th @ 8:00 A.M.

Thursday, August 27th @ 1:00 P.M.

Please email me at to let me know which Remote Learning Orientation you 

and your student would like to attend. 

Remote Learning Agreement

Remote learning agreements will be distributed and signed at the Remote Learning 

Orientation. These agreements will acknowledge that all parties understand the rules and 

procedures of the remote learning process (Ex. Schedule, Chromebooks, grading, books and 

other instructional supplies, etc.)

Freshmen Orientation

Orientation will not be held this year as it has in the past due to the COVID-19 restrictions on 

gatherings. If you and your 9th grade student would like to tour the building to relieve any 

stress/anxiety of starting their high school careers, please email me and we will schedule a 

short tour/visit in the upcoming weeks. 

Area Career Center Classes @ LaSalle Peru

Classes at the Area Career Center will begin on Wednesday, August 19th for those students 

signed up for in-person learning. Students signed up for remote learning will need to contact

 Mrs. Self about getting their schedules changed. 

I hope this document has been informative and answered some of your questions..

Once again, keep in mind this plan is tentative and is subject to change based on guidance from 

the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

If you have any questions, please email me at or call me at 309-364-2829.

Dr. Hill