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:
Require use of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), including face coverings;
Prohibit more than 50 individuals from gathering in one space;
Require social distancing, as much as possible;
Require symptom screenings and temperature checks; and,
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.
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.
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.
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.
September 14 Student attendance from 8:30 A.M. - 2:00 P.M.
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,
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 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.
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
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 email@example.com 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.)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 309-364-2829.