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2020-21 Reopening Plans

updated February 2021

Campus Middle School for Girls is committed to reopening as safely as possible.    We have developed plans for three instructional formats.  Click on the links below for details of each format.


  • Remote:  All classes are conducted remotely and students do not come to the CMS building.

  • Hybrid:  Students attend classes in the CMS building three days per week; students attend classes remotely the remaining two days.

  • On-Site:  All students attend classes in the CMS building every day.

CMS plans to begin offering instruction in a Hybrid format on March 22, 2021.  We will continue to assess at our monthly Board meetings whether a change in format is advisable.   Throughout the school year, CMS will monitor and abide by guidelines from the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Governor's Office.

COVID-19 Safety Policy:  The health and safety of our students and staff is our primary concern.  CMS will observe best practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Cleaning:  Each night we will disinfect all indoor spaces (classrooms, office, staff room, bathrooms, gym, hallways, etc.).  Bathrooms and water fountains will be disinfected regularly throughout the day.  We will not be using the rented spaces across the street at this time (ie. the Church Gym and Lunch Space).

  • Face Coverings:  Everyone in the CMS building will be required to wear a mask or other approved face covering at all times.  It is important to wear masks that completely cover the nose and mouth. These coverings should have two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19, and should fit snugly against the sides of the face without gaps. Based on updated CDC guidance (2/9/2021), Gaitors/neck warmers can be worn as face coverings when there are two layers of fabric.

  • Air Circulation:  Throughout the school day, teachers will open classroom windows and doors at during every passing period (in other words, every 40 minutes) to allow outside air to flow into the building.  Weather permitting, we will leave windows open for longer periods of time.

  • Ventilation Monitor:  We will have CO2 monitors in each classroom to monitor the CO2 levels. The CO2 readings will be used as indicators of whether or not the air is being properly refreshed and ventilated.

  • Social Distancing:  Students and staff will be instructed to remain 6 feet apart in the classrooms, hallways, and outdoor spaces.  

    • ​Students will eat lunch in their classrooms, or socially distanced on our lawn, as weather permits.​

    • We will coordinate bathroom usage times to limit the number of students using the bathroom at any one time.  

    • Students will be asked to bring water bottles to school and refill them at the hands-free bottle filling station, rather than use the water fountain.

    • CMS will not hold any onsite extracurricular activities or after-school study time.  Students will be expected to leave the school  immediately at the end of the school day.

    • Students will not use lockers.  Please see the Lockers policy below for more details.

  • Health Monitoring

    • While we will not mandate testing, all guidance suggests regular testing to maintain a safe environment and to help identify asymptomatic cases. We STRONGLY recommend your family get on a regular (weekly) testing schedule.

    • Every morning students and staff members will have their temperatures taken before they enter the building.  We will do this quickly and efficiently by making use of all entrances to the building.  A specific entrance will be designated for each grade, with a separate entrance for staff.​

    • If a student becomes symptomatic during the school day, we will isolate them in the staff room and call a parent/guardian to pick them up immediately.  We will disinfect that student's classroom and the staff room.  We encourage anyone with symptoms to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

    • If a student or staff member has a fever and other symptoms of COVID without an alternate physician diagnosis, they will be required to submit negative results prior to returning to CMS AND be fever-free for 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications AND have no diarrhea or vomiting in the previous 24 hours.

Grading Policy:  Our teachers worked hard this past summer to transform our courses to operate both in-person and via e-learning regardless of circumstances brought on by COVID-19. Therefore, unlike in Spring 2020, students will receive grades in Fall 2020 and beyond regardless of instructional format (remote, in-classroom, hybrid, etc.)  Students’ grades will be based upon their performance of assigned work, class participation, and other appropriate assessment criteria defined by teachers.


In the event that in-person meetings are not possible due to COVID-19 or other circumstances, CMS reserves the right to convert Fine Arts and Applied Arts classes from the customary letter grade system to a standards-based grading scale (exceeds expectations/meets expectations/doesn’t meet expectations).  This allows for differences in access to class-related equipment, materials and adult expertise available in students’ homes.

Technology:  Students will be issued a school iPad for their personal use.  They will be allowed to take these devices to and from school daily.  Students will be responsible for making sure that their iPad is charged and ready for use each day.

Lockers:  Students will NOT use lockers at this time, in order to discourage congregating and to encourage students to take their materials home daily.  CMS will supply totes/boxes for students to keep their lunches, coats, towels/blanket (to use for outdoor lunches/activities) in their classroom.  This tote of materials should be completely emptied at the end of each week so that all contents may be laundered at home.

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