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April 4, 2021
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FAQ for April 5th Change

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As we are aware, Glenbard West and the entire Glenbard District are shifting to an 8 period day as of April 5.  Below are answers to questions that we might anticipate.  

  1. How does the schedule change for all students (remote and in-person) starting on April 5?

Beginning on April 5th, the schedule will change for all students back to periods 1 – 8 each day (similar to pre-pandemic).  See the schedule HERE.  Classes at Glenbard West will begin at 7:35 a.m. and end at 2:35 p.m.  Mondays will continue to be early dismissal days, dismissal time is 1:52 p.m. 

  1. What are some of the expectations for students who have selected in-person attendance?

Students who are in-person need to be on time and are expected to attend every day.  When students are sick, they should be called into the attendance office, prior to 10 a.m.  

  1. How will lunches work for in-person attendance at Glenbard West?

Students will be allowed to go off campus for lunch.  Those students who remain on campus will eat in the cafeteria, auditorium and other designated places.  During lunch, students will remain six feet away from each other facing the same direction.  

  1. Will freshman students who have been remote and transitioning to in-person have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the building and campus?

Freshmen who would like to familiarize themselves with the campus are able to access the building to tour their schedules.  The building will be open on Tuesday, March 30 – Thursday, April 1 between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  

  1. How will students have access to washrooms and drinking fountains?

Starting April 5th, water bottle refill stations at Glenbard West will be activated.  There will continue to be limited capacity in the washrooms during the school day.  Washrooms will be closed during passing periods, but open during class time. 

  1. Will families be able to change their minds and switch to in-person or back to remote after April 5th?  

The administration would like to avoid having students switch back and forth individually.  However, counselor and dean teams will address individual student requirements as needed.  

  1. With students now within three feet, is there an increased risk for in-person students being quarantined due to contact tracing?

When we start school on April 5th, approximately 60 percent of students will be attending in-person.  When possible, students will be separated in classes by six feet.  When students are closer than six feet, should a student be found to be COVID-19 positive, those individuals who have been closer than six feet for longer than 15 minutes will be required to quarantine for 14 days.  

  1. What days will saliva samples be collected?

Students will continue to bring saliva samples on Mondays and Tuesdays.  Students with last names A to K will be Mondays and students with last names L to Z will be Tuesdays.  Students who have been remote should come to the building between Tuesday, March 30, and Thursday, April 1st to pick up their saliva kits.  They will be at door #2.  

  1. Will athletic locker rooms be available for athletes starting on April 5?

Athletes in-season will have access to locker rooms for limited use and primarily for storage.  

  1. In the past, students were able to “opt-out” of study hall.  Is that still the case?

Students will no longer have an option of opting out of study hall.

  1. What steps can students take to maintain a safe environment at Glenbard West?

Glenbard West continues to employ students and families to exercise good decision-making to avoid the spread of COVID-19.  Mitigation measures include wearing masks, washing hands, maintaining social distancing, and avoiding large gatherings.  These expectations are important not only on campus but also within our communities.  

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