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GKMS Return to Learn Plan
GKMS Return to Learn Plan
Tuesday, September 01, 2020

GKMS Hybrid Model 


  • 50% of the students will be assigned to the Orange Days and the other 50% of students will be assigned to the Blue Days.  Students whose last names are A-L will attend on Orange Days, while students with last names M-Z will attend on Blue Days.  ALL GKMS students, whether they choose the In-Person or Full Remote Learning option will be placed into the Orange Day or Blue Day group based on their last name.  

  • All students will have Color Days (Orange or Blue) and Digital Learning Days.  When it is not your Color Day it is always a Digital Learning Day.  All students are expected to engage for 5 hours everyday, on both their Color Day and their Digital Learning Day, per the Illinois State Board of Education.

  • Hybrid instruction will consist of Synchronous instruction only.  

    • Synchronous learning is an approach where teachers and students are engaged in learning at the same time, regardless of if they have selected In-Person or Full Remote Learning.  For students who selected In-Person instruction, they will be present in the school building and attend all of their classes in person at their designated class times on their Color Day.  When it is not a student’s designated  Color Day they will log into their classrooms remotely and follow their class schedule remotely from 8am-1pm.  For students who have selected Full Remote Learning, they will follow their class schedule and attend all of their classes remotely as they happen live every day of the week from 8am-1pm. (via the Zoom link provided by teachers)  

  • All students will have 7 class periods of 40 minutes each.  The school day will be from 8am-1pm each day.  Students attending In-Person should arrive at school between 7:30 and 7:55am each day they are attending in person during synchronous learning.  Each day students will have Math, Language Arts, Reading, Science, Social Studies, PE/Health, and an Encore class.  

  • Teachers will be available daily from 1:45pm-2:15pm to work with students who have selected the Full-Remote option.

  • Attendance will be taken each period for all students; In-Person and Remote.  

    • Remote Students are expected to be logged into their Google Meet/Zoom meetings on time for each class period.  Students who arrive late to class will be marked tardy.  

  • Students attending class remotely are expected to have their cameras for the entire class period for all of their classes unless directed otherwise by their teacher.  


Traditional grading has been approved by ISBE with specific recommendations.  We will be using traditional letter grades as outlined in the Student Handbook.  The emphasis for work assigned, reviewed, and completed during the remote learning period is on learning, not on compliance. 

  • The goal is to prepare students for the next level; teachers will focus on the most essential standards during remote learning.

  • Teachers and staff will make every attempt to engage students in remote learning.

  • Students must engage and complete all expected assignments and assessments to demonstrate proficiency of standards addressed. 

  • Students struggling to demonstrate proficiency will receive additional support from their teachers.  Summative retakes may be given remotely between 2:15pm and 3pm for students attending In-Person and between 1:45 and 3pm for students using the Remote Learning option.  

In-Person Instruction--Safety

  • For students who have selected In-Person learning, the students will have a homeroom that they will go to upon arrival to school and remain in until the end of the school day.  Teachers, not students, will rotate classrooms to minimize movement throughout the day.

  • 6 foot desk spacing is being observed to the greatest extent possible in each classroom.

  • Social distancing floor/seating markings will be displayed in waiting and reception areas, such as lobby, vestibule, and main office. Physical guides – like tape – will be placed on floors and sidewalks to define one-way routes.

  • Nonessential furniture will be removed from classrooms.

  • Students will not use lockers.  They will keep their personal items at their desk, including their backpacks and cell phones.  Cell phones should remain off during the school day.  

  • Face masks will be worn by all persons while in the building.

    • Students will have a mask break during their PE/Health class.  PE class will take place outside without masks to the greatest extent possible.  If weather does not permit PE outside indoor PE lessons will take place that do not require physical exertion.

  • Stretch/Movement breaks need to take place in each class period.  Students must remain at their desk locations for stretch/movement breaks and maintain social distancing. 

  • Designated mask breaks will take place in PE/Health classes. 

  • Snack Time will take place during 4th period each day between 10:11am and 10:51am.  

    • Must be peanut-free

    • Provided snacks will be delivered to homerooms.  Snacks should be delivered prior to the start of 4th period.  Students may bring peanut-free snacks from home.

  • Only one student out of the room at a time for bathroom use.  The floor will be marked to maintain social distancing in the event more than one teacher permits a student to the bathroom at the same time.

  • Water fountains will be shut off.  Students will be expected to bring water from home.  Sanitizing wipes will be available at water bottle fill up stations.

  • Library books will be requested and checked out digitally.  Books will be delivered to the student’s classroom.  Books will need to be returned and left for 24 hours and sanitized before being checked out by another student.  

  • Social events and after-school activities will be canceled or held virtually.


  • Arrival Procedures

    • Students may be dropped off as early as 7:30am.  Upon entering the building, students will immediately go to their first period class.  If a student is getting a school breakfast they will first get their “grab and go” breakfast before heading to their first period class.  Students will eat their breakfast in their first period class before school begins.  Wipes or other cleaning supplies are provided to clean the eating area in the classrooms.  

    • Students may utilize cellular devices in the classroom prior to the 7:55am bell.  

  • Dismissal Procedures

    • After the 1pm bell rings to dismiss students, the students who walk home will be dismissed and are required to begin walking home.  Students will not be permitted to linger in the hallways, lobby, or any other area on school grounds.  8th grade students walking will exit the building by the Media Center doors.  7th grade students walking home will exit through the doors at the end of the 7th grade wing by the bike rack.  6th grade students should all exit through the main entrance.  

    • Students who ride a bus will remain in their 7th period classroom until their bus is called over the PA system.  When a student's bus is called, the student will exit the room and immediately leave through the main entrance to board their bus.  

    • Students who will be receiving a ride will be expected to remain in the classroom until their ride arrives.  If a student does not have a cell phone to communicate with their ride, the student will be expected to remain outside on the social distancing markers.  Students will be permitted to use cellular devices after the 1pm dismissal bell.  See the Student Handbook for Cell Phone expectations.

Click here to access a PDF version of the GKMS Return to Learn Plan.