During La Salle-Peru High School’s Wednesday night board meeting, Superintendent Steven Wrobleski brought the recommendation to have faculty work from home if they are able.
“I think we have a responsibility to our employees to ensure we are also doing our part to implement these (mitigations),” Wrobleski said.
The school has yet to allow in-person classes thus far in the school year, citing its plan to rely on a metrics-driven return to in-person plan.
The recommendation was received positively by the board and without much discussion because of the recent statewide mitigations from Gov. JB Pritzker.
In Pritzker’s mitigation plan, schools were left as a local decision, giving the school districts the ability to make their own decisions.
“In consultation with our administration team, union leadership and other area superintendents, personally, I’m uncomfortable saying that schools are not really going to have to pay attention to what the mitigation factors are,” Wrobleski said.
Wrobleski mentioned the administration intends to continue the discussion with union representatives to develop further work from home protocols for staff that are able to.
The specifics are still a work in progress as Wrobleski said he has had conversations throughout the day since Pritzker’s announcement late Tuesday afternoon.
This option currently will not be mandated as those faculty members that want to continue to work in the building will continue to be supported.
Wrobleski also added this is not seen as an open-ended decision but rather the school aligning itself with the governor’s recommendation.
Much like the school’s decision earlier in the school regarding in-person learning the decision will be driven by the metrics surrounding COVID-19.
The district plans to operate with this plan until it leaves for winter break. When the governor’s mitigations change the school will then plan to call faculty back and re-evaluate the situation.
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