Morris High School to have 35 min classes, ban on lockers in Fall 2020


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A fall plan for this upcoming school year was published by Morris Community High School District 101 this week. 

Among details in the plan include a shortened day running from 7:40 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. with seven periods running 35 minutes each.  The plan, released in a Facebook post from the District Superintendent Craigh Ortiz, is universal for all students.

“We have a plan in place for reopening Morris Community High School this fall. Please be aware that these plans are subject to change between now and the start of school based on changing conditions” Ortiz said in a letter to parents.  “Students or staff who are insubordinate regarding the wearing of masks will be required to leave campus. Those with medical concerns will be addressed on an individual basis”

Various social distancing and cleaning precautions will be put into place, according to the statement. Among other changes at the school district include a barring of usage of school lockers throughout the school year.  Students will be required to carry their materials to each class.

“To that end, lockers will not be used this year. Students will be permitted to carry their backpacks with them throughout the school day. The bags may not be left in lockers or hallways.
Cleaning and disinfecting will occur on a daily basis, with common touch points being addressed frequently throughout the day.” Ortiz added.

A limited number of masks will be offered to students to begin the school year.   The District has acknowledged the plan could change.


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