The Ball-Chatham School District is planning to resume full in-person learning for all student attendance days for the upcoming 2021-22 school year, with the first day of student attendance set for Wednesday, August 18.

Plans were unveiled at last week’s regular Ball-Chatham Board of Education meeting on June 23, which was held at the District Office and without attendance restrictions for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020.

All board members and Supt. Dr. Doug Wood were back in their normal positions at the board table, and there were no face coverings worn by those in attendance.

The two hour-plus meeting included spirited rhetoric as it pertains to the upcoming school year, and the question of whether students and staff will be required to wear face coverings was a hot topic.

•Wood presented the district’s plan for the 2021-22 school year, and he reiterated that Ball-Chatham and the rest of the schools in the state are awaiting further guidance from IDPH and ISBE, particularly as it relates to face coverings and distancing.

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