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‘Be as prepared as we can’: Local districts ready for classes

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WEST FRANKFORT (WSIL) -- The Illinois State Board of Education is strongly suggesting face shields not be used in place of face masks in schools.

In a statement posted to its Facebook page Tuesday, the board said shields should only be used when other protections are unavailable.

Matt Donkin, superintendent of Frankfort Community Unit School District 168, says circumstances are constantly changing, and it's important to be flexible to ensure the safety of all students.

"Our goal is to be as prepared as we can. Order the supplies we need, hoping again that those can get here, and do what we can to do in-person learning. That's what everyone wants to be, to be as close to normal as possible, but it's a big lift, and it's a big logistical lift," explains Donkin.

Donkin says his district has not yet purchased face shields and asks for everyone's patience. He says they have the right goal in mind, getting there is the challenge.

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