Reopening schools during COVID-19 is critical to reopening the community and even the state. This is an obligation our district does not take lightly. However, our first commitment is to the students and families we serve. Our priority must be keeping them safe. This School Reopening Plan aims to define clear guidance for the full reopening of schools for the 2021-2022 school year that aligns with the protocols developed in collaboration with local, state, and national health guidelines and regulations.
As of August 17, 2021, District 6 will be following the ISBE guidelines stating that all students must attend in-person learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Remote instruction is only to be utilized during quarantine.
Pursuant to Governor Pritzker’s August 4, 2021, Executive Order Number 18 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 85), all public and nonpublic schools in Illinois serving pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students must follow the joint guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and require “the indoor use of face coverings by students, staff, and visitors who are over age two and able to medically tolerate a face covering, regardless of vaccination status.” Executive Order Number 18.
The areas outlined in this plan represent major considerations our district is addressing to fully reopen schools safely and to sustain their reopening. Each department has taken the safety of both staff and our learners into consideration.
We strongly believe the actions brought forth in this plan are in the best interests of our students, families, staff, and community. District 6 thanks you for all that you have done and continue doing throughout the pandemic.