• Addressing COVID-19 Challenges

    Despite our schools' challenges with reopening for in-person learning this fall, it has been wonderful to see students returning ready to learn. The schools we left are not the schools we entered. We have changes in requirements and expectations. It seems that as fast as we learn the new expectations - things change. For that purpose, we are providing a FAQ page for our website and social media. The district will keep students, parents, teachers, and staff up to date with the many rapid changes required during the new normal. If you have a question for the FAQ page, please submit it here.

    The district is aware that many are challenged by the new normal. A little less than a year ago, the uptick in COVID-19 cases helped the district decide remote learning was the safest option for the school. At that time, there were no treatments or vaccines, and the district could decide the safest option for our students. Today, treatments and vaccines are available for COVID-19. However, according to the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), “In-person learning with the appropriate protective measures should be both safe and essential to students’ mental health and academic growth. The majority of students need full-time in-person access to their teachers and support network at school to stay engaged, to learn effectively, and to maintain social-emotional wellness.” 

    Although many see the new guidelines as relaxed, they are considered safe. The district is following those measures. It is our purpose to educate students. Currently, in person learning is required with the mitigations for safety. The school system currently does not have the option to institute remote learning for all, as we had last year. Remote learning is only available for quarantined students. Once the quarantine is over, students must return to in-person learning.  

    The newest mitigation is vaccination or testing. All district personnel is required to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19. If they choose to test, personnel will be tested weekly. This system goes into place on September 19, 2021. 

    The school system comprises both local and state governments; it includes local control of state requirements. We must follow state requirements for recognition. Recognition includes certification of diplomas and state funding. We will follow the requirements and do all we can to keep our students and staff safe. It will not be easy with the challenges we face, but we will educate our students safely.

    Nathaniel Cunningham, Jr., Ph.D.

    Superintendent of Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1. What happens if a student, teacher, or staff is exposed to the coronavirus? If exposure occurs at school:

  • 2. What happens when there is a positive case reported at school?

  • 3. Is there a state mandate requiring students, teachers, and staff to get vaccinated?

  • 4. What is the protocol for unvaccinated students?

  • 5. Are students, teachers and staff required to show proof of vaccination?

  • 6. Are vaccinations available at school?

  • 7. How is contact tracing handled?

  • 8. Are masks required even if students, teachers, and staff are vaccinated?

  • 9. Are masks required during extracurricular activities? If yes, how is this being enforced?

  • 10. Are masks required outdoors during activities? If yes, how is this being enforced?

  • 11. Are school sporting events, such as football games, open to the public?

  • 12. Are masks required at sporting events? If yes, how is this being enforced?

  • 13. What is the social distancing standard in classrooms?

  • 14. Is social distancing enforced during change of class in school hallways? If yes, how?

  • 15. What is the social distancing plan in cafeteria during student lunch periods?