Face Coverings

  • On July 27, the CDC partially reversed its July 9 guidelines due to rapidly rising cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant, noting that even fully vaccinated people should wear masks indoors in areas of “substantial or high transmission” and in all K-12 schools. IDPH fully aligned with these new guidelines. And, on August 4, Governor Pritzker issued a mask mandate for all PreK-12 schools in Illinois.

    Currently, D63’s own back-to-school plan aligns with the July 27 guidelines and Governor Pritzker's mandate - but is subject to change should CDC and IDPH guidance change:

    • All employees and students are required to wear masks inside school buildings. 
    • It has been determined that the chances of transmission outdoors are very low. Therefore, students are permitted to unmask outdoors while at recess or in outdoor PE class.
    • In addition, teachers schedule outdoor mask breaks as needed and appropriate.
    • All bus riders are still required to wear a mask while on the bus. 
    • All visitors to our schools must be masked. 

     Other information:

    • Gaiters are not permitted.
    • Masks with holes or vents of any kind are not permitted.
    • Face coverings should fit snugly over the nose and mouth - and under the chin, without gaps around the side.
    • Staff and students are encouraged to provide their own masks, but we will have disposable masks for anyone who needs them.

Social Distancing, Meals & Other Mitigation Measures

    • To the extent possible, students maintain at least three feet of physical distance from others within classrooms.
    • As recommended by the CDC, students are seated at least six feet apart to the greatest extent possible during breakfast and lunch, as they need to remove their masks at that time. Students are provided with pre-packaged fruits and veggies, and the choice on an entree already in a container. They do not touch food or utensils. Details and procedures differ from one school to another - your school shared information before the start of the year.
    • Other layers of prevention include hand washing and respiratory etiquette, ensuring that students and staff stay home and get tested when sick, contact tracing in combination with quarantine and isolation, and cleaning and disinfection.
    • The District has installed air purifiers throughout each school and in each classroom that are effective in reducing most viruses - including COVID-19.