Important Information About the 2021-2022 School Year
As we approach the end of this unique and challenging school year, we know our parents have questions about how schools in our District will operate during the 2021-2022 year. Here’s what we know now; of course, as we’ve all learned over the past year, circumstances can change rapidly.
- At this time, plans call for all schools to revert to a normal schedule - at full capacity. All students in grades K-8 will attend school for a full day on each school day and preschoolers will attend their in-person half-day schedule unless they are entitled under State Board rules to remain in remote learning.
- UPDATE AS OF JUNE 1, 2021: In the last week of May, the Illinois State Board of Education revised and narrowed its guidelines regarding qualifying for remote learning. Under the new proposed guidelines, simply having an underlying medical condition will not qualify a student for remote learning. Pending approval by the State Superintendent, ISBE's new guidelines read:
". . . remote instruction may be made available for students who are not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine and are under a quarantine order by a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health."
In addition, under these new guidelines, a student who has a family member ineligible for a vaccine and under a quarantine order would not qualify that student for remote learning.
- Health and safety protocols such as social distancing and wearing masks may still be in place next school year. More information will be available as the beginning of the school year approaches; as always, the District will be guided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health.
COVID vaccines are now widely available - and the Pfizer vaccine is now approved for children aged 12-15. It is also likely that vaccines for younger children will be approved early in the fall. For these reasons, we are optimistic that we can safely - and fully - reopen our schools on August 16. We encourage all of our D63 parents and eligible students to be vaccinated as soon as possible. It’s the best way to help keep you, your family, our schools, and your community safe and healthy.
Stay tuned throughout the summer for updates and additional information about the coming school year.