A Message to Our D70 Families
To all our District 70 families:
Thank you for your continued support of your child’s education throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. District 70 began the 2021-22 school year in full-day in-person school, five days a week. School began Aug. 19 for first through eighth grade, with kindergartners beginning full-day school on Aug. 20.
District 70 is mask optional as of Feb. 8, 2022. Other mitigations, including quarantining, social distancing and hand washing, will continue to provide the safety we need to operate in person.
On Feb. 7, 2022, the District 70 Board of Education voted 5-2 to go mask optional in all D70 schools and administrative offices.
Other mitigations include a one-time self-certification that covers each day students are sent to school for the 21-22 school year, physical distancing, proper cleaning and disinfection, voluntary screening testing to promptly identify cases, clusters and outbreaks, enhanced ventilation, support for hand washing and respiratory etiquette, staying home when sick and getting tested, and contact tracing in combination with isolation, quarantine, and post-exposure viral testing,
It is important to remember how far we've come during a global pandemic. Last year, we began bringing students back into school in September, once school officials were assured full COVID-19 mitigations were in place to keep students and staff safe. Some special education students were the first to return in the fall because the remote learning in place was difficult for these students to manage. By November, District 70 offered a hybrid learning plan so that families who wanted their children to return to in-school learning had the option to do so, while other families chose to have their children continue to learn remotely. Again, mitigations (masks, social distancing, hand washing, deep cleaning, etc.) were in place to offer a safe return. By April 2021, vaccinations were available to adults and with continued mitigations, District 70 began to phase in in-school learning for all students on a regular full five-day-a-week schedule.
We spent the summer months preparing for the students and staff to return to school. Please know that the safety of students and staff is a priority in District 70.
As always, District 70 will continue to implement strategies to keep students and staff healthy and in school. More details can be found at the following links:
- District 70 COVID-19 Dashboard
- District 70 Weekly Surveillance & Symptomatic Testing Dashboard
- Lake County COVID-19 Dashboard
- COVID Guidance for Your Community
- District 70 Self-Certification Screener Questions
Guidance for Schools (K-12)
My Child Is Sick But School Is Closed, Now What? (FAQ on first steps)
- FAQ For Schools (3.22.22)
- IDPH & ISBE Joint Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools (3.22.22)
- SHIELD Testing Sites (Vernon Hills)
- Second Booster Recommended (3.29.22)
- Do I quarantine? Do I isolate? (3.30.22)
Archived Info for 2021-22 School Year
- 2022 - Updated IDPH, ISBE COVID Guidance for Schools (released 1.11.22)
- Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools Part 5 (1.11.22)
- 2022 - FAQ on Updated COVID Guidance for Schools (released 1.11.22)
- Exclusion Protocol (1.11.22)
- Test-To-Stay Flow Chart for students and staff
- FAQ on 5-11-Year-Old COVID Vaccinations and D70's Pediatric Vax Clinic
- P-K-12 Schools - COVID-19 Exclusion Protocols (State of Il. 9.23.21)
- Revised Public Health School Guidance
- Lake County Health Dept. School Guidance FAQ (9.16.21)
- CDC (IDPH & ISBE) Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools (K-12) (Aug. 20, 2021)
- LCHD Nurses' Test to Stay Decision Tree
- LCHD Quarantine Guidelines for Students and Staff
- IDPH Exclusion Decision Tree
- Governor's Jan. 11, 2022, Executive Order Executive Order 2022-03 updates school guidance on quarantine and isolation times, as well as addressed Test To Stay, etc.
- Governor's Sept. 17, 2021, Executive Order Executive Order 2021-24 requires school districts to exclude any students or school personnel under certain circumstances to keep students and staff safe and prevent COVID-19 outbreaks. Under the Executive Order, school districts must exclude any students or school personnel who is a confirmed COVID-19 case or probable case for at least 10 days; and anyone who is considered a close contact for a minimum of 14 days or as otherwise directed by the local health authority. Remote instruction must be made available for students excluded from in-person instruction under hhis Executive Order.
- Governor's Sept. 3, 2021, Executive Order Executive Order 2021-22 (starts Sept. 19) requires Illinois school personnel either to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to undergo at least weekly testing, beginning Sept. 19.
- Governor's Aug. 26, 2021, Executive Order Executive Order 2021-20 ensures all school personnel receive the vaccine or submit to at least weekly testing.
- Governor's Aug. 4, 2021, Executive Order Executive Order 2021-18 requires that all students, staff, and visitors wear masks indoors in all P-12 schools in Illinois. This action is supported by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics
- ISBE, IDPH Revised Public Guidance for Schools Part 5 (August 2021) (Updated)
- ISBE Guidance for Coronavirus (link to website)
- IDPH Updated Guidance for Schools (link to website)
- CDC Guidance for Schools (link to website)
- IDPH Sports Guidance for Schools FAQ (link to website)
COVID-19 References to Help During a Pandemic
COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub- A hub of resources to help you take care of yourself.
A Kids' Guide to Coping with the Pandemic- A guide with a printable zine.
How to Combat Mask Anxiety- An article with tips for coping with wearing a mask.
Parental Resource Kit- Social, emotional, and mental well-being of adolescents during COVID-19.
Helping Children Understand COVID-19- Information to help children understand COVID-19 put out by NorthShore University Health System.
Tips for Quarantined Parents- Information from American Psychological Association.
Helping Your Child Cope with COVID-19- Presentation of tips and resources for parents and caregivers.
Mental Health During COVID-19- An article sharing signs your teenager may need additional support during this time.