Coronavirus Update - Notice of School Closure

  • Updated: May 20, 2020

    By Executive Order on April 17, Governor JB Pritzker closed schools statewide for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

    All extra-curricular activities and school-sponsored trips, including all practices, competitions, and events are cancelled (Information about senior graduation ceremonies for the Class of 2020 is available here.) 

    District 211 e-learning (or remote learning) will continue through May 21, 2020 for all junior, sophomore, and freshman students. The last day of e-learning for senior students will be May 13, 2020.

     

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents and Students (emailed May 20, 2020)

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents and Students (emailed May 5, 2020)

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents and Students (emailed May 5, 2020)

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents and Students (emailed April 28, 2020)

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents & Students (emailed April 20, 2020)   
    (click here for other relevant e-learning information)

     

    Additional information regarding extended school closure will be communicated through District and school website postings as well as emails, and if necessary, through the District's emergency communication system via phone call or text message.

    Information about COVID-19 is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website as well as the IDPH website. Also, FAQs about the Coronavirus and schools from the IDPH are posted here. High School District 211 will continue to follow recommendations provided by the IDPH and CDC. In the event District 211 receives additional information about the Coronavirus, and any additional precautions that should be taken, students, parents, staff, and community members will be informed appropriately. Resource information for helping parents and families cope with the impact of the Coronavirus is available here (en Español).

  • April 8, 2020 Update

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents & Students (emailed April 8, 2020)

     

    Further Limiting Access to District Facilities

    Guidance from health officials indicates that the virus continues to spread and that it has not yet reached its peak. As more individuals contract the virus, District 211 seeks everyone’s understanding and shared responsibility in further limiting any entry into District 211 facilities. For any student or parent seeking assistance at a District 211 school, the doors to facilities are locked, so please call prior to going to the school.

     

    Regular E-Learning Days on April 14 and 15

    With the cancellation of this school year’s state testing, all students will have regular e-learning days on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15 in place of the state exams.

     

    Graduation and Other Year-End Events

    District 211 administration and staff are deeply saddened by the major disruption and loss of countless student opportunities, events, competitions and celebrations caused by the current health crisis. The period of mandatory school closure is certain at least through April 30. All extra-curricular athletic and activity events, including all recognition ceremonies scheduled during April have been cancelled. Everyone is painfully aware that the spring months include many school events during which an array of student achievements and performances are celebrated and recognized. Unfortunately, the ongoing health crisis could also disrupt events that typically occur in May.

    Among the most heart-wrenching considerations is the likely impact on scheduled graduation ceremonies. For weeks, District 211 administration has weighed and considered potential alternative solutions that might somehow allow these important life moments to take place.

    To understand the thoughts and ideas about the graduation events from those directly involved, administration seeks input from seniors and their parents related to possible alternate graduation dates and arrangements. To assist in planning considerations, survey will be delivered in a separate email message going only to seniors and their families on Thursday, April 9.

     

    Harper Promise Scholarship Information

    Leaders of Harper College and local high school districts worked together to adjust this year’s eligibility criteria for students interested in fulfilling qualifications for the Harper Promise Scholarship program. Information about how students can meet this year’s expectations and remain eligible for the Harper Promise Scholarship, including seniors, is available here. All students involved in the Promise program can expect to receive eligibility information directly from Harper College before the end of the week of April 6.

     

  • April 1, 2020 Update

    Updated: April 1, 2020

    By Executive Order on Wednesday, April 1, Governor JB Pritzker extended statewide school closure through Thursday, April 30, 2020. (more information)

    All extra-curricular activities and school-sponsored trips, including all practices, competitions, and events, are cancelled during this time.

    District 211 e-learning (or remote learning) will continue through April 30, 2020. Information on e-learning is available here.

    Superintendent's Update Email to Parents & Students (emailed April 1, 2020)

    Additional information regarding extended school closure will be communicated through District and school website postings as well as emails, and if necessary, through the District's emergency communication system via phone call or text message.

    Information about COVID-19 is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website as well as the IDPH website. Also, FAQs about the Coronavirus and schools from the IDPH are posted here. High School District 211 will continue to follow recommendations provided by the IDPH and CDC. In the event District 211 receives additional information about the Coronavirus, and any additional precautions that should be taken, students, parents, staff, and community members will be informed appropriately. Resource information for helping parents and families cope with the impact of the Coronavirus is available here (en Español).

  • March 21, 2020 Update

    Updated: March 21, 2020

    On Friday, March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor JB Pritzker extended the period of statewide school closure through Tuesday, April 7, with Wednesday, April 8 established as the tentative date targeted for students to return to school. (more information here)  

    All extra-curricular activities and school-sponsored trips, including all practices, competitions, and events, are cancelled during this time.

    District 211 e-learning will begin on Monday, March 30. Additional information about this date will be sent during the week of March 23-27. Information on District 211 e-learning days is available here.

    Email to Parents and Students - emailed March 13, 2020 (pdf)

    Additional information regarding extended school closure will be communicated through District and school website postings, and if necessary, through the District's emergency communication system via phone call or text message.

    Information about COVID-19 is available on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website as well as the IDPH website. Also, FAQs about the Coronavirus and schools from the IDPH are posted here. High School District 211 will continue to follow recommendations provided by the IDPH and CDC. In the event District 211 receives additional information about the Coronavirus, and any additional precautions that should be taken, students, parents, staff, and community members will be informed appropriately. Resource information for helping parents and families cope with the impact of the Coronavirus is available here (en Español).

  • March 16, 2020 Update

    Updated: March 16, 2020

    Late on Friday, March 13, 2020 Illinois Governor JB Pritzker ordered that all public and private schools in Illinois be closed from March 17, 2020 through March 30, 2020. (more information here)

    All extra-curricular activities and school-sponsored trips, including all practices, competitions, and events, are cancelled during this time.

    Additional information regarding extended school closure will be communicated through District and school website postings, and if necessary through the District's emergency communication system via phone call or text message.

  • March 13, 2020 Update

    Updated: March 13, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

    The health and well-being of students and staff is the top priority in High School District 211.  The response plans below focus on ways that our District 211 community can help prevent further spread of the virus and protect us all.

    At the end of school on Friday, March 13, all District 211 schools will be closed for students on Monday, March 16 and will remain closed at least through the end of the day on Sunday, March 29, the last day of spring vacation.

    At the end of the school day on Friday, March 13, all extra-curricular activities and school-sponsored trips, including all practices, competitions and events, are cancelled at least through Sunday, March 29.

    Email to Parents and Students - emailed March 13, 2020 (pdf)

  • March 2, 2020 Update

    Updated: March 2, 2020

    With recent concerns over an outbreak of a new virus called COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has distributed information and guidance for schools across the state.  This virus causes a respiratory illness that includes fever, cough, and shortness of breath that can begin 2 to 14 days after exposure.  The IDPH advises that any student returning to the local community after having traveled to China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea should not attend school until 14 days have passed from the return date.  School absences following the return from China will be marked as excused on the student’s attendance record.

    During this influenza season, High School District 211 custodial staff are taking precautions concentrated on enhanced cleaning procedures throughout each school, as is the District 211 transportation department in cleaning school buses.  The following precautions are generally recommended for all individuals to help prevent the spread of germs from person to person:

    • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Stay home when you are sick. 

     

    e-Learning Public Hearing Message from the Superintendent (emailed March 2, 2020)

  • February 27, 2020 Update

    Message to Parents, Students, and Staff Members  (emailed February 27, 2020)