Overview for 2021-2022 School Year

  • As part of our COVID-19 mitigation strategies, School District U-46 has partnered with the University of Illinois to test unvaccinated students, teachers, and staff members for COVID-19 infection. Consenting to this voluntary routine screening may allow your student to stay in school when they otherwise may need to quarantine and miss in-person instruction. We are seeking your consent to test your unvaccinated child for the COVID-19 infection and ask that you complete this form.

    The District is urging parents to ensure their children meet health-related requirements, including having up-to-date physicals and immunization records. Students starting pre-school, kindergarten, 6th, 9th, and 12th grades must show proof of meeting specific state health requirements by the first day of school. The policy aims to ensure a healthy environment for all students. The requirements and necessary forms can be found here.

    Please submit completed health forms on or by the first day of school. More information on submitting proof of completed health requirements can be found here.

    We are also encouraging families who have children ages 12 and up who are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine to have their child vaccinated. A copy of the COVID-19 vaccination record card can be submitted the same way as health forms and will be helpful to the District if there is a COVID-19 outbreak in a school or classroom.

What will elementary school look like?

    • Students can expect a normal school year with full days with their teacher, in their classroom.  Specials (art, music, and PE) occur.
    • Desks/seating will be 3 feet apart to the extent possible. 
    • Masks will be worn by all (students and staff).
    • Before/after school programs resume.
    • Breakfast and lunch served at no charge.
    • Social-emotional support will be embedded in our work.
    • Field trips resume as long as safety protocols can be followed.

What will middle and high school look like?

    • Students attend all day, every day.  Regular schedule (no A/B days).
    • Students should feel like they are back in a normal school...just with masks required, social distancing to the extent possible, and hygiene etiquette, etc.
    • Concerts, plays, extracurricular activities resume, but will follow the prevention strategies (which may include reduced spectators).
    • Breakfast and lunch served at no charge.
    • Field trips resume as long as safety protocols can be followed.
  • students with masks

Updated Federal, State, and Local Guidance

  • August 2021 - ISBE and the Illinois Department of Public Health released their document titled, "Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools."

    July 27, 2021-  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidance to recommend “universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools, regardless of vaccination status”

    July 27, 2021 - Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced it had fully adopted the update from the CDC recommending that masks be worn in indoor settings regardless of an individual’s vaccination status in areas with substantial or high transmission, and recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status

    July 28 - Cook County Health Department “strongly endorses the new CDC guidance calling for universal masking in all schools.” Provides the expectation that schools will follow the masking guidance, and state the use of the term “should” by the CDC does not mean a strategy is optional.

    July 28 - DuPage County Health Department “strongly recommends school districts begin the school year requiring universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.”

    July 29 - Kane County Health Department updates guidance to strongly support “universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors in K-12 schools regardless of vaccination status.” Kane County also emphasizes the term “should” used by the CDC does not mean any strategy is optional.