2021-2022 Return to School
Planning for the 2021-22 School Year
August 2, 2021
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we look ahead to the 2021-22 school year, we are planning for all students to return to WTHS for in-person learning on our normal eight-period bell schedule. We are extremely excited to plan for a full schedule of in-person instruction.
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), based on guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), has provided some tentative updated information regarding continued increased health requirements for this school year. The requirements provided below are effective at WTHS starting August 2. They are the result of updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released July 9 and subsequently updated July 26.
- Masks will be required for all individuals in schools during the school day, except for specific purposes where removal of the mask is necessary (such as eating lunch).
- Masks are required of all individuals at all times on school buses. School buses fall under the same public health guidelines as public transportation.
- We will maintain social distancing of at least 3 feet (rather than 6 feet) between students within classrooms, but not if it would be a barrier to in-person learning.
- Individuals should not come to school if they have symptoms on the IDPH
COVID-19 updated list, which includes a temperature above 100.4 degrees. However, students are no longer required to use the District’s online daily form for self-certification prior to coming to school. No temperature checks will be required upon entry to school.
- Schools will provide remote instruction for students who have not received a
COVID-19 vaccine or who are not eligible for a vaccine, only while they are under quarantine, as consistent with guidance or requirements from the Lake County Health Department or the IDPH.
We anticipate receiving additional guidelines and/or details on these items from ISBE and/or IDPH in the weeks ahead. We will also be prepared to transition between different mitigation efforts over the course of this school year. We will continue to update our District families as we learn more.
As always, thank you for your ongoing flexibility and support!
John P. Ahlgrim, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools