2021-2022 Return to School
Planning for the 2021-22 School Year – Second Semester (updated 1/11/2022)
January 11, 2022
Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we look ahead to the second semester of the 2021-22 school year, we are modifying our Return to School Plan to incorporate anticipated COVID-19 guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), which follows the updated Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released December 27, 2021.
Mitigation strategies and expectations that have been in place this school year, including appropriate mask wearing and social distancing guidelines, are still in effect. We appreciate the cooperation our WTHS community has provided this year as we continue to navigate COVID-19 together.
- 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 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!