August 25, 2020 Update

We are preparing information to go out to our families to better detail what school will look like this year for both remote-only and hybrid students. We expect to have these letters to our families tomorrow.

We have mailed student pre-certification slips, lanyards, and clear pouches to students participating in hybrid learning. Watch your mail for these important items. As a reminder, all students attending school in-person must have a signed pre-certification slip in order to enter a school bus or building. Click here for more information about the pre-certification slip process.

We have put together another parent resource to support our families going into this school year. This Parent Resources page is linked in the menu to the right, and is also linked here. Included on this page are building tours, tips for supporting your students and more.

August 18, 2020 Update

At last night’s Board meeting, the Board approved a change to the elementary alternating schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Instead of attending school in person two full days a week with the other three days remote, students will instead attend school for half days five days each week. Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend school from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m. and students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend school from 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. When not participating in face-to-face instruction, students will participate in remote learning at home. With this change, lunches will not be served. All specials (art, physical education, music, health) will be completed during remote learning.

Because of this change, families who previously requested remote-only learning for their elementary students may change to in-person learning. To make this change, please contact the District Office at 847-464-6005 by the end of the day Thursday, August 20th. Unfortunately, change requests cannot be honored for middle and high school students. 

The District is moving forward with the hybrid plan for middle school and high school schedules with students attending full days on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. The other three days will be remote learning days for students. All students continue to have the option to participate in remote-only instruction.

The District is preparing the pre-certification slips and lanyards for students and these will be mailed soon to our families participating in in-person instruction. Our Transportation Department has created this video to share some changes that are being made to provide a safer bus ride to and from school. We encourage you to view this video with your students to help prepare them for the start of the school year.

August 16, 2020 Update

Please click here to view an update shared with families and staff on Sunday, August 16th.

August 11, 2020 Update

Guidance for Face Coverings

In accordance with guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education, all individuals, including students, staff and visitors, must wear a face covering when present in school. Any individual not wearing a face covering will not be permitted to enter any Central 301 facility. All persons on a bus must wear a face covering, in addition to, present a pre-certification form as part of a lanyard they will be wearing. 

In accordance with the guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), face coverings must completely cover the nose, mouth and: 

  • Be snug but comfortable against the sides of the face
  • Need to be secured with ties or ear loops 
  • Must allow breathing without restriction
  • Be able to be washed and machine dried without damage or change to the shape (Medical grade surgical masks that are disposable daily is the exception)

Any mask that incorporates a valve or is designated to facilitate easy exhaling is not a sufficient face covering as they allow droplets to be released from the mask and are NOT permitted. 

Masks may NOT include: 

  • Masks with openings, holes, vents, visible gaps in the design such as Bandanas, Plastic PPE face shield with no mask underneath
  • Bandanas, or coverings that do not fit securely around the mouth, or are open around the mouth.
  • Lace masks, bead masks, knit masks made of yarn

*All face coverings must meet school dress code guidelines in terms of logos, images, and language. 

Face coverings should be discarded and replaced when: 

  • They no longer cover the nose and mouth securely
  • Have stretched out or have damaged ties or straps
  • Can no longer stay on the face, or over the nose
  • Have tears or damage in the fabric

Face coverings are not required outside if social distancing is maintained. This means individuals are remaining 6 feet apart from each other and are not congregating. Individuals may temporarily remove their face covering while eating and drinking when they are spaced at least 6 feet apart. 

Key Points About Face Coverings 

  • Be careful not to touch your eyes, nose and mouth while wearing face coverings to prevent potential contamination.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer before putting on a face covering or face shield. 
  • Remove your face covering or face shield carefully and wash your hand thoroughly after removing or use hand sanitizer 
  • Wash the face covering after each use daily. 
  • Do not reuse disposable masks
  • Label the mask/face covering with your child’s name using a permanent marker. 
  • Consider purchasing multiple masks to utilize over the course of the week. 
  • Consider sending an extra mask in a plastic bag to school with your child as a backup.
  • Wearing a face covering does not replace the need to continue frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face and practicing social distancing, which are our best tools to help prevent the spread of illness. 


Bandanas do not provide the same coverage as a cloth mask. Since cloth masks provide more protection than bandanas. The use of bandana face covering will not be allowed as a medical accommodation for individuals who are unable to wear a face mask. 

Face Shields 

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has determined that face shields cannot be used as substitutes for face masks. There may be a small minority of individuals who have a medical accommodation related to face masks. If face shields can be tolerated, face shields might be utilized in these situations. Face shields have limitations and there is a need for heightened need for strict adherence to social distancing. 

Exceptions for Face Covering 

Persons with a medical condition that prevents them from safely wearing a face covering may seek a reasonable accommodation. Exceptions will not be considered for persons who have a personal objection, or preference. Exceptions must come in the form of a medical exception and must include a written letter signed by a medical doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner, outlining that wearing a face covering poses a medical risk to the individual’s physical well-being and is medically contraindicated. 

Face covering exceptions pose a risk to other individuals and will only be granted when accommodations can be made to protect the safety of others. All exception requests will be considered on a case-by-case and individual basis if a person’s medical needs can be safely accommodated. All exceptions, if granted, will require strict compliance with an individualized safety plan and may exclude the individual from certain activities that may pose an increased risk to others. Safety plans are determined based on feedback from the medical professional in collaboration with the school nurse and/or building administrator. 

Exception Considerations include: 

  • The ability to protect the safety of others
  • Whether the person’s medical condition is conducive to in-person attendance, or if student needs would be best met remotely. 
  • The person’s behavior and capacities, including to control secretions, cover mouth/nose when sneezing and coughing. 
  • The person’s ability to maintain a six foot physical distance from others at all times.
  • The person’s ability to tolerate wearing a face covering (May consider the option of an alternative face covering such as a face shield) 
  • The person’s ability to wash hands with/without assistance and ability/safety of use of hand sanitizer. 
  • Exclusion of the person when any symptom of illness is present, regardless of cause which includes allergies. 
  • Wearing a face covering or face shield does not replace the need to continue frequent hand washing, avoiding touching the face and practicing social distancing. 

August 4, 2020 Update

At the Board of Education meeting on Monday, August 3rd, it was determined that we will be moving forward with the alternating schedule for the 2020-2021 school year. Students with last names beginning with A-K will attend school face-to-face on Mondays and Thursdays and participate in remote learning Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Students with last names beginning with L-Z will attend school face-to-face on Tuesdays and Fridays and participate in remote learning Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Families with students with different last names will be placed in the same rotation. Students who have chosen the full remote option will learn remotely all five days. Please note that the 4-day plan was not feasible due to cost, classroom space, resources, etc.; therefore, we are unable to offer this option.  We are hopeful that having this decision will provide you with information necessary for you to plan for your childcare needs. 

Students who are in specialized programs (LEADS, ALOP, STAR and Life Skills) along with a select number of K-8 students currently receiving more than five related services, will attend school all four days. Families that qualify for the four day option will be notified by a district administrator by Friday, August 7, 2020.

July 28, 2020 Update

A special Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, August 3rd at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office. The purpose of the meeting is to provide an update on the Central 301 Pathway to Reopening plan. The meeting will be conducted in person but public seating is limited to 15 spots. Seating is on a first come basis. All guests must wear a face mask and social distance inside the Board meeting room. Public comment will occur both in person and also by email.  Members of the public are encouraged to join the meeting remotely.  Those joining remotely and wishing to make public comments should email Pam Israelson prior to 5:30 p.m. on August 3rd. This is the only public comment session offered at this meeting.   Members of the public who would like to view the meeting may do so via the 301 Board of Education YouTube Channel stream starting at 6:00 p.m.  This meeting will be recorded as a podcast, and will be posted later in the week on the website.  The meeting agenda will be posted to  BoardBook on Friday by 4:00 p.m.  You can access BoardBook through the Board of Education tab on the district website under the Board Meeting tab. 

July 21, 2020 Update

At the Board meeting held on Monday, July 20th, the District’s Pathway to Reopening plan was presented. Please click here to view this plan.

Additionally, the Board approved a change to the 2020-2021 school calendar. With this new calendar, the school year will begin for staff on Monday, August 24th. Students will report on Monday, August 31st. Please note that we are still reviewing the quarter and semester end dates and they are subject to change. Click here to view the updated calendar.

Parents and guardians who have not yet submitted their Skyward form to indicate their preferred schedule for their student(s) need to submit this online form by Wednesday, July 22nd. Any students who do not have a submitted form will be assigned to the alternating day schedule. Please log into your Skyward Parent Portal to complete this form.

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