High School District 214’s Board of Education has waived student registration fees for all students for the 2020-2021 school year. Board members voted during their June 11 meeting to suspend the $425 fee in response to ongoing, community-wide economic disruptions created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“In addition to our fiduciary responsibilities, we are obligated as board members to demonstrate an awareness of significant events and trends in our community,” said Board President Dan Petro. “The reality for many of our families is that a loss of jobs or reduced hours has made it difficult to buy groceries or to meet housing or utility payments. The board has suspended registration fees for one year as a means of offering a measure of relief.”
Having made it a priority to take into account the economic impact on many families of the COVID-19 pandemic, District 214 has identified cost savings elsewhere to offset revenue typically generated by registration fees.
The $425 registration fee covers such items as textbooks rental, instructional materials, digital learning, school calendars, physical education shirts and locks, a pass to regular season home activities, an iPad Protection Plan and the school newspaper.
In addition to waiving the registration fee, the Board voted to suspend the co-curricular participation fee until further determinations can be made concerning how co-curricular events will be phased back in and structured under state of Illinois guidelines and directives. Similarly, the fee for the Behind-the-Wheel portion of Drivers Education will be suspended until further determinations can be made.
Parking lot fees will remain in place, as will a bus transportation fee for students who live less than 1.5 miles from school.
Some parents already have indicated that they are able to pay student registration fees and would prefer to do so. “We appreciate that these families have reached out to us; we suggest that in lieu of paying the fees, they consider a donation to the District 214 Education Foundation’s #214Cares fund,” Petro said.
This fund - which has raised more than $90,000 since its March launch - supports District 214 families who have had trouble meeting basic living expenses due to pandemic-related economic disruptions. Details and ways to contribute may be found at www.214foundation.org.
District 214 also encourages parents who might be eligible for free or reduced meal benefits to apply through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.