Return to School Plan

Current Stage and Situation

Effective November 30 and extending until January 19, High School District 214 will be in an adaptive pause, which means temporarily reverting to remote learning. District 214 anticipates serving limited special populations in-person during the adaptive pause. Teachers will continue to work from their classrooms. However, out of an abundance of caution, staff will primarily work remotely the first week after Winter Break, as COVID-19 symptoms typically appear 5 to 7 days after exposure.  

This adaptive pause resulted from District 214 tracking the school metrics for the North Cook Public Health District and observing that all five of the metrics were consistently in the substantial community spread range for three consecutive weeks. Additionally, on November 20, Governor Pritzker implemented Tier 3 Resurgence Mitigations for the entire state.

Beginning January 19 and continuing through the third quarter, District 214 will implement a plan to maximize the opportunity for in-person attendance for those who would like to attend more frequently while maintaining social distance requirements.

Toward that end, families that have completed an in-person learning agreement have been asked to notify District 214 if they intend to send their child to school, in-person, for the third quarter, by completing a brief in-person learning commitment survey in Infinite Campus by December 18.  

Individual classroom capacity is limited due to social distancing requirements. Based on the response to the survey, District 214 will accommodate as many students as it can safely do on a daily basis. If a student has an interest in attending one particular class but not all classes in their schedule, he or she may work with the Associate Principal for Operations to determine if there is an extra seat available in that class. 

The District strongly recommends that students who struggled academically during the first semester attend in-person instruction for the third quarter.

The adaptive pause adopted on November 30 represented a shift from Stage 3 of District 214’s Return to School plan, which had been in effect since October 15 and permitted students to attend class in person for four out of every six instructional days and to participate in remote learning on days when they were not in the buildings. Throughout Stage 3, students also had the option of learning remotely.

Since the beginning of the academic year, students in select programs have been in our schools, and all students have had the opportunity to participate in co-curricular activities onsite, in line with public health guidelines. The District is providing its full range of social-emotional support for students, whether they are attending classes in person or remotely.

The District’s first priority remains the health and safety of staff and students. District 214’s ultimate objective is to get all students back in school in line with public health recommendations. We understand that importance. In the meantime, District 214 continues to deliver an innovative, creative education that meets public health guidelines.

Links and resources

●      District 214 Mitigation Efforts Dashboard

●      Cook County Department of Public Health North Cook School Metrics Dashboard

●      Remote Learning information PDF

●      Remote Learning information PDF (Spanish)

●      Reset, Redfine and Restart PDF - August

●      Superintendent’s COVID Video - August 2020

●      Adjusted Daily Schedule

●      Adjusted Daily Schedule (Spanish)

●      214Cares Campaign for COVID-19 Relief for D214 Families

●      Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

●      Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 homepage

●      Cook County Department of Public Health

●      Meals for Kids Interactive Map  This map, available in English and Spanish, directs families to local sites where kids can obtain free meals.

●      National Hunger Hotline: 1-866-3-HUNGRY or 1-877-8-HAMBRE