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Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones

Dear parents and Guardians;


The Illinois State government passed Public Act 102-321, the Excused Student Absence for Mental Health Reasons Act became effective January 1, 2022.

This act allows students to have an excused absence due to the mental or behavioral health of the student.  Students will be allowed up to 5 excused days.  After the student uses 5 days a doctor’s note may be required, and after using 2 days, the student may be referred to the appropriate school support personnel such as our social worker, counselor, or psychologist.

We request that if your child needs to take this absence that you call the school office and state that your child will be using a mental health day.

The Illinois State Board of Education has afforded the district to allow for a temporary at home instructional model along with our existing in-person instruction.  This is currently, our hybrid-learning model.  The hybrid-learning model affords every student to learn at home and in-person as we continue to monitor the surge in COVID cases.  Upon students return to full in-person learning all students must bring their chrome books back into the classroom. 

The new COVID Guidance is available for all to read.  Students and staff who are vaccinated as well as students and staff who are unvaccinated and test positive for COVID will have to isolate and quarantine for 5 days.  Whole classrooms no longer have to quarantine.  Only the student or staff member who test positive must be isolated and quarantined for a minimum of 5 days and up to a maximum of 10 days.  A negative COVID test is required to return to school.  We will continue to monitor the rest of the students for any symptoms.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the district office at (708) 868-8300.


Dr. Shelly Davis Jones, Superintendent


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