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An Update from Superintendent Harkin: ISBE Emergency Rules

Good Evening Parents and Guardians, 

I would like to provide our community with a brief update regarding student masking and the next steps for the district.

On February 14, 2022, the Illinois State Board of Education’s (ISBE) emergency rules expired. These rules addressed school district employee vaccination or testing requirements, exclusions due to COVID-19, contract tracing responsibilities, and revised definitions for quarantine. These emergency rules did not specifically address the Governor’s Executive Order requiring masking in schools, reissued on February 4, 2022.  

As you likely know, the district is awaiting a ruling on the outcome of the Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) related to the Governor’s Executive Order in the appellate court.  We are expecting this ruling by February 17, 2022. Accordingly, the district continues to follow the Governor’s mask mandate and will comply with the appellate court’s ruling once it is issued.

As shared at Friday night’s board meeting, the district’s COVID-19 positivity metrics continue to trend in a favorable direction. Tomorrow, I plan to share updated and detailed information in relation to this data with our families that outlines the district’s future transition to a mask-recommended learning environment.  

Sincerely,

Susan Harkin