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An Update Regarding Student Masking: Student Resources and Support Form

Dear D300 Parents and Guardians, 

As shared during my February 11th Superintendent’s Report presentation, after experiencing elevated cases following winter break, District 300’s COVID-19 positivity rates have declined dramatically throughout February. As our student and staff positivity rates continue to fall, District 300 will enter into a new phase of the pandemic: supporting the transition to a mask-recommended environment. While we do not have a specific date at this time, I do want to prepare our families for this transition. 

The transition to a mask-recommended environment will be complex for a district our size. District 300 is the sixth-largest school district in Illinois. We are home to nearly 20,000 students and 2,400 building-level staff, each with a unique perspective or concern, including nearly 1,800 students identified as immunocompromised or with health concerns. Therefore, we anticipate the transition to a mask-recommended environment will be met with optimism and anxiety. 

Therefore, I would like to ask parents and guardians, especially those with immunocompromised students, to reflect on physical or emotional resources your child may require to ensure the safest possible transition to a mask-recommended environment. If your child has a health concern or is immunocompromised, please complete the following formOur Educational Services team will follow up with our families who complete the form. Families can also work with the teachers and building administrators to address any other concerns.

I would like to emphasize that District 300 is fully committed to ensuring all students feel supported in a mask-recommended environment and have the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. As always, we will continue to provide further updates as more information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Susan Harkin
Superintendent