Recent Illinois Health Department Resources: 

CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools

Department of Education

Update on Variants






Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan:


The entire state moved into Phase 4 of the governor’s Restore Illinois plan on June 26.  Since we are still not in Phase 5 (“Illinois Restored”), it is important to know that any possible return to campus will look and feel very different than it has in the past. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has issued the following requirements for schools to reopen under Phase 4:

a. Masks or face shields will be required to be worn by all faculty, staff, and students.
b. Extensive building cleaning would occur throughout the day and in the evening.
c. Social distancing protocols must be followed and class sizes significantly reduced
d. Large group gatherings or activities of more than 50 people will not be allowed to meet.

Lake County Department of Health Hot Line: 847-377-8130

As the health and safety of our nearly 2,800 students and 350 faculty and staff is our first and foremost priority, we worked this past summer to prepare for the implementation of the guidelines from the IDPH and the ISBE, as well as the Centers for Disease Control. In addition to the requirements listed above, students, faculty, and staff that have returned to campus are required to follow these additional safety and health precautions:

  • A shared commitment to enhanced daily hygiene practices
  • Daily symptom-checking and self-screening.

While risk cannot be eliminated altogether, we believe that by following the advice of our medical partners, and the health and safety guidelines from the CDC, IDPH, and the ISBE, we can significantly reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus on campus. Doing so, however, will require a shared commitment by all of us to take care of ourselves and each other with care and compassion.

Additionally, CHSD 117 has implemented a robust return-to-school plan that will provide all our students a safe, healthy learning environment and will provide all our students the same rigorous, supportive, high-quality education that our families expect. But this year, this learning experience will look a little different. In addition to new procedures and policies that follow ISBE/IDPH guidelines, the current plan is that CHSD 117 will return to school while implementing a mostly remote learning strategy that will limit the number of students in our buildings.