As you may know, on Friday, July 9, 2021, state and federal agencies released a great deal of updated information related to the operation of schools. To summarize: 

  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its guidance for the operation of K-12 schools, and this information is linked HERE
  • The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) immediately announced that it fully adopted the CDC guidance. The statement from the IDPH is linked HERE
  • State Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carmen Ayala issued a declaration mandating in-person learning Illinois schools with limited exceptions, and this is also linked HERE

While this information is welcomed, we still require clarification on several issues. We anticipate these questions will be answered quickly, and plan to release updated procedures for full in-person learning in the coming school year. Stay tuned for more information. The summer has been busy preparing for the reopening of school in August, we look forward to seeing our students and staff safe in our buildings again, and thank you for your continued support.

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. 


Latest Guidance for COVID-19 Prevention in Schools 7/9/2021

Revised Public Health Guidance for Schools

CDC Operational Strategy for K-12 Schools

Department of Education

Update on Variants






Restore Illinois Mitigation Plan:


Brochure for Patient Access Center

Healthcare Access Guide Lake County (Section on Primary

Updated FAQ's

IDPH Additional Guidance - FAQ Released August 20th, 2020

Decision Tree

IDPH COVID19 Exclusion Decision Tree