Wearing of Face Coverings

  • Consistent with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health, students, staff, visitors, volunteers and contractors must wear face coverings at all times while in school buildings (except when eating or if necessary to play an instrument), on school buses, and outside when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. Students are expected to wear a face covering to school each day. Students who arrive at school without a face covering will be provided a disposable face covering at no cost.

    The only exemptions to the face covering requirement are for students who are younger than two years of age, have trouble breathing, or are incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the cover without assistance. Students who have medical conditions that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering may also be provided with appropriate accommodations to ensure the safety of that student and the rest of the school community. 

    A note from the student’s physician will be required for a student requesting an exemption from the face covering requirement. District personnel will contact the parents/guardians of all students requesting exemptions to discuss appropriate accommodations. To request an exemption to the face covering requirement and an appropriate accommodation in lieu of a face covering for your student, please contact your school’s principal.

    Contact information for your school’s principal can be found on the District 15 website > Our Schools.

    Students who refuse to wear face coverings, including those students whose parents/guardians prohibit the use of face coverings, may be required to participate in remote learning. In addition, students who refuse to wear face coverings may be subject to disciplinary consequences consistent with the Student Code of Conduct and Board Policy 7:190 Student Behavior.