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Dear Leyden Family:

Yesterday, Gov. JB Pritzker and the Illinois State Board of Education released guidelines for K-12 schools to resume in-person instruction for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.

The 60-page document related to the reopening of schools in the Fall.has been much anticipated and will help us in answering critical questions all of us share about what the upcoming school year will look like in terms of in-person learning, scheduling, transportation, wearing masks, social distancing and other measures intended to keep everyone safe and healthy, while also re-engaging students in the learning process.

Right now, we don’t have all the answers to those questions as this document was released to school districts at the same time it was released to the public. Therefore, we kindly ask for your patience as our staff thoroughly reviews this detailed guidance and implements the suggestions into our district’s own transition plan.

Our school district formed transition teams earlier this month and has already been discussing options.

We have formed four working groups that are ready to jump into action next week. Those groups will address the following topics:

  • Health, Safety, and Equity
  • School Logistics
  • Teaching, Learning, and Scheduling
  • Student and Family Services

This guidance will accelerate conversations centered around this work, and we are confident our district can put forth a plan that prioritizes the health and safety of our students while maintaining a dynamic learning environment.

Based on these new guidelines, Leyden will continue to develop a roadmap that ensures continuity of instruction and delivery of services while meeting the needs of our students, staff, and communities. We will share an update on our planning process in the next few weeks.

Effective and ongoing communication is critical during this time. As such, we will continue to communicate frequently and consistently with you as we understand that you have many questions about what to expect next school year.

We understand that the last few months have been tough, but we thank you for your continued resilience, support, understanding, and flexibility as we navigate through this unexpected circumstance.


Leyden High Schools District 212