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Updated Information Related to Coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020

Dear District 86 Families,

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to spread in Illinois, effective immediately, we are postponing and/or cancelling ALL school assemblies, field trips and evening school events. After-school clubs, music, and athletics will continue to meet until further notice. If you have questions, please contact your school directly.

If we need to close any of our schools and/or District, automated phone calls and email messages will be sent out to all families.  Updates will also be posted on the website ( and on the District Facebook (Joliet Public Schools District 86, Joliet Public Schools District 86 Spanish) and Twitter (@JolietSD86, @Joliet86Spanish) accounts.  Please make sure your child's school has your correct contact information on file.

In the event of an extended District-wide closure, the first five days will be made-up at the end of the school year as emergency days in our pre-established calendar.  Subsequent days, we will provide enrichment e-Learning resources for student learning to continue at home.  We will update you on these plans if they are needed.

While there are NO KNOWN cases in Will County, we are in close contact with the Will County Health Department and will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), State of Illinois, the Illinois State Board of Education, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. If you or an immediate family member come into contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please contact the Will County Health Department immediately.

Please continue to practice good hygiene with your family.  Keep children home if they have a fever or exhibit flu symptoms.  Children must be fever free for at least 24 hours before returning to school.  In addition to daily cleaning, all District 86 schools and facilities will be thoroughly cleaned over Spring Break.

We will keep you updated as additional information becomes available.  Stay healthy and safe!


Theresa R. Rouse, Ed.D.