Dear District 86 Community,
During the board of education meeting on June 23, I provided an interim update about our return to school plan for the 2021-22 school year that was focused primarily on the latest information from the Illinois Department of Public Health. You can access this update by visiting
As part of this update, I shared that, per the resolution passed by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) on May 19, all District 86 students will resume in-person instruction on a full-time basis when the 2021-22 school year begins on Aug. 26. Barring any changes to the guidance at the local or state level, the only people who may be considered for an exception (i.e., remote learning) include:

  • Individuals who are not eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (i.e., people under the age of 12).
  • Individuals who have a documented medical condition that prevents them from getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Please note that this only applies to the students themselves. It no longer includes other people in a household who have a health issue. 

Students who have a documented medical condition that prevents them from getting the vaccine may request to start the school year in a remote instructional model. In these cases, we will work with parents/guardians to create or modify a 504 plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP) for their children. Any student who begins the year learning remotely will be enrolled in and receive their instruction through the Illinois Virtual School

If you have a student with a documented medical condition and would like to learn more about the remote learning option, please use the form found at to request additional information.

Thank you for your time and attention to this message. 


Tammy Prentiss