Office of the Superintendent

Dear Frankfort 157-C Families,

The goal of our District Task Force has always been to develop a sustainable plan to allow students and staff to safely return to school this fall and we are committed to continuing this work. We want nothing more than to welcome our students back into our schools. Unfortunately, due to last-minute directives from the state, we cannot bring students back at this time.

On June 23, our State Board of Education, along with the Illinois Department of Health and the Governor urged school districts to open schools and they provided specific guidelines we needed to follow to safely reopen.  Our District Task Force quickly went to work with the guidelines and was able to present a sound plan to the Board of Education on July 15 with the recommendation to provide two pathways for learning, full time in-person and full time remote.  Unfortunately, as has been the trend all summer, we received new guidance from the Illinois Department of Health, late in the day on August 12.  Receiving this new information from the state with drastic implications just days before the start of the school year has been frustrating and challenging.   This new guidance includes many additional requirements that prohibit us to open our doors for in-person learning as previously scheduled for August 24.   Therefore, it has been decided by the Board of Education at the emergency meeting today to begin the school year with a full remote learning plan for all students.

I will keep you informed as we work through this new guidance to determine if, how, and when we can return to in-person learning. In the meantime, we will start the year off with remote learning on Monday, August 31 for first through eighth grade students and Preschool and Kindergarten students starting on Tuesday, September 8.  Additional information will follow regarding technology device and material pick-up.   All students received their class teacher assignments and schedules in the Back-to-School packet or via Power School on August 7.  Students who chose the remote learning option will be placed back with their original classroom teacher(s) and schedule.

                    UPDATED School Calendar for the 2020-2021 School Year

  • August 31- Meet the teacher/team for supply pick-up by appointment for Grades 1-8
  • September 1 – First Day of School for all Students in grades 1-8 for Full Remote Learning
  • September 1-4 – Meet the teacher for individual assessment and supply pick-up for Kindergarten by appointment (August 18 Kindergarten Meet and Greet – canceled)
  • September 8 – First  Day of School for Pre-K and Kindergarten Full Remote Learning

I am certain this news will sadden our students and staff.  I share in this great sadness, as I know the best place for our students is in our classrooms with our excellent teaching staff.  However, as I shared with you throughout this pandemic, we must continue to be flexible and work together.  We cannot let these obstacles prevent us from doing our very best for our students.  Again, I ask that as the adults we set the example for our students and rise up to meet these new challenges in a positive manner.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership in educating the children of Frankfort 157-C.


Maura Zinni, Superintendent of Schools