• Cover your face. Help save lives.

    COVID-19, Remote Learning, and Return Planning

    We have created this website to provide easier access to important information related to District 65's continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic including Remote Learning and In-Person return plans. We will continue to update this site as new information becomes available!

    As Superintendent Horton has shared in our weekly updates, our priority remains the health and safety of our District 65 community. If health conditions remain stable, we look to welcome our students and staff back in phases. Please understand that plans are subject to change based on health conditions and continued guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education.


D65 SACC Remote Learning Camps / Specialized Programs for Students with IEPS

Week of October 5:
Return of approximately 86 students through D65 SACC Remote Learning Camps as well as students

Students with IEPS in programs at Park, Rice, RISE (Rigorous Individualized Specialized Program) at King Arts, STEP (Structured Teaching Education Program) at Lincoln, and at the JEH Early Childhood Center


Return to In-Person Learning (Partial Return for PreK-6 Grade Students

Date: November 16
As recommended in the guidance issued by the Illinois State Board of Education, we are placing a high priority on certain student groups, focusing on those who would most benefit from a return to in-person learning. This was also a recommendation of the Superintendent’s Community-based Task Force this summer. Students were prioritized for return based on the following criteria:

  • Special Education: Does the student have an IEP or 504 Plan?
  • Emerging Bilingual (EB): Is the student an Emergent Bilingual?
  • Low Income: Is the student eligible for free or reduced price meals?
  • McKinney Vento: Is the student currently experiencing transitional living?
  • Age: Is the student in Early Childhood (0-5 yrs), Kindergarten, 1st grade, or 2nd grade?

D65 will start by welcoming back PreK-6 grade students with three or more priority flags. The District is exploring options to provide in-person support to 7th and 8th grade students during this same timeframe.


Return of All Students who Requested In-Person Learning

Date: TBD
Student Return: Approximately 49% of families requested in-person learning. Students who did not return in November will return in this phase.

Missing an update? Click here. 

Remote Learning Support

  • Student Support Hotline
    Monday-Thursday; 8:30am-3:30pm

    Access Now

    Tech Support

    Monday-Friday; 8:30am-3:30pm

    (847) 859-8101 (English/Spanish)

  • Celebrating Learning in District 65

    COVID-19 has created challenges for many and the last few months may have been anything but easy. Let's brighten our days with remote learning stories, photos, tips for other families, and appreciation for educators!

    Email: messingerm@district65.net

  • Did you know eating school meals helps our community?

  • Remote Learning Guide for Families