District 86 students to return in-person next month

Story provided by Joliet Public Schools District 86 media relations | 7/16/2021, 6 a.m.
More than 10,000 Joliet Public Schools District 86 students are expected to return to school full time on Aug. 18, ...

More than 10,000 Joliet Public Schools District 86 students are expected to return to school full time on Aug. 18, 2021. Open Houses for students and families are scheduled for Aug. 16 or Aug. 17 depending on the school. Times and details are posted on www.joliet86.org.

In addition, a policy to implement a Remote Educational Program for District 86 students was approved by the District 86 Board of School Inspectors at its July 14th board meeting after Supt. Theresa Rouse thoroughly outlined the concept. Space is limited and priority given to students who have a medical necessity that prevents them from attending school in person or students who reside with an individual with serious medical conditions.

“We are pleased to offer our families this remote learning option for their children,” Rouse said. “The program will help meet the individual learning needs of student who are not able to attend school in person.”

The curriculum will align to the Illinois Learning Standards and follow the District 86 school calendar. Students in the remote program will be required to complete all state mandated assessments in person. Remote classrooms will be comprised of students throughout the district.

Remote learning is a year-long commitment. Once students are approved for the remote program, they must remain in the program for the entire 2021-22 school year. Due to space limitations, not all applicants will be approved.

Interested families, living within the Joliet District 86 boundaries, must complete and return the remote educational application by August 1st to the J.F. Kennedy Administrative Center, 420 N. Raynor Avenue, to be considered for the program. More information, including the application, is available at https://www.joliet86.org/students-parents/return-to-learn/ No late applications will be accepted.

Joliet Public Schools District 86, currently the fourth largest elementary school district in Illinois, serves approximately 10,500 students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grade at 21 schools in the city of Joliet.