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Back to School 2021-2022

Back to School graphicThis page is designed to provide District 38 community members the latest information and updates for the 2021-2022 school year. 

Please be aware that we will continue to follow situational updates from the CDC, the IDPH, and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), and apply the guidance from these organizations as necessary to support the health and safety of our students and staff.

We look forward to our students, staff, and community working together to provide the best educational experience to every single Sears student.


Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Dear members of The Joseph Sears School community,

We have much to be proud of during this unprecedented time. I hope you will find a moment to recognize and appreciate all that The Joseph Sears School community has accomplished with the best interests of our students always at the forefront. I have witnessed the hard work everyone in the school community has undertaken to understand student learning better and improve best practices last year. We have made extraordinary efforts towards educating our students and empowering them to succeed in their future endeavors.  

This new school year will continue to be full of opportunities to build more resilience. We have learned to be flexible and adjust to the changes we faced in 2020-2021. In fact, last week, we received two updates on guidelines from the state and health department, and we received another update on Monday. Luckily these updates were easy to adjust for, and we hope that future updates will be similar. However, please know that the information provided today, through this video and the Sears to Home, is accurate as of today, August 11, 2021. Additional updates will be shared throughout the school year in our weekly edition of Sears to Home. 

Please watch this full video to learn about our plans for reopening school for students on August 18. 

Back to School 2021-2022

In many ways, this school year may look closer to pre-pandemic times this fall than what our families experienced last year, but we will still be required to maintain measures to keep our students, staff, and the community healthy and safe. This is a team effort.

Our focus remains the same: all students will be prepared to advance and thrive, now and into the future. Please watch this video as I highlight the protocols for a safe and spectacular 2021-2022.


Ms. Kate Donegan
Kenilworth School District No. 38