Updated CDC Guidelines

Good afternoon, MCHS Families.

Guidance from the CDC for K-12 schools was updated today.  I am writing to clarify a couple things.
First, we still await guidance from ISBE/IDPH, which may or may not align with the CDC guidance.  Once state guidance is released, it will take some time for us to interpret it.  There will be many logistical and legal questions that we will have to figure out in terms of implementation.  Once we have those details, we will share them with all of you.  It could still be a few weeks.
I am one of several hundred Illinois superintendents who have been asking for clear, practical guidance for schools to be issued immediately.  We have been in touch with the Governor, the State Superintendent, ISBE, IDPH, and legislators.  We have also been asking for local control.  However, that does not mean we will get it.  When ISBE issues its guidance for schools, we will be required to follow it as a public school that accepts state and federal dollars and to comply with tort immunity laws.  I share your frustration with the delay in getting this information.
My second reason for writing is for those of you who choose to allow your children to be vaccinated.  We are just over five weeks out from the first day of school, and it takes five weeks (three weeks between doses, followed by two additional weeks) to be fully vaccinated.  There is currently no requirement that students be vaccinated.  I just want to make sure you are aware of the timeline if you are interested.  By the time we find out about quarantine rules, it might make a difference.
Please note that I do not yet have access to e-mails for incoming freshmen families since we have not yet completed registration.  Therefore, please feel free to share this message with any of those families whom you may know.
Thank you for your patience, and I hope you enjoy the remaining weeks of summer!
Craig R. Ortiz, Ed.D.
Morris Community High School District 101