Back-to-School Toolkit

District 58 will welcome students and families back to school on Thursday, Aug. 26. To help families prepare, here is some helpful back to school information.

Impact of COVID-19 on 2021-22 school year

District 58 is committed to opening the 2021-22 school year as "normal" as possible. District 58 will follow all State health protocols while maximizing instruction and minimizing educational disruptions. Illinois State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala declared that, starting next school year, all schools must provide full in-person learning for all students, provided that remote instruction is available for students not eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine AND who are under a quarantine.  Unless State COVID-19 protocols change, the District intends to follow a typical school day schedule, offer extracurricular activities, and resume its Optional Kindergarten Enrichment and Enhancement Program (OKEEP). When District 58 receives more definitive 2021-22 guidance from the State, we will promptly communicate with our community. District 58 will offer remote instruction to students who have a medical exemption. View District 58's COVID-19 resources. View an overview of how District 58 navigates instruction during a global pandemic.

2021-22 Calendar

View the 2021-22 calendar.

Key dates:

  • First Day of School: Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021
  • Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 24-26, 2021
  • Winter Break: Dec. 20, 2021-Jan. 3, 2022
  • Spring Break: March 28-April 1, 2022
  • Last Day of School: Tuesday, June 7, 2022 (if no emergency days are used)

Plus, District 58 will resume its Professional Learning Mondays program in 2021-22! Next school year, on every Monday, students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. to allow teachers time for professional learning. This dedicated time helps teachers implement new curriculum resources, improve their instructional practice, and better provide students with high-quality learning experiences. 

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is a time for parents to meet as a group with their children’s teachers to learn about the curriculum for the various grade levels and ask questions. Here is the schedule below; exact meeting times will be communicated over the summer.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

  • El Sierra, Fairmount, Indian Trail, Kingsley, Hillcrest
  • Herrick 7th Grade

Wednesday, Sept. 8

  • Herrick 8th Grade

Thursday, Sept. 9

  • Belle Aire, Henry Puffer, Highland, Lester, Pierce Downer, Whittier
  • O’Neill

2021-22 School Supply Lists

Please visit District 58's School Supply Lists page.

Health Examination and Immunization Requirements

View student health examination and immunization requirements (Spanish). There are specific requirements for students entering preschool, kindergarten, second grade and sixth grade, as well as for all new students. Visit the Health Services page for more information. Please note that these vaccinations and/or health examinations are required by state law even though the District is in remote learning. 

Schools of 58 Parent Handbook

The 2021-22 Schools of 58 Handbook will be published in late summer. It is important to annually review this handbook to understand District 58’s procedures. 

Registration information

Learn more about District 58 student registration. Plus, access the below links to pay fees.

  • Pushcoin (Pay K-8 registration fees)
  • E-pay (For preschool tuition)

Bus Routes

District 58 will share bus routes approximately one week before school starts. Bus routes frequently change in August as new students register and require a bus stop, which is why route information isn't shared until mid-August. We appreciate your patience and will share bus route information as early as we can.

Before- and After-School Care

District 58 partners with Champions to provide onsite before- and after-school care at its elementary schools. In addition, several schools partner with outside childcare organizations to provide transportation to and from these locations. Please contact your individual school for more information.

Family Resources

Visit the Family Resources page to access information regarding communications, fees and fee waivers, student accident insurance and more.

Teacher Assignments

District 58 will tentatively email elementary parents with their child’s teacher assignment for the 2021-22 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Middle school students will receive their class schedule during Locker Setup Night on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

Kindergarten/New Families

Visit our Kindergarten Resource page for helpful kindergarten information. Some of the information on this page will also be helpful for new/transfer families as well.