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Letter regarding Court Case and Mask Mandate

The following letter went out today to all D219 families and students:

Dear District 219 Community,

District 219 has been committed to following State and Federal guidance in implementing risk mitigation measures since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal to maintain a safe school environment and provide the best possible education for our students has remained consistent.

On Friday, Feb. 4, a judge in Sangamon County Illinois temporarily suspended enforcement of Governor Pritzker’s executive orders and related emergency orders pertaining to COVID-19 mitigation measures for school districts named in the lawsuit. The decision is being appealed by the Illinois Attorney General.

District 219 is not part of the lawsuit. District 219 is maintaining its current mitigation measures including the mask requirement for all students, staff and visitors. In addition, the District will continue to follow current exclusion protocols as we monitor the appeal process. Our decision is based on consultation with our attorney firm.

When the case is fully settled, and a final decision made following all appeals, District 219 will work with our attorneys on the analysis of the court ruling. We will continue to keep our community informed of all decisions surrounding the health and safety of our students, staff and visitors as we work toward our goal to maintain exceptional in-person learning.

Sincerely,

Dr. Steven Isoye

Superintendent