Start of the School Year

Start of the School Year

First Day for Students: August 17, 2020

Message sent to all D99 students, staff and famlies at 4 p.m. on August 4, 2020

First Day for Students: August 17, 2020

Hello District 99 Community,

Last night our Board of Education unanimously approved the district’s recommended “Modified Hybrid Plan” to start the school year on Monday, August 17. After this first week, we will move to Full Remote Learning. During this time we will prepare our staffing schedules, so that we can resume following a Hybrid Schedule in September, if it is safe to return based on IDPH health metrics. 

If your family wants your student to opt-out of any in-person learning, we have extended the deadline to this Friday, August 7. Please click here to opt out of the in-person learning of the hybrid model. If you previously submitted a form, but wish to now attend In-Person Learning, please call your school or email

The Board approved a revised 2020-21 school calendar. Please follow the links below for school schedules:

Week of August 17 only:

August 24 - September 4 - Remote Learning

Starting September 8 (if conditions allow) - Hybrid Learning: Group A Schedule (last name A-L) and Group B Schedule (last name M-Z).

NOTE:  See this Special Education Parent Resource Document for information about special education services and supports. At this time, the special education populations at both North High and South High will follow the Hybrid and Remote schedules in the same fashion as their peers. T99 students will follow a different schedule outlined here. We will communicate more about support for students with special needs in the coming weeks.

Information will be sent out in the coming days from your principal on how to pick up PPE if your student is returning in the first week of school to in-person learning or how to pick up all materials if you are choosing Fully Remote Learning. Individual student schedules will be released to students the week before school starts as we are still making some adjustments based on class and room sizes to ensure social distancing. Please be sure to read information that arrives from the school or the district in the coming weeks.

Thank you to those of you who spent so much time and energy creating our evolving plan and the passion everyone has shown for providing a positive experience for our students. The teachers, parents, staff and students who served on committees spent many hours considering various options and contributing input and ideas. It was truly a collaborative effort.

Thank you also to our Board of Education members, who volunteer their time to serve our community. In my five years working with the Board, we have been through many tough situations, conflicts and decisions. I appreciate their partnership in finding a positive path forward for our community.

We don’t know what the future will bring. Health metrics may change tomorrow, and we may need to adjust. What I do know is that we will be supportive of one another as we construct the best learning schedule and environment for our students and staff. 

Thank you,

Dr. Hank Thiele
District 99 Superintendent