- East St. Louis School District 189
School Begins August 17, 2021!
School begins Tuesday, August 17, 2021!
August 5, 2021
Dear School District 189 Staff, Families, Students, and Stakeholders,
School resumes Tuesday, August 17th, for School Year 2021-2022 and we look forward to welcoming our students back. While many are excited to have a “return to normal,” please know that extensive safety protocols are in place to promote a safe and healthy school environment during the ongoing COVID pandemic. School District 189 will adhere to current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Additionally, we continue to partner with East Side Health District to monitor and respond to local changing conditions.
All students, from preschool through grade 12, will be engaged in full-day in-person learning, five days per week. Remote instruction will only be made available for students while they are under quarantine consistent with guidance or requirements from a local public health department or the Illinois Department of Public Health. These conditions are in accordance with the May 2021 resolution from the Illinois State Board of Education.
We are committed to implementing necessary measures that help ensure the safety of all students and staff. Each campus has temperature scanners, social distancing markers, protective plexiglass dividers, touchless water refill stations, appropriate cleaning supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to support healthy school and work environments. All students and staff, regardless of their vaccination status, will be required to wear face masks consistently and correctly. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students and safety measures are in place specifically for these activities. Each campus has protocols for COVID-19 contact tracing in collaboration with East Side Health District and our Human Resources Department. Further safety details are outlined in our Return to Learn Plan.
The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is widely available for free to students ages 12 and older. While it is not a requirement for eligible students to be vaccinated for COVID, it is highly recommended. School District 189 is partnered with East Side Health District to host a COVID vaccination clinic on Friday, August 13, 2021, that is open to all community residents who are 12 or older. Please contact East Side Health District directly to receive the COVID vaccine for your eligible child or yourself.
School District 189 follows the mandates of IDPH with regard to required school immunizations for students. New students in the district, as well as students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth and ninth grades, must present proof of the required state of Illinois physical examination and immunizations. All students are expected to be in medical compliance prior to beginning school.
On-Site PCR and Rapid COVID-19 Testing
School District 189 will use two on-site testing methods as additional prevention strategies that support a safe learning environment. These include:
- Shield Illinois Test - This saliva-based PCR test will be used weekly to test students for COVID. Staff participation is optional. Shield is a highly sensitive test that identifies those who are asymptomatic carriers of the virus. Results are provided in less than 24 hours. To promote a safe learning environment, parental consent is assumed for students to participate. Parents may request to receive a Shield Exemption Form and complete it based on the student's physical inability to participate or religious restrictions only. Exemption requests must be reviewed and approved prior to student exemptions from participation in the Shield saliva testing program. More information can be found on our website at www.estl189.com
- Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test - This test is available to students and staff who exhibit symptoms associated with COVID-19. This rapid test is administered on-site by our staff with results provided within 15 minutes. Those receiving this test should also take a PCR-based test to verify results.
Return to Learn Plan
Please review the District’s Return to Learn Plan available in English and Spanish. It is also available for review on the school district’s website. Students, parents, as well as community stakeholders, are invited to share feedback regarding the proposed plan via survey by Friday, August 13, 2021. You may access the survey, here: https://forms.gle/mtzhRvzHyYW3VfLv5
While the school year will begin under the outline of the draft Return to Learn Plan, community feedback will be incorporated into the final Return to Learn Plan before it is approved by the Board of Education in late August. Additional revisions may be made based on fluid and changing guidance from the CDC, IDPH, and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). The most current Return to Learn Plan will be posted on our website.
School Uniforms and Supplies
We know that times are tough and parents may have difficulty providing their students with school uniforms and school supplies. Please prioritize providing school uniforms and making basic supplies such as paper, pens, pencils, and highlighters available at home for students to use. Schools will have adequate student supplies of masks, tissues, hand sanitizer, and other PPE. Please contact your child’s school if you need assistance with school uniforms or supplies.
School District 189 students are expected to dress in school uniform and fully adhere to the district’s dress code policy. Uniform expectations include:
- Navy blue, khaki or black: Slacks, skirts, jumpers or shorts
- White, black, navy blue or powder blue: Shirts/blouses
- Mason/Clark 5th Graders Only: Red shirts/blouses
- Closed-toe shoes (any color)
- High School Only:
- Freshman (9th) – Royal Blue polo shirts only
- Sophomores (10th) – Orange polo shirts only
- Juniors (11th) – Black polo shirts only
- Seniors (12th) – Gray polo shirts only
Thank you for your patience, care, and understanding as we begin a new year in unprecedented times. Please stay tuned for more information and details from schools regarding the start and end times, student vaccination records, and more. We are committed to providing a healthy and safe learning environment and hope all in our community will prioritize vaccinations and continue to practice CDC-recommended guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Arthur R. Culver, Superintendent
Update Important Student Information in Skyward
East St. Louis School District 189 follows the mandates of the Illinois Department of Public Health with regards to required immunizations for our students.
Students entering preschool, kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grades, and new students to the district must present proof of the required state of Illinois physical examination and immunizations.
The Centers for Disease Control and the Illinois Department of Public Health encourage all individuals age 12+ to become vaccinated against COVID-19. Please read this letter from the Illinois State Board of Education that provides clarity about the COVID-19 vaccine to parents. ISBE Letter to Parents
School Supply Lists and Uniform Information
Please review the 2020-2021 School Calendar for key information about when school is in session or on break. School Year 2021-2022 Calendar
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER
VIVIAN ADAMS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER (Pre-K): School Starts: 9:00 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm
AVANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-5): School Starts: 9:00 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm
DUNBAR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-4): School Starts: 9:00 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm
OFFICER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (K-4): School Starts: 9:00 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm
WRIGHT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (PreK-4): School Starts: 9:00 am Dismissal: 3:30 pm
YOUNGE SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE (K-6): School Starts: 8:00 am Dismissal: 3:00 pm
BUSH ALTERNATIVE LEARNING CENTER (Grades 6-12): School Starts: 8:00 am Dismissal 3:00 pm
LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8): School Starts: 8:00 am Dismissal 3:00 pm
MASON/CLARK MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-8): School Starts: 8:00 am Dismissal 3:00 pm
EAST ST. LOUIS SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 9-12): School Starts: 7:30 am Dismissal: 2:30 pm
New Student Registration
New students in grades 9-12 can enroll at East St. Louis Senior High School. For more information, please call 618-646-3700.
New K-8 students can enroll at the Family and Community Engagement Center (401 Katherine Dunham Place). For more information, please call 618-646-3130
Preschool students can enroll at Vivian Adams Early Childhood Center. For more information, please call 618-646-3930.