Superintendent's Message

Fourth Quarter

Dear Thornton Fractional District 215 Community,

It’s hard to believe we are in the final quarter of the 2021-22 school year! Thank you for all you have done to make the school year successful thus far. This school year included exciting new initiatives that offer increased opportunities to our students. This school year we added a Career Development Department and celebrated our first cohort of future electricians, our first cohort of future teachers, and our first cohorts of future barbers and cosmetologists. 

We also began our partnership with National Education Equity Lab, bringing two courses from prestigious universities to a group of our students, and we welcomed our first full time Spanish language interpreter and family outreach specialist to District 215.

Our students have also impressed us with many accomplishments outside of the classroom that are worth acknowledging! TF South’s Dutchess King finished second in the state in her weight class for wrestling and the TF South dance team took third in the state. TF North’s Group Interpretation cast finished third in the state, and the TF North speech team has students who advanced from state to national competition! We have much to be proud of and acknowledge as we look toward wrapping up the 2021-22 school year. As we approach honors assemblies, signing days, proms, graduations, and all the excitement each of these events bring, let’s continue to celebrate our staff, students, and families for a job well done in the 2021-22 school year.

Sincerely,

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Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond

Superintendent

Update on Masking Requirements

Feb. 28, 2022

Dear Thornton Fractional School District 215 Community,

Given the change in the governor’s executive order, the change in CDC guidelines, and the current low transmission status in Cook County and in our school community, School District 215 will be moving to mask optional effective immediately. This includes mask optional on buses. However, masks are still strongly recommended and encouraged.

As you may know, both the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Pritzker have relaxed school mask mandates. The updated CDC guidelines note that residents in counties with low or medium transmission can now be mask optional. Cook County currently falls in the “low transmission” category.

District 215 board policy 4182 states, “District 215 will adhere to current COVID-19 prevention guidelines for schools set forth by the U.S. Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH). District 215 reserves the right to adapt recommended guidelines based on school or community positivity rates and/or other circumstances as deemed appropriate by the Board of Education.”

Please note that if/when the Cook County COVID-19 transmission rate moves out of the low or medium status, the standing CDC recommendation would then be to return to masking and District 215 will follow CDC guidelines according to policy 4182. You can monitor the transmission status by County at https://www.cdc.gov/.../your-health/covid-by-county.html.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we continue to adapt to the changing environment in the COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to your school principal with any questions.

Sincerely,

Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond

Superintendent