999 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

School Board & Administration



CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.



School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

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Back Together CCSD21

Districtwide Adaptive Pause effective Friday, November 20, at 3:30 PM

On Friday, November 13, CCSD21 announced that it will be going into a district-wide Adaptive Pause beginning at the end of the school day on Friday, November 20. The Adaptive Pause will be in effect through at least Monday, January 18, with the first possible day for a return to in-person of Tuesday, January 19.

In-person students will engage in virtual learning on all school days during the Adaptive Pause. Distance Learning Academy students will continue to engage in virtual learning on all school days as usual.

In order to provide families with as much time as possible to make preparations for a return to full remote learning, in-person instruction will continue during the week of Monday, November 16, for in-person students at all schools except Holmes Middle School. Students in the Distance Learning Program will continue to engage in virtual learning with their classmates and teachers as usual. As a reminder, there is no school for any student during the week of November 23 due to parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Revised Return to In-Person Schooling Plan

At its regular meeting on September 24, 2020, the CCSD21 Board of Education adopted the Revised Return to In-Person Schooling Plan. View the complete plan and key summarized components below:

Hybrid return to in-person learning

The district will welcome students back to in-person learning using a hybrid schedule when conditions allow and metrics are met and sustained. 

Due to the need to maintain strict social distancing of six feet in all classrooms, the district will not be able to operate full day classes for students. Rather, students will be assigned to in-person learning teams. Students’ in-person learning team assignment will be communicated by the school. Mathematics, Language Arts, and a Homebase/SEL period will be conducted each day of in-person learning. Science, Social Studies, and all special/exploratory classes will continue to be offered remotely. 

As the district returns to an in-person learning environment, grade levels will initially return on a rolling basis; not all grade levels will return at once on the same day. This rolling return will ensure that students, faculty and staff, and parents have adequate time to orient themselves to a new learning environment and to learn and practice critical new health and safety practices.

Data and metrics

In order to return to in-person learning in a hybrid capacity (CCSD21 Phase 3), the following metrics must be sustained: 

  • New weekly cases between 7 and 97 per 100,000 people, aggregated, across zip codes serving and surrounding CCSD21
  • Faculty and staff health index: Minimum on-site staffing percentage by school of 85%. 

Once determined, the district will work to implement this transition as rapidly as possible. A specific return to in-person timetable will be provided to parents with as much advance notice as possible.  

Mitigation of spread

If any CCSD21 school experiences a positive COVID-19 infection rate for students and staff of 3% or higher during a rolling 14 day period, that school will immediately revert back to full-time distance learning for a period of at least 14 calendar days. Likewise, at the direction of the state and county health departments, groups of students, a classroom, or entire building may revert to a period of full-time distance learning in the event of a possible COVID-19 exposure or confirmed case. 

Health and safety protocols

Families must submit a certification of health for every child every school day. An email reminder will be sent to the parent/guardian email address(es) on file every morning at 4:00 AM. Students showing any signs of illness may not attend school. Students will not be allowed to enter a CCSD21 building until the child’s health can be verified. 

When on site and as an additional measure, students’ temperature will be taken with a touchless thermometer. All students and staff members are required to wear a face covering and must practice strict 6-foot social distancing.


Hybrid In-Person Learning Team Assignments

Due to the need to maintain strict social distancing of six feet in all classrooms, the district will not be able to operate full day classes for students. Rather, students will be assigned to in-person learning teams. Students’ in-person learning team assignment will be communicated by the school.


The CCSD21 pre-k program is a half-day program. All pre-k students will participate remotely each Monday with in-person sessions being held Tuesday through Friday each week. 

Elementary School

Approximately half of each in-person class will attend in the morning, and half will attend in the afternoon. Daily in-person instruction will include Math, Language Arts, and Classroom Community Meeting/SEL activity. Science, Social Studies, and all specials will be offered remotely using both synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

Middle School

Due to the complexity of the middle school master schedule and availability of exploratory teaching staff, all grade levels will not be able to attend in-person instruction at the same time. Each student group will have designated school days where they will attend in person for their Homebase, Math, and Language Arts.


Family Resources

Parent / Family Support Site

The site linked above offers resources to support students during the 2020-2021 school year: instructional and health/safety expectations, technology tutorials and troubleshooting, and more.

Additional Resources



Frequently Asked Questions about CCSD21’s plan for the 2020-2021 school year are answered within this document. Please continue to reference this document as information will be updated regularly.

Please direct any other questions or concerns to [email protected].


Archived materials

2020-2021 school year plans

CCSD21 began the 2020-2021 school year with full-time distance learning for all students. View the plan:

CCSD21 initially planned to welcome all students back in person to begin the school year. However, guidance and data at that time could not allow the District to safely move forward.


Distance Learning Academy or home/assigned school enrollment

For the duration of the 2020-2021 school year, School District 21 is maintaining a full-time Distance Learning Academy. Parents received a detailed explanation (explanation image) on July 31 about the Distance Learning Academy, remote instruction for all students, and the resumption of in-person learning. Families elected in August to enroll their child(ren) in the Distance Learning Academy or in remote learning with their home/assigned school. 


Supporting documents

  • Detailed comparison of full-time in-person and full-time distance learning: English
  • CCSD21 Instructional Structures, Guidelines and Schedules for 2020-2021: English


On-site supervision

At the beginning of the school year during the period of extended distance learning for all students, CCSD21 offered an on-site program to families of children in Grades K-6 who established a clear need for supervision. Due to the limited availability of staff and facility space once in-person learning resumes, CCSD21 will be unable to continue its on-site supervision. Please contact Susan Tanabe at [email protected] or 847-419-5624 with any questions.