Return to School Plan


    UPDATED - 

    Due to a written ruling from Judge Raylene Grischow of Sangamon County, Illinois on Friday, February 4th, Governor Pritzker’s executive orders and IDPH/ISBE several requirements regarding masking, testing, and tracing are “null and void.”  Masks are no longer required in our schools; however, masks are still recommended to be worn inside the schools as well as the continuance of all other layered mitigations in accordance with our Return to School Plan. Federal Transportation guidelines still require masks to be worn while on school transportation. 

    Students who test positive for COVID-19 will still have to isolate and we still want anyone that is sick to stay home.  Close contacts of students and staff will not need to continue to quarantine unless directed by the local health department.

    Keep in mind, this entire change of status is the result of a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) and has already been appealed by the Governor’s Office to the Fourth Appellate Court of Illinois for a decision.  We will keep you apprised as this fluid situation continues to evolve.  

    Free testing and masks will still be available for those that are interested. 


    As we continue to navigate the challenges presented to us over the past 2 years, Johnston City CUSD #1 has continued working on its updated Return to School Plan. The goal of this plan is to have students attend school in-person for a full school day Monday through Friday. When updating this plan we looked at the successes of our previous school year and updated our protocols for the 2021-2022 school year accordingly.  The updates to the protocols in this plan are based on the most recent guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

    This plan has been developed in accordance with the ARP Act and the Illinois State Superintendent of Education declaration of July 9, 2021. The plan is aligned with guidance provided by the IDPH and the CDC. It also addresses adjustments that may be needed in response to evolving COVID-19 pandemic circumstances. This guide outlines the educational plans and protocols in place for the entire school year. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, it is possible the district will have to modify this plan during the school year. 

    Note: protocols outlined in this guide are subject to change as guidelines evolve. At a minimum this guide will be reviewed and updated no less than every six months as required by the ARP Act. 

    Please click the link to view the Return to School Plan.  

    If you would like to comment on this draft plan please click the comments link below.


  • COVID-19 Dashboard

    The COVID-19 dashboard shows the daily number of positive cases and students and staff on the exclusion list at each building in the district. To locate data for the current week, scroll to the bottom of the dashboard and click the "current" tab.

    • A positive case is counted on the day it is reported. Every day after, it is placed in the quarantine/exclusion category.

    • The quarantine/exclusion list contains students and staff not attending school due to testing positive, exhibiting symptoms, or exposure to a positive case.

    • "X" is used for non-attendance days.


    The following are IDPH’s COVID-19 Symptoms/Exclusions criteria.  (Do not send your child to school if they have any of these symptoms that are not attributed to allergies or a pre-existing condition.)

    • Fever (100.4 or higher) 
    • New onset of moderate to severe headache
    • Shortness of breath
    • New cough
    • Sore throat
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea 
    • Abdominal pain from unknown cause
    • Muscle or body aches
    • New congestion/runny nose
    • New loss of sense of taste or smell
    • Nausea
    • Fatigue from unknown cause
    • Muscle or body aches

    Do not send your student to school if he/she has had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with a person with confirmed COVID-19 within the past 14 days.

    Do not send your student to school if he/she has traveled to an area designated as Travel Warning Level 3 by the CDC within the past 14 days.