Letter to Families From Mr. McCartney

February 5, 2022



Today, I write to ask for your patience and understanding as our district navigates the latest changes to the COVID-19 guidance and rules for Illinois schools. 

Yesterday, an Illinois judge ruled on a lawsuit filed by more than 700 parents across the state that challenged state-mandated COVID-19 mitigations.  The Sangamon County judge shifted decision-making authority related to mitigation efforts to local school districts

It is important to note that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and Lake County Health Department (LCHD) continue to stress the importance of continuing with in-person learning in the safest way possible.

At this time, we are in the process of reviewing the judge’s decision as well as consulting with the district attorney. We have decided to continue with the current mitigations our District has in place, including masking while in school, the current quarantine/isolation procedures, and a comprehensive contact-tracing program.  We will continue to communicate with families on a regular basis regarding the existing plan and/or any future changes to the mitigation measures our District follows.  In addition, we will keep the school board informed and will be ready to call a special meeting once we have concluded our consultations. 

Winthrop Harbor School District’s steadfast commitment remains to the safety and welfare of WHSD students and staff.

Thank you for your continued support of our students, teachers, and staff. While it has been a challenging year, we continue to move forward together. 



Jeffrey McCartney

Superintendent of Schools

Winthrop Harbor School District #1