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District 215 answers to frequently asked questions

information provided by District 215

LANSING and CALUMET CITY, Ill. (March 14, 2020) – The following information was distributed to families in District 215, which includes TF South High School in Lansing, TF North High School in Calumet City, the Center for Alternative Learning in Calumet City, and the Center for Academics and Technology in Calumet City.

All school buildings will be closed for deep cleaning.

Schools will be closed to all students beginning Tuesday, March 17, through Friday, March 27. Families should not send their children to schools other than to pick up a grab and go meal.

Healthy meals will be available to our students.

We recognize that our schools provide healthy meals to many of our students, and we will be providing free grab and go meals. All families will be able to pick up meals at the nearest Thornton Fractional 215 school beginning Monday, March 16, between 10:30am and 12:30pm, Monday through Friday. Our cafeteria staff will prepare and distribute meals for our students at a designated location at the school. The cafeteria will not be open during the scheduled spring break (March 30 through April 3).


On Tuesday, March 17, teachers will be online 9:00am-1:00pm to assist and answer any questions students have regarding their work. Parents and family members are encouraged to keep up with all District 215 news and updates by visiting, liking District 215 on Facebook, and/or following @tfd215on Twitter. Parents, staff and community members, can also download the District 215 mobile app for instant notifications.

IEP Meetings.

Parents and families with pre-scheduled IEP meetings, during the closure, will be contacted directly via email.

Pick-up Books/Hotspots.

Those students who are in need of their textbooks may pick these up on Monday, March 16, 10:00am–3:00pm. Families who are in need of a hotspot or tablet may pick these up on Tuesday, March 17, 8:30am–10:30am. In addition, families who are in need of a hotspot will have a $50.00 refundable deposit charged to their account. This charge will be removed upon the return of the device.


All full-time and regularly scheduled staff will suffer no loss in pay during the closure.

School offices.

District and school offices will be open only for emergency personnel. Emergency personnel are considered to be those who perform essential district functions. All other central office and IT staff will be contacted directly if needed to work remotely or onsite.

Additional questions can be answered by emailing [email protected]. Information is continuously being updated, and the public is encouraged to check the district and school websites:

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  1. Does anyone know the website to the eLearning platform. I did send an email for the answer today but may have missed it in the information sent out. I am confused how this will work out and am sure the district is also still trying to get through the closure as well.

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