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Welcome back Ridgeland SD122 Families!


As we plan for the beginning of a new year, our focus will be to ensure that:

·         every student, is reconnecting with the school community

·         every student, is challenged by new learning and experiences,

·         every child, knows they are supported and cared for. 


We hope that you share our excitement as we begin the 2021- 2022 school year in a few short weeks, when school resumes IN-PERSON on August 19, 2021, as a half day of student attendance. The dedicated staff of District 122 has been working hard to plan for a variety of learning experiences to provide the best possible educational setting for our students to grow and develop. We will have a successful year with the support of our community and families.

I am looking forward to seeing the students back in the halls and every family at school and community events.

Please make note of these upcoming events:



Registration Begins


Simmons 6th Grade Open House


1st Day for Students (Grade K-8) Half-day


Simmons 7th & 8th Grade Open House


Harnew Open House


1st Day for Preschool


Columbus Manor Open House


Lieb Open House


Kolb Open House


Based on current pandemic conditions and guidance from public health authorities, the following elements of the 2021-2022 Pandemic Health and Safety Plan include:

  • All students return to in-person learning, including regularly scheduled extracurricular programs, such as band, music, sports, clubs and activities.
  • We join health experts in strongly encouraging those eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Per the CDC and IDPH/ISBE guidance that individuals should wear masks indoors; all staff and students will be required to wear masks at this time.
  • Face coverings are required on all public transportation including school buses as per the CDC Order, adopted by ISBE and IDPH. All passengers and drivers must wear a mask on school buses.
  • Students, teachers, and staff should stay home when they have signs of any infectious illness and see their doctor as soon as possible.
  • The CDC recommends schools attempt to maintain at least 3 feet of physical distance as much as possible between students within classrooms. If not possible, it is especially important to layer other preventative strategies.
  • Other important layers of prevention include: COVID-19 screening, handwashing and respiratory etiquette, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, and enhanced cleaning and disinfection procedures.


Thank you for your patience and understanding as we embark on yet another new school year. 




 Joseph Matise

Superintendent of Schools

Ridgeland SD 122