Willows Academy remains open for in-person learning

Symptoms, staying home and returning to school

Please refer to our guidelines and procedures charts for a more detailed walkthrough on absences and returning to school. 

In general, students who exhibit symptoms may not return to school until they are symptom-free for 24 hours. For example, if her (allergy, headache, sore throat, stomach ache symptoms etc..) go away by noon today, she may not return earlier than noon tomorrow. If her symptoms last longer than 24 hours, she will need a doctor’s note explaining that it is not COVID related. If your daughter has a non-COVID, yet contagious, illness (such as influenza, strep, pink eye, etc…) we ask that she remains home until symptom free 24-hour.

Reporting Absences

Should your daughter need to stay home from school, please report your daughter’s absence by 8:15 a.m., by calling the office at 847-824-6900 EXT. 201; or emailing attendance@willowsacademy.org. Provide the following information: 

  • Name of Student and Grade Level
  • Reason for Absence
  • Absent or Virtual Learning 
  • Expected Return Date

If you do not provide symptoms in the attendance email or to the front office by phone, your student should stay home for a minimum of 48 hours.  

2020-2021 Fall Reopening Plan

Willows Academy resumed in-person classes in mid-August and has remained open for in-person learning, five full days a week ever since. Commitment to safety protocols from Willows students, families, and faculty and staff — and a fluid transition process between in-person and remote learning when individual students need to stay home because of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure — has been paramount to our success.

Willows’ response to pandemic in Spring 2020 highlights its resilience

We were inspired by how the Willows community managed through the pandemic last spring. The resilience demonstrated by students, their families, and faculty and staff give us confidence we can handle any forthcoming challenges. Get a glimpse of how we did it in the video below.