Back-to-School Guide for 2022-2023

Everything you need to know to prepare your family for the 2022-2023 school year. This page will be regularly updated in the weeks leading up to the first day of school.

Contact Information

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, August 17: Kindergarten Meet-and-Greet (9:30 a.m.)
  • Thursday, August 18: First day of Kindergarten (Late arrival Thursday begins at 9:50 a.m.)
  • Friday, August 19: Pre-K Meet-and-Greet (9:00 a.m.)
  • Monday, August 22: First day of Pre-K
  • Friday, August 26: Welcome to Prairie Trails Bash (6:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, August 30: Picture Day
  • Wednesday, August 31: Open House

Registration

School Hours

Please note that on Thursdays kindergarten has a late arrival to allow for professional development. There is no pre-kindergarten on Thursdays.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Pre-Kindergarten AM

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 11:30 a.m.

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 11:30 a.m.

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 11:30 a.m.

No Pre-K

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 11:30 a.m.

Pre-Kindergarten PM

Start 1:00 p.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Start 1:00 p.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Start 1:00 p.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

No Pre-K

Start 1:00 p.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Kindergarten

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Start 9:50 a.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Start 9:00 a.m.

End 3:30 p.m.

Lunch Information

This year, the lunch program will return to the pre-pandemic process. Families who meet certain income eligibility guidelines can apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Bus Information

  • Families can still sign up for bus transportation. Please contact Jane Holtz, the district's transportation coordinator, for more information. She can be reached at 847-297-4120 or jholtz@rtsd26.org.
  • Updated Bus Routes

Additional Links

COVID-19 Protocols

The health protocols for 2022-2023 will be similar to what they were at the end of last school year. There will be some changes:

  • Schools will no longer conduct weekly SHIELD testing
  • Classrooms and lunchrooms will no longer require social distancing
  • Meals will no longer be paid for by the federal government (see the above section on lunch information)
  • The district will not post a dashboard with the daily COVID case count
  • A negative home test can now be used to return to school early from a quarantine

Visit our COVID-19 Update Center for the full list of protocols.