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Special Message from Superintendent Regarding Illinois COVID Mandates

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February 6, 2022

Dear Rock Island-Milan School District Families,

We want to reach out to you and provide clarity about a recent court case outcome that occurred on Friday that may cause some confusion.


Last fall, lawsuits were filed on behalf of several hundred parents and teachers from around the State of Illinois to challenge Governor Pritzker‚Äôs COVID mandates. Even though a temporary restraining order was issued on Friday, February 4, it does not affect RIMSD #41 as our school district was not involved in the lawsuit.

Per our school district legal counsel, the mask mandate is still in effect for all of our school buildings, and our staff are still required to show proof of vaccination or regularly test if not vaccinated. The school district will also continue to trace close contacts and quarantine when a positive COVID case surfaces in a school building.

We understand that there have been so many changes to guidelines and mandates throughout the pandemic, however, please know that our bottom line and priority is to keep our students and staff safe, our school doors open, and children in the classroom. 



Dr. Reginald Lawrence II

Superintendent, RIMSD #41