Preschool – 6th Grade
Charger Summer News

July 22, 2021

Back to School

ILS Families and Friends,

As many of you may know, the CDC recently released guidance for schools for the new academic year that stated that those who have been vaccinated need not wear a mask during the school day while those who have not been vaccinated are recommended to still wear a facemask. The Illinois State Board of Education further clarified with the following statement: “The CDC continues to recommend masking and physical distancing as key prevention strategies. However, if school administrators decide to remove any of the prevention strategies for their school based on local conditions, they should remove them one at a time and monitor closely for any increases in COVID-19 cases. Schools should communicate their strategies and any changes in plans to teachers, staff and families, and directly to older students, using accessible materials and communication channels, in a language and at a literacy level that teachers, staff, students, and families understand.”

With this clarification, the administration at ILS recognizes that current local conditions are very favorable for adopting a mask-optional policy to begin the 2021-2022 school year. Right now the current positivity rate in the Crete area is around 1%. Furthermore, Will County’s current status of eligible vaccinated individuals is above 60% with adults 18 years old and over at over 70%. These statistics among many other facts that we now know about COVID-19 and its variants give us confidence in moving forward with this approach. We certainly do encourage any families or students who feel the need to wear a facemask to continue to do so. If you would like to make sure your child is wearing a face covering during the school day, please contact your child’s teacher or school administration.

In line with the CDC and the IDPH’s guidance, we will still continue to socially distance whenever possible at a measure of three feet. Emphasis on handwashing and other good hygiene practices will continue as well as concentrated sanitizing procedures by our janitorial staff. It is also important to recognize that we must follow quarantine procedures for unvaccinated individuals. Those who are not vaccinated will need to quarantine for at least 10 days if exposed while those who have been vaccinated will not have the same restriction per current guidance. 

Finally, it is also important to recognize that we are offering this guidance a month in advance of the start of the school year and that circumstances may change at any time. Local or state health departments may mandate procedures that could affect this approach. Their decision or changes in local conditions could lead to us having different policies for vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Additional concerns could also lead to vaccinated faculty and students needing to follow additional safety mitigations. 

All of us at ILS recognize the complexity of this issue and the broad, wide-ranging opinions that our families have. We are committed to maintaining a school environment that is as safe as possible for everyone while balancing spiritual, emotional, physical, psychological, and academic needs to return to normalcy. As always, please feel free to relay any questions or concerns you may have to us. Please contact me directly at the school office or via email ( to discuss these matters at any time. 

Have a great week!

In Christ,

Duance Vance
Executive Director
Illinois Lutheran Schools
708.672.3262, ext. 119

Junior High Student & Parent Orientation

7th grade Orientation will be held in the High School gym on Wednesday, August 11 @ 6:30 PM. A presentation will be made by the ILS staff and students will receive their schedules. Students may then go to their homeroom to open their lockers and leave their school supplies. 8th graders are also welcome to come pick up their schedule and place their school supplies in their locker.

High School Freshmen & New Student Orientation

Freshmen and new students at the high school are invited to pick up their schedules, meet their teachers, find their lockers, bring their supplies and ask questions. Join us on Thursday, August 12 from 9 – 11 AM.

New Teacher Installation

The new teacher installation service will be held on Sunday, August 22 during the 9:00 AM service. Our new teachers, Mrs. Pamela Brudos and Mr. Marcus Mortensen, will be installed.

Hot Lunch Program

Illinois Lutheran Schools will be working with School Eatery again for the 21-22 school year to provide hot lunch to our students. School Eatery works with local restaurants to offer several options every day for your child.

We will begin to offer this service on Tuesday, September 7. We will let you know when the September menu is open for orders.

To set up your account, please click on these links and refer to the following instructions:

Deadline Approaching:

School Bookstore Fees & Medical Forms for 2021-2022 School Year


You should have received an email from the school that addresses any medical exams or forms that need to be filled out and submitted to the school for the 21-22 school year. HERE IS A LINK to the email, if you did not receive it.


You should have received an email from the school regarding fees for the 21-22 school year (bookstore, athletic, technology, etc.). These orders need to be submitted electronically and are processed for payment through your FACTS account. Please read through the information included in the email before submitting your bookstore order. All orders will be due by August 2, 2021 or there will be a $10 late fee.

School Supply Lists 2021-2022

School supply lists for the upcoming school year have now been posted online. Click HERE.

Summer Office Hours

The Elementary School campus will be closed this summer because of the renovations being done on the building.

Junior High/High School (1610 Main Street) office hours until August 6:

  • Monday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Friday: By appointment

Need to reach someone during summer hours? Contact information:

FACTS Tuition Accounts for 2021-2022

Tuition accounts for the 2021-2022 school year have been activated.

If you are a NEW family and have not yet set up your payment plan in FACTS, please do so as soon as possible. This step is required for all families.

​Reminder: Do not mail or drop off payments to the office for tuition or bookstore fees for the 21-22 school year. All payments are to be made through FACTS. FACTS provides a variety of ways to pay – with your checking, savings, debit card or credit card.

Tuition Assistance:

If you qualified for tuition assistance, your tuition assistance has been applied to your FACTS tuition account. However, if you are a new family and have not yet set up your payment plan, you must complete that step in FACTS before the assistance can be applied.


If you used the Scrip program this past school year, your credit has been applied to your FACTS tuition account.


If your student received a scholarship, you have been notified and the scholarship has been applied to your FACTS tuition account.

Changes to your Account:

  • If you need to change your payment plan or any dates associated with your payments, contact Mrs. Jessica Bushey at at least 10 business days before your first payment is due. Please do not set up a new account in FACTS. Any changes to your schedule should be made by the office.
  • If you need to update your financial information, you can login to FACTS and make the change (the office does not have the ability to change your financial information). 
  • We suggest logging in to your FACTS account to make sure that your contact information is current.

FACTS charges these additional fees as well:

  • Credit card service fee is 2.85%
  • Returned payment fee is $30 per incident
  • Peace of mind benefit insurance (optional) is $22.50

Questions? Contact Mrs. Bushey at or 708.672.3262, ext. 123.

Coaching Vacancies

Illinois Lutheran Schools is looking for individuals interested in coaching at our schools. We have vacancies in junior high volleyball, boys basketball, high school soccer assistant, and grade school and junior high cheerleading. If you are interested in being a part of the ILS family please email Mr. Hinz at for an application.


All physical Scrip orders will be available for pick up at the Jr High/ High School office.

Junior High/High School office hours from June 14 – August 6:

  • Monday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM – 2 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM – 5 PM

Thank you for supporting the ILS Scrip program. Have a blessed summer!

App Exclusive: Families are able to get gift cards shipped directly to their home. Families will have the option to get physical cards from select brands delivered right to their door – only in the mobile app, RaiseRight. It’s a safe and easy way to conveniently get eGift cards and physical gift cards from the comfort of home.

Don’t have a ShopWithScrip account? Sign up on our mobile app, RaiseRight™, or on to join in the earning. Ask your coordinator for the enrollment form and code to get started today. Also, pay with your linked bank account or your credit card to get eGift cards and use reloaded money immediately. Click the link below for more details.

ILS Scrip Program

Ship to Home FAQs

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Have you downloaded the Illinois Lutheran Schools App? This is the best way to receive the most up-to-date information from the school. It’s important that every parent downloads this app!

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