COVID Mitigation Message from Dr. Riordan


Good morning OLCHS Families.


On Friday, February 18, 2022, the OLCHS District 229 Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution that modifies our school’s COVID safety mitigation plans. You can access the resolution here.


As a result of a recent Appellate Court ruling, along with the significantly improved conditions in the school and community, we are able to safely implement some modifications to our plans.  Therefore, effective immediately, the following changes have been implemented:

  1. Face masks are recommended, but not required, for students, staff, and visitors at OLCHS.
  2. Individuals who may have been exposed to a positive COVID case will need to monitor their symptoms, but close contact individuals will no longer need to quarantine.
  3. Individuals who have tested positive for COVID or are displaying symptoms of COVID will need to isolate as per CDC and IDPH guidelines and need to properly report such to the school.

Other safety mitigations will still be in place, including:

  1. The school will offer N95 masks to any student or staff member who would like one.  These are available in the Main Office.
  2. Distancing will be enforced to the greatest extent possible.
  3. Weekly Shield Illinois testing will continue.
  4. Masks are still required for everyone while being transported on school vehicles and buses.

In the event that COVID conditions worsen, or if the school is legally required to do so, these safety mitigation plans may be changed at any time.


Students and staff will return to school on Tuesday, February 22, and for the first time in almost two years they will have the option to wear or not wear a facemask. We will honor and respect each individual's decision, and we expect everyone to do the same.  


Thank you for your continued understanding and support as we work together to keep our school environment safe for everyone and to ensure that in-person learning is maintained throughout the 2021-2022 school year.



Michael Riordan, Superintendent

Oak Lawn Community High School District 229

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