Nippersink School District 2 created this web page to provide critical communication related to the impact of COVID-19 on our school community and our reopening plan. See below for current health metrics that help the district make informed decisions about appropriate learning models given current conditions related to the pandemic. The links at left provide additional resources for parents/guardians. On this page, you will find Nippersink School District 2's COVID Counts Dashboard and our "Roadmap to Reopen" which details NSD2's commitment to educating our students in a safe and healthy environment. NSD2 is in constant communication with the McHenry County Department of Health. You can find more information in the MCDH Interim Guidance for Schools documentation. For zip code specific data regarding our communities COVID-19 numbers, you can visit Northwestern University's Covid-19 Dashboard.

District 157's and District 2's Local Data to Consider When Opening or Closing Schools

In addition to the state and county metrics, the district takes into consideration the following data before closing or opening a school:

  • The readiness and fidelity of the district's mitigation protocols
  • A high level of confidence that we are not seeing community spread in the school
  • Our ability to ensure successful contact tracing of all known positive cases
  • Workforce availability
  • Substitute capacity
  • PPE availability and safety protocol information

The following graphic illustrates the movement (progression and regression) through the learning models (Virtual, Hybrid, and In-Person) used in the Decision Matrix. The term “Next Learning Model” is used when referencing the transition from virtual to hybrid and hybrid to in-person. The term “Previous Learning Model” is used when referencing the transition from in-person back to hybrid and from hybrid back to virtual.


Full In Person Learning

All buildlings, effective January 19th, 2021 return to the Hybrid Model of Instruction.


Northwestern University's COVID-19 Dashboard by Zip Code

This dashboards are a resource to help McHenry County, Illinois school districts make data-informed decisions about their learning model during the COVID-19 pandemic. Any recommendation by the MCDH to close or open schools must take into consideration with district 157's and district 2's local data listed above.


This graph displays confirmed positive COVID-19 cases of the District 157 and District 2 population. In consultation with the McHenry County Department of Health, District 157 or District 2 will notify any parent/guardian whose student(s) is considered a close contact in a COVID-positive case. Should this occur, further direction will be provided to families. In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 we ask that you please cooperate with the school when contact tracing. All information collected by our contact tracers is confidential and crucial to being able to keep our schools open. We ask that you cooperate in this process.

Additional notes:

  • District 157  and and District 2 students reside in zip codes: 60071 & 60081