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Hawthorn Highlights - August 11, 2022 Meeting

The Hawthorn District 73 Board of Education met on August 11, 2022, for its first meeting of the 2022-2023 school year. Below are the highlights: 


Board Packet Information



The Board heard updates on transportation and security enhancements for the 2022-2023 school year. Highlights of the transportation presentation include:

  • Lakeside Transportation reported a rise in the number of driver applicants and was pleased to share that 29 bus drivers are returning to Hawthorn District 73.
  • Hawthorn will return to a two-tier system for buses. Buses ran on a three-tier system last year.
  • The school district will send an email and text communication to families if a bus is 15 minutes or more late. 

  • The Ride 360 app was piloted over the summer to allow families to track their child’s buses. In September, all parents/guardians of kindergarten students will have the opportunity to access and pilot the new app.

The security enhancements presentation discussed steps Hawthorn has taken to ensure the safety of all students and staff. The presentation discussed the following topics:

  • Secure Vestibules

  • Visitor Check-In Procedures

  • Lanyard Requirements for Staff, Subs and Visitors

  • Building Entry and Exit Protocols

Discussion Items:

During discussion, the Board heard an update on the tentative budget for the school year, which will be voted upon at the September 8, 2022, Board Meeting. Additionally, our architectural firm was in attendance to review the proposed plans for updates at Hawthorn Elementary North. Construction is scheduled to begin at Elementary North in Spring 2023.


Superintendent Dr. Pete Hannigan reviewed the Board Projects for the 2022-2023 school year and discussed the district’s response to COVID-19 for the 2022-2023 school year. These mitigation efforts include:

  • Face masks continue to be required in School Health Offices

  • Classrooms and lunch rooms will return to pre-pandemic structures

  • Contact tracing for classrooms, buses, lunch rooms, indoor recesses and after-school activities

  • Optional remote learning is provided for students in isolation or quarantine because of COVID-19

  • District-wide dashboard on the Hawthorn website to communicate infection data

  • SHIELD screening tests for students with parental consent

Dr. Hannigan also communicated that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance hours before the meeting. The district anticipates receiving updated direction from Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) that aligns with the CDC. Any adjustments to the plan will be communicated to the community.    

Action Items:

  • The Board approved changes to the district’s anaphylaxis prevention, response and management program.

  • The Board voted to adopt an IMRF military service credit resolution.

  • The Board approved a resolution for an emergency asphalt change for Townline/Dual Language.