ZBTHS Parent Bulletin

From the ZBTHS Principal's Office Vol. 2, Issue 3

Principal's Message 8/20/21

We completed the first full week of classes. I couldn’t be more impressed with the Zion-Benton community. Students have been fantastic. Faculty and staff have been awesome. I appreciate the support and patience from all the parents and guardians as we make adjustments, fix some system details, and begin to settle in. We are all finding our way to a new normal. I am optimistic that school will proceed as intended with students attending in-person all eight periods every school day. We must remain diligent in our roles to make this happen. Vaccination is our North Star and I encourage everyone eligible to take advantage of this preventative measure. Everyone must wear masks while inside our buildings. We are committed to social distancing to the best of our abilities. Staff and students should stay home if they present any symptoms related to COVID-19. These are the mitigation strategies that each of us can practice so students can continue to come to school to attend classes, enjoy our clubs and activities, and/or participate in athletics. So far, we are off to a great start. Let’s keep it up Bees!


Dr. Chris Pawelczyk

SAVE THE DATE: Parent-Teacher Conferences are Thursday, September 16, 2021

Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, September 16, 2021. Last year, due to COVID-19, conferences were conducted virtually using Zoom. This new process was received well from parents/guardians and classroom teachers. As a result, Zion-Benton High School, ZAP, and Transitions will conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences virtually using Zoom meetings once again.

On Thursday, September 16, 2021, students will attend school following our 12:40 early release schedule. Each Fall we have two sessions to accommodate the personal/work schedules of our families. Teachers and other certified staff will be available for the first session of Parent-Teacher Conferences that begin at 1:30 pm until 3:30pm. Conferences will start up again at 6:30pm until 8:30pm. Please save this date and the times in your calendar. We will do our best to accommodate parents/guardians with technology concerns and/or who want to meet in person with their child’s classroom teachers.

Another communication will be sent in the next several weeks with details and directions to sign-up for the virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences. Parents/guardians will have the opportunity to sign up for 10-minute time slots with classroom teachers, school counselors, interventionists, case managers, social workers, and/or psychologists. Please know that you may not be able to schedule appointments with every teacher that your son or daughter has.

Over the next several weeks, I do urge you to contact our staff if you have any concerns, questions, or simply want to introduce yourself. You can always connect with our faculty and staff via phone or email via our ZBTHS Staff Directory.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Suzi Lehman in the Principal‘s office at LehmanS@zbths.org or 847-731-9303

ZBTHS, ZAP, Transitions Quarantine Remote Learning Criteria

Dear D126 families,

Click on the following link to view the District Criteria for Quarantine and Remote Instruction


Estimadas familias de D126,

Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para ver el Criterios del Distrito para Cuarentena y Instrucción Remota

2021-2022 Student Parking Protocols

With the start of a new construction project, a large portion of the student parking lot has been closed off. During this time, student parking will continue to follow the same protocols in the past. New in the last two years, the District no longer charges a fee to park in the student parking lot. Although there is no fee, students will need to register their vehicle with the Attendance Office and secure a parking tag. Spaces may be limited depending on need. Information will be shared in advisories. More details can be found in the Student Handbook.

Arrival to School

The first period of the day at Zion-Benton High School starts at 7:50 am. It is important that all students arrive to the building early enough so they can be on time for the first class of the day. Busses will drop students off on the south and west sides of the building around 7:30 am. This will provide students with enough time to go to lockers and/or have breakfast. Parents/guardians who drive students to school should drop off students by 7:30 am in the front of the building for students to enter through the main entrance. We are noticing more students being dropped off to school than usual. We ask that students are dropped off from the far left lane closest to the building so students are not walking across traffic. Students who drive to school should be sure to arrive in time to park their car, walk to the building from the parking lot, have breakfast, and/or go to their locker and also make it to their first period class by 7:50 am.

Departure from School

At the end of the school day, students board busses on the south and west sides of the school. We have several locations for parents/guardians who are picking their child up from school. Safety is very important and this may not be a quick process. We recommend coordinating a pick up location with your child/children in the front of the building, on the south side of the building near the Performing Arts Center, or in the far northeast section of the student parking lot next to the softball field.


District 126 worked diligently last year to implement multiple mitigation strategies to keep students, families, and staff healthy and well. These mitigation strategies worked well in preventing the spread of COVID-19, and will continue to be implemented during the 2021-2022 school year. In accordance with the state mandate issued by the Governor of Illinois, ZBTHS D126 will require all persons entering the building to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status. This policy is effective immediately. For more information click on the link below.

Mask Guidance and COVID mitigations for Zion-Benton District 126 Schools


COVID-19 vaccines for those 12 and over

Zion-Benton Families,

Thank you to all that participated in the Zion Community Vaccine Clinic at New Tech and Marvy Banquet Halls. We have been able to provide over 1400 shots for the communities of Zion and Benton Townships. If you still need your second shot, please schedule your second dose to complete the vaccination process. If you have not gotten either of the doses yet, we strongly encourage everyone 12 and older to look into the possibilities that still exist for getting vaccinated free of charge.





Jewel Osco:


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What’s happening in Athletics?

The Fall athletic season has begun

To view ZBTHS District 126's athletic teams, contest calendar/information, etc... CLICK HERE!

About us...

Zion-Benton High School, the Zion Alternative Program (ZAP), and our Transitions Program serve approximately 2,250 high school students from the communities of Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, Zion, and portions of Wadsworth. We have partnerships with the Lake County Tech Campus and Special Education District of Lake County. We are proud of our rich heritage and diversity, often being described as "a slice of America."

District 126's academic and extra-curricular opportunities are vast and provide impressive opportunities for students to be successful. Our students have been accepted into the finest colleges and universities; received academic and extracurricular regional, state, and national awards; and provided countless hours of community service.

We encourage you to explore our website and the abundance of information it provides. Furthermore, we welcome you to attend all our District 126 events that are listed on our calendar. It's always a great day to be a Zee-Bee. Please join us!