Virtual Backpack

In an effort to eliminate waste, District 401 uses "virtual backpacks" to share flyers about community and District events of potential interest to our students and other community stakeholders.

To Find a Flyer

A list of approved flyers for District 401 students and the rest of our community can be found by clicking the link to the left of this page titled "District & Community Flyers" or by scrolling to the bottom of this page.

What Are Virtual Backpacks?

Think of virtual backpacks as a paperless way to distribute flyers to students, parents, employees and other members of our community. 

Using these backpacks eliminates the need to send out thousands of paper copies of the same announcements. 

Who Can Submit a Flyer?

As stated in Section 8:25 of the District 401 Board of Education's Policy Manual:

Community, educational, charitable, recreational, or similar groups may, under procedures established by the Superintendent, advertise events pertinent to students’ interests or involvement. 

Under the District's policy governing the advertising and distribution of materials in schools, all advertisements must:

► Be student-oriented

► Prominently display the sponsoring organization's name

► Be approved in advance by the Superintendent or designee

The District reserves the right to decide where and when any advertisement or flyer is distributed, displayed or posted.

How to Submit a Flyer

All community flyers must be approved by the District 401 main office before being posted on this or any other District site. 

To submit a flyer for consideration:

► Fax it to 708-452-9504 or email it to

► Address it "Attention: Flyer Approval" 

► If emailing, please attach the flyer in PDF format

► If possible, submit the flyer for approval two weeks before the intended distribution date

► Indicate on the flyer that your event, activity or program is not school sponsored

District 401 Disclaimer

The distribution of information contained in a community flyer does not indicate directly or indirectly that the content of the material is sanctioned, sponsored or endorsed by the District, the Board or the Superintendent.

Further information about District 401's policy on flyers and advertising can be found in Section 8:25 of the Board of Education's Policy Manual.

District Flyers

Flyers about District-sponsored events, activities and programs will be posted here as they become available.

Community Flyers

Approved flyers about community events, activities and programs pertinent to District 401 students are located in the list below. 

We will post flyers throughout the school year as they become available. To keep the list current, we will remove flyers after their advertised events have taken place.