Virtual Backpack

District 401's "Virtual Backpack" is where you can find downloadable PDF flyers about District, school or community events, as well as other timely documents relevant to the D401 community.

If you would like to submit a flyer, please scroll down this page for more information, or click the link to the left titled "Procedures for Submitting Flyers."

District Flyers

Below are flyers publicizing District-sponsored events, activities and programs. Also included are other timely documents relevant to the D401 community. New flyers and documents will be posted throughout the school year as they become available.

School Flyers

Below are flyers publicizing events, activities or programs organized by individuals or groups at D401 schools. New flyers will be posted throughout the school year as they become available.

Community Flyers

Below are approved flyers about community events, activities and programs pertinent to District 401 students. New flyers will be posted throughout the school year as they become available.

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 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.