And that has some parents - and students - a bit jittery.
Students in Barrington Unit District 220, for example, will be able to excuse themselves if they -- or their parents -- think they're just getting a dose of North Korea-style propaganda.
In another example found by the Daily Herald, Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 issued guidelines allowing teachers to voluntarily show the Webcast - it will also be broadcast on C-SPAN - but not mandating it.
If all of this seems a little silly, it is.
"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology," says Jim Greer, the president of the Republican Party of Florida, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Yes. Millions of schoolchildren will come home that day spouting Marxist rhetoric about collective farming.
On the other hand, it's always touchy when a politician -- even a president -- inserts himself into the schools.
And this is a first.
There's a reason for that. Many liberal parents surely did not want George W. Bush near their kids' brains.
Still, Obama's message may be inspirational.
It will also likely be forgotten by the end of the day.
And that's why neither side should get too excited about it.
On the other hand, pumping Obama's joint speech to Congress about health care next week into the schools could have real educational value.
Steve Rhodes is the proprietor of The Beachwood Reporter, a Chicago-centric news and culture review.