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“Based on the rapidly evolving situation of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and recommendations from public health officials to limit public gatherings, Barrington 220 is closing all school buildings to students the week of March 16. In addition, all activities and events at the buildings are canceled through spring break.

However, students will be “in school” virtually and we will implement our Distance Learning Plan (click here to see FAQs) on Monday, March 16 through Thursday, March 19. This means students will be learning from home next week and these days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year. As you are aware, Friday, March 20 was a previously scheduled day off for students.

Spring Break will run as scheduled March 20-March 29. As a precautionary measure, next week Barrington 220 will request in a separate communication that families and staff voluntarily complete an online form, if you have plans for international travel over spring break, or during the month of April. Students and staff will be asked to stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they leave an area with widespread or ongoing community spread (CDC Level 3 Travel Health Notice).

We will make sure students bring home all their devices, chargers and any materials they would need to complete assignments TODAY. All K-12 students, including kindergarten students, will use their devices for Distance Learning next week. In the event a student forgets learning materials/devices at school, please contact the school next week.

As required by Board Policy 4:180 Pandemic Preparedness, Barrington 220 has created this Pandemic Preparedness Plan. This document is subject to change, as the situation develops. In addition, I encourage you to visit our Coronavirus web page for the latest information: www.barrington220.org/coronavirus

Thank you in advance for your support as we implement what is best for our students and staff during this unprecedented time. We understand this may cause challenges for some families, however we believe this is in the best interest for our school community at this time. We will consult with our local health officials over spring break to evaluate when it is safe for our students and staff to return to our facilities. If necessary, Barrington 220 is prepared to continue the Distance Learning Plan after spring break. We will continue sending out regular updates as needed.”

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Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District Chief James Kreher

Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District officials say some businesses have been tricked into paying for inspection services by someone improperly claiming to be with the department.

In issuing a community advisory Friday, officials at the Lake Barrington-based department said they first learned about the fire inspector scam after being contacted by unidentified business owners Wednesday. An investigation continues, officials said.

“The (department) conducts annual fire inspections at no charge to businesses, and our inspectors will always be in uniform and carry proper identification,” Fire Chief James Kreher said in a statement. “Local business professionals are welcome to contact us any time to verify scheduled fire inspections or confirm visits by on-duty personnel.”

Impersonating a firefighter is a Class 4 felony in Illinois, punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine. Kreher said any suspicious activity should be reported to 911.

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The Union Pacific Railroad has announced it will need to close Route 59 through downtown Barrington at the Metra tracks from Monday, November 18 at 9:00 AM through Wednesday, November 20 at 5:00 PM in order to conduct emergency railroad repairs on the tracks. 

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Woods Creek Lake in Lake in the Hills was closed for several days in June due to the presence of potentially toxic blue-green algae.

Following recent reports of illnesses and dog deaths in other parts of the country, Illinois health officials are warning of the danger from potentially toxic blue-green algae to people and pets.

Water conditions in the summer months are ideal for algae blooms, which are microscopic organisms that occur naturally in lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, according to the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Public Health. Though most blue-green algae are harmless, some can produce toxic chemicals that cause sickness in people and animals.

Residents are encouraged to exercise caution while swimming or participating in recreational activities on Illinois waterways, officials said. Pets should not be allowed to drink from water that contains blue-green algae, nor allowed to lick their fur after swimming in it.

Any person or animal who comes in contact with a possible algae bloom should immediately be rinsed off with clean, fresh water.

Read more of the Daily Herald article here. or visit the IEPA algae website here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 board members intend to vote Tuesday, Aug. 13, on whether to place a question on the ballot early next year seeking voter permission to borrow money to fund building projects.

The meeting begins a half hour early at 6:30 PM at District 220’s administrative center, 515 W. Main St. in Barrington.

Board members will need to decide a dollar amount and projects for the planned March 17 referendum. It would be the second time in about a year the district went to voters for funds.

Voters in April defeated a measure seeking to raise property taxes to pay for $185 million in building projects. If the board can’t decide the issue Tuesday, the elected officials would return for a special meeting at the administrative center 7:30 PM Thursday, Aug. 15.

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Dundee Road in the Barrington and Inverness areas will be closed starting Saturday morning from Barrington to Ela roads, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Officials said the closure will begin at 6 AM Saturday, with Dundee reopening at 5 AM Monday, July 15. The closure is to accommodate the replacement of a crossroad culvert and is part of the Grove Avenue intersection improvement in Barrington.

Officials said local traffic will have access to Dundee over the weekend. The detour will be Barrington Road to Palatine Road to Ela Road.

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Signs of Sudden Oak Death include leaf spots, twig die-back, and bark cankers, which are calluses on trees, often seeping black or reddish ooze.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The pathogen which causes Sudden Oak Death, a plant disease that has killed large tracts of oaks and affected many native plant species in California, Oregon, and Europe, has been found in Illinois.

Phytophthera ramorum, the causal agent of Sudden Oak Death, has been confirmed in ornamental plants at 10 Walmart locations in Cook, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Macon, Monroe, St. Clair, Stephenson, and Will counties, and one Hy-Vee location in McDonough County through cooperative efforts between the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as diagnostic support from University of Illinois, Michigan State, Cornell, and Kansas State Universities, and USDA labs.

The issue was first uncovered by an Indiana confirmation at a Walmart in late May on rhododendrons from Parkhill Plants in Oklahoma, which sourced the plants from nurseries in Washington and British Columbia.

Shipping records were provided to Illinois officials shortly thereafter. Eighteen states in total received these plants.

IDOA and USDA field staffs began visiting identified sites in late May inspecting the plants with a primary focus on rhododendron as the main suspected carrier of the disease, but also inspected other known host plants such as azalea, viburnum, and lilac.

Read more here, or for details and photos, visit www.suddenoakdeath.org.

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