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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 7:00 PM at the District Administration Center, 515 W. Main Street.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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300 Threats

Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 school board President David Scarpino is shown speaking in a screenshot of Tuesday’s board meeting. (Courtesy of Shaw Media)

Since the start of the school year, Algonquin-based Community Unit District 300 Board members and employees have faced threats and insults from a small number of parents, board President David Scarpino said.

These “unacceptable” behaviors have included parents shouting profanities at staff and extending middle fingers to them “in plain view of students,” along with sending “disrespectful and threatening emails, voicemail messages and phone calls,” Scarpino said at this week’s board meeting.

To illustrate the seriousness of the issue, Scarpino read excerpts of messages sent to employees and board members aloud. Some complained about the district’s COVID-19 plan, masks and vaccines, and others threatened legal action against the district and teachers.

“I view you as scum,” one message said. “Scum that will soon be wiped from existing.”

“We are now at a crossroads. Are we going to have a major conflict on our hands? I have an entire army ready to bring the guillotine down,” one person wrote. “You’re about to receive a very eye-opening lesson.”

One message told the recipient that “a little accountability is exactly what you deserve, and I’m getting ready to serve it to you,” while another called someone a “corrupt little puppet.”

“I hope you’re sweating. I hope you’re losing sleep,” Scarpino read from one message. “And if not, you should be.”

Read more here.

Related: “Meanwhile, in the tony City of Lake Forest news…

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LF Mask

A September 13 board of education meeting at Lake Forest High School West Campus ended early due to some people who refused to wear masks.

A tense Lake Forest High School board meeting ended early after several speakers, including a nurse who referenced “Nazi tyranny” and 9/11, refused to wear face masks.

The Lake Forest Community High School District 115 Board of Education meeting took place on September 13 at Lake Forest High School West Campus.

Numerous people who spoke during the public comment part of the meeting refused to wear face masks despite being asked to by board members.

The majority of people who spoke at the meeting urged the school district to defy Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s executive order that mandates masks in all indoor spaces

One of the speakers, Lynn Ulrich, said she is a nurse anesthesiologist who has been practicing for 30 years.

“I have a question for everyone here, including the board. What caused the third building on 9/11 — the 50-story tall building — to collapse at free-fall speed on that day?” Ulrich said.

“Compare 9/11 with what is going on right now. Again, we have an emergency and fear, answered by the U.S. Government puppets, politicians, governors, unelected bureaucrats, state board of educations by stealing our freedoms, they’re coming for our kids,” Ulrich said.

The woman began talking about the COVID-19 vaccine and vaccine passports and mentioned how the vaccine is “a poison cocktail.”

Ulrich ended her speech by calling efforts to require the vaccine as “horrible Nazi tyranny.”

Read more here. The next regular meeting of the District 220 Board of Education is October 5th (in case anyone is taking notes)…

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“Everyone’s been through this before,” said South Barrington Police Chief Tom Roman. “It’s old news for everyone.”

Illinois’ mask mandate returns Monday with one big change for businesses: This time, they won’t face fines if they fail to get scofflaw patrons to comply.

“That’s a significant change for us,” said Rob Karr, president and CEO of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “That’s a relief to our members that the enforcement expectation is not on the retailer.”

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s previous statewide mask mandate, which ended in June, threatened to fine businesses up to $2,500 if they repeatedly failed to require customers to wear masks. The new executive order issued Thursday makes no mention of enforcement requirements or penalties for noncompliance.

Karr said many business owners are relieved they don’t have to be the enforcers of the mask edict any longer. They noted local police were generally unhelpful when workers called to complain about noncompliant customers.

“Unless there was a threat to welfare, most of our members said the response from police was largely, ‘What do you want us to do?'” he said.

The policy regarding mask enforcement at each police department is different.

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220 Admin“August 26, 2021

Dear Barrington 220 Community,

It has been wonderful to welcome students back into our school buildings over the past few days, and I am looking forward to the rest of the 2021-22 school year. In order to keep everyone informed, I wanted to share a few COVID-19 related updates.

Today Governor Pritzker held a press conference where he announced new mitigations for the state, as COVID-19 numbers increase and hospital capacities continue to be stretched statewide. First, a statewide indoor masking order will begin on Monday, August 30. In addition, beginning on September 5, all PK-12 educational employees in Illinois who are NOT fully vaccinated must submit to weekly testing (or more frequently if ordered by the local health department). We are working with our labor union leadership and Board of Education to address how weekly testing will be implemented among non-vaccinated staff members.

Mitigation Strategies

Our goal remains to do everything possible to continue to offer in-person learning for all of our students five days a week. In order to limit quarantines and transmission of COVID-19, we are currently working on ways to expand social distancing as much as possible in our cafeterias when students are not wearing masks. Any changes at our school buildings will be communicated by principals.

In the classroom setting a close contact is defined as a person who is less than 3 feet from a positive case for more than 15 minutes while wearing a mask. However in the lunchroom, when masks are not being worn, a close contact is defined as a person who is less than six feet from a positive case for more than 15 minutes.

In addition to expanding social distancing in our cafeterias, in order to reduce the number of students who are quarantined, the district is using the “Test to Stay” strategy. Test to Stay can be used when unvaccinated students are masked and have been identified as a close contact. They will be able to test on days 1, 3, 5 and 7 after exposure and will be able to remain in the classroom and participate in activities, as long as they continue testing negative for COVID-19 on those days. It is important to note that Test to Stay is not an option in any situation where an unvaccinated close contact or the positive case are NOT wearing masks. Please review this graphic below for more details about Test to Stay.

220 UpdateI appreciate your ongoing support and understanding as we work through these challenges.”

220 Superintendent Robert Hunt

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday morning is expected to announce a statewide indoor mask mandate for everyone 2 and older as well as a vaccine mandate for all kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education employees to reduce spread of COVID-19, sources told the Daily Herald.

The move would come after Pritzker warned Tuesday of “significantly greater mitigations” if a rise in hospitalizations continues. The governor was asked about expanding a vaccine mandate to all state workers instead of a smaller group of employees who work at congregate settings, such as veterans’ homes, on Tuesday and Wednesday but avoided a direct answer.

On Wednesday, the governor said he was considering multiple options to keep hospitalizations down.

Masks again became required at all indoor public settings in suburban Cook County starting Monday, on County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s orders. The city of Chicago had already required masks indoors. But other suburban and many other downstate county health departments don’t have the power to impose mask requirements.

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Hunt Grove

Barrington 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt, his second grade daughter Emmie Hunt, 7, center, and their neighbor, Hadley Crowley, 8, put on masks as they walk to school on the first day of school at Grove Avenue Elementary School, Aug. 20, 2021, in Barrington. (Stacey Wescott / Chicago Tribune)

As Illinois schools welcome students back to fully reopened classrooms this month amid another coronavirus surge, educators face a thorny question: How do you teach students who are quarantined by COVID-19?

The dismantling of pandemic-era remote and hybrid instruction programs across the U.S. this fall arrives by state proclamation and on the urging of U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, who earlier this summer said, “Schools have shown that they can — and should — be offering in-person learning opportunities five days a week to every student.”

Remote instruction can be offered to students while they are under quarantine, Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Carmen Ayala said earlier this summer. But despite pleas from some parents who want a full-time e-learning option to continue, districts including Chicago Public Schools are reserving their virtual programs for students who qualify as medically fragile and have documented health conditions.

Some teachers and parents are applauding the full return to in-person learning. But the abrupt halting of remote instruction — which last year allowed in-person students who tested positive for the virus to pivot swiftly to online classes — is forcing school districts to get creative this fall when it comes to teaching kids who need to quarantine.

Students at Barrington School District 220 will have the option to participate in the district’s Test to Stay Strategy. It will rely on a slate of authorized PCR or rapid antigen screenings from the date of an exposure to COVID-19, with close contacts permitted to remain in the classroom as long as the results are negative, according to the District 220 website.

The strategy can only be used when “both the COVID-19-confirmed case and close contact were engaged in consistent and correct use of well-fitting masks, regardless of vaccination status,” officials warned.

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JB Prop Tax

The federal government is handing Illinois schools and local government a “boatload” of money for COVID-19 relief, and Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the money should go to property tax relief.

“This is a great year for local communities to consider freezing or lowering their property taxes,” Pritzker said Aug. 17. “Why is this a good year to do that? Schools received not only increased funding from the state of Illinois but received a boatload of support from the federal government as well. And they also received a lot of support for local infrastructure … Those are things that take local properties taxes, typically, to pay for them.”

Federal relief funds include about $5 billion for the state’s schools. Schools account for about two-thirds of the average property tax bill. Local governments will receive about $5.9 billion and public transit, including airports, will see nearly $1.9 billion.

The state is getting $8.1 billion, some of which Pritzker intended to use to pay off the short-term loan Illinois obtained from the Federal Reserve – the only state to use the emergency lending. When federal regulators said the pandemic money could not be used for debt, Pritzker switched almost exactly the debt amount to infrastructure spending, which freed other state funds to repay the Fed.

Republicans blasted the infrastructure plan as riddled with pork projects.

Illinoisans pay the nation’s second-highest property taxes, according to a 2021 ranking by WalletHub. In 2021, Illinois homeowners averaged $4,942 in property taxes for the U.S. median valued home of $217,500, double the national average property tax bill.

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Related: Several suburbs get millions in COVID-19 relief grants

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Home School

Jessica Clements helps her sons Gavin, 7, left, and Myles, 10, during a home-school session with learning materials from The Good and The Beautiful at home on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, in McHenry. This is the family’s first time trying home schooling. Myles is in fifth grade, Gavin is in second, and Dayne, 4, is in preschool. (Matthew Apgar/Shaw Media)

Despite past hassles of attending school during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jessica Clements and Kalyn Macchia said they never seriously considered pulling their kids out of public education before this year.

But the two McHenry County mothers of school-aged children decided to take the leap, they said, in part because of the statewide school mask mandate Gov. J.B. Pritzker imposed as mitigation effort to curb the spread of the deadly disease.

So far, with the first day of school in their respective local school districts having come and past, they said they have no regrets. Their kids are on board, too, Clements and Macchia said.

As COVID-19 cases spurred by the delta variant have mounted in the state and across the country this summer, the idea of whether students, faculty and staff should be required to wear masks in school has been a source of intense controversy in Illinois and elsewhere. Parents on both sides of the issue packed school boards and held rallies throughout the state as local education leaders were deciding whether to require masks in school buildings this academic year.

Faced with the mounting cases and varying local coronavirus mitigation policies, Pritzker announced in early August that he was imposing a school mask requirement when students returned to school because “far too few school districts” had imposed such requirements. Pritzker’s decision has been met with continued controversy as some parents throughout the state protested and have sued him over the policy.

Macchia said she was convinced to transition them into a home-schooling curriculum partially by hearing from Leslee Dirnberger, the founder and president of Aspire Educational Consultants based in Barrington Hills, at a meeting Dirnberger held with other local families in recent weeks to inform them of academic options outside public schools.

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