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Barrington School District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris, third from right, was among officials to stand with Gov. J.B. Pritzke March 13, 2020 at the Thompson Center in Chicago when the governor announced that all K-12 schools statewide will be closed for a period of time in an effort to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“This afternoon Governor Pritzker extended the “stay at home” order for all Illinois residents until April 30. 

This means all Barrington 220 school buildings will remain closed to students through at least Thursday, April 30. 

However, school is “open” in the virtual format. During the entire month of April we will continue implementing our Distance Learning Plan (click to see FAQs) on weekdays. The state has deemed these “Remote Learning Days”, which will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

As we recently communicated, under the Remote Learning Day declaration, students will be held accountable for their assignments. Teachers will grade student work and while students can not fail a class during this time period, if they do not engage, they will receive an incomplete on their report cards. If you have questions, please follow up with your child’s principal. 

During the month of April, Barrington 220 will continue to provide meals to students in need. Meals will be dropped off at students’ homes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm. Each Tuesday, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided per child. Each Thursday, three breakfasts and three lunches will be provided per child. On Thursdays, additional food will also be provided generously from Barrington Children’s Charities. If you wish to add or discontinue drop-off meal service, or have any questions, please contact Yazmin Aceves via email yaceves@barrington220.orgor call (847) 842-3534.

While we miss our students at our schools, we know this is what we have to do to keep everyone safe during this uncertain time. Over the past couple of weeks, the Barrington 220 community has come together in remarkable ways. Whether it’s delivering meals to families in need, or teachers driving through our students’ neighborhoods to spread some cheer, we will continue to work together and navigate this challenge.”

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“Dear Barrington 220 Community:

This afternoon Governor Pritzker issued a “stay at home” order for all residents in Illinois, beginning at 5pm on Saturday, March 20, through Tuesday, April 7.

This means that all Barrington 220 school buildings will remain closed to students through at least Tuesday, April 7. This is subject to change as the situation continues to develop.

At the moment, we plan to implement our Distance Learning plan on weekdays beginning on Monday, March 30 through Tuesday, April 7. Governor Pritzker did not indicate these will be considered “Act of God” days and we anticipate further guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education in the next few days. It is clear that these days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

Spring break will continue as scheduled through Friday, March 27. There will be no Distance Learning for students during this time off.

During spring break, on Thursday, March 26, Barrington Children’s Charities graciously offered to provide meals for our students in need. All meals will be delivered to the students’ homes between 2pm and 5pm, via Barrington Transportation (school buses). Families who would like meals dropped off at their homes need to complete this survey by Sunday, March 22 at 10pm.

If you would like to help, please click here to donate to Barrington Children’s Charities.

The district also plans to continue providing meals to students in need the weeks of March 30 and April 6. We will provide more details next week.

I understand this extended closure will be hard on many families. Please know that the Barrington 220 staff will be doing everything we can in order to fully ensure our students continue engaging and learning during this time.”

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“Dear Barrington 220 Community,

First and foremost, I want to say thank you. On Tuesday, March 17 registered voters in the Barrington 220 community overwhelmingly passed a $147 million bond referendum, which will greatly impact the future of our schools.

According to preliminary results, the question was approved by voters with 63% yes votes and 37% no votes.

Especially at a time like this, when our nation and our community are facing unprecedented challenges, it is amazing to see the Barrington area stand behind our schools. Together we will get through this pandemic challenge and our community will be stronger than ever before.

This vote is the culmination of a three year community engagement process, which involved collaboration and feedback from parents, students, teachers, administrators, Board of Education members, community members, and architects, about the future of our schools. Thanks to their hard work and dedication, along with your community support at the polls, Barrington 220 will be able to:

  • Significantly enhance safety and security at every school
  • Better prepare our students for a successful future
  • Protect the community’s investment in our school buildings by repairing things like roofs, windows, electrical systems, plumbing systems, heating and air conditioning

We will soon begin working with our architects and engineers to develop detailed project plans and drawings. Construction will likely begin in Spring 2021 and will happen in phases over several years.

Thank you again for your support in making sure Barrington 220 remains a destination school district in the years to come.”

The 220 email can be viewed here.

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Barrington Area Unit District 220 received approval for its request to borrow $147 million for building projects, including safety and security upgrades at all its schools.

Unofficial results with nearly all votes counted from Tuesday’s election show 6,045 were in favor and 3,781 were opposed in Cook, Lake, Kane and McHenry counties.

Officials said the $147 million will pay for basic projects, including upgrades to school safety and security, plumbing, electrical, roofing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning.

District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris said the next move will be to hire a construction manager, architect and bond counsel to assisting in financing the work.

Read more here.

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We have several concerns with the referendum that the Barrington School Board chose to place on the March 17 ballot, but for the sake of time, we’ll forego listing them all and get down to our primary objection, which happens to be our most timely one.

A few short months ago, District 220 issued the following press release:

“Barrington 220 is proud to announce it has been named one of the 2019 Top Workplaces in the Chicago area by the Chicago Tribune. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner, Energage, LLC. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection. Click here to see the full list.”

Dr. Brian Harris, Superintendent of Schools, wrote the following of 220’s top workplace distinction:

“I am very proud of our staff for making Barrington 220 a great place to work. Their dedication and passion are reflected each day in the outstanding education we provide to our students.”

In fact, District 220 is the only school district listed on the Chicago Tribune’s list of Top 150 Workplaces in the Chicago area. We think that’s admirable, but the reality sets in all too quickly for parents, students, teachers, staff and, above all, taxpayers when considering another list.

In the most recent ranking of best high schools in Illinois by U.S. News and World Report, Barrington High School ranked 35th.

Those high schools ahead of Barrington in the Chicago area were: Adlai E Stevenson HS (6), Libertyville HS (10), Hinsdale Central HS (12), John Hersey HS (13), Deerfield HS (14), New Trier Township HS Winnetka 15), Glenbrook North HS (16), Lincoln Park HS (17), Prospect HS (18), Neuqua Valley HS (19), Buffalo Grove HS (20), Glenbard West HS (21), William Fremd HS (22), Vernon Hills HS (23), Glenbrook South HS (24), Lake Forest HS (25), Highland Park HS (26), Evanston Township HS (27), Westinghouse HS (28), Metea Valley HS (29), York Community HS (30), Naperville Central HS (31), Naperville North HS (32) and St. Charles North HS (34).

When considering the two lists we’ve shared, we must ask why District 220’s board and, more specifically, Dr. Brian Harris, can be so pleased with Barrington’s lackluster rank among other high schools.

There was a time when New Trier and Barrington High Schools were the gold standards to be considered when families were relocating to the Chicago area. As one can see, New Trier is still well respected, and we challenge our Board of Education to commit to trying to improve the Barrington High School that we once enjoyed and was so widely envied.

Passing the proposed referendum will not accomplish this. Perhaps when the Board begins such initiatives, we’ll look forward to endorsing them.

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From District 220

“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 School District 220 recently approved an extension of its current school bus transportation contract, which is expected to add around $180,000 worth of costs to the district budget over the next two school years, officials said.

The bus company’s service includes taking students to and from the district’s lone high school, as well as two middle and eight K-5 schools. The first three years of the contract are expiring and the district is opting to go with the two-year extension period that is allowed, instead of going out to bid for a brand new agreement.

Illinois law allows for a maximum five-year transportation contract. Every five years, the district must return to bid, which Harris said will happen spring 2022 and be effective starting the 2022-2023 school year.

The district expects to pay 3% more for the service in the first year of the extension and between 2% and 3.5% in the second year, depending on the consumer price index at the time.

Read more here.

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