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220 AdminThe 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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“At its August 10 meeting, the Board heard a presentation on the tentative FY22 budget. Approximately 83% of the district’s revenue comes from local property taxes. The balance comes from state and federal funding, and other local revenues such as registration fees and donations. In the FY22 budget, revenues are expected to exceed expenditures.

A public hearing on the proposed budget will take place at the Sept. 8 Board meeting. The final budget is anticipated to be approved on Sept. 21.

You can view the budget presentation in the Board meeting video beginning at 1:37:39.”

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At the last night’s 220 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Robert Hunt gave a presentation to the Board about the district’s COVID-19 mitigation guidelines for the 2021-22 school year. You can view the district’s mitigation guidelines in the graphic below:

COVID-19 mitigation

A video accompanied his presentation that can be viewed here.

District 220 has also provided FAQ’s on Quarantine/Contact Tracing seen here.

Next, they shared the spin on the IL school mask mandate:

“On August 4, 2021 Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order #85 which requires universal masking in all public and private K-12 schools. The district is developing a matrix to use to determine when students and staff are able to begin to phase out mitigation strategies. The work is ongoing and will not be utilized until after Governor Pritzker lifts the school mask mandate.

Data sources being considered include community transmission data from the Northwestern Medicine Dashboard and Lake County Health Department for ZIP codes 60010, 60110, 60021, & 60192.

According to the Northwestern Medicine dashboard, as of August 10, 2021 the total new cases per 100,000 persons in the past seven days is at 101.9 for these four zip codes. Per the CDC, this is a high level of community transmission. Once the statewide school mask mandate is lifted and if the level of community transmission is moderate or low, the district is exploring the following data to consider when masks can be removed:

  • Vaccination rates
  • Person-to-person transmission rates per building as identified through contact tracing
  • Staff and students quarantined per building
  • Positive cases per building (SHIELD testing, BinaxNow, PCR)”

Finally, those wishing to visit 220’s “21-22 COVID-19 Information Hub,” will find it here and the YouTube recording of last night’s meeting can be witnessed here (video starts at the 28:00 mark, much to the chagrin of at least one AV geek no doubt).

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BHS

The District 220 Board of Education meets tomorrow evening at 7:00 PM at Barrington High School located at 616 W Main St.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Please note the following taken from the 220 website (typos corrected):

“The Barrington 220 school district will be adhering strictly to its policies and procedures and will exercise its authority ensuring people can express their opinions uninterrupted during public comment and the Board of Education can conduct business appropriately.

Please note that due to Governor Pritzker’s order regarding all school buildings, face coverings are required. All Public Comments must be made in person and will be limited to 2 minutes.

This meeting will also be transmitted virtually at bit.ly/220schoolboardlive. Please click onthe August 10th meeting, which will appear on the site when the meeting actually begins.”

You may email your thoughts to the board using this link.

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District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt

August 4, 2021

“Dear Barrington 220 Community,

My hope is that this communication finds you well and that you are enjoying time with friends and family as we proceed towards the opening of school. We are excited to welcome back students in grades 1-12 and Barrington Transition Center students on Friday, August 20, as well as our kindergarten and early childhood students on Tuesday, August 24. Schools and communities across the country have struggled to balance the health and safety challenges of COVID-19 with the important development of children academically, socially and emotionally. We celebrate the fact that we will be returning for full in-person learning, 5 days a week this fall.

This afternoon Governor Pritzker announced a statewide mask mandate for all K-12 schools. This means Barrington 220 will begin the school year with universal masking for all staff and students in grades PK-12+, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will remain optional when students and staff are outdoors.

As a parent and Superintendent of Schools, I appreciate and understand the challenges of the numerous changes that have occurred over the last 18 months. The words “flexibility” and “ability to pivot” have all too often equated to a change in the learning environment for our students. Keeping students at school for in-person learning is a priority as we transition into the 2021-22 school year.

The district administrative team has been working on the development of a matrix based on community and school-based data that may be used to inform mitigation decisions moving forward. This work will continue, as it will be critical information to guide decisions when we have the ability to make them locally. We will share a draft of the matrix, as well as an overview of all mitigation strategies that will be in place for the opening of school at the Board of Education meeting on August 10 at 7pm at Barrington High School.

It is important to remember how far we have come, as one year ago many students remained at home for virtual learning. We must recognize that although there are varying opinions, success lies in our ability to have all of our students in person working with the amazing Barrington 220 staff. Our children have always looked to the adults in their lives in times of uncertainty, and it is important that we provide a calming presence as we head into this school year. I appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to welcoming our students and staff back soon.”

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Mask Shot

Despite the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending schools start the year with everyone wearing masks indoors, many suburban school districts have yet to change course on decisions that make protective face coverings optional.

School boards in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, Kaneland Unit District 302, St. Charles Unit District 303, Geneva Unit District 304, Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 and Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200, among others, voted to make masks optional. That was in spite of earlier CDC advice that unvaccinated students and staff members be required to wear masks indoors.

None have reversed those decisions in the face of the CDC’s stricter guidelines announced Tuesday. In some cases, the districts have told parents they are aware of the CDC’s recommendations.

The Barrington Unit District 220 board indicated students in prekindergarten through fifth grade “will begin the school year wearing masks indoors.” That board is slated to meet again Aug. 10.

Some school boards voted to make masks optional even after the CDC updated its recommendations last week to advise universal masking in schools. The Lake Zurich Unit District 95 and Northwest Suburban High School District 214 boards both voted in favor of optional masks Thursday.

Read more here.

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155Crystal Lake-based Community High School District 155 will make masks optional for the upcoming school year, the school board and district officials confirmed at a meeting Wednesday night.

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended all teachers, staff, students and visitors in schools wear face masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status. This recommendation was quickly adopted by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Earlier in July, the CDC had said masks should be worn by those who are not vaccinated.

District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson noted that guidance on reopening schools from state and federal officials continues to shift and change quickly.

But right now, “based on current health data,” the district has decided to start the 2021-22 school year with a mask-optional approach for staff and students, except on school buses where they’re required, Olson said.

Families in the audience were visibly relieved that masks will not be required in school this year, though Olson cautioned that these decisions are subject to change based upon community spread, changing public health conditions and updates from the CDC, McHenry County Department of Health and Illinois State Board of Education.

At this point, the CDC, ISBE and local and state health departments have not mandated that schools require masks.

Read more here.

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214

Students at Wheeling High School and the five other high schools in District 214 won’t have to wear masks when classes resume Aug. 11.

Teachers, staff, students and visitors in District 214 schools will not be required to wear masks.

However, the district is following updated guidance from the CDC by recommending masks regardless of vaccination status.

That was the recommendation announced by Superintendent David Schuler, based on advice from legal counsel, and approved by the school board Thursday night at a special meeting.

District recommendations may change according to the COVID-19 metrics in the area.

“It is important to note that I am not recommending required, universal mask-wearing by all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to schools,” Schuler said. “I am recommending that we adopt the public health language from the CDC.”

This week, the CDC added a recommendation of universal indoor masking for teachers, staff, students and school visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

“I believe at the high school level that is a very prudent and responsible approach to take,” Schuler said.

During the meeting, public sentiment for the most part was against mandating mask wearing.

Read more here.

Editorial note: District 214 includes Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove, John Hersey, Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Wheeling High Schools.

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95

Lake Zurich High School graduates wore masks to their commencement ceremony on May 22. The Lake Zurich Area Unit 95 board adopted mask rules at its meeting Thursday night. If the number of new COVID-19 cases rises above 50 people per 100,000, then all students will be required to wear masks indoors. (John Starks | Staff Photographer)

Provided the number of people infected with COVID-19 remains at a low to moderate level, students at Lake Zurich Area Unit 95 schools will have some choice when it comes to wearing masks indoors under rules adopted by the school board Thursday at their meeting.

But if cases rise locally, the district would require every student to mask up regardless of vaccination status.

The plan calls for all students to receive in-classroom education but allows for families to apply for remote learning.

District mitigation efforts will vary in intensity based on the number of cases in the 60047 ZIP code. If the number of new COVID-19 cases is above 50 people per 100,000, then all students will be required to wear masks indoors.

There are currently 26.7 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000, which the plan identifies as a moderate level. Under moderate levels, masks are not required for fully vaccinated students. Grade 7 and older students who aren’t vaccinated will be encouraged to wear masks, but younger students will be required to.

Regardless of the number of COVID-19 cases in the community, all students will be required to wear masks when on school buses and during large gatherings like assemblies where social distancing would not be possible.

Read more here.

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