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220 Hunt

District 220 Superintendent Robert Hunt

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, including, “Consideration to Approve a One-Time, Performance-Based Payment to Dr. Robert Hunt in the Amount of $15,000,” can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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220 Mask

District 220 parents and students rallied in downtown Barrington Saturday after Friday’s announcement of a temporary halt to mask mandates.

Elgin Area School District U-46 said Saturday that its superintendent, administrators and legal counsel are in the process of reviewing the judge’s decision.

Naperville District 203 and Wheaton Warrenville District 200 also said they are consulting with legal counsel about the ruling and haven’t decided whether COVID-19 policies will be updated yet.

Superintendent Lori Bein announced District 25 elementary schools will no longer require masks, but instead “highly recommend” mask-wearing. Masks will still be required on school transportation.

Similarly, Superintendent David Schuler announced that Northwest Suburban District 214 will no longer require masks in school buildings but continue to require masking on transportation due to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s federal requirement. People who have been exposed to COVID-19 don’t have to quarantine and unvaccinated staff members no longer have to test weekly.

Read more here.

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Results

At the January 31st Board of Education meeting, Beth Jones, the Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Support, presented the results of a social emotional learning survey conducted by Barrington 220 in collaboration with Hanover Research in September 2021.

The survey was made available to students in grades 6-12, parents, and staff. The survey presents findings in the following areas: physical health, mental health, social emotional learning and current services the district offers.

Click here to view the full presentation. You can listen to the report beginning at 3:35:35 in the meeting video.

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220 Admin

The District 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 6:00 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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1.12 Hunt

January 12, 2022

Dear Barrington 220 Community:

Last Friday, I communicated that there was a change in guidance from the CDC regarding the length of quarantine for students and staff, and referenced forthcoming guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Last night this guidance was released, as well as this FAQ which provides additional clarity.

District leaders have been reviewing this information, along with superintendents from other Lake County school districts and representatives from the Lake County Health Department. Our staff will work to implement necessary changes and continue to provide in-person learning. Although not a comprehensive list, below are a few important items that are being implemented:

  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID will be required to isolate for at least 5 days following the start of symptoms or test date if asymptomatic.
  • Individuals who are identified as a close contact will be required to quarantine for 5 days following the last date of exposure. See page 20 & 21 of the ISBE Guidance to review the definition of a close contact.
  • Students/staff members who are identified as close contacts, but who do not meet criteria for being exempt from quarantine (outlined in #48 in the FAQ) may have the option to engage in a test-to-stay protocol.
  • Students who were exposed during lunch may now be eligible for test-to-stay. Impacted families will receive information on requirements for remaining in school during the contact tracing process.
  • Windows for return to athletics and extracurricular activities are different, and longer than the isolation/quarantine windows required for return to work or school; asymptomatic students who are in isolation or quarantine may return to practice/rehearsals following Day 5, but must remain masked through Day 10 and may not participate in competitions/performances until a 10 day window is completed.
  • Home tests are not accepted as proof of infection. All students and staff (regardless of vaccination status) excluded with COVID-19-like symptoms should be diagnostically tested with a PCR or rapid antigen or molecular test with emergency use authorization by the FDA. See #43 in the FAQ for more information.

In addition to this updated guidance, I wanted to make you aware that this morning the district was notified of a change in rostering of students that recently opted in to SHIELD testing. This has impacted students being tested this week. We are currently working on this and anticipate it will be resolved for next week’s testing schedule. If you would like to make changes regarding your child’s SHIELD testing status, please note that it may take up to seven days for those changes to go into effect.

I want to thank our entire staff as they have all stepped forward to manage changes and work to keep students at school. I appreciate your ongoing support.”

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Mask

“At the Dec. 7th Board of Education meeting, the Board discussed options moving forward with regards to universal masking in schools, once Governor Pritzker’s mask order is lifted. At its next meeting on Dec. 21, the Board will continue the conversation on the criteria that will be used to develop a matrix which would guide the district in reducing mitigation efforts in schools, such as universal masking. Examples of criteria under consideration might include: student positivity rate, vaccination rate, and/or community spread. Once the criteria have been decided, the district will work with local health officials for additional input.

It is important to note that this matrix will only be used once Governor Pritzker lifts Executive Order 87, which requires universal masking in all IL schools.

The goal of the Board of Education is to keep as many students in school buildings as possible during this school year. Test to Stay, which provides an opportunity for students who have been identified as close contacts to test so that they do not have to quarantine, is currently only available if both the positive case and the close contact were wearing masks. Therefore, if universal masking is lifted, the number of students in quarantine would greatly increase.

Dr. Robert Hunt, Superintendent of Schools, plans to reach out to leaders from other school districts to advocate that Test to Stay be available to students even if both the positive case and the close contact were not universally masked. You can listen to the Board’s entire discussion beginning at 1:26:36 and again at 3:07:22.”

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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. Some of the topics on tonight’s agenda include:

  • 7:00 PM Hearing: Property Tax Levy
  • 7:15 PM Hearing: ISBE Waivers (See agenda)
  • Consideration to Approve a Change Request to Project Work Order #5 to the Pepper Construction Company Master Agreement for Countryside & Roslyn Addition & Renovation to an amount of $9,611,350.

A copy of the agenda can be viewed here. The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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220 11.16.2021

More than a dozen Barrington School District 220 parents and students urged school board members at the Nov. 16 Board of Education meeting to disregard the state’s mask mandate and make mask-wearing optional for students.

From elementary age to high school, a few students shared how the masks have been distracting in school, making it hard for them to breathe and learn. Students said they felt constricted, couldn’t see their teacher’s faces to learn a language or sing, and often couldn’t hear their teachers in class.

Parents questioned COVID-19 infection rate metrics and wondered out loud why Illinois is among states in the country still requiring masks. Many of the 16 people who commented during the public comment portion of the meeting recommended the board ignore the governor’s executive order and the Illinois State Board of Education’s mask mandates, suggesting there would not be consequences.

“Not being able to see my peers’ faces has put me at a disadvantage,” a Barrington High School senior told the board Nov. 16, adding he feels like he’s entering a “dark cloud” when he arrives at school.

The teen said he often meets with peers outside of school without masks and feels like he’s living in two different worlds.

“I feel like I have a muzzle on,” he said. “I’m here to implore you to have a mask option, freeing the students.”

Read more here.

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220 Board 2021

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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New BOE

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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