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Editorial note: If you attended Barrington High School prior to 1990, chances are you went to Phil’s Beach at one time or another.

The Bluesmobile makes its way down Phil’s Beach in Wauconda during the filming of “The Blues Brothers” in 1979.

After a lengthy wait prolonged by the COVID-19 crisis, Wauconda’s iconic Phil’s Beach is set to reopen to the public Wednesday.

Located on the western shore of Bangs Lake near downtown Wauconda, the beach formerly was a privately run attraction that had drawn customers from across the Chicago area for decades. The Wauconda Park District owns the site now, and in 2019 launched a $3 million renovation that wrapped up earlier this year.

A grand opening bash on Memorial Day weekend initially was envisioned, but the beach remained closed this spring because of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s statewide stay-at-home order.

Now that Illinois is in Phase 4 of the state’s recovery plan, the beach can welcome visitors.

“Our community has embraced this project from the beginning, and we are thrilled to finally be able to open,” park district Executive Director Nancy Burton said.

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Barrington athletes work out in small groups by following along with a video on the screen inside the stadium. The IHSA has approved small-group workouts as part of its return-to-play initiative.

Similar to many restaurants and businesses, local high school athletic departments have cautiously waded back to work this summer. The new normal, as permitted by the IHSA, allows for schools to offer voluntary strength and conditioning workouts. Sports-specific drills are not currently permitted.

Athletes have their temperatures checked at the start of each session and are asked if they have any specific symptoms. When training begins, they are required to maintain a social distance of 6 feet and train in groups of no more than 10 people, including the coach.

Glenbrook South athletic director Steve Rockrohr estimated 500 students are participating in workouts. At Barrington, about 225 students are participating, according to athletic director Mike Obsuszt. At both schools, the groups of 10 are co-ed and feature athletes from a range of sports. Rockrohr and Obsuszt said they think more students would have participated had additional sessions been feasible. 

Pioneer Press contributor Ryan Nilsson spoke with Rockrohr, Obsuszt and Timothy Christian athletic director Jack LeGrand to learn how the conditioning workouts were going. Stevenson athletic director Trish Betthauser answered the same questions via email.

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In a welcome announcement for restless college students, the University of Illinois confirmed Thursday that all three of its campuses will hold modified classes on campus this fall as long as the masses of students coming back wear face masks, undergo coronavirus tests and practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

That means dorms, dining halls, research labs and other campus facilities will begin to reopen in some fashion, with amended protocols to protect students and faculty from falling ill, according to a joint statement issued by university leaders.

Exactly how college life will look this fall is top of mind for many students deciding whether to move back and reunite with classmates or remain at home and continue taking classes online. Northwestern University, DePaul University, the University of Chicago and public universities in Illinois are all taking steps to offer a blend of in-person and remote coursework. Though many decisions aren’t finalized, enhanced cleaning, contract tracing and access to testing are common features across campuses.

At Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign campus, creating enough room for students to sit in classes, grab food from dining halls and socialize with peers could be particularly challenging given its record enrollment of more than 51,000 students last year. An email sent to students Thursday laid out the plans for fall, saying “we will resume on-campus instruction for the Fall 2020 semester in a manner modified to address the ongoing pandemic concerns.”

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“In his superintendent report at the June 16 Board meeting, Dr. Harris shared Barrington 220’s preliminary Roadmap to Reopening for the 2020-21 school year. The district is preparing educational plans based on Restore Illinoiswhich is a five-phase reopening plan. The district intends to finalize detailed guidelines for each plan next month. Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, it is possible the district will be in several of these phases over the course of the 2020-21 school year. The state of Illinois is currently in Phase 3.

  • PHASE 1 (Rapid spread): All Distance Learning, which would include more rigorous guidelines based upon feedback from Spring 2020. Essential staff on site as necessary.
  • PHASE 2 (Flattening): All Distance Learning, which would include more rigorous guidelines based upon feedback from Spring 2020. Essential staff on site as necessary.
  • PHASE 3 (Recovery):
    -10 people or less in a designated space

    -All Distance Learning, which would include more rigorous guidelines based upon feedback from Spring 2020.
    -Essential staff on site as necessary
    -Some groups (such as special education programs) on site
    -Staff members on site as necessary
    -Follow IHSA and IESA guidelines for athletics
  • PHASE 4 (Revitalization):
    -50 people or less in a designated space
    -All students return to school with public health guidelines in place,


-Grades PK-6 return every day and grades 7-12 return on a rotational schedule
-Plan Distance Learning for some students
-Follow IHSA and IESA guidelines for athletics
-All staff members on site

  • PHASE 5 ( Restored): Return to “normal” with new public health guidelines in place

The district expects the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH) to release guidelines soon for the reopening of schools in the fall. In addition, Barrington 220 has created a committee made up of school administrators, teachers and support staff, which is meeting over the summer to review reopening plans. School administrators are also meeting with parents over the summer to gain their feedback.” 

Click here to listen to Dr. Harris explain Barrington 220’s preliminary Roadmap to Reopening at the Board meeting.

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Emmie Phillips, from left, Grace Hayes, Natalie Nelson are pictured June 7, 2020 in Barrington as they collected food and cash that was to be donated to a Chicago organization and distributed to families of Chicago Public Schools children who missed getting meals after looting ravaged some communities. – Original Credit: Emily Young (Emily Young / HANDOUT)

The Barrington area community surprised Natalie Nelson with how much it stepped up on Sunday to provide meals for Chicago Public Schools students who may need them.

In just four hours, Nelson and two fellow 2016 Barrington High School graduates collected $1,125 in cash to buy fresh and non-perishable food to deliver to Port Ministries in Chicago. The food is to be distributed to the families of children who temporarily lost their free meals through CPS, Nelson said.

“We’re over the moon,” said Nelson, who now lives in Fox River Grove. “I did not expect to have this much support. The community really came together. They provided so many donations in food and cash. It was great to see.”

The passersby and visitors to College Nannies, Sitters and Tutors, the downtown Barrington site where the food was collected, were very supportive, said Emmie Phillips, of Barrington Hills.

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Graduates in Class of 2020: 773

Graduation speaker: Margaret Simmons

Class officers: Senior Class Board: President Rhea Thomas, Vice President Charlotte Lucas, Treasurer Afrah Ahmed, Secretary Taylor Hall; Student Council: President Diego Garcia Davidson.

Academic achievements: 10 National Merit finalists; 38 National Merit Commended Scholars; 216 Illinois State Scholars; Anna Mae King named to IHSA All-State Academic First Team.

Theater productions: “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Footloose.”

Homecoming King and Queen: Tarun Voruganti and Marche Salley.

Homecoming theme: “Candyland Homecoming: It’s Going to be Sweet!”

Read more from the Daily Herald here.

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Barrington High School graduate Dominique Duval speaks to a crowd June 6, 2020 during a demonstration in Citizens Park in Barrington while event organizer Zoe Zakson holds a photo of Duval’s uncle taking part in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. (Kulsoom Khan / Pioneer Press)

A crowd estimated at over 200 people gathered in Barrington Saturday to join other area and nationwide protests against police brutality – including unarmed African American people – in the wake of the death earlier this month of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Floyd, who is African American, was killed on Memorial Day in Minneapolis while in police custody. He was apprehended for allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill at a local store, according to published reports about the incident.

A video recorded by a bystander that has gone viral globally, appears to show now-former police officer Derick Chauvin, who is white, pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck for what officials said was 8 minutes and 46 seconds – all while other officers pinned Floyd down and applied pressure to his back. Another officer is seen in the video appearing to stand watch.

“I’m furious, because it took a video for the nation to believe that the problem my community has seen forever is real,” Pastor Zina Jacque, of Community Church of Barrington, said while addressing the crowd of demonstrators.

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Illinois schools, which have been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, will now be allowed to hold in-person summer school, thanks to an executive order issued Thursday afternoon by Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

But many area school systems — including Chicago Public Schools — have already announced that summer school will be held through remote learning, so it’s not immediately clear if such districts will change course.

The order states that all Illinois public and nonpublic elementary and high schools can open for “limited in-person educational purposes” once the regular school year ends. They can also continue providing food and other services, but must follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health as the state moves through the third phase of its reopening plan.

Any school that reopens must take safety measures that include anyone older than 2 years old wearing face masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment. Also, the number of people in a space will be limited to 10, maintaining a 6-foot distance between them. Physical contact and sharing of personal items is discouraged, and students and staff must adhere to regular hand washing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.

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Carolina Aleida Valdes is one of the 773 Barrington High School class of 2020 graduates. The virtual graduation ceremony was broadcast online May 29, 2020 (Elizabeth Owens-Schiele / Pioneer Press)

During a virtual graduation ceremony Friday, Barrington High School Principal Steve McWilliams transported viewers back to a time before COVID-19 disease, remote learning and social distancing, and highlighted the many achievements, accomplishments and awards of the graduating class of 2020.

“Early in the fall, 48 members of the class of 2020 were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program,” McWilliams said during the pre-recorded ceremony that was broadcast on the Vimeo video social media app.

He also recognized the many successes of students who participated in the school’s dance, music, theater, broadcast and sports programs.

The top college destinations of the 773 graduates, he said, include Indiana University, Loyola University, Purdue University, University of Illinois and Harper College.

Additionally, some students will attend such highly selective schools as Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Yale University. McWilliams said 216 members of the graduating class are Illinois State Scholars and six got a 36 on the ACT, the highest score possible.

Read more here. To watch the 2020 BHS graduation ceremony, click here.

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Students at more than a dozen suburban Chicago high schools and Northwestern University have launched online petitions demanding that their canceled graduation ceremonies be rescheduled once COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings are lifted.

Barrington High School senior Niyanthi Puliyala started an online petition asking officials to consider rescheduling either the graduation ceremony or prom for a later date.

“Fighting the coronavirus should be everyone’s top priority and matters like these seem inconsequential at a time like this, but this is an idea I am proposing. … Postpone the traditional graduation ceremony instead of having a virtual ceremony,” she said in her online petition.

Puliyala told the Tribune that she saw other schools tenatively rescheduling later ceremonies and “it seems like we’re the one high school that just immediately jumped to a virtual graduation only, which was shocking.”

The petition asks officials to consider July 31 as a possible commencement date, since the high school has tentatively set prom for Aug. 1.

Sounds reasonable. Read more here.

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