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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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BHS

The 220 Board of Education meets this evening at 6:30 PM at Barrington High School located at 616 W Main St.  A copy of their agenda can be viewed here.

Please note the agenda states the following:

“Public Comment can be made in one of two ways:

  • By 12:00 pm (noon) on July 21st leave a voicemail message at 847-842-3576. This will be played during the public comment portion of the January 21st board meeting.
  • By making a public comment in person at the meeting.

This meeting will also be transmitted virtually at bit.ly/220schoolboardlive. Please click on the July 21st meeting, which will appear on the site when the meeting actually begins.”

As “public comment averse” as some on the board are, it should not be assumed comments communicated by email or print will be accepted by this board.

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Test Option

A new law will require all public universities in Illinois to make standardized admission tests optional, effective January 1, 2022.

The state of Illinois has joined Colorado in passing legislation that requires its public universities to permit students to choose whether they submit ACT and SAT scores when applying to public colleges and universities in the state.

The Higher Education Fair Admissions Act, which applies to all public universities and community colleges in Illinois, states that those institutions “may not require applicants who are residents of the State of Illinois to submit standardized test scores to the institution as a part of the admissions process, and the submission of standardized test scores to the institution shall be at the option of the applicant.”

The measure was signed into law by Governor J.B. Pritzker on Friday. It was sponsored by State Senator Christopher Belt (D-Swansea) and house sponsor LaToya Greenwood (D-East St. Louis). It received overwhelming support in the legislature, passing 109-8 in the House and 45-9 in the Senate. It goes into effect on January 1, 2022.

Read more here.

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Pay Play

College athletes in Illinois will now be able to be compensated.

At the University of Illinois on Tuesday, Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation that will allow athletes to profit from endorsements, sponsorships and autographs.

“Beginning July 1, Illinois collegiate student athletes, no matter the sport and no matter the division, can take control of their destiny when it comes to their name, image, likeness and voice,” Pritzker said.

The law does not allow athletes to endorse things like gambling, tobacco, cannabis, alcohol, adult entertainment or any products or services that are “reasonably considered to be inconsistent with the values or mission of a post secondary educational institution.”

With no national standard on the books yet, states are scrambling to allow college endorsements for student athletes. A number of states have such laws set to take effect in coming years, and lawmakers in California are considering moving up the state date of their previously passed legislation.

In 2019, California became the first state to pass NIL – name, image and likeness – legislation, permitting college athletes to hire an agent and market themselves. California’s law was set to take effect in 2023, but Florida just passed a law with an earlier start date, July 1, 2021. Four other states followed suit: Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and New Mexico.

(Sadly) Illinois is the first state to pass a NIL law in the Midwest. University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said it gives the state’s college sport’s programs an advantage.

Read more here.

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A ribbon-cutting and community walk will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, to celebrate the newly refurbished “Joe Kelsch Sr. Dreamway Trail,” a bike and pedestrian path that runs alongside the restored Flint Creek from Langendorf Park to Barrington High School.

The project recently was chosen to receive the prestigious Governor’s Hometown Award as well as an American Public Works Association Award due to the collaborative and partnership efforts of the Village of Barrington, the Barrington Park District, the Barrington Community Unit School School District 220, and area conservation-oriented nonprofits and volunteers.

The gathering will begin at 10 a.m. near the Langendorf Park Splash Pad, where representatives from the involved governments and organizations as well as volunteers will honor the family of the late Joe Kelsch Sr., for whom the trail is named.

Following the ribbon-cutting, the community is invited to walk the 1.5-mile trail.

The trail is named in Kelsch’s honor to memorialize his persistent vision within the Flint Creek Watershed. More than 25 volunteers gave 1,250 hours of their time to support the project. It also was supported by a $516,000 Illinois Environmental Protection Agency grant.

“This project truly highlights what can be accomplished through the hard work and passion of dedicated volunteers and also illustrates the tremendous value of intergovernmental partnerships, Village President Karen Darch said. “We are very grateful and honored to have been chosen for this award, and we thank all those volunteers who have worked so hard to see this project come to fruition.”

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Author Veronica Roth shares some words for the Class of 2021

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth

Veronica Roth, best-selling author of the of “Divergent” series and several other novels, grew up in Barrington and graduated from Barrington High School, Class of 2006. At the Daily Herald’s request, she wrote a commencement address for the Class of 2021.

Dear Graduates,

I think about you guys all the time — about what it would be like to spend your last year of school not indulging in nostalgia, as I did, but adapting to the strange new circumstances in which we now find ourselves: too familiar with Zoom, not familiar enough with awkward graduation parties, low key fretting about the weird maskne breakouts along our jawlines, etc. I’m sorry you lost out on some of these precious normalcies. It reminds me of this exchange from “The Fellowship of the Ring” — Frodo says to Gandalf, “I wish it need not have happened in my time.” And Gandalf replies, “So do I, and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

So I’m here to reflect, not on what you’ve lost by living in “such times,” but on what you actually have. This year has acquainted you, a little earlier than usual, with a difficult but important truth. I remember learning it in my mid-20s — after years of working on my anxiety disorder in therapy, I realized that while it might improve, it would never actually go away. Before that, I had this idea of what my personality would be like without it — what my brain would be like if it was “normal.” And I had to let that go. I had to deal with the raw material I actually had, instead of the fantasy I wouldn’t reach.

Try as we might, we always have ideas about baselines — what’s normal, what’s fair, what’s average — and we struggle when we feel we’re given a deviation from that baseline. But as we grow older, we begin to see the unfairly good hands we are dealt as often as the unfairly bad ones, and we can start to let go of those fantasies of what’s “normal.”

So no, graduating in 2021 is not the stuff of high school comedies and photo montages set to Green Day. But there is good in it. You have been acquainted with reality in a particular way, and it can be your strength, if you let it. Times of loss and hardship can either harden us or soften us. They can make us bitter that we didn’t get what we felt we deserved, or they can foster in us deep compassion for people who are struggling. They can make us cynical about the way the world operates, or they can instruct us about how we’d like to improve things. They can make us grateful for every moment of ease, and ready to meet every moment of challenge, knowing we’ve done it before and weathered it. Loss and hardship can form us into wiser, stronger, more loving people — if we let them. If we don’t let ourselves get sour instead.

And I believe in your capacity to avoid that sourness. Every time I talk to people your age, I’m impressed by how much you know, how wonderfully busy your minds are, how careful you are to be respectful of differences. I know that you can stave off bitterness and embrace compassion. I know that you can bear up under difficulty — you are already doing it. You made it to this graduation. You adapted, and endured, and embraced what you could. God, I’m so proud of you all. You’re amazing. Well done.

My parting words for you, then, are to know what you’ve already done, where you’ve already been — and to decide what this time will make of you. Will you get stuck feeling trapped in a life you didn’t choose, and become bitter about an experience you didn’t get? Or will this time be a reminder to you, for the rest of your life, that we are all given particular burdens to bear — and the way we ease them is by bearing them together?

Graduates of 2021: be soft, and kind, and wise. Shoulder each other’s burdens. Make a gentler world, if you can. I can’t wait to watch you do it.

And above all, be proud of yourselves. You made it. Congratulations.

— Veronica

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BHS 2021

In an effort to social distance as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Barrington High School held four graduation ceremonies May 29, 2021 for the more than 700 Class of 2021 graduates. Students are pictured as they tossed their caps at the 10 a.m. commencement held on the school’s athletic field in Barrington. (Karie Angell Luc / Pioneer Press)

After not being able to have a live graduation ceremony for last year’s graduating class – due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, this year Barrington High School held four in-person commencements on the school’s athletic field for the more than 700 Class of 2021 graduates.

“They were resilient, they were ready for any change – and we changed many times throughout the course of the year,” retiring Superintendent Brian Harris said about this year’s class of graduates. “They’ve just been remarkable and we’re very proud of them and happy to celebrate their graduation.”

School officials said the graduating class included 703 seniors. The ceremonies were held Saturday May 29 at the BHS football stadium.

The outdoor commencements were held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to help ensure the public health safety for participants and attendees as the pandemic continues, officials said.

Harris told Pioneer Press at the first ceremony of the day that the graduating seniors are “set for a college or career of their choice and we’re very proud of that.”

Saturday marked the last graduation Harris will preside over (thankfully) at Barrington High School as superintendent due to his upcoming retirement.

Read more here.

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BHS 2021

Graduates await their turn to be called to the stage during the presentation of diplomas at the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony at Barrington High School Saturday.

South Elgin, Elgin, Larkin, Bartlett and Streamwood High Schools held their class graduation ceremonies yesterday an the Now Arena in Hoffman Estates. Wheaton North, Wheaton Warrenville South and Carmel Catholic High Schools held their ceremonies outdoors as a class on school grounds.

Barrington High School seniors had their ceremonies segregated into four (4) shifts at Barrington Community Stadium. The four separate ceremonies were recorded and will be made available for viewing here.

To see images from all events, click here.

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Wood

Corinne Wood walks with Boone Creek Water Alliance member Carol O’Donnell in rural Woodstock during a 2002 visit to McHenry County. Wood, a Barrington native who became Illinois’ first female lieutenant governor, died Tuesday. She was 66. (Daily Herald File Photo, 2002)

Corinne Wood was a trailblazing politician whose legal background, moderate voice and ability to reach across the aisle helped her become the first female lieutenant governor in Illinois.

But she never lost sight of her suburban roots.

Wood, who served as lieutenant governor alongside Gov. George Ryan from 1999 to 2003, died Tuesday from complications related to her 15 years with metastatic breast cancer, family members said. She was 66.

Wood paved the way for later women to become lieutenant governors, including Evelyn Sanguinetti, who served with Gov. Bruce Rauner, and current Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton.

In a statement Wednesday, Stratton called Wood “a trailblazer bringing her authentic self to the office and elevating the issue of women’s health. She paved the way for women like me to serve in this role.”

Wood grew up in Barrington, where she was known as Corky Gieseke while attending Grove Avenue School and graduating from Barrington High School in 1972. Her grandparents farmed land in Arlington Heights, Palatine and Barrington, while running the long-standing Gieseke’s Farm Market.

During her first year as lieutenant governor, Wood addressed members of the Barrington Chamber of Commerce, where she reflected on her local roots. At the time, she was recovering from an auto accident in which she suffered a leg injury and her daughter lost her four front teeth.

“I’m excited to be back in my hometown,” Wood said at the time. “The values I gained from growing up in a town like Barrington have guided me in public office.”

Read more here.

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