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Enrollment Down

At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the Board heard an update on student enrollment numbers in Barrington 220. Thirty days into the 2021-22 school year, the district’s total enrollment was 8,165 students, which is a decrease from last school year.

This downward trend is happening across the country and the state of Illinois. The 30-day enrollment figures are a snapshot in time. Enrollment will fluctuate during the school year as it has in the past and the district will continue to monitor it accordingly. You can view the entire enrollment presentation beginning here.

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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.  A copy of the agenda can be viewed here.

The meeting will be livestreamed on the district YouTube channel.

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CUSD 220

Barrington School District 220 was awarded $6 million in federal funds to assist the district with its response to and recovery from the coronavirus pandemic, district officials have reported.

The money is from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) as part of the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security Act. SD220 held a public hearing earlier this summer to hear from district stakeholders, including parents, on how the money would be used for the 12 schools and more than 8,500 students in the district.

There was little board member comment and no remarks on the subject from the large audience that had gathered at the board meeting. The crowd attended to share concerns about students wearing masks during the new school year.

District 220 is planning to return to full-time, in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year, officials previously announced. The new academic year starts Friday.

Bein said the district’s ESSER Fund spending plan includes $1.2 million for social, emotional learning support, as well as $1.3 million for student learning Additionally, $200,000 was spent on summer school this year and there are plans to provide staff materials in SEL support.

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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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220 7.13

At the often intense Barrington School District 220 school board meeting July 13, 2021, district parents and other stakeholders showed their support for the district not mandating students wear masks in school. (H. Rick Bamman / Pioneer Press)

The Barrington School District 220 board announced Tuesday night that the district will not require students in grades 6 through 12 to wear masks when they return to school next month for the new academic year, and will further discuss a phased-in approach to eliminate face covering requirements for students in pre-K to fifth grade.

Board members also agreed the district would not require masks to be worn outdoors for any students. Masks, considered personal protective equipment, were previously mandated by federal and state public health officials in all public places as a result of the novel coronavirus – and it’s COVID-19 disease – pandemic.

“I believe it’s time to return risk management back to parents,” recently-elected school board member Katie Karam said at the meeting Tuesday night. She started the discussion and was cheered by the audience.

The almost four-hour board meeting Tuesday saw more than 100 people in the audience, some often shouting at board members and demanding that no masks be required of students for the new school year. A few young school children held up “Follow the science: Unmask the kids” signs from Unmaskthekidsillinois.org, a grassroots organization started in Winnetka whose supporters are collectively “concerned with how local mask mandates were adversely affecting their young children,” according to its website.

Some SD220 parents who spoke during the public comments portion of the meeting shared data they said demonstrates that younger children are not at risk of catching COVID-19.

“We’re here today to end mask mandates for the upcoming school year and make sure that unvaccinated adults and children are not discriminated against in our district,” said Danny Olsen, who has three children enrolled in district schools and was among more than 30 who spoke during the meeting.

Read the full Barrington Courier-Review take on Tuesday’s meeting here.

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220From District 220:

“At the July 13 Board of Education meeting, the Board discussed COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 school year. Barrington 220 will implement a full five day/week return to in-person learning for all students. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently adopted the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidance for schools as it relates to mask requirements and social distancing. Key takeaways include:

  • Masks should be worn indoors by all individuals (age 2 and older) who are not fully vaccinated.
  • At least 3 feet of physical distance is recommended between students within classrooms, but not if this would be a barrier to in-person learning.

With these recommendations in mind, D220 administrators presented the Board with four options regarding masks for the 2021-22 school year. Those options included:

  • Universal masking for all students and staff
  • Masking for non-vaccinated students and staff
  • Phased masking
  • Masks optional for all students and staff

While it is recommended by the CDC and IDPH that unvaccinated students wear masks in school, the Board decided that students in grades 6-12 will not be required to do so. In addition, ALL students in grades PK-12 will not be required to wear masks outdoors.

The Board requested that district leaders develop a plan for students and staff that is based on mitigation efforts and public health data. The plan will recommend an approach that phases out masks when students in grades PK-5 are indoors. The Board will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 21 to review this plan. The meeting will be held at 6:30pm in the Barrington High School auditorium. Board policy 2:230 requires those speaking during public comment to identify themselves by first and last name and limit comments to three minutes. It is important to note that the district is making decisions based on current public health data and that these decisions are subject to change based on community spread.

Barrington 220 encourages all families to review the recommendations set forth by the CDC and IDPH. The district will continue implementing mitigation measures such as cleaning and disinfecting of school buildings, proper ventilation in all buildings, encouraging people who are sick to stay home, encouraging proper hygiene and maintaining social distance. ”

If you wish to watch last night’s four hour meeting, the video can be found here,

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Prairie Day 1

Construction crews are on site at Prairie, beginning work on the new classroom addition that will replace the mobile classrooms.

Construction is underway at BMS-Prairie, BMS-Station and Grove Avenue Elementary as part of the Build 220 projects! The mobile classrooms at both middle schools were removed last month, in order to begin construction of a classroom addition on each campus. Construction is also underway at Grove on a new front entrance vestibule, which will provide a more secure entrance to the building. Construction of a new classroom addition at Grove will also get underway in August, in order to replace the current mobile classrooms on that campus.

As much work as possible is being done over the summer in order to minimize disruptions during the school year. Construction at both middle schools is expected to last through November 2022. Construction at Grove Avenue Elementary is expected to last through December 2022. Project work across all D220 schools is expected to last through 2025. 

Editorial note:  220 very ceremoniously demolished the mobile classrooms less than two months ago. Yet new space for teachers, staff and students won’t be ready in nearly enough time for the coming school year beginning next month. What spaces, then, will be utilized in the interim if the former (and to be constructed) space was actually needed?

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PC Groundbreaking

Staff and Board of Education members at the Prairie Middle School groundbreaking ceremony.

“Barrington 220 hosted three groundbreaking ceremonies on Thursday, May 27, 2021 to kick off the first of many construction projects made possible by a $147 million referendum, which was approved by the community on March 17, 2020.

After 15 years, the mobile classrooms at Prairie Middle School and Station Middle School will be removed this month, in order to begin construction of a classroom addition on each campus. The mobile classrooms were purchased in 2006 as a temporary solution to increasing enrollment. In addition, construction will begin this summer at Grove Avenue Elementary on a new front entrance vestibule, which will provide a more secure entrance to the building. Construction of a new classroom addition at Grove will also get underway in August, in order to replace the current mobile classrooms on that campus. The mobiles were purchased in 2018 as a temporary solution to increasing enrollment.

As much work as possible is being done over the summer in order to minimize disruptions during the school year. Construction at both middle schools is expected to last through November 2022. Construction at Grove Avenue Elementary is expected to last through December 2022. Project work across all D220 schools is expected to last through 2025.”

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220At their recent meeting, members of the Barrington School District 220 School board agreed with an administration recommendation to offer only a limited remote/virtual learning program next school year, a decision officials believe is in line with guidance from the Illinois State Board of Education.

The move by the board comes as officials say additional SD220 surveys show dwindling interest in what has been called a virtual/blended academy. In early May, 370 families had indicated a willingness to commit to have their children in an all-virtual program for the whole 2021-2022 school year. By the time of the May 18 school board meeting, that number had dropped to 301, officials said. Another survey seeking to understand family reasons for wanting the all-remote option drew only 200 responses and of those only 117 said their choices were based on COVID-19 concerns.

The Illinois State Board of Education adopted a resolution May 19 that calls for schools to resume in-person instruction full-time starting next school year, and states remote learning would be made available for students in certain circumstances, including not being eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccination. Currently, the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer pharmaceutical company is the only one authorized for children, and only if they are at least 12 years old.

“A lot has changed since May 4,” said Matt Fuller, assistant superintendent of technology and innovation, referring both to state board guidance and declining family interest in the virtual option.

District officials expect to meet soon with families interested in the virtual option to outline course offerings and procedures, school leaders said. It is expected that the remote option will be available for families who choose it because of concerns over health issues for students under age 12 who are not eligible right not to be vaccinated, as well as for families with relatives at elevated risk for contracting the virus.

Costs for the scaled-back virtual program are estimated to be nearly $1 million, but board members were told that SD220 expects to receive about $8.4 million in federal pandemic relief funds over the next two school years. The district has spent about $1.3 million in pandemic relief funds so far, officials explained.

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220At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Dr. David Bein, the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services/Chief School Business Official, along with Sarah Lager, the district’s Director of Fiscal Services, presented the Board with an amended budget for the 2020-21 school year.

The budget was adopted by the Board last September, however the evolving pandemic created unforeseen financial needs that require changes. While local revenue is less than expected, overall expenditures (such as transportation, salaries) are also less than expected. Therefore, the district is looking at a larger than budgeted surplus. A public hearing on the amended budget will be held at the Board meeting on May 18. The Board is anticipated to adopt the amended budget at its first meeting in June. 

Click here to view the entire amended budget presentation.

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