Straight from Station

December 22, 2020

An Update from CUSD 220

At the Dec. 15 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Harris shared that Barrington 220 families will have the choice to participate in a Hybrid mode or Distance Learning beginning Tuesday, January 19. The decision was made after receiving new information from public health officials which indicates that it is safe for students to return to a Hybrid mode if school districts continue to implement the following five CDC mitigation strategies with fidelity:

  • Consistent and correct use of masks
  • Social distancing to the largest extent possible
  • Hand hygiene and respiratory etiquette
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Contact tracing in collaboration with local health department

In the middle and high school Hybrid 2.0 plans students would remain in two groups, "Group A" and "Group B". However, it would include Wednesdays as an additional in-person instruction day. For example, one week Group A would be in person all day Monday-Wednesday, while Group B would be in person all day Thursday-Friday. The following week Group A would be in person Monday-Tuesday and Group B would be in person Wednesday-Friday. Students who choose to continue Distance Learning would continue to follow the schedule they are currently following, as teachers will be providing concurrent (simultaneous) instruction to students who are remote and in person.

*All middle and high school families should have received a communication last week which showed whether they selected Hybrid or Distance Learning back in October. Families who wished to change their selection for January had to make the change in Infinite Campus by last Sunday. A second communication will be sent out after winter break regarding transportation for middle and high school students.

Winter Break Home Internet Security Check: Limit Adult Websites on a Barrington 220 iPad

The start of winter break is a good time to routinely check and maintain your home Internet security plan. With a break from school, students are likely to spend more unsupervised time using their iPad. Using the Screen Time feature built into the District iPad can help you establish web content restrictions. If you do not already have home Internet filtering set up, you can set up Screen Time on the district iPad to limit adult content as a first step.

Click here to learn more about Home Internet Security.

Station Spelling Bee

If your child is interested in participating in the Station Spelling Bee this year, please be on the lookout for information from your child’s English teacher when we return from break. The format will be as follows:

  • Study for the grade-level Spelling Bee over break.

  • January 7-January 14 take the grade-level online Spelling Bee Test.

    • Top 15 students in each grade-level will advance to the whole-school Spelling Bee.

  • January 19-January 22, those who advance will compete in the whole-school online Spelling Bee, and the winner will be announced to compete in the Sectional Spelling Bee.

There will be more information to come, but if your child is interested in preparing for their grade level bee, the words are linked below:

6th Grade Word List

7th Grade Word List

8th Grade Word List

If you have any questions, please reach out to Olivia Duehr at

Speech Tournament

Speech Tournament is a go this year! This year’s tournament will most likely be virtual, and will be held after school on March 8th and 9th, from 4:00-6:00pm. A “Zoom” student information meeting will be held during lunch at 12pm on Friday, January 8th. Scripts, applications, and all things Speech Tournament will be discussed! If your child is unable to attend the meeting, this information and applications will also be posted on the Speech Tournament page of the Station website.

January 8th Student Meeting Zoom Link (will also be posted on Station’s Speech Tournament page): (Passcode: 422984)

As always, volunteers are needed to help judge at this year’s Speech Tournament. This is a wonderful way to give back to the community and see some talented students perform as well! We are in great need of community members to volunteer, no experience necessary! BHS juniors/seniors and college students are also welcome (a great way to earn service hours!). Please contact Mrs. Lobb with your name, phone number, and address at, if you would like to participate in this fun and rewarding event!
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Upcoming Dates to Remember

  • Dec. 23-Jan. 6: Winter Break
  • Jan 7 & 8: Distance Learning day for ALL D220 students to allow for mitigation time recommended after family gatherings and travel over winter break.
  • Jan. 11: First day of in-person learning for special education and at-risk students who have regularly been in our school buildings during Distance Learning.
  • Jan. 15: No school for all students as staff prepare for transition to Hybrid 2.0.
  • Jan 19: Hybrid 2.0 begins for all students.