Superintendent of Schools

An update from Dr. Brian Harris: April 17, 2020

Dear Barrington 220 Community,

This afternoon Governor Pritzker canceled in person classes at all Illinois schools for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

Given the current public health crisis and the need to put everyone’s health and safety above all else, I’m sure this news does not come as a surprise. However, I share your disappointment, as I know many of you, including myself, were holding out hope that somehow our students and staff would be able return to our school buildings before the end of the year.

I know this announcement brings forth many questions about how to pick up items left in our school buildings, summer school, BHS graduation and other big end of the year events, just to name a few. Please know the district has been working on a plan for all situations. More information will be coming from your school principal on these topics and many others over the next few weeks.


We will continue using Remote Learning Days until the final day of school on Thursday, May 28. As teachers are becoming more proficient in using the tools they have available to them, the daily instruction will continue to evolve. As a reminder, you can click the link below to view our grading guidelines for these days:

*Please note, Monday May 4 will serve as our second virtual professional development day for staff. Under the Illinois State Board of Education guidelines for Remote Learning Days, school district staff can use up to five school days to work on Remote Learning Day Plans. Students may not receive any assignments on this day. Instead, they can use the time to catch up on school work and learning activities.


Finally, I would like to say thank you to our parents. Since e-learning began on March 16, you have had to juggle this crisis on so many levels. Thank you for the support you are providing to your children, even as you may be struggling yourself. These are not normal times we’re living in and all we can ask is that you do the best you can. If you find yourself looking for support, our partners at BStrong Together are offering many tips for parents. Click here to visit their website.