Superintendent of Schools

An update from Dr. Brian Harris: March 29, 2020

Dear Barrington 220 Community:


I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well. I think we can all agree, this spring break was unlike any we have experienced before, but I hope you have been able to make the most of the situation by spending quality time with family.


As our students head “back to school” on Monday, March 30, I want to take this time to share a few pieces of information with you. I will also be sharing this information through an Infinite Campus phone message, which you should receive later today.


REMOTE LEARNING DAYS

First, beginning on Tuesday, March 31, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen Ayala has declared all Illinois schools must implement Remote Learning Days, until in person instruction can resume.

This does not present significant changes in Barrington 220, as we have been prepared to implement e-learning since last fall, when our Board of Education approved our Distance Learning Plan (click here to see FAQs). We are fortunate to have the tools and staff expertise that allow us to continue engaging students remotely, whether that means reviewing content or introducing new content. In fact, we recently subscribed to an additional tool to enhance instruction for our students. All teachers will now have access to Zoom for classroom and small group meetings. This will provide more personal interaction between teachers and students.


Therefore, when our staff welcomes students “back to school” on Monday, March 30, we will continue to implement our Distance Learning Plan. These school days will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

Please note, under the Remote Learning Day declaration, students will be held accountable for their assignments. Teachers will grade student work and while students can not fail a class during this time period, if they do not engage, they will receive an incomplete on their report cards.


SOCIAL DISTANCING

Secondly, I want to remind families to continue practicing the social distancing guidelines as outlined by the CDC. This is not a time to be gathering in large groups with friends. All school playgrounds and athletic facilities are closed. In addition, the Barrington Park District has closed all playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, the skate park and public restrooms.


MEAL DISTRIBUTION

Lastly, I want to share that for the duration of Remote Learning Days, Barrington 220 will continue to provide meals to students in need. Meals will be dropped off at students’ homes on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 2pm and 5pm. Each Tuesday, two breakfasts and two lunches will be provided per child. Each Thursday, three breakfasts and three lunches will be provided per child. On Thursdays, additional food will also be provided generously from Barrington Children's Charities. If you wish to discontinue drop-off meal service or have any questions, please contact Yazmin Aceves via email yaceves@barrington220.org or call (847) 842-3534.



Finally, I want to remind you Governor Prtizker has closed all Illinois schools through at least Tuesday, April 7. As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, it is important to note that this date will likely be extended. We will continue taking guidance from the state on when it is safe to reopen our schools. As always, thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time.