december 4

a recap of the december 4th special board meeting

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Board of Education Meeting | December 4, 2020


There were no recognitions or welcomes at this meeting.

This meeting was held virtually, via Zoom and all public comments were submitted via an online Google form prior to the meeting. All comments received prior to 12 pm (noon) on Friday, December 4, 2020 were categorized, and read aloud at the meeting. The reading of those comments begin at the 1:45 mark of the meeting and can be viewed at this direct link:

Any public comment submitted prior to the start of the meeting at 7 pm on Friday, December 4, 2020, are available in full and can be read by visiting

Categorized summary of Public Comments submitted via Email:

  • Encouraged the Board to vote NO for adaptive pause (220)

  • Encouraged the Board to vote YES for adaptive pause (254)

  • Stay hybrid. Do NOT go to full in-person. (11)

  • Allow for parent choice & make a final decision (2)

  • Return Thomas to hybrid immediately (2)

  • Follow CDC & IDPH guidelines and keep us safe (2)

  • Is liability why the District is considering adaptive pause? (1)

  • Move to full in-person faster (3)

  • Stop pushing for full in-person (11)

  • Consider special education needs while others go to adaptive pause (1)

  • Plan now for a robust summer school (1)

  • Ignoring science is being a poor role model for students, and all tax levy comments should be accepted in-person (1)

  • Petition encouraging the Board to vote YES for adaptive pause and the submitter states there are 519 signatures (1)

  • Petitions that encourage the Board to vote NO for adaptive pause and the submitter states there are 400 responses with 300 unique respondents (2)

  • Let’s have students eat lunch outside where it is safer (1)

  • Please define the metrics being used going forward (2)

  • Lead. Don’t be swayed by negative voices. Most parents have nothing but gratitude and 100% support for teachers (1)

  • Provide testing for adults (1)

  • Allow parent choice and staff choice (1)

  • Thank you to all staff for all you are doing (1)

  • Stand up to the union (1)

  • Why do private schools not have staffing shortages, but District 25 does? (1)

  • We are together through this. Thank you for the support and encouragement (1)

  • The Board is not representing the whole community and is compromising the safety of all stakeholders (1)

  • St. James School is doing great. I feel sad for District 25 (1)

  • Make a decision that ensures the safety of students, staff and the community (1)


There were no informational items at this meeting.


superintendent report

On November 19, Dr. Bein presented information to the Board about an adaptive pause. At that time, the Board did not make a motion to vote on that particular recommendation. Dr. Bein felt it was imperative to bring this in front of the Board of Education again due to the following:

  • Internal District 25 metrics as well as the metrics within Arlington Heights and Region 10 are still concerning.
  • The Cook County Department of Public Health continues to guide us to follow the Clarification of Adaptive Pause
  • Significant lack of an adequate number of substitutes
  • A trend of a rise of D25 cases being reported this week

Dr. Bein was significantly concerned about the ability for District 25 to operate effectively. Moreover, Dr. Bein was and is significantly concerned about the health and safety of our students and staff.

Dr. Bein encouraged the Board to vote for an Adaptive Pause effective Monday, December 7, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021.

The District is continuing to plan for our transition as well as full in-person learning, and will be ready to implement these when the metrics support them.

A PDF of Dr. Bein's presentation can be seen by clicking here and to watch Dr. Bein's presentation, click here.


That the Board of Education approve an Adaptive Pause effective Monday, December 7, 2020 through Friday, January 15, 2021.

To watch the vote and the Board comments about their vote, click here.


School Board Meeting

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 7:30pm

400 South Highland Avenue

Arlington Heights, IL

Governor Pritzker’s November 13 Disaster Declaration provides that, for purposes of the Open Meetings Act virtual-meeting provision, public health concerns currently render in-person attendance of more than 10 people at the regular meeting location not feasible.

Therefore, in-person public comment is not available to the public. Anyone who has a public comment is welcome to submit their comment using the following NEW process by filling out the public comments Google Form.

The December 10th meeting will be held at South Middle School and will be livestreamed via YouTube. To livestream this meeting, click here:

The Tax Levy Public Hearing will be held virtually at this meeting at 7:15 pm via this link (CLICK HERE). For information on the Tax Levy Public Hearing, click here.