Board of Education

An update from Barrington 220: October 2, 2019

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Board one step closer to approving Distance Learning Plan

Following a public hearing at its Oct. 1 meeting, the Board approved an eLearning verification form. This is required in order to utilize eLearning as part of the district's Distance Learning Plan. At its next meeting on Oct. 15, the Board will consider approving a resolution to utilize eLearning as part of its Distance Learning Plan for emergency days for the 2019-2020 school year.

The Distance Learning Plan is a district-wide plan to have students complete the school day from home, on an inclement weather day. This could eliminate the need to make up days at the end of the school year. The Barrington 220 administration has been working in collaboration with the Barrington Education Association (BEA) and Barrington School District Employee Organization (BSEO) on a Distance Learning Plan, which encompasses traditional lesson assignments at home that do not require an electronic device, as well as eLearning (lesson assignments at home that require an electronic device, such as an iPad). Barrington 220 is working with all school PTOs to develop a document for parents that would answer frequently asked questions about the Distance Learning Plan.

Board approves 2019-20 priorities

Every fall the Board of Education selects its priorities for the upcoming school year. At its Oct. 1 meeting, the Board approved seven priorities for 2019-20 (listed in alphabetical order):

1) BUDGET: Maintain a balanced budget, monitor food services, review transportation program

2) COMMUNITY RELATIONS: Expand/strengthen community engagement, investigate strategic plan options, educate and engage all stakeholders in the upcoming March 2020 referendum

3) HEALTH AND WELLNESS: Educate and prevent adolescent risk behaviors

4) OPTIMAL TIME FOR LEARNING: Expand blended learning options, initiate Distance Learning options, monitor impact of change to school start times

5) SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY: Continue to research and implement best practice

6) SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Foster digital citizenship, promote cultural sensitivity, strengthen self-awareness and empathy

7) TECHNOLOGY: Pursue best practices in cybersecurity, monitor instructional value of devices

Register to vote in the presidential primary election

Are you registered to vote in Illinois? The Board of Education is placing a $147 million school district referendum question on the March 17, 2020 ballot. A successful referendum would fund many important facility upgrades in all of our schools. Click here to begin the voter registration process today!

Please note: You can register to vote if you're 17-years-old on or before the date of the primary election in March 2020 and turn 18 on or before the date of the presidential election in November 2020.

Roslyn Road earns National Blue Ribbon Award

In his report at the Oct. 1 Board meeting, Dr. Brian Harris congratulated Roslyn Road Elementary, which recently received the National Blue Ribbon Award. Roslyn is one of only 25 schools across Illinois and 362 schools nationwide to be honored with this prestigious recognition. Roslyn also earned the Blue Ribbon Award in 2013. Barrington 220 schools have now earned a total of 11 National Blue Ribbon awards. Those schools include:

Barrington High School: 1993

Arnett C. Lines Elementary: 1994, 2008

Barbara B. Rose Elementary: 2014
Countryside Elementary: 2016

Grove Avenue Elementary: 1992, 2007, 2016
Hough Street Elementary: 2015

Roslyn Road Elementary: 2013, 2019

Roslyn 2019 National Blue Ribbon School
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Homecoming is this weekend!

In his report at the Oct. 1 Board meeting, Dr. Brian Harris reminded the community that BHS Homecoming will be held on Saturday, Oct. 5. The theme this year is "Candyland Homecoming—It’s Going to Be Sweet!”. The community is welcome to attend the following events:

  • Pancake Breakfast: The community is invited to the annual “Andy Anderson Pancake Breakfast” in the BHS Cafeteria from 7am until noon. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids.

  • Homecoming Parade: leaves from the METRA station at 10:15am, then marches down Main Street to BHS.

  • Open House: The Barrington community is invited to attend an open house at the new location for the Barrington 220 District Administrative Center, at 515 West Main Street. The open house will start at 11am, following the parade. Visitors are welcome to stop in for a tour until 1pm.

  • Varsity Football Game: come cheer the Broncos on at 1pm, as the team takes on Conant High School at Barrington Community Stadium.