March 11, 2021

Dear Barrington 220 Community: 

Earlier this week I shared that the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) released revised public health guidance for schools

I also shared that due to these revisions, particularly the recommendation for social distancing in schools to be defined as 3 to 6 feet instead of the previous 6 feet, all Barrington 220 students enrolled in the Hybrid model would be able to return to in-person instruction 5 days/week for the entire school day. Today I am announcing the start dates for that return at all levels. All families who chose the Distance Learning model will continue with that model for the remainder of the school year, except for families at Sunny Hill Elementary, who have received special instructions from their principal.
EARLY LEARNING CENTER
  • No Changes. Students will continue to follow their current schedule.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Michelle Acosta at macosta@barrington220.org
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
  • Thursday, March 18: Asynchronous distance learning day for ALL elementary students, in order to implement operational changes in the buildings
  • March 19-March 28: Spring Break
  • Monday, March 29: First day for elementary students to return 5 days/week, full day in-person learning

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your school principal. 
MIDDLE SCHOOL
  • Monday, March 15: Asynchronous distance learning day for ALL middle school students, in order to implement operational changes in the buildings 
  • Tuesday, March 16: First day for middle school students to return 5 days/week, full day in-person learning
  • March 19-March 28: Spring Break

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact school administrators.
HIGH SCHOOL
All Barrington High School students who are participating in the Hybrid model already have the option to attend school five days a week for an entire school day. This has been possible due to lower in-person student attendance at the high school. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact school administrators. 
TRANSITION CENTER
Monday, March 29: First day for students to return 5 days/week for modified full day in-person learning, with students returning to their job placements.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Director of Student Services, Sharon Jacobellis at sjacobellis@barrington220.org
Mitigation Efforts
Please keep in mind, strict adherence to 6 feet social distancing still must be maintained when face masks are removed for lunch. 

Additionally, another important mitigation effort that has not changed with this new guidance is contact tracing. If there is a positive case in a school, the same rules and guidelines are still in effect. Any unvaccinated person who is within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period will be subject to quarantine. Therefore, with the change to the 3 feet distance in our classrooms, it is critical that the daily COVID-19 Symptom Screening is completed by all students. Please do not send your child to school if these symptoms exist. 

We are excited to implement this transition over the next couple of weeks. Please remember, Barrington 220 will continue to follow these 5 CDC mitigation strategies:

  • 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 the local health department