Board of Education
An update from Barrington 220: October 7, 2020
D220 ready to implement Hybrid mode on Oct. 19
At the Oct. 6 Board of Education meeting, Dr. Harris updated Board members about the district's plan to return to in-person learning in a Hybrid mode on Monday, Oct. 19.

In his presentation, Dr. Harris shared the percentage of students at each school who elected to continue with Distance Learning until winter break and the percentage of students at each school who signed up to participate in the district's Hybrid plan. Overall, about 30% of students district-wide will continue with Distance Learning and about 70% will participate in the Hybrid plan. Click here to view Dr. Harris' presentation.

In addition, based on new guidance from public health officials, Dr. Harris updated two of the five metrics that are being used to determine which of the 4 steps (outlined in video link above) the district is currently in. The five metrics include the following:

  • Metric 3: PPE and Sanitation Supply

  • Metric 4: Licensed Staff Return Rate

  • Metric 5: Non-Licensed Staff Return Rate
You can view the changes to Metric 1 and Metric 2 below:
Upcoming Dates:
  • Oct. 14: Non-Student Attendance Day 

  • Oct. 14 & 15: ELC, Elementary, Middle School Parent/Teacher Conferences as scheduled 

  • Oct. 14 & 15: PSAT Testing Day for juniors/staff development as scheduled 

  • Oct. 16: Non-Student Attendance Day as scheduled 

  • Oct. 19: Launch Hybrid Plan (if metrics allow) 

  • Oct. 20: Update Board of Education on Hybrid implementation at regularly scheduled Board meeting

  • Nov. 17: Review Hybrid plan at regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting and recommend opportunities to provide additional in-person learning

*Please note: Wednesday, October 14 is a non-attendance day for students (except juniors choosing to take the PSAT), as staff work in their school buildings to prepare for the Hybrid transition. Therefore, students will not be in attendance Oct. 14, 15 and 16. 
Board seeks community input on next superintendent
At its Oct. 6 meeting, the Board shared a couple of upcoming opportunities for community members to provide input on the district's superintendent search. The Board is working with search firm School Exec Connect to select the district's next leader. Dr. Brian Harris will be retiring at the end of June after serving more than 30 years in public education.

  • Online Questionnaire: First, the Board is asking community members to fill out an online questionnaire. It should only take about five minutes to complete and it will be available until Oct. 30, 2020. Click here to complete the online questionnaire

  • Virtual Community Forum: In addition to the questionnaire, if you would like to provide input on the district’s strengths, the district’s challenges, and the characteristics the next superintendent should possess, the Board of Education and School Exec Connect consultants invite you to attend a virtual open forum on Monday, Nov. 2 at 7pm. Please click here to register for the forum.

Please note, Barrington 220 staff members will receive a separate email where you can sign up for a virtual staff forum. Findings from the questionnaire, the virtual forum, and several focus group conversations will be used to develop a New Superintendent Profile that will be reported to the Board at its November 17 regularly scheduled meeting.

If you have any questions regarding the search, please contact consultant Dr. Kevin O’Mara at:
BHS alumna/teacher named finalist for IL Teacher of the Year
At the Oct. 6 Board meeting, Dr. Harris recognized BHS social studies teacher Kathleen Duffy who has been named the 2021 North Suburbs Region Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education. Duffy is now one of 10 Illinois teachers who are finalists for the statewide Teacher of the Year award. “I’m humbled and honored to be a finalist of the Illinois Teacher of the Year,” Duffy said. “There are so many extraordinary educators in Barrington 220 and the state of Illinois, and it is surreal to be a finalist for this award.” Click here to read more about Duffy's journey from BHS student to Teacher of the Year finalist.
D220 Communications Department wins top school PR award
At the Oct. 6 Board meeting, Dr. Harris congratulated the Barrington 220 Communications Department for receiving the Golden Achievement Award of Excellence from INSPRA (the Illinois Chapter of the National School Public Relations Association). Barrington 220 earned the top award for its work on the Referendum 220 campaign, which resulted in more than 60% of the Barrington area community passing a $147 million bond measure in March 2020 that will greatly impact the future of D220 schools. Congrats to Samantha Ptashkin, Director of Communications and Annie Loizzi, Graphic Designer/Web and Print Coordinator!
Mobile COVID-19 testing in BHS parking lot this weekend
In his superintendent report at the Oct. 6 Board meeting, Dr. Harris shared The Illinois Department of Public Health is sponsoring a regional drive-through and walk-up COVID-19 test site outside in the Barrington High School parking lot. The testing will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 from 9am-5pm and Sunday, Oct. 11 from 9am-5pm. Click here for more information.  
D220 joins school districts nationwide in suing JUUL over youth vaping
At its Oct. 6 meeting, the Board agreed to join more than 100 public school districts across the country in suing JUUL Labs Inc. and other parties responsible for the production, marketing, sale and distribution of e-cigarettes and vaping devices. The purpose of the lawsuit is to recover the costs of prevention programs, counseling, and treatment for addicted students. There is no cost to the district to participate in the lawsuit.
Barrington 220 Board of Education
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