Barrington 220 weekly COVID-19 update
January 11, 2021

Dear Barrington 220 Community:

On Tuesday, Jan. 19 Barrington 220 will implement Hybrid 2.0, with a commitment to continue following these five 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

The decision to return to the Hybrid mode is based on guidance from the Lake County Health Department which states school districts should utilize CDC indicators and thresholds for risk of introduction and transmission of COVID-19 in schools. 

While we are aware that the health metrics (Metric #1 and Metric #2 listed on our coronavirus webpage) continue to exceed the Step 3 (Hybrid) thresholds, our public health officials have advised that school districts can safely implement a Hybrid mode if the five mitigation strategies are in place. 

Specifically, under the “Applications and Interpretation of Indicators” section of the CDC school decision-making website it states: “if community transmission is high, but school and community mitigation strategies are implemented and strictly followed as recommended, then the risk of introduction and subsequent transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in a school will decrease.”

The transition to Hybrid 2.0 will impact the school calendar as operational transitions are made related to transportation, food service, and staffing. Please note the following key dates:

  • Jan. 12: Elementary classroom assignments available in Infinite Campus at 7pm 

  • Jan. 15: No school for all students as staff prepare for transition to Hybrid 2.0

  • Jan 19: Hybrid 2.0 begins
Upcoming Board of Education meetings
The next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 7pm. This meeting will be held in person at the District Administrative Center, however due to Tier 3 mitigations, the number of people in the meeting will be limited to 10. Public Comment can be made in one of two ways:

  • A sign-up sheet will be available at the entrance to the building until 7:00 p.m. Community members will remain in the waiting area until called into the meeting by the Board President. After making public comment, community members will have to exit the meeting room, however the meeting will be available for viewing via live-stream on the Board’s YouTube Channel at bit.ly/220schoolboardlive.

  • Submit your comments via email by sending them to Recording Secretary Jeanine Stark before 4:00 pm on January 12, 2021 at jstark@barrington220.org. Please use the subject line “Public Comment.” All comments received will be shared with the Board and added to the public Board agenda on January 13, 2021.