Barrington Schools Ask Parents: In-Person Or Online Learning For Your Kid?

Nancy Harty
July 06, 2020 - 4:38 pm

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Parents in Barrington will have until July 24th to decide whether they want their children to return to school or continue with e-learning in the fall.  

District 220 Superintendent Brian Harris anticipates the majority of parents will opt for in-person, based on a survey they conducted last month.

The district will supply masks and face shields for all 2,000 staffers and 9,000 students between pre-K and high school.

The Illinois State Board of Education requires masks in all public schools and Harris says the shields will be used only when the masks will be a challenge for learning, like teaching foreign language.

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The district is adjusting plans to reduce virus spread on buses by arraigning routes to meet the 50-child limit and changing the way students get on and off, he said.

Harris says once they know how many students plan to return to the buildings for the first day of school on Aug. 20, they’ll reach out to teachers to see where they stand