Friday, November 6, 2020

Adaptive Pause to Hybrid In-Person Learning Mode Extended

At its Nov. 4 meeting, the Board of Education discussed several key issues regarding the future of the 20-21 school year and agreed to extend the adaptive pause of the Hybrid mode until Monday, Nov. 16th. 

The Board has scheduled a special meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 11th for the purpose of having a closed session to discuss employment matters, collective negotiating matters and litigation matters. The district will provide further communication no later than Thursday, Nov. 12th about the Hybrid status moving forward. 

The 20-21 school year discussion also focused on key issues such as:

  • Exposure and liability: The Board and district leaders will be having more conversations next week to explore options of how Barrington 220 can implement a Hybrid plan moving forward, with consideration of exposure and liability as the virus spreads in the community. 

  • Re-opening Metrics Adjustment: The Board may consider adjusting the metrics in the future in order to make in-person instruction feasible.

  • Academic Calendar Adjustment: The Board is not considering adjusting the 20-21 academic calendar at this time. 

  • Budget Expectations: The Board will consider spending beyond the FY21 budget in order to safely allow students back into school. 

To view the entire discussion, watch this video from 1:21:34 thru 3:58:54.

Social Emotional Support for Students

As our students continue to navigate our consistently changing landscape due to COVID 19, we are continuously considering how our children are coping and their overall mental health. Please know that our school and district are here to support our students who are struggling and may benefit from additional resources. Please see the attached letter regarding this and view the short video explaining how families can access the online META app that is also available to connect students with counselors while at home. Please also keep in mind that parents can contact our school based support directly by emailing our Social Worker, Mr. Walcott, at or our School Psychologist, Tonya Tompkins-Wisz, at

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 9th - Remain in remote learning mode

Tuesday, November 10th - Grove PTO Meeting, 9:15 a.m. via Zoom 

Thursday, November 12th - 3rd & 4th Grade Virtual STEM Club begins

Monday, November 16th - Possible return to hybrid learning mode 

Tuesday, November 17th - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m. 

Thursday, November 19th - 3rd & 4th Grade STEM Club 

Monday, November 24th - 1st Trimester Report Cards Available to Parents 

Wednesday, November 25th - No School, Thanksgiving Break 

Thursday, November 26th - No School, Thanksgiving 

Friday, November 27th - No School, Thanksgiving Break 




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