Bourbonnais will reconsider in-person learning in ALL schools soon


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BOURBONNAIS – Bourbonnais schools are one of few school districts that have yet to go remote in Kankakee County. On Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Adam Ehrman wrote parents writing he’s ‘hopeful’ students can make it a few more days to get to the holiday break.

“Clearly, the rising Covid-19 rates have severely tested our Return to Learn plans across the District. Ultimately, Liberty Intermediate and BUGC had to utilize an Adaptive Pause for different reasons,” Ehrman wrote Tuesday.  “While we are hopeful (not a guarantee) that all three of our Elementary buildings can make it three more student attendance days to get to Thanksgiving Break, those schools are each being tested with the issues that arise from this level of an increase of Covid-19 numbers.”

Shabbona, Alan Shepard, and Noel LeVasseur are the only schools in BESD53 currently open.  Liberty Intermediate and the Bourbonnais Upper-Grade Center that went remote earlier in the fall are scheduled to return on November 30th.

“We will be assessing our ability to keep in-person learning between Thanksgiving and Christmas Break for ALL of our schools,” Ehrman said, forewarning parents of the District’s concern between Thanksgiving and Christmas break. “Please know that it is with a heavy heart that I write this communication, but I believe that it is only right to forewarn parents so they may start to arrange for back-up childcare if we are forced to utilize an Adaptive Pause.”

Currently, Bradley District 61, Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School, Kankakee District 111, St. Anne Schools, Manteno Schools, and Herscher Schools have all put a pause on in-person learning due to a surge in COVID-19 numbers locally.


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