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Bradley Elementary delays start till Sept 8th after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

BOURBONNAIS – A staff member’s positive test has resulted in Bradley Elementary District 61 delaying the start of the school year.

The school will now start beginning September 8th.

During an emergency meeting of the Bradley Elementary School Board Wednesday night, the Board agreed the delay was the right move.  A parent orientation that had been scheduled for Wednesday was canceled earlier this week prior to the announcement.

Bradley’s back to school plan calls for blended learning with an hour instruction of remote learning from home after four hours in school, every day.

The move came on a day where Region 7, which includes Kankakee County, hit a 7.2 positivity rate.  It was the first time the Region had tested above 7.0% and was called ‘troubling’ by Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who asked local leaders to step in, before the state had too.

Bradley Elementary becomes the 3rd school affected by COVID-19 in Kankakee County this year.  St. Anne moved to remote through October earlier this week after district employees tested positive.  On Wednesday, Momence announced district employees had tested positive as well, but showed no response to the news other than opening lines of communication with the public.

Due to the changes, the Board will vote on a new school calendar in a week on August 27th at 6 pm.

Back to school has become additionally complicated due to new IDPH regulations calling for the quarantine of siblings in a household that may have been exposed to the virus.  Meaning, a child in 1st grade could be sent home with a runny nose and his brother, a freshman in high school, could be told to quarantine.

Less than 30% of Bradley students have opted to go full remote learning for this upcoming fall.

Regardless to the decisions of the Administration, without local officials stepping in, it’s entirely possibly Region 7 takes a step backwards into Phase 3 of Restore Illinois, which would require remote learning for all.

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