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Lincoln-Way CHS 210 kills return to school plans at 11th Hour in New Lenox

Following Emergency Meeting of the Lincoln-Way 210 Board of Education Tuesday night, District 210 voted to go fully remote through September 18th.

The decision was made after a 4-3 vote. 

“Based upon metrics provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Will County is presently at a warning level based upon community spread and COVID-like illness.” Superintendent R. Scott Tingley said in a statement Tuesday night. “We understand this has been a stressful time for the entire community, and this decision did not come lightly. We know that Remote Learning cannot replace face-to-face, in-person learning between students and their teachers, and we are committed to providing an academically challenging, supportive experience for all students.”

Board members Janus-Doyle, Lucchetti, Kosteck and Stokes moved in favor of the motion while Janik, Kirkeeng, and LaCien Jr voted against the motion.

LW 210’s 6,677 students will now go full-remote learning through September 21st when the Administration will review metrics again to move into a possible Blended Learning model.  The sudden change was made citing recent county data and guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health, Will County Health Department and ISBE.

Over 80 percent of 6,000 responses from parents, students, and teachers favored some sort of return to school plan in the District. 

In Kankakee County, following news last night St. Anne schools would go remote after three district employees tested positive for COVID-19, the Bradley Elementary School District #61 announced an emergency meeting of the Board of Education will take place later tonight at 7pm.  Possible action at tonight’s meeting includes a review and reassessment of the “Return to Learn” School Reopening Plan for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Bradley also canceled a planned parent orientation at schools this week Tuesday.

Over 500 freshmen will enter the halls of Bradley-Bourbonnais Community High School later this morning when the school returns to a blended A/B learning format. 

In an interview with CBS2, Superintendent Scott Wakeley said, “as an administrator and for our staff, it’s a challenge.”

You can read the full feature at CBS2.


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