Masks

  • Q: Will the district provide masks for students and staff? 

    A: Yes. The district will provide one reusable face mask and one reusable face shield. Students and staff are also welcome to wear their own masks.

    Q: Will students be required to wear masks if PE is held inside?

    A: Yes, face masks must be worn at all times inside a building.

    Q: Are face shields accepted instead of masks?

    A: Teachers and students may use face shields in lieu of masks ONLY when educationally needed. One example might be if a student is working with a Speech Clinician.

    Q: Will students get a break from wearing masks throughout the day?

    A: The district recognizes the importance of fresh air. All schools will place a strong emphasis on getting students outside during the day as much as possible, where they will be able to take off their masks while distancing themselves. 

    Q: What types of masks can students wear to school? 

    A: The CDC recommends face masks that are 2 ply fabric and cover the nose and mouth. Masks with vents are not allowed for wear in school, as they do not provide source control.

Distance Learning

  • Q: If a student starts the school year with Distance Learning, can the student switch to in-person learning prior to Winter Break? 

    A: No. The district is asking families to make a commitment to enroll students in in-person learning or Distance Learning through winter break. This will allow the district to successfully manage class sizes and staffing. Of course, we will look at every individual situation as it arises.

    Q: If a student starts the school year in Distance Learning and then decides to do in-person learning after Winter Break, will the student be able to return to their home school? 

    A: The district prefers that all students attend their home school and will do everything to make that possible. However, if the state is still in Phase 4 after Winter Break, depending on how many students at each school have opted to do Distance Learning and in-person learning for the second half of the year, space may not permit a student to return to their home school.

    Q: If students choose Distance Learning and then the entire district has to return to Distance Learning, will the students stay with their assigned Distance Learning teachers or go back to a teacher in their home school?

    A: The students would stay with their Distance Learning teacher.

    Q: If a student does Distance Learning can an effort be made to create classes with students from their home school? 

    A: The district will make every effort to keep students from one school together, however there is no guarantee, as that will depend on how many students from each school do Distance Learning.

    Q: If a student does Distance Learning, will that child's teacher/s be from their home school? 

    A: If an elementary student does Distance Learning, the teacher may not be a teacher at that student’s home school. If a middle school student does Distance Learning, teachers may be based out of Barrington Middle School Prairie or Station campuses.

    Q: Will Distance Learning teachers be Barrington 220 teachers? 

    A: Yes. The only exception may be at Barrington High School, where there is a possibility that a few select courses would have to be taken through Illinois Virtual School. 

    Q: Will extended courses be offered for Distance Learning students? 

    A: Yes, however a student’s extended teacher may not be the extended teacher from that student’s home school.

    Q: Will students who do Distance Learning receive less instruction than students who do in-person learning? 

    A: No. Over the summer Barrington 220 worked to enhance the Distance Learning plan for students. The Illinois State Board of Education also mandates a minimum of 5 hours of instruction and maintains that we continue to meet state and local curriculum standards. While the schedule for Distance Learning may look different from a traditional school day based on breaks in screen time, along with individual feedback and practice sessions on alternating days, the plan is fully aligned to state and local standards akin to in person learning. Furthermore, should students present different needs in their online learning environment, the plan should be flexible enough for educators to meet those needs.

    Q: How will science labs be conducted for Distance Learning? 

    A: The district will provide opportunities for digital based lab experiences.

    Q: Will Distance Learning students be able to take courses such as choir and band? 

    A: Yes. Learning will take place through a combination of live instruction and independent work time.

    Q: Can Distance Learning students participate in extracurricular activities? 

    A: Yes.

    Q: What will class sizes look like for Distance Learning? 

    A: Per Board of Education Policy 6:202, Barrington 220 has established guidelines for classroom sizes at each level. Barrington 220 will follow these guidelines for Distance Learning classes.

    Q: If a student does Distance Learning, will the student receive the same materials as in-person learning?  (textbooks, etc.)

    A: Yes. Each school will communicate with families about how to pick up those materials. 


    Q: Will kindergarten enrichment continue during Distance Learning? 


    A: Kindergarten enrichment will not continue in Distance Learning. However, teachers will give "may dos" or extra enrichment activities, as they did in the spring.

In-Person Learning

  • Q: If a student starts the school year with in-person learning, can the student switch to Distance Learning prior to Winter Break? 

    A: No. The district is asking families to make a commitment to enroll students in in-person learning or Distance Learning through winter break. This will allow the district to successfully manage class sizes and staffing. Of course, we will look at every individual situation as it arises.

    Q: If a student gets sick and has to stay home, will the student switch to the Distance Learning option during that time? 

    A: The district will look at these situations on a case by case basis. Under normal circumstances, students who are sick are often able to keep up with their assignments digitally. If a student is out sick for an extended period of time, we will work to ensure consistency and continuity of instruction with the current teacher(s). However, that student might have to switch to Distance Learning, in which they would be assigned a Distance Learning teacher and classroom. 

    Q: How will students be able to safely pass one another in the hallways during passing periods? 

    A: One way hallways and staircases will be used as much as possible to maintain distance during passing periods. Students will be restricted to specific areas as identified by the building principal.

    Q: What will lunch look like at Barrington High School? 

    A: In order to allow for social distancing, BHS is creating multiple cafeteria spaces and food service locations throughout the building. In addition, there will be opportunities to eat lunch outside. 

    Q: What will class sizes look like for in-person and Distance Learning?

    A: Per Board of Education Policy 6:202, Barrington 220 has established guidelines for classroom sizes at each level. Barrington 220 will follow these guidelines for both options.

    Q: Will there be field trips? 

    A: Field trips are discouraged until state and local health officials have determined that it is safe to resume them. The CDC recommends pursuing virtual activities and events in lieu of field trips.

    Q: What happens if a student or staff member tests positive for COVID-19? 

    A: The district will work with the local health department for guidance on quarantine, contract tracing and other operational procedures. The district anticipates sharing more details in the coming weeks, as we continue working on a plan with the Lake County Health Department. 

    Q: Will temperature checks be required to enter a school building? 

    A: The district is currently working on a plan to implement temperature checks. When all the details are in place, we will communicate that plan to all stakeholders. 

    Q: Will K.E.E.P. still operate after school? 

    A: Yes. K.E.E.P. will still operate at schools, following all proper health protocols. Please contact the Barrington Park District for more information. 

    Q: Have any changes been made to school ventilation systems? 

    A: Modifications to the existing HVAC systems have been made in order to follow the guidelines set by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditions Engineers (ASHRAE). The district is increasing outdoor air percentage, filtration, and air circulation in each school.

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