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District 47 Takes an Adaptive Pause on Hybrid Learning

Due to worsening pandemic conditions in McHenry County, District 47 moved to a remote learning model on Monday, November 2, taking what the IDPH calls an “adaptive pause” on hybrid learning. For more information about what an adaptive pause means according to the IDPH, please refer to page 3 of the following document


It is our hope that we’ll be able to resume our hybrid model for the second trimester of the 2020-21 school year. During this adaptive pause, we will continue to monitor COVID-19 health metrics for our county and region and prioritize the health and safety of our staff, students and families. We invite the school community to visit our COVID-19 dashboard on our website to stay informed about changing pandemic conditions in our area. We will continue to keep families updated on any decisions made about the return to our hybrid learning model. See below for some additional information. 


How long will we be in an “adaptive pause” and remote learning? 

Per MCDH guidelines, schools are advised to consider being in a learning model for at least 14 days before transitioning to the next phase of reopening. We will continue to monitor the metrics and keep the community informed as we progress through this period together. 


What does this mean for students and families? 

Remote learning will continue without change or disruption for those students currently in the remote learning model. Students in the in-person learning model will be expected to engage daily in remote instruction. The daily schedule (see below) will remain the same for both in-person and remote students and all students will stay with their current teacher(s). 

  • 8am-noon and 2pm-3pm for K-8 students
  • AM/PM classes for Wehde


What does this mean for special education students?

Following the District plan, all special education programs will also be placed on an "adaptive pause." This includes specialized programs and all drop-in services. We will continue to monitor the metrics during this adaptive pause and make future decisions accordingly. The Department of Special Education will continue to prioritize the needs of all of our students. It is our hope that we’ll be able to resume our hybrid model for the second trimester.


I indicated a preference for a learning model change for the second trimester. When do I find out if my change was able to be accommodated? 

Parents who indicated a preference for a learning model change for trimester 2 will receive confirmation via email on Monday, November 9. 


What if there are issues with my child’s Chromebook or iPad? 

Tech support will be available at each school. Please check school websites for office hours. 


How will food distribution be handled? 

During remote learning, food distribution will occur weekly on Tuesdays from 3pm to 6pm at Hannah Beardsley Middle School (515 E. Crystal Lake Ave., CL) and Glacier Ridge Elementary School (1120 Village Rd., CL).