Valley View District 365U again delays return to in-person learning

Superintendent cites rising COVID-19 infections

Valley View School District 365U will again delay its previously scheduled return to more in-person learning as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the region.

Superintendent Rachel Kinder informed families of the delay last week that the district would extend its "adaptive pause" for elementary school children via a newsletter.

Kinder said Will County and the local ZIP Code data trends show a "substantial level of community transmission" for local COVID-19 metrics in schools. In less than two weeks, Will County's rolling average COVID-19 test positivity rate rose from 11% to 16.5% as of Nov. 6.

The district had planned for a phased return to in-person learning. Some students with special needs had already returned to in-person learning and elementary school students were scheduled to be the next group to return this month.

Students in special programs who have already returned will continue to attend school in person, according to Kinder's message.

Students from kindergarten through Grade 5 will continue to attend school remotely through at least Nov. 30, according to the district's updated timeline.

"We know this is a very trying time for our students, families, and our staff members and the uncertainty causes discomfort for everyone," Kinder said in the message to parents. "I am extremely grateful for the patience and resilience our community demonstrates every day."

District administrators will provide an update to the Valley View Board of Education at its public meeting on Nov. 16.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.