Crystal Lake District 47
"I can’t leave them high and dry when they are at home. It’s not their fault that they’re at home. I’m sure if given the choice, they would rather be here in school," one teacher said
Without some type of influx of transportation staff or another schedule rearrangement allowing fewer drivers to transport more children, McHenry County education officials fear an unmanageable transportation conundrum will arise this winter as more drivers need days off for illness and other reasons.
Between students forced to quarantine after coming into close contact with a COVID-19 case and missing class and school districts struggling to fill positions, McHenry County schools continue to face hurdles this year.
Demonstrators left dozens of empty shoes outside the Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 administrative offices Sunday evening along with messages opposing state requirements for school workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face frequent testing.
Most districts have vaccinated at least 75% of their staff members, they reported Monday after Pritzker’s deadline for staff vaccinations took effect
Some McHenry County schools saw vaccination rates rise since the mandate to get shots or face weekly tests was put into effect last month by Gov. JB Pritzker, while others are still gathering data and have found teaching staff are more likely to already be inoculated than workers outside classroom settings.
“Of the four outbreaks, two outbreaks are related to the bus and the other two are in classrooms where mitigations were not strictly adhered to,” the McHenry County Health Department spokeswoman said.
Some McHenry County area school officials said they hope the vaccine mandate will be one more step in ensuring students stay in in-person schooling this year.
“With home schooling, socialization looks a lot more normal right now than it does at schools,” said one Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 mom who decided to home-school this year
All students in Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47 will have to wear masks following the state’s issuance of a mask mandate for Illinois schools last Wednesday, district staff said Monday evening.