Marengo-Union Elementary School District 165
"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
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.
The school has a new innovation center and is now fully air conditioned
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.
With the first day of school approaching as coronavirus cases climb, especially among the unvaccinated, school districts like Harvard Community School District 50 are trying to create opportunities for students and community members to get vaccinated.
Marengo Community High School District 154 is only requiring people who are not fully vaccinated to wear a mask, but warns guidance can change.
“We know that some parents will not be pleased that masks are optional,” the superintendent says
The first day of school is quickly approaching for McHenry County students, but with federal and state guidance less than a week old, many McHenry County school districts said they’re still finalizing some details.
District finalizes plans to close off the courtyard at the Marengo elementary school to create more indoor learning space