Stories about Sycamore School District 427
Parents and a district employee told the Sycamore School Board Tuesday they were unhappy about low pay and understaffed school buildings. Nancy Korth, a paraeducator at North Elementary School, said “all paraprofessionals are stretched way too thin.” She said about 30 job openings have been left unfilled since spring 2021.
More than 330 local public school students were reported in quarantine because of possible COVID-19 exposure last week, and 18 positive COVID-19 cases were identified in local students.
More than 340 local public school students were reported in quarantine because of possible COVID-19 exposure last week, and 22 more virus cases were identified in local schools.
Visitors to Sycamore school buildings are now required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test or vaccination card before entering. Some parents say its cause for concern, however, school officials say the point is to unburden already taxed staff monitoring virus activity.
Since Oct. 1, more than 600 local students in Genoa-Kingston, DeKalb and Sycamore schools were reported in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure, according to the most recent available data.
Sycamore school officials said Tuesday they’re continuing to address achievement gaps identified in students and what types of renovations Sycamore High School and the administrative building may need soon. Superintendent Steve Wilder gave his State of the District Luncheon address Tuesday.
Over the past week, more than 700 DeKalb and Sycamore students were reported in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure, and 55 more virus cases were identified in DeKalb County schools according to data released Monday.
One week into a statewide mandate requiring Illinois educators to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, locals say testing access is still a challenge. Steps, such as pop-up clinics in DeKalb schools for the hundreds of staff who haven’t yet produced documentation, and plans for SHIELD PCR testing are in the works, however, officials said.
A social media threat of "generalized violence" toward Sycamore High School students and staff was deemed non-credible by district officials and Sycamore police early Wednesday morning, said Sycamore Superintendent Steve Wilder.
Over the past week, more than 660 local students were reported in quarantine due to possible COVID-19 exposure, and 52 more virus cases were identified in DeKalb County schools according to data released Tuesday.