Woodstock Community Unit School District 200
Woodstock Community Unit School District 200 officials are again looking to reschedule class start and dismissal times to ease the bus driver shortage they fear will worsen as the fall turns to winter.
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.
The Woodstock School District 200 school board last week approved a $115.7 million budget for fiscal year 2022, with most of the 2.4% increase in spending driven by employee raises and higher benefit costs.
Public opposition drove Superintendent Mike Moan to pull back a proposal that would have had elementary students in class by 7:10 a.m.
Most districts have vaccinated at least 75% of their staff members, they reported Monday after Pritzker’s deadline for staff vaccinations took effect
“I was not expecting to save that much money. The fact the school pretty much pays for all of it, it’s been a blessing on both my family and me," said a Harvard High School junior.
Shortage of bus drivers has some Woodstock CUSD 200 routes running half-hour to 45 minutes late; a new school schedule could be in the works
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.
Woodstock School District 200 identified its first COVID-19 outbreak of the school year, according to a letter sent out by Superintendent Mike Moan on Friday.