* ABC 7…
Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady said there could be some students in Chicago Public Schools classrooms this fall, if the city continues to control COVID-19 cases.
CPS parents and students have been anxiously awaiting word from Chicago Public School officials on whether schools would open for in-person instruction.
“I broadly feel good that if we are able to keep our outbreak basically in control, as it is here, we will be in a position to have some capacity for in-person instruction,” Arwady said on a call with reporters Friday.
* ABC 7…
Both Naperville School District 203 and Indian Prairie District 204 held school board meetings Monday night to detail the plan for the upcoming school year.
Both districts said they will offer families the choice between hybrid learning and an Online Academy - which would be completely remote learning.
Under hybrid learning, students do both E-Learning and in-person instruction. Students would attend class on alternating days to limit the number of students in schools.
School officials emphasized that the plans are fluid and subject to change, pending case numbers.
* ABC 7…
Most of the students at Oak Park and River Forest High School will likely start the fall semester at home, the superintendent said Monday.
Though the plan is not finalized yet, the district has proposed that only some students will return for on-site instruction.
* WICS TV…
The Champaign Unit 4 School District Board of Education talked about its reopening plan at a board meeting on Monday, July 13.
The board members discussed the options of a virtual academy and blended learning for the upcoming year.
Board members shared concerns about safety of students and teachers, and about the potential of the state as a whole going back to remote learning.
* Crystal Lake Patch…
Students are expected to return to school in the coming weeks, and District 47, like most school districts throughout the Chicago area, is still weighing its options on how to do that safely amid continued concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Denise Barr, director of communications and public engagement for District 47, told Patch that the Board of Education discussed the pros and cons, as well as the logistics behind various instructional models, during a July 7 meeting.
The Board is expected to vote on one of these three options during its July 20 meeting:
full-day, in-person instruction every day on Monday through Friday
half-day in-person instruction every day on Monday through Friday
full-day in-person instruction two to three days per week
* On to higher ed…
Most of Loyola University’s classes this fall will be online, according to an email sent to students, faculty and staff Monday.
The email, sent from university President Jo Ann Rooney and Provost Norberto Grzywacz, announced that in-person classes will only be offered for courses that need face-to-face instruction — things like labs, research and experiential learning classes.
* Meanwhile, we’re unfortunately going to see lots more stories like this…
An employee at Mt. Pulaski CUSD 23 has tested positive for COVID-19.
The employee has been in isolation since being tested last week.
Officials with the school district said the employee has come in contact with other employees and students.
The O’Fallon Illinois Y summer camp is closed for the next two weeks, after three employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Gateway Region YMCA confirmed the two employees tested positive last week. A third was confirmed through a release issued Monday.
A Macomb day-care center has closed temporarily following an outbreak of the disease coronavirus causes.
COVID-19 cases were traced to the Wesley Christian Child Development Center, 1212 W. Calhoun St., according to the McDonough County Health Department. The 46-year-old day-care facility for children is located at Wesley United Methodist Church.
What else are you seeing out there?