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D161 hears more concerns regarding COVID-19 mitigation; talks construction near Parker

September 06, 2021 - 20:57

Flossmoor School District 161 parents are continuing to raise COVID-19 concerns as the 2021-2022 school year progresses this fall.

Pam Jackson, a parent of twins in fourth grade and a kindergartener at Western Avenue Elementary School, was one of two parents to speak Aug. 30 during a board of education meeting about COVID-19 mitigation concerns.

“This is not an easy thing to deal with,” Jackson said. “I appreciate the changes you have made.”

District 161’s ‘remote from school’ students return; teachers start getting vaccinations

January 31, 2021 - 10:48

Prior to discussions about reopening Flossmoor School District 161 for in-person learning through a hybrid program, schools in the system already let some students back inside their walls.

Superintendent Dana Smith reported to the board Monday, Jan. 25, that “remote from school” learning had resumed for a group of 35 students.

“It went very well,” he said. “We’re hoping to increase those numbers in our remote from school program.”

H-F High sets Feb. 16 for some students to return to in-person learning

January 16, 2021 - 11:01

Homewood-Flossmoor High School will institute its hybrid learning model on Tuesday, Feb. 16, but there is a caveat to the decision.

In a letter to parents dated Jan. 15, Superintendent Von Mansfield and Principal Jerry Anderson said the plan would be put in place if reports of COVID-19 infections in the H-F area continue to decline.

Recovery Program gives struggling H-F High School students a second chance

December 18, 2020 - 19:30

Homewood-Flossmoor High School has developed a special program to give a helping hand to those students who have a failing grade first semester.

The Recovery Program is giving those students a second chance. It has various steps that can help students raise their ‘F’ grades on graduation requirement courses. The numbers do not reflect grades on elective classes.

District 153 to outline plans Monday for return to schools 

November 21, 2020 - 21:35

Homewood District 153 board members on Monday will review a plan for students to return to Willow, Churchill and James Hart Schools for second semester work.

“We’re being encouraged by the state superintendent (of schools) and the governor’s office” to return to school," Superintendent Dale Mitchell said. “We felt we needed to have a plan ready to go.”

H-F studies plan for January in-person learning

November 21, 2020 - 21:29

The return date for students and staff at H-F High School is unknown, but administrators and teachers continue to study possible plans.

At the Nov. 17 school board meeting, Principal Jerry Anderson said, “The goal is to transition to hybrid learning during the second semester.” Depending on COVID-19 numbers and safety protocols, students could return to campus Jan. 25 or Feb. 1. Students also will have the option of continuing on the e-learning program.

Not quite elementary: Teachers helping students, each other make adjustments

November 07, 2020 - 17:19

When Willow School kindergarten teacher Christina Stevens got her class list for the 2020-2021 school year, she could not help but feel like something was off.

“This is so strange,” she said to herself.

It was the start of her second year as a teacher, but it felt like she had never finished her first. The shutdowns related to the COVID-19 pandemic started happening in mid-March. No one finished the school year inside of Willow’s walls, and that meant the Homewood teacher and her first class missed out on the end-of-the-year things kindergarteners would typically do.


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