LA GRANGE, IL — Lyons Township High School and La Grange Highlands School District 106 are going fully remote as of Monday, a response to the pandemic's second wave, their leaders say.
Lyons Township started the year remotely, but began its hybrid plan Oct. 19, with half of students in the school each day.
"The sharp increases in cases per day, positivity rates, and number of new cases per 100,000 within LT’s zip codes, and the impact this has caused on staffing our classrooms and cleaning our facilities is concerning," Superintendent Tim Kilrea said in a mass email. "In addition, we are also extremely concerned with upcoming expected travel plans and holiday gatherings, and their impact on our school environment and community metrics related to the transmission of COVID-19."
The transition to remote learning will last at least three weeks, Kilrea said. The week of Nov. 30, he said, the administration will update staff and families about the plan for the rest of the semester.
The school will continue to provide limited, in-person opportunities for "high priority learners" as well as after-hours participation in extra-curricular and athletic programs, Kilrea said.
At La Grange Highlands, district officials learned Monday about situations that could put students and staff at a higher risk for an outbreak, Superintendent Amy Warke said in a statement. In these situations, she said, the district was not notified of positive COVID-19 cases.
"Therefore, this did not allow the school nor the Health Department to implement the necessary contact tracing needed to notify and ensure that individuals who were in close contact (were) quarantined to prevent the virus's spread," Warke said.
Other school districts are still keeping classrooms open. On Thursday, Hinsdale High School District 86 promised to continue in-person learning through the end of the semester.