Parents protest online learning as Homer Elementary District 33C plans for eventual reopening

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Parents protest online learning as Homer Elementary District 33C plans for eventual reopening

posted By Steve Balich -September 24, 202001

By JESSE WRIGHTDAILY SOUTHTOWN |SEP 23, 2020 AT 2:31 PM

Steve Balich Editors note: At the Will County Board Meeting in September, Mike Fricilone argued with The County Helath Department about false numbers. In Illinois Each time a person tests positive it is considered a increase of positives, problem is that the same person testing positive counts many times as they test. If you have no symptom’s you don’t take a test. So Each time a person takes the test the numbers are driven up sometimes artificially. Remember originally the shutdowns were only to keep the hospitals from being over run. Hospitals currently are below capacity. While mental health problems and suicide rates increase we are in lockdown by dictators in the government at all levels in the name of public safety. Check worldometer.com for actual numbers.

Jayson and Drew stand with their mom, Valerie Miller, protesting their school's reopening plan.
Jayson and Drew stand with their mom, Valerie Miller, protesting their school’s reopening plan. (Jesse Wright / Daily Southtown)

Despite a crowd of protesting parents outside their board room demanding an end to distance learning, the Homer Elementary District 33C Board voted Wednesday to only partially begin in-person classes.

The board approved a system where half the students will attend class two days a week, then the other half will go two days. Wednesdays will be wholly online. Students also will be gradually phased into the classroom, meaning the oldest students will return last.

Patti Goodson, from left, Terry Payne and Carie Jankowicz hold signs protesting the district's plan to stagger classroom re-openings based on grade.
Patti Goodson, from left, Terry Payne and Carie Jankowicz hold signs protesting the district’s plan to stagger classroom re-openings based on grade. (Jesse Wright / Daily Southtown)

Kindergarten through second grade could be back in school partly by Oct. 5, while seventh and eighth grade could partly return in early November. However, Superintendent Craig Schoppe said the dates could be moved forward.

“There is nothing prohibiting us from accelerating this timeline if possible,” Schoppe said. “Those are tentative dates at this time but I hope we can get those grade levels in there sooner, if possible.”Ads by TeadsADVERTISING

Board members stressed that under the Illinois Department of Public Health COVID-19 orders, the school buildings aren’t big enough to open fully and maintain social distancing requirements. A substitute shortfall also means it’s unlikely the school could successfully open fully.

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