River Forest’s District 90 has announced it will continue with remote learning until at least Nov. 30.

The school had begun a transition to in-person classes in October, but with a rise in COVID-19 cases began an “adaptive pause” on Oct. 28, going back to remote instruction upon recommendation of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH).

The goal was to return students to in-person learning on Nov. 16, but Supt. Ed Condon said in a Nov. 12 memo to parents that a return won’t be happening that soon.

“Unfortunately, due to the continued increase in COVID-19 incidences, regional and local positivity rates, and weekly case counts, the district will continue to provide remote instruction to students through at least Nov. 30,” he wrote.

Condon acknowledged that many families may be disappointed by the news that students will be learning from home for a longer period of time, and he said the district is concerned about the students, “who are already experiencing a highly challenging and uncertain landscape.” But he assured parents that faculty and staff will continue to not only teach academics but respond to the social-emotional needs of students as well.

Childcare support, offered through West Cook YMCA, has been restructured and will be hosted at the Dominican Priory Campus, with “expanded, dedicated space with a robust wireless network infrastructure.” To register, visit form.jotform.com/203077013142138.

The district says it will continue to monitor local and regional COVID-19 metrics and will follow guidance from CCDPH and IDPH. The district also has a consulting partnership with the Rush University Medical Center Infection Prevention Team, which has provided guidance on their blended in-person instruction transition, which is on hold for now.

At least one individual at Willard Elementary School and one at Roosevelt Middle School tested positive for COVID-19 in November, according to updates from the district.

Up to date news from the district on reopening or responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are available on the district’s website at district90.org.

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