Harlem Board elects to continue in-person learning through the holidays

Board members say they will continue to monitor the COVID-19 positivity rate and adjust plans accordingly.
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 6:02 AM CDT
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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) - There will be no full-time remote learning through the holidays for Harlem School District students, after a proposal is rejected Tuesday night.

The Harlem School Board voted down a proposal to keep all students home from Thanksgiving through the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, in light of rising positive cases of COVID-19.

Harlem School District Superintendent Julie Morris made the request after a look at the district-wide COVID-19 numbers. There have been 55 positive COVID cases among students and staff over the past four weeks. There have also been 351 staff members and 157 students in quarantine over that same time, leading to an absence rate of 70 percent.

Board members voted to keep students in schools for in-person learning, stating it will continue to monitor the numbers with the possibility of changing to remote learning at a future date.

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