Superintendent's Message, 10.20.20

District 96 Community:

I am following up on the communication I sent you on Saturday morning (Oct. 17) to emphasize that concerning current data may result in the District having to take an “adaptive pause” to our in-person learning plan and revert to full remote learning for those students already attending in person.

Last night the Lake County Health Department put us on further notice that today is the 6th consecutive day of a continued trend in which transmission of COVID-19 in our area is measured as substantial.

If this trend continues for a 7th consecutive day, as seems probable, the health department will shift its school recommendation from hybrid to full remote learning for all.  This would be in effect for at least the next ten days.

We continue to monitor the data. Please watch for a communication to come from me either later this evening or tomorrow regarding this. The 7-day rolling average of incidence rates in Lake County for the last six days (for which the data has been updated) are as follows:

Incidence Rates per 100,000 in Lake County (anything over 14 is substantial community spread)

October 11:  14.2
October 12:  15.8
October 13:  17.1
October 14:  18.5
October 15:  20.1
October 16:  20.7

Finally, please continue to remind all your family to wash hands, wear masks, and watch distance. These practices are more important than ever.

Thank you,
--Julie Schmidt, District 96 Superintendent of Schools