ROCKFORD — Rockford Public School District 205 is moving to remote-only learning beginning Monday, Nov. 30, in response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.
The district will resume its hybrid model of in-person and remote learning when students return from holiday break Monday, Jan. 4.
“This is an inconvenience and an interruption for our students, staff and families,” said RPS 205 Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett. “Our administration is working closely with the Winnebago County Health Department and our School Board, and we all agree that this move to temporary remote-only instruction is a necessary step to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Especially as the holidays approach, this is one way that we can assist with the latest increased mitigation strategies during this pandemic.”
Jarrett said the decision came at the recommendation from the Winnebago County Health Department, which advised officials to take “adaptive pause” from in-person instruction.
Staff will work during the extended break, reporting to their regularly assigned workspaces to connect with students, Jarrett added.
Jarrett’s announcement comes a day after the Harlem School District announced it was hitting the pause button Nov. 30. Harlem students will also return to classrooms Jan. 4.