Des Plaines-based District 63 to reopen campuses part time starting Jan. 19

  • Students at Gemini Middle School and elsewhere in East Maine School District 63 will begin returning to school next week, under a hybrid learning program announced Monday by officials in the Des Plaines-based district.

    Students at Gemini Middle School and elsewhere in East Maine School District 63 will begin returning to school next week, under a hybrid learning program announced Monday by officials in the Des Plaines-based district. Courtesy of East Maine School District 63

 
 
Updated 1/11/2021 3:30 PM

Des Plaines-based East Maine School District 63 will resume offering its students in-person education programs starting Jan. 19, officials announced Monday.

Students in the district's seven facilities have spent recent months learning remotely, as have students in most suburban public school districts, because of the COVID-19 crisis. Moving forward, families can choose to participate in remote learning or a hybrid program in which students are on campus in the mornings and learn remotely in the afternoons.

 

Students doing only remote learning will participate with their classmates in blended morning lessons.

Preschoolers enrolled in on-campus programs will attend morning or afternoon sessions, as usual.

District 63 briefly offered the hybrid program in the fall but moved to all-remote learning as COVID-19 cases and transmission rates increased in the region, spokeswoman Janet Spector Bishop said.

More than 1,300 of the district's roughly 3,500 students, or about 39%, are signed up for hybrid learning, Spector Bishop said. The rest will do all-remote learning.

The District 63 school board approved the resumption of the hybrid program last week. Families were notified Monday.

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