The Kane County Health Department is requiring Hampshire High School to move to remote learning for two weeks commencing Tuesday, October 12, according to a statement issued today by the school.
The KCHD is implementing the Adaptive Pause as a mitigation strategy to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. Since September 28, Hampshire High School has had 37 positive COVID-19 student cases.
Hampshire has an enrollment of 1,647 students.
In its statement, Hampshire quoted the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois State Board of Education website:
Decisions for temporary closure of a school (“Adaptive Pause”) will be made by school leaders in consultation with the local health department. This initial short-term dismissal allows time for the local health officials to gain a better understanding of the COVID-19
situation impacting the school. This also allows the local health officials to help the school determine appropriate next steps, including whether an extended dismissal duration is needed to stop or slow further spread of COVID-19. As stated above, these decisions should be made locally, in collaboration with local health officials who can help determine the level of transmission in the community, and in conformity with CDC
guidance. Pursuant to the State Superintendent of Education’s declaration on September 7, 2021, schools must provide remote learning during an Adaptive Pause.
Hampshire indicated that football players will be allowed to play this evening’s game under the required KCHD testing protocols. In addition, marching band and dance will participate as scheduled utilizing COVID mitigation strategies such as physical distancing and masking, as appropriate.
Only immediate family members of students who are on the team or who are participating in marching band/dance will be permitted as spectators and will be required to wear a mask.
Students are expected to return to Hampshire High School for in-person instruction on Monday, October 25th.