District 212 to continue with hybrid learning model

Rochelle Superintendent Jason Harper addresses the District 212 Board of Education during Monday's meeting at Rochelle Township High School. The board took no action regarding a potential move to remote learning in light of recent recommendations from the Ogle County Health Department. (Photo by Russell Hodges)

Board members discuss health department recommendations during executive session

ROCHELLE — Rochelle School District 212 will continue with its hybrid learning model despite recent recommendations from the Ogle County Health Department to move to remote learning from Thanksgiving break until mid-January due to rising COVID-19 cases in the area.

Board members took no definitive actions during the November meeting at Rochelle Township High School on Monday. RTHS will continue with its plan to add a fifth in-person class next semester as well. Principal Chris Lewis said students conducting in-person learning will have five 47-minute classes next semester as opposed to four 60-minute classes this semester.

“While we prefer in-person learning, we realize that COVID-19 continues to spread in our community and region,” Rochelle Superintendent Jason Harper said. “The district will continue to analyze both school and community-based data and information regarding a possible transition to remote learning. We also understand that high school students are generally in a better position to succeed in remote learning than younger learners. All factors will be taken into consideration as we seek to meet our students’ needs and the needs of the community.”

Board members discussed the Ogle County Health Department recommendations during executive session Monday evening. The Rochelle School District 231 Board of Education met this past week, with members opting to continue with in-person learning as well.

Levy

Business manager Kevin Dale presented board members with the 2020 tax levy numbers during Monday’s meeting. The district EAV grew roughly 5.4 percent from last year, moving from $438,406,583 to $462,077,743 for an increase of nearly $24 million. The board will approve the tax levy during its next scheduled meeting on Monday, Dec. 21.

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