COVID-19 Information and Resource Hub

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Latest Updates

UPDATE DECEMBER 11, 2020 for K-5 families
On December 11, 2020 the District sent information to all K-5 families regarding a potential return to hybrid/in-person learning in the second half of the year, along with an opt-in form. That information can be found here. More information will be shared after final plans are determined.

We are extending our adaptive pause and remaining in Remote Learning for two weeks after the Winter Break, with the earliest possible return to hybrid learning beginning January 19. Students in self-contained classrooms will continue attending beginning January 5. January 4, 2021 has been set as a Remote/Hybrid Learning Planning Day. This date will be a day of non-attendance for students while our staff undertake professional development activities. Click here for full update

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District-level Data

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  • Positive Tests: Please note that the totals above represent cases of positive tests that have been reported to the District. Without students in buildings, data for students represents information that has been voluntarily reported.
  • Isolation and Quarantine: 
    • “Isolation,” as defined by IDPH, is the physical separation and confinement of an individual or groups of individuals who are infected or reasonably believed to be infected with a contagious or possibly contagious disease from non-isolated individuals, to prevent or limit the transmission of the disease to non-isolated individuals.
    • “Quarantine,” as defined by IDPH, is the physical separation and confinement of an individual or groups of individuals who are or may have been exposed to a contagious disease or possibly contagious disease and who do not show signs or symptoms.
    • Please note that isolation and quarantine data represent current point-in-time numbers. Isolation and quarantine totals are typically input in the evening on a daily basis, and totals displayed during the day may be incomplete.
  • All data are updated in as timely a manner as possible. Processing delays may mean any number indicated above is not up-to-the-minute.

McHenry County Department of Health Decision Matrix

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County and Local Metrics

Helpful Links

Feedback and Insights


Modified Remote Learning Feedback (September-October 2020)

Elementary Hybrid Opt-in (Sent September 17)

Initial Reopening Opt-in (Sent July 17)

Return to School Family Survey (Sent July 6)

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What is the definition of an “outbreak” in regard to schools?

An outbreak in a school is defined as two (2) confirmed cases of COVID-19 infections occurring within 14 calendar days of each other in individuals in the same classroom, team, or club. This is because the cases would be epidemiologically linked (known exposure to each other) with respect to place (same classroom, team, or club) and time (within 14 calendar days). This would prompt an investigation by the McHenry County Department of Health that may result in recommendations for testing and quarantining of all students/staff in the affected classroom, team, or club and/or other mitigation interventions to include but not limited to cancellation of activities or closure of school.

Will I be notified about COVID-19 developments in my student’s school?
Yes. When a positive case is identified at a school, a general notification is sent to the school community outlining followup steps being taken. Individual staff members or students may be contacted during the contact tracing process, and we urge you to cooperate with this process if you are contacted. If there is additional concern for individuals or groups such as a classroom, team, or entire school, notification will be sent regarding additional actions to be taken. To ensure that your contact information and preferences are up-to-date, follow the instructions here.



Food Services| Internet | Childcare | Health | Mental Health | FAQ


UPDATE: Curbside pickup service for breakfast and lunch over the Winter Break, as follows: December 21-23 and December 28-30, 9:00 a.m.-noon each day at Marlowe Middle School. Those interested will also be able to pick up additional quantities for days when services are not available.

Through December 31, 2020, ALL area children 18 and under are eligible for free breakfast and lunch meals. Meals are available daily for curbside pickup or contactless home delivery. Curbside pickup lines are open at Huntley High School, Heineman Middle School, and Marlowe Middle School from 7:00-10:00 a.m. daily. Deliveries will be made (two meals for each child in the home) in the timeframe of 9:00-11:00 a.m. daily.

To sign up for meal delivery, contact the Food Services Department at (847) 659-6154 or [email protected]. Additional resources are available in the community for families facing food insecurity. Please view the resource packet (English/español) for additional information on available nutrition benefits and resources.


The District has a number of hot spots available for families lacking home internet access. Please contact your principal to help arrange for the procurement of a hot spot. In addition, there are a number of free internet options being offered by providers. Information can be found on the Illinois State Board of Education website, under the header of “Free Internet Access Resources” ( If you experience other unmet needs that are barriers to successful learning during this period, please contact your principal, and the District will work to accommodate your needs.


The Huntley Park District has released information on its childcare camp options for children in Kindergarten-8th grade. Find information at The District has established a partnership with Boys and Girls Clubs of Dundee Township to offer a Distance Learning Center program for up to 30 students, located at Chesak Elementary School. Overview:

  • Hours & Days: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Location: Chesak Elementary School
  • Grades: K-5th
  • Meals: Lunch and snack provided
  • Cost: $350/month
  • Staff Ratio:Will vary depending on age; 1 staff member per 10 children per classroom to 1 staff member per 15 children.
  • Program Design: Monitoring remote learning with the district from 8:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. BGCDT Programs follow that include STEM, Arts & Crafts, Reading & Math, Fitness, Homework help, and more.

Registration and information:


In an effort to provide families with the most up to date guidance regarding COVID-19, we’re sharing the McHenry County Department of Health Resource Guide. This tool will provide guidance on seeking medical care along with recommendations on staying safe during this time. While this tool will not diagnose or treat COVID-19, it is a resource to help you make the best medical decision. As recommended by public health agencies, please continue to practice proper handwashing and hygiene and practice social distancing to the greatest extent possible. As this crisis continues, we also urge students, staff, and families to be aware of mental health concerns. Please see the links below for more information. Health Information in Multiple Languages: (Français, 中文, اردو, বাংলা, Filipino, Tiếng Việt, Bahasa Indonesia, فارسی, हिन्दी, తెలుగు, سنڌي, Português) Flyers:



If your child is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911. The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-622-5990 -OR- text TalkWithUs to 66746) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255) provide immediate crisis counseling; providers are available through these hotlines 24/7, 365 days per year. For community-based mental health resources, as well as COVID-19 specific resources, please see below for additional information. Please visit our Virtual Calming Room / Social Emotional Learning Hub for access to many more resources.


Are buildings accessible?

Our buildings are open for school-related business, and are accessible for staff. However, we ask members of the public to limit visits to buildings as much as possible and to call ahead prior to visiting. All visitors are required to wear a mask and be subject to a symptom screening if entering a building. Limited small groups of students are coming to buildings on individualized schedules.

How can I help families in need?

Please reach out to families in need if you are able to provide assistance with childcare or other needs. In addition, the District is asking individuals to contribute to the Grafton Food Pantry to assist families who might face hardship during this time. As grocery stores attempt to meet demand from customers, they have cut back on their typical donations to the food pantry, and individual contributions are desperately needed.

Who can I contact?

Most learning, technology, and “school” related inquiries should first be directed to your teacher or principal. Teachers will be sharing their contact information and schedules with students and families. Individual staff members may otherwise be contacted by email. If you have need to speak with someone, call the District Office at (847) 659-6158 for assistance.

K-5 Return Information

Current Status: Modified Remote Learning

Earliest Possible Return Date: January 19, 2020

Return Model Information: On December 11, 2020 the District sent information to all K-5 families regarding a potential return to hybrid/in-person learning in the second half of the year, along with an opt-in form. That information can be found here.

More information will be shared after final plans are determined.

6-12 Return Information

Current Status: Modified Remote Learning

Earliest Possible Return Date: January 19, 2020


  • The District initially proposed a “50/50” (A/B Day) Model of hybrid learning for grades 6-12 on October 8.
  • At the behest of the Board of Education, the plan was revised and presented October 15 as a “25%” (A/B/C/D Day) Model, with an anticipated start date of November 2.
  • Since that time, the hybrid return has been delayed and the District has remained in Remote Learning due to public health conditions.

The District is planning for a return to hybrid learning in the second semester, with a return date depending on public health factors. It is anticipated that this return will be in the “50/50” (A/B Day) Model. Information on this model is below.

Please note:

  • The plan information below refers to grade 6-12 students only.
  • Families who had selected hybrid in the October survey will maintain that selection. Those who had selected remote in the October survey were sent a form in November to update their selection if desired.

Secondary (6-12) Hybrid Plan Overview

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