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The Plano 88 School District is among those transitioning to fully remote learning in the coming weeks. A message to families sent Wednesday says the district will move to complete remote learning beginning December 1. The district is hoping to resume in-person learning by Tuesday, January 19.

The district says with current absences among staff, it is becoming increasing difficult to keep school buildings open. There have also been large increases in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area and the Kendall County Health Department has shared that it expects another surge in cases after the Thanksgiving Holiday. Additionally, Governor J.B. Pritzker earlier this week announced that the whole state will be returning to phase three COVID-19 restrictions.

Students are to gather whatever supplies they need Thursday and Friday. Monday and Tuesday of next week are remote learning days and then students are off for the Thanksgiving holiday.

When the students return to buildings on January 19, middle and high school students will continue with their normal hybrid schedule. K-6 will start a schedule with four days in-person.

Superintendent Tony Baker says he understands that the decision to move to fully remote learning is disappointing. He says the district will continue to find ways to make remote learning dynamic and effective.

Baker also says that its up to everyone to fight back against COVID-19. He's asking families to remember safety guidelines such as mask wearing, social distancing, hand washing, and staying home when you're feeling sick.