It has been a challenging year for Illinois school districts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Districts shutdown classrooms in March when the pandemic hit, then many began the fall semester with remote learning as the virus lingered. Online teaching to finish the school year in the spring did not go smoothly for many districts, with many being unprepared for the obstacles that lay ahead, such as bandwidth issues and a shortage of teachers.

As a precaution, school districts across the state prepared for remote learning in the fall in order to give parents a choice of either online, in-person or a combination of both. Then a rise in coronavirus cases forced many districts to go to totally remote learning to begin the semester. Bill Doyle, a parent in Naperville, told the school board that plans to keep classrooms closed was is a tough pill to swallow.

“My kids were ecstatic to go back to school this week,” said Doyle. “I cannot tell you the gut punch they felt when my wife broke the news to them after dinner that they are now delayed two more weeks.”

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SOURCE ( Kevin Bessler – Illinois Radio Network )