On August 13, 2020, Marengo Community High School once again opened its doors to students for in-person learning after closing last March due to the governor’s executive order. Our doors remain open a month and a half later and the IHSA modified fall sports are well underway! I cannot express how proud I am of our faculty, staff, and administration for their hard work, creativity, and focus on our mission statement, “Where learning is valued and excellence is the standard,” as they diligently continue to serve the students of our community.

With the cold and flu season quickly approaching, I want you to be aware that there may be the occasion when a “pause” to our hybrid schedule may be deemed necessary, requiring us to pivot to full remote learning for a period of time. This may be due to a number of reasons including increased positivity within our community, an increase of common cold and flu symptoms, lack of staffing, a McHenry County Health Department directive, or due to another unforeseen reason. Please be assured that if a “pause” occurs, we will make every effort to return to our hybrid schedule as quickly as possible, keeping the health and safety of our students and staff as our top priority. Should a pause occur, we will notify our MCHS community through emails, voicemails, MCHS website postings, and Facebook postings.

Please continue to monitor your student’s symptoms and keep them home if they are experiencing one of the following: a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, fatigue, muscle and body aches, headache, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, congestion or runny nose, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. If your student is ill, please contact Mrs. Seemann at 815-568-6511 x1302 to report their absence and the specific symptom(s) which your child is experiencing. The school nurse will follow up with you to provide guidance. Students who are ill but still able to participate in remote learning are highly encouraged to do so to ensure continuity in their education.