Tag: Flossmoor School District 161

D161 considering COVID-19 vaccine requirement for staff, though exemptions would remain

Flossmoor School District 161 is considering implementing a vaccine requirement for its unvaccinated staff members that would only allow for medical or religious exemptions. “I would recommend it,” Superintendent Dana Smith said Monday, Sept. 13, when presenting the item for discussion during a special meeting of the board of education.[Read More…]

Associate Superintendent: D161 facing ‘rough, rough start’ to transportation this school year

Schools nationwide are facing transportation issues to start the 2021-2022 school year, and Flossmoor School District 161 has not been immune to the trend. “It’s been a rough, rough start,” Associate Superintendent Frances LaBella told the district’s board of education the evening of Monday, Aug. 30. In June, LaBella warned[Read More…]

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New teachers excited for their roles in District 161

Four newly minted teachers will be among the 28 new teacher faces when District 161 students return Aug. 12. For Jillian Jendra and Shakina Washington the pandemic threw a curve to the traditional student teaching routine, but Haley Erlandson and Miranda Quinn taught children at school. You’ve reached subscriber-only content[Read More…]

As driver shortage eases, D161’s transportation woes lessen 

Flossmoor School District 161’s fall transportation woes may not be as dire as originally anticipated. In June, Associate Superintendent Fran LaBella cautioned the board of education that transportation may end up being a “nightmare” because of a shortage of bus drivers poised to disrupt a return to normal routes. While transportation provider[Read More…]

District 161 planning $60K in emergency playground repairs

In the face of labor and supply shortages that have complicated Flossmoor High School District 161’s need to replace several of its playgrounds, staff is aiming to complete roughly $60,000 in repairs “immediately” until the bigger picture can be tackled in the summer of 2022. Associate Superintendent Fran LaBella presented[Read More…]

D161 facing bus driver shortage for summer school, possibly the same this fall

Flossmoor School District 161 may have to get creative in how it transports students to school this fall, with a shortage of bus drivers poised to disrupt a return to normal routes. You’ve reached subscriber-only content Register for free to continue reading  Free 3-day trial Already a subscriber? Log in here.

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