Elmhurst teachers seek to slow hybrid learning plan, citing safety concerns

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Elmhurst District 205 students are set to return to hybrid learning on Monday, but unions representing teachers and staff say the district is violating its own rules.

In mid-November, the Board of Education approved reopening guidelines based on DuPage County and Elmhurst-area coronavirus data.

“A month later, they decided we would return to hybrid learning on Jan. 11 and no attempt was made to justify that decision based on the metrics they had already approved,” Max Schoenberg, President of the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council, said Friday.

Now, the council and the Paraprofessional and School Related Personnel Council jointly filed an unfair-labor practice charge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.

District 205’s Board of Education sent an email to families stating the unions were “seeking an injunction to stop the resumption of hybrid learning” and that it intends to “vigorously defend against these charges”.

A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 21, but in the meantime, Schoenberg says teachers will be reporting for work.

“The teachers will report to work on Monday, and as always we will do our best to support the students and give it our full effort,” Schoenberg said.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health and the DuPage County Health Department, DuPage County remains at a “substantial” community coronavirus transmission level, with a test positivity rate of 9.3%.

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