Lyons-Brookfield School District 103 Administration Building, 4100 Joliet Ave., Lyons

In the face of the continuing surge in COVID-19 cases, Lyons-Brookfield School District 103 will switch to remote learning for three days next week.

The district announced on the afternoon of Jan. 12 that students will not attend school in person next week. Students were already scheduled to have two days off next week. Monday, Jan. 17 is Martin Luther King Day and Tuesday, Jan. 18 is a teacher institute day.

The adaptive pause will begin on Jan. 19 and last through Jan. 21. Students will do remote learning on those three days.

The district announced the adaptive pause Jan. 12 in emails to parents and posts on the district’s website and Facebook page. The Facebook post said that the decision to take an adaptive pause was made to “prioritize the health and safety of our students and staff.”

“Students will shift to remote learning for these days,” the district said. “The decision was made in collaboration with the Cook County Health Department and the Teachers Union.”

In a letter sent to District 103 families, Superintendent Kristopher Rivera said the district will decide by Jan. 19 whether to continue the adaptive pause into the following week.

“The district will continue to monitor all adaptive pause deciding factors and communicate the plans for the upcoming week on [Jan. 19] to allow time for families to plan,” Rivera wrote. “If staffing or other factors arise after [Jan. 19] that require us to move to an adaptive pause, we will communicate as quickly as we can after [Jan. 19].”

Unlike most area school districts, Lyons-Brookfield District 103 does not publish the number of COVID-positive cases that have been reported among its students and staff on its website.

During the three-day adaptive pause next week, students will shift to full-time remote learning. Students are supposed to follow the normal bell schedule and teachers will teach using Google Classrooms.

Teachers are expected to report to their schools and provide instruction from their classrooms. Student food services will be available. Families should contact the principal of their child’s school to find out how meals will be distributed. There will be no basketball or cheerleading during the adaptive pause.