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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday, March 13, that he is ordering all public and private Illinois schools closed from March 17 to March 30 as more people in Illinois have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Local schools are preparing to institute eLearning days to make up for the lack of classroom instruction time. Here is what local school districts are planning.
Lockport Township High School District 205
In a letter to the community from March 13, Lockport Township High School District 205 Superintendent Robert McBride said the district has anticipated the emergency closure and has prepared an emergency eLearning plan. Students will have an opportunity to access their lockers to retrieve laptops and other materials they may need on Monday, March 16. The school will be closed from that date through March 27.
All after-school activities and practices are canceled until further notice.
The district’s spring break runs from March 30 to April 5, setting a tentative return date after the end of spring break.
A decision to hold events scheduled after April 6 will be determined at a later date, McBride said.
More details about the eLearning plan are forthcoming from the district.
McBride’s statement can be read at lths.org/Page/2577.
Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C
In response to Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announcing Friday, March 13, that all schools statewide will close due to the coronavirus pandemic, Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C Superintendent Craig Schoppe released a letter to parents and staff that same day noting the district would be closed beginning Monday, March 16 through March 27, followed by spring break from March 30-April 5.
All other Lockport Township High School feeder districts are following the same closure schedule, the letter noted.
Knowing the closure of schools due to COVID-19 was a possibility, the district had already been finalizing emergency eLearning plans, Schoppe said. In preparation for non-student attendance days, all certified and 12-month employees were asked to report to work March 16 for normal work hours to complete the plans.
All after-school activities, practices and programs are also canceled until further notice, with the district continually assessing the situation and providing updates accordingly, Schoppe said.
The full letter can be read at homerschools.org.
Will County School District 92
Will County School District 92 Superintendent Tim Arnold said the district will be utilizing eLearning days for the coming weeks.
The school will switch a regularly scheduled teacher institute day from Tuesday, March 17 to March 16. Students will return to school on Tuesday to pick up devices with which they will complete their eLearning activities.
Days will be scheduled in five hour-long blocks of activities related to core subjects. The eLearning will include a rotation of PE and art, “as much as we can get in,” Arnold said.
Though Pritzker ordered all schools closed through March 30, D92’s spring break is scheduled from March 30 to April 6. The district is aiming to be back in class on April 6 as a tentative return date, Arnold said.
More information can be found at d92.org/index.php/district/flu-information.
Providence Catholic High School
Providence Catholic High School will officially close school on March 17 and will remain closed pending further direction from the Diocese of Joliet and State of Illinois, according to an announcement on the school’s website March 13.
Students will be in attendance on a special bell schedule on March 16, with each class lasting approximately 20 minutes, the post states.
The schedule is to allow students to pickup textbooks, laptops and other personal belongings and to meet briefly with each teacher to learn how eLearning will operate moving forward.
The school also has immediately canceled all sports/activities starting Saturday, March 14, including the ACT workshop, as well as all practices and activities scheduled over the weekend of March 13 through Sunday, March 15.
A full list of bell schedules and eLearning protocol can be found at providencecatholic.org/news/providence-catholic-response-to-coronavirus/.