As the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreads, many people are anxious about the uncertainty of what is happening. They’re wondering if the virus will come to their communities, how they can protect themselves and their families, and how they can prepare if the situation disrupts the normal course of daily life. The three primary school districts that are utilized by families living in the 41st District have all announced school closures and sports/activity cancellations that begin next week.
In making the announcements, school officials in District 203, District 204 and District 200 stressed that at this time there are no known cases of COVID-19 in any of the three school districts.
The closures and cancellations are preventative steps to slow the spread of the virus.
Naperville 203 Schools
Naperville School District 203 will be closing schools and canceling all sports/activities for students beginning tomorrow, March 14, through spring break, with a tentative return date of April 6. The closure and cancelation of sports/activities is a preventative measure to help slow the spread of the virus. School will continue as planned until the end of the day today. Naperville 203 plans to implement e-learning for students beginning on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Families will be alerted once Naperville 203’s e-Learning procedures are in place through the website and Talk 203 messages.
Click here to view the Naperville District 203 COVID-19 information page.
Indian Prairie 204 Schools
Indian Prairie School District 204 will be closing schools and implementing e-learning across all schools starting Wednesday, March 18. As a reminder, there is already no school on Monday, March 16, or Tuesday, March 17. All activities are canceled, including athletics. At this time, Indian Prairie schools will use e-learning days from March 18 through March 27. Spring Break will still be observed March 30 through April 3. The tentative return date for on-campus classes is April 6.
Click here to view the Indian Prairie School District 204 COVID-19 information page.
Community Unit School District 200
District 200 schools are closing all school buildings and canceling sports and activities until the conclusion of spring break on April 4. The schools are in the process of finalizing an e-learning plan that will allow students to continue learning during this time. E-learning for students will begin on Tuesday, March 17. More information about e-learning plans will be shared with all families by end of day Monday, March 16.
Click here to view the CUSD 200 COVID-19 information page.
Families with children who keep medication or medical equipment at school should contact their child’s school health office today and make arrangements to schedule a pick-up of those items.
Additional school closures and cancellations of events that bring large groups of people together are expected in the coming days and weeks. Again, these cancellations are an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the overall health of our communities.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there. In an effort to provide you with up-to-date facts and information for how individuals can protect themselves while helping to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I have put together a very useful web page with links to information and resources from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). These links are updated daily and sometimes hourly, so please refer to these links often to ensure you have the most current information.
This is not a time for panic; it is a time for educating yourself.
Click here to access the COVID-19 information and resource page.