Illinois Schools to close starting next Tuesday


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Illinois Gov. Pritzker will order all public and private schools closed, including Chicago Public Schools, starting on Election Day. They’ll be back on March 30.

Nearly 2 million children affected by the state’s latest attempt to slow the coronavirus.

The closing effect all grades, K-12.

Responses to come from local schools: Developing

Bourbonnais Elementary School District #53

“Instead of using Emergency Days, we will put our remote learning plan in place so that students remain engaged and have the support of our staff during regular school hours. Starting Tuesday, you will see a link at that will take you to grade and subject specific activities to be completed each day. I will send more information regarding this on Monday. 

If your child has medications at school, we ask that you pick them up on Monday the 16th between 8:00 am and 2:00 pm. We want to make sure you have them available while they are out of school. 

We will continue to have breakfast and lunch available on school closure days for any student who qualifies for a free or reduced lunch. This will be available at Alan Shepard School only. Please use the back doors to the MPR which are off of the parking lot near the playground. This will be grab and go to limit large groups gathering to eat. 

Thank you very much for your patience during this most unusual and challenging time. I hope that everyone is well and remains so. Please do not hesitate to call me should you have any questions. This is new for everyone.” Assistant Superintendent James Duggan said in a letter to parents on Friday.


Bradley Elementary School District #61

“Bradley School District will use four emergency days (March 17, 18, 19, and 20) followed by spring break (March 23 – March 27) per the district calendar. Students will resume classes Monday, March 30. Updates will be shared through email, Facebook, and the district webpage.

The closures affect all programming at the school, including before and after school activities, all athletic and extracurricular practices and competitions, and weekend events.

The coronavirus is thought to be spread via person-to-person contact through contaminated air droplets from coughing and sneezing by an infected person. As with controlling the spread of other viruses, we urge you to speak to your child about the following prevention measures:

Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Using soap and hot water, wash for about 20 seconds. Be sure to also wash your fingertips.

Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm.

As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose.

The symptoms of coronavirus are similar to the regular seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite, and coughing. Some people have reported additional symptoms, such as a runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

In some situations, the virus can develop into pneumonia. It is believed the seasonal influenza vaccine does not provide protection against coronavirus.

Individuals who need medical care should call their medical provider to report their illness prior to seeking care at a clinic, physician’s office, or hospital.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 815-933-3371″ says Bradley School District Superintendent Dr. Scott A. Goselin

St. Paul’s Lutheran School – Bourbonnais

The governor has ordered all schools both public and private to be closed beginning Tuesday, March 17th and most likely through Monday, March 30th.

School will be open Monday, March 16th. We will inform you this weekend or early next week what our plan of action will be for the days (5) missed. Thank you!

Kankakee School District 111

Manteno Schools

Iroquois County CUSD 9 – Watseka School District

Peotone Elementary School

“Monday, March 16th will still be a Common Plan Dismissal Day for all schools. There will only be AM preschool held at the Connor Shaw Center. The school board meeting scheduled for Monday, March 16th has been cancelled.”


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