March 13, 2020
The safety of our students and staff is our foremost concern. The District continues to monitor information regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak as well as staying in contact with the Illinois State Board of Education, Jo Daviess County Health Department, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to stay apprised of any guidance they provide.
We have continued to take proactive measures to clean and disinfect the buildings. Additionally, we are reminding our students and staff to follow healthy habits such as frequent hand washing, coughing into your elbow, and, most importantly, staying home if you have a fever or persistent cough.
It is not our intention to add stress to the situation, however, we wanted to let you know what has been communicated to school districts. The Illinois State Board of Education has had frequent communication with school districts. We have been encouraged to review existing emergency plans and to create e-learning plans in case school closures are recommended or required. An e-learning plan would use technology to continue the education of our students in case school is cancelled for an extended period.
Please understand, no e-learning plan we could create would replace the quality of education our students receive in our classrooms. Additionally, we are aware of some technological barriers preventing access for certain students. Given the tone of the messages we have received from the Illinois State Board of Education, it is clear to us that we should devise an e-learning plan in order to best serve our students. We are currently working on that plan. Additional information on the nuances of our e-learning plan will be shared in the near future.
We encourage you to become as informed as possible by visiting the IDPH or the CDC websites listed below:
The reason that we are sharing this information with you is to allow you as much time to prepare your own plan in case we face a situation requiring a period of school closure. Things to consider would be childcare, informing the school district if you do not have internet access in the home, etc. We hope you appreciate the attempt at transparency. We do not intend to alarm anyone; instead, we are trying our best to keep all stakeholders informed of the situation.
Steve Bianchetta and Craig Mathers
Center for Disease Control and Prevention:https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
Dubuque, Iowa County Health Department:https://dubuquecounty.org/health-department/
Iowa Department of Healthhttps://idph.iowa.gov/
JoDaviess County Health Departmenthttps://www.jodaviess.org/health
Illinois Department of Public Healthhttp://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/diseases-a-z-list/coronavirus