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Governor says coronavirus shutdown days are "Act of God" days, e-learning not required

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Gov. Pritzker declared March 17 through Monday, March 30, "Act of God Days," for schools statewide, meaning that these days will not need to be made up at the end of the school year.

These days will not be e-learning days for students, as the governor has made these next ten days non-instructional.

School District 47 and 46 are using Monday as an in-service day, according to communications sent to parents.

According to a letter posted on Crystal Lake Elementary School District 47's Facebook page from Superintendent Kathy Hinz, they are sending out emails to parents from their child's homeroom teacher with links to educational activities posted on the District 47 website, and middle school students will receive this email as well.

These links are suggested daily activities for all grade levels for the duration of the Act of God Days declared by the governor, according to the district.

The activities for students in pre-kindergarten through second grade do not require an electronic device. Those without Internet access can call the district office at (815) 788-5014 to request a copy of the activities be mailed to them.

School offices for District 47 will be open Monday. Children in grades 3 through 8 who still need a Chromebook can pick them up at school. If a child has medication at their school, parents are also encouraged to stop by the school to pick it up Tuesday.

District 155 teachers are developing an educational enrichment activity for students to work on during the week. According to the district, this assignment will be released before 3 p.m. on Monday.

"The assignment will be designed to provide a degree of continuity of learning during the week," Superintendent Steve Olson said in a Facebook post.
School buildings will be open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, but District 155 is asking people to come to the school "only if absolutely necessary" and report to the principal’s office upon arrival.

From March 17 through March 20, high schools will be open by appointment only from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. The district asked people to call or email in advance to get their question answered or issue resolved over the phone. Staff will no longer be expected to work on these days.

For District 155, spring break and continuing "Act of God" Days will be from Monday, March 23 through Monday, March 30. According to the district, March 30 would not be made up at the end of the school year.

For Prairie Grove Elementary School District 46, all school buildings will still be closed during the statewide shutdown, but administrative staff will be present to respond to questions and handle any school closure issues that may arise this week. Parents are asked to call 815-459-3023 or email COVID19@dist46.org with any questions. Spring break is still scheduled for March 23 through March 27 for District 46.

Students who are in third through eighth grade in Prairie Grove schools who were absent on Friday, March 13 and want a Chromebook can come to the Instruction Office at the Elementary School between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16 to pick up a device.

District 46 will not be providing additional suggested educational engagement activities during the normally scheduled spring break.

District 47 and Community High School District 155 are partnering with food service provider Sodexo to provide breakfast and lunch for students as part of the National School Lunch Program. This service will start Tuesday.

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