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We learned today of Gov. J.B. Pritzker's announcement to close schools through Monday, March 30, with a possible extension.
Administrators, principals and staff have been working on plans for several weeks in case of the spread of COVID-19 to our area. While closing schools isn't ideal for teaching and learning, we will make the best of it together.
We're working closely with the Winnebago County Health Department and the Illinois State Board of Education, and we will continue to prioritize the safety of our students and staff. We will continue to work with our community partners to provide meals and other support services to students, despite the interruption.
Next week is Spring Break, so students and staff were already prepared for a much-deserved break. In the coming days, we will provide more information to our families and staff about our next steps. At this point, our district is not set up for e-learning. Administrators and staff have been compiling a list of resources for families in case of extended time away from school. We'll share more information – including those resources – through our usual communication channels when it's available.
This will be difficult, but I know we can work through it together and continue to put students first.
Dr. Ehren Jarrett
Rockford Public Schools